Careful Planning is Important in Packing for Vacation.

Vacation is something many people, regardless of age, anticipate and enjoy. Whether it is just a two-day vacation or cross-country excursion, there is usually a common thread – Fun and Relaxation.

So, a vacation checklist is important.  Packing requires planning, and we have a few tips. In particular – pack light!

Most of us, if not all, do not want to drag around an overfilled suitcase or bring an unnecessary extra bag from one place to another.

That being said, we do want to carry all important essentials that make us safe, comfortable, and healthy.

Having all the items you need, whether you’re on a plane, train or bus will make the journey considerably less stressful.

Identifying the travel essentials and having a vacation checklist for items needed during the duration of the trip will definitely help avoid any bumps in the road.


Here’s our vacation checklist of essentials: 

MEDICATIONS – Bring enough medicine to last the entire trip and then be sure to bring extra.

Having an emergency supply of medication will act as a buffer against unforeseen hindrances, such as a loss of luggage, flight complications, or damage to medication. Make sure to carry these on board the airplane with you and not in your checked luggage.

DOCUMENTS – Proper documentation is incredibly important.

Tickets/boarding passes, VISA, Passports, travel insurance, driver’s licenses, health cards, and photocopies of these documents in the event of loss all make the list.

Often overlooked documents are medication and physician documentation. Consider carrying a list with your doctor’s name, contact info, and prescriptions.

You may need to explain the purpose of carrying large amounts of medicine.  On the other hand, if you run out, you may need that important information.

Make copies of your important papers and keep them in your suitcase. Or take them with you and leave the originals with your luggage. You can easily mail copies of them to yourself and then get copies when needed.


MONEY – Whatever country or place you visit, always check your cash (dollar or foreign currency).

Obviously, this is pretty important. Also, don’t forget credit cards, debit / ATM cash cards, as well as checks as they may come in handy whenever the need arises.

It is often best to use an ATM machine in a foreign country to get their currency rather than exchange dollars for lots of other currencies. That way you only take out what you need. It is expensive to change those pesos back into dollars.

Call your credit card carriers and let them in on the secret that you will be going on a trip. Be sure to carry one for the ATM machine that does not charge foreign exchange fees. If you shop around early enough, you can score one that will even reimburse you for your ATM fees.

For starters try Fidelity and Schwab. And look for the ones that may reimburse your travel costs. Sapphire will give you a $300 annual flight reimbursement. But don’t get too excited. They do charge a hefty fee. it may be worth it!

REFERENCE MATERIAL – Though one might not think that it’s necessary to bring these, it would be a smart move to bring a travel diary, some dictionaries, local maps, and guidebooks in order to assist you.

Although you might find some tourism centers in most airports and purchase guides and maps, it still is a wise choice to stay one step ahead.

WARDROBE – Pack according to the climate.

Even when traveling to a tropical country, it’s best to bring with you an extra jacket as the weather is fairly unpredictable. Don’t forget to pack some extra comfortable shoes or a pair of slippers as well. Again, pack light.

You don’t have to bring a month’s worth of wardrobe when you’re only traveling for two weeks. Try to bring the necessities: a nice jacket, a “formal” outfit, and then comfortable clothing.

Remember, the more room in your luggage that’s occupied with clothing, the less room you have for items obtained while on vacation.


ACCESSORIES / OTHERS – It’s best to carry that extra pair of eyeglasses.

And don’t forget the sunglasses as well. Bring along some travel size toiletries, a small notebook for jotting down facts and reminders of your trip, denture containers and hearing aid battery spares. And of course, pack a camera to record all the memories and adventures you’ll be having.

A long white scarf is always a needed addition. You never know when you will need it. Use it bunched up as a small pillow for just in case. If it is cool in the evening that thin layer will keep your shoulders warm. If it is too sunny it can help protect you from the sun’s harmful rays. If it is very cold wrap the scarf around your neck for a neck warmer. Nothing will be more versatile than a white scarf. It goes with every color.


Choosing the Right Luggage

Choose the luggage that best fits your strength and mobility.

Rolling luggage is easily mobile and maneuverable — easily moved down escalators and through crowds. Yet, some companies create lightweight luggage for those only traveling for a few days. Do the research to pick the luggage that works for you.

Your carry-on bag should contain items you may need for the whole duration of the flight. Carry on luggage such as briefcases and book bags allow for extra storage. Carrying medications in your carry on luggage is a must. Adding snacks and a book are nice additions. While you are waiting at the airport you can sharpen your French or Spanish skills.

Having a well-packed carry-on bag and suitcase will help lessen the stress and anxieties that may arise. Check your vacation checklist twice and happy traveling!

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