5 Essential Things to Pack for Every Type of Vacation
People often either pack too many things or don’t pack the right items for their trip. There is nothing worse than forgetting something for your trip. Depending on where you are going and what you are going to do, there are some essential things you need to pack. Here is a list of things you will need..
5 Things You Won’t Want to Forget for a Europe Cruise
- Closed-toed, comfortable shoes: Your feet will thank you as you tour ruins and brave uneven cobblestone roads.
- A scarf:There are so many reasons to bring one that you may even want to bring a few: Cruise ships can get quite cold at night, scarves are an easy way to punch up mix-and-match clothing, dip it in the fountain in the heat for instant-cooling and they’re perfect for religious sites that may require you to cover up. Be aware of clothing restrictions in churches and other religious sites — a scarf will help in a pinch.
- Night light:Even if you’ve upgraded yourself to the biggest cabin, the rooms are notoriously dark at night.
- Ducttape: It might sound silly, but this multi-use item can save the day when you have broken shoes, lint on your last clean sweater a squeaky luggage wheel and more.
- Euros: Itineraries often have limited time in the ports, so maximize your time by getting Euros in advance instead of tracking down an ATM.
5 Things You Won’t Want to Forget for a Safari Vacation
- Flashlight:For when things go bump in the night or you need to make your way between tents.
- Binoculars:Great binoculars can make your trip when it comes to wildlife sightings.
- A waterproof, light-colored camera bag:If you’re using a “real” camera (hint: not your smartphone), you’ll want to protect it with a waterproof camera bag. We recommend one that is a lighter color, as black bags will soak in much more heat.
- Safari-appropriate clothing:That means shoes to change into at the end of the day, color-appropriate clothing (white will stand out too much to animals) made from moisture-wicking fabrics and a hat that ties under the chin so it won’t blow off. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, sneakers and flip-flops for the end of the day. Don’t forget a swimsuit and hat.
- Health preparations:Talk to your doctor prior to the trip about medications you may want to bring along as a preventative measure. Don’t forget the insect repellant, and talk to your safari provider about whether mosquito netting is provided.
5 Things You Won’t Want to Forget for a Beach Vacation
- Dry clothes:Bring dry clothes and a Ziploc bag to store the wet ones in your day bag. A second swimsuit comes in handy for day two in case your first doesn’t quite dry.
- Books or magazines:E readers and kindles are great but you will have to deal with low battery and sand incidents. Bring a good old fashioned book so you won’t have to worry about any of the above.
- Lots of drinking water:Staying hydrated is key. Sipping a cocktail on the beach is part of the vacation; just make sure you follow every cocktail with a glass of water.
- A large blanket:You’ll want more surface area than just your towel to spread out and keep the wet sand at bay.
- A jug of water:Keep this in your car to help rid yourself of pesky sand before you head back to the hotel. Baby powder works well too.
5 Things You Won’t Want to Forget for an Overseas Escorted Vacation
- Lightweight suitcase:You’ll be glad you choose a suitcase you can lift when it comes to bumpy cobblestone roads and unavoidable stairs.
- A cross body purse or bag:Keep your belongings safe from pickpockets and your hands free.
- Travel-friendly clothes:Skip shorts (they’ll know you’re an American from miles away) and opt for fabrics that dry quickly and don’t wrinkle. Color-coordinated clothes are also ideal for easy mixing and matching. Nothing will make you stand out more than sandals and socks, or white tennis shoes, in Europe, go for loafers or a simple pair of black shoes that are comfortable for walking and go with any outfit. Be aware of clothing restrictions in churches and other religious sites.
- Notebook and pen: They’ve always come in handy for us for communication, notes on sights to see, directions, travel memories … you name it.
- Adapter plugs:Most newer electronics are dual-voltage and work on U.S. and European currents, so you no longer need a converter. But you will likely need an adapter so your gadgets fit into European outlets. Bring both converters and adapters for places like Asia and Australia.
5 Things You Won’t Want to Forget for an International Flight
- Passport and pen:Most international destinations will require you to fill out immigration and customs forms en route, requiring your passport number and something to fill out said form with.
- Any necessary medication and toiletries:Delays are inevitable during air travel, but with international flights, it can be a long time before you are reunited with the luggage you’ve checked. Make sure you keep your daily medications with you so you don’t miss a dose. No matter how long the flight, you’ll feel fresher with access to basic toiletries like your toothbrush and paste, facial cleanser, baby wipes, deodorant, dry shampoo and more.
- Water bottle:Dehydration is expected on long flights; make sure you always have enough water on hand by packing an empty water bottle from home and filling it up once you’ve passed through security.
- Change of clothes, extra socks and bathing suit:Bags get lost, things spill during flight. You’ll be happy to have an extra set of clothes in either event. Going to a beachy spot? Bring your bathing suit onboard as well, you wouldn’t want to miss any time in the sun because you’re separated from your checked bags.
- Snacks:It can be hard to get healthy snacks onboard, especially at times when you’re most hungry.
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