10 Vacation Essentials
People Always Forget To Pack
Whether we're going on vacation out of the country or out of state, some items always get left off our packing list and never make it into our travel luggage, carry-ons or fabric tote bags. We either end up trying to survive the entire vacation without one of our essentials or dipping into vacation funds to buy items we should have packed in the first place. If you're planning a spring break vacation, weekend excursion or a summer getaway, review this list of commonly forgotten vacation essentials to avoid making a few frustrating or costly mistakes.
Chargers And Outlet Adapters
Unfortunately, infinite battery life isn't yet possible for smartphones or laptops. It's easy to leave chargers at home, forget them in the car, or accidentally leave them in outlets during that long wait at the airport. It can be one of the most frustrating things to forget considering how much we rely on smartphones to look up important information on the go. Instead of taking the risk of losing your main charger between charging sessions, invest in a portable charger or power bank to give your devices the boost they need while you're traveling. And if you're traveling out of the country, check to see if you have the right adapters for electrical outlets.
Tickets And Travel Documents
There are few things more frustrating than misplacing plane tickets, forgetting passports or not having the right ID to get through airport security. Although most airlines have smartphone apps that make boarding and check-in easier than ever, having that paper plane ticket in your pocket just in case something goes wrong is a great idea. It's also a good idea to know exactly what to do if you lose your passport while traveling abroad. All these essential travel documents should be kept in a safe, secure place at all times. As an extra precaution, try not to keep these essentials in items like jackets, purses or carry-ons that are taken off or set down frequently while you wait.
Cash In Multiple Places
If you're relying solely on credit cards and debit cards to make payments while traveling, there's a chance you might run into some issues. Sometimes cards aren't accepted. Sometimes they get declined. Sometimes you lose your entire wallet. Not only is it smart to bring cash on your trip, it's also smart to hide it in multiple places. Money belts and hidden apparel compartments have been used effectively by travelers overseas for many years. For travelers going overseas or to a foreign country for the first or second time, there are also many money safety tips for traveling that will keep your cash nice and secure at all times.
Space In Your Suitcase
It's hard enough to fit everything we need in our luggage, let alone leave space to bring things back. But you're going to need to make some room if you're planning on bringing something back from your vacation. At the very least, try to keep this in mind while packing your suitcase so you know your limitations ahead of time for the sizes of your potential souvenirs. You can also try a couple of these space-saving tricks for packing suitcases to help you maximize the compartments and pockets in all your luggage.
First Aid Kits
Very few people remember to pack any first-aid supplies when going on vacation. Packing your kit depends on where you're going and what activities you plan on doing. Getting a kit together for a hiking trip will be a lot different than creating one for the beach. No matter what you'll be doing, try to pack a few first aid essentials like bandages for cuts, scrapes and blisters, and pain medication for any fevers or headaches that pop up out of the blue. Sunscreen is also a must-have if you're going to be out in the sun. First aid kits are one of those things you hope you won't need but will be thankful for if you have it. Plus, they don't take up that much space in suitcases.
In addition to packing a first aid kit, you can't forget to pack any prescription medicine you need to take during the week. There aren't very many restrictions for carrying prescription medication on planes. Although, you will have to allow security to check these items as thoroughly as they prefer, so it's better to pack everything in one compact location to avoid having to dig through your luggage. This includes items like allergy medication, pain meds like ibuprofen, antibiotics or preventative medicine for probable issues like insect bites. Keep these things, as well as your first aid kit, close together and easily accessible in your carry-on to speed up the security process.
Chances are you're not going to forget to grab your toothbrush out of its toothbrush holder or forget to pack your deodorant, but when packing toiletries, there are several tools we forget to bring that can cause headaches during vacation. Mostly, it's the things we don't use every single day that get left behind. Fingernail clippers might not pop into your head when packing a toiletry bag, but you'll be missing them a couple days later. Tweezers and Q-tips are also high on the list of bathroom essentials people leave behind. Also, keep in mind that gels, lotions and creams are counted as liquids, and should be packed in your checked bag, not your carry-on.
When you've been looking forward to your sunny vacation on the beach, it's almost impossible to imagine the possibility of rain. Unfortunately, bad weather can get in the way of the perfect vacation. What makes matters worse is if you aren't prepared for bad weather. At the very least, slipping a small umbrella into the pocket of your carry-on will give you a quick way to stay dry while traveling. If you know you're going to be running into some rainy weather on your trip, prepare by packing the contents of your luggage with plastic bags to keep things dry. You can't always prevent your checked bags from getting soaked in the rain while they're out of your hands.
Notebook And Pens
Fewer and fewer people carry an everyday writing utensil, but it's one of the simplest ways to make your travel experience easier. Aside from allowing you to jot down quick notes, you'll also be able to avoid pulling out your smartphone every few minutes. And if you have a small notepad in your carry-on or backpack, you'll have a place to record important information and thoughts throughout your journey, not to mention an addition hiding spot for cash, stamps, or copies of important information you don't want to keep in your wallet. Pens and stationery come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to suit your travel needs.
Locks For Luggage
Locking up your essentials is the best way to travel with peace of mind. There are plenty of times when our checked bags and even carry-ons are out of our immediate possession and could use an additional layer of security. Locking up important documents that you leave in your hotel room is also a sound safety precaution. The best reason to bring a travel lock is to have more control over the quality of the lock you're trusting to keep your items secure. Many simple locks that you can buy at the airport or convenience stores are easily picked by thieves who know what they're doing, and there are less options than you might think once you're out traveling. Find a couple small locks you know you can trust before you depart.