Things Not To Forget While Packing For Your Vacation
Packing for a vacation is always difficult. You want to make sure you bring everything with you, but there is not a lot of room in a carry-on bag, and if you overpack, it could be a disaster when it comes time to go through security. If you’re going on a vacation, it’s easy to get excited and start packing as quickly as possible, but sometimes it’s the small things that trip you up — leaving you scrambling at the last minute. Vacation travel can be stressful, but preparing ahead of time will help prevent unnecessary headaches.
You don’t want to forget anything important, and you don’t want to overpack, leaving you with an uncomfortable trip. The rest of this article will show you how to remember what not to forget while packing for your vacation.
Here’s a list of things not to forget when you’re packing for your vacation:
You definitely don’t want to forget your passport. You’ll need it for international travel — whether you’re visiting a country or simply traveling through another country on your way to your actual destination. It is also very important when you are in another country because if you don’t have it with you, you won’t be able to go through immigration. It’s a good idea to keep your passport in a different bag from the one where you carry your other travel documents, in case your bags get stolen.
2. Necessary prescriptions or Medication
If you are on medication, make sure to pack it in your carry-on luggage in case you get separated from your checked baggage. It’s also a good idea to pack instructions for how often and when you should take your medication with it.
It’s also a good idea to not forget any necessary prescriptions. If you are traveling internationally, make sure your doctor writes the necessary prescriptions you will need on a letterhead. Then you will be able to get the medications you need while visiting another country without any issue.
3. A map
While it’s always best to use your phone for directions, sometimes you won’t have any service or the battery will die. It’s always good to have a map of the area you’re traveling to in case anything like that happens.
This seems like an obvious thing not to forget, but it’s easy to get excited about traveling and forget the simple things. Make sure to pack your wallet with some money in it, not only for snacks and drinks on the plane but also for anything you might want to do while you’re at your destination.
One of the biggest problems people run into is forgetting to pack towels. This may seem like an obvious thing not to forget, but it happens all the time. You might pack your clothes and book your trip, but not think about the towel because it seems like a standard item you always have.
6. Phone charger
You’d be surprised how many people forget their phone chargers when they’re packing for a trip. It’s easy to not think about it and assume you’ll be able to get a charger at your destination, but that isn’t always the case. If you’re going on a longer trip, make sure to bring an extra charger.
7. Any important documents
Make sure that you bring any important documents with you on your trip. This could be anything from a recent utility bill to a current photo ID. They should all be in a separate bag from the one where you pack your clothes, so that if your luggage does get stolen, you will still have all of the necessary documents with you. This is especially important if you are traveling internationally.
8. Extra clothes
You should always bring extra clothes with you — whether it’s an extra change of clothes for the plane or a change of clothes after getting wet in the rain. You never want to not have anything to change into, so pack some extra clothes in your luggage before you go on the trip.
Don’t forget your camera! Along with any extra batteries or memory cards so that you can take lots of pictures during your trip. Cameras are the most important thing to not forget because they capture the memories you make on your trip.
10. Toothpaste and toothbrush
You definitely don’t want to forget these items, as they are absolutely necessary to have a good trip. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to forget these items, which is why you should put them in clear sight at the top of your packing list.
The last thing you want on your trip is to smell bad, so make sure to pack a stick of deodorant. This is another item that is easily forgotten about when you’re packing, so make sure to keep it in mind — and pack it — before your trip.
12. Sunscreen and sunglasses
This one is pretty self-explanatory. The sun and the beach don’t mix well without sunscreen, so make sure to pack a bottle of it. Sunglasses are also a good thing to have with you on the beach, as they will prevent you from getting a headache from the sun.
13. Shampoo and conditioner
While this might seem like a really strange thing to pack, it’s definitely necessary if you don’t want to smell or look funny. The last thing you want is greasy hair, so make sure you have shampoo and conditioner in your luggage.
14. Jacket or umbrella
If it rains, you definitely don’t want to get wet, so make sure to pack an umbrella or a jacket. You want to be prepared for anything weather-wise, so make sure you have the necessary items to make sure you stay nice and dry.
15. Travel-sized toiletries
Make sure to pack the travel-sized toiletries that you might need to use while you’re on the trip. Things like a travel-sized toothpaste, conditioner, lotion, hairspray, etc., are all very important to put in your luggage before you go on the trip, especially if you’re going somewhere that has a smaller selection of items available.
16. First aid kit
Be prepared for any illness, injury, or other medical issues that might arise on your trip. You can buy pre-made first aid kits at most stores, or you can assemble your own if you have a little more time. Also, keep Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer in your bag. You never know when you might need it!
17. Snacks and drinks
Make sure to pack any snacks and drinks you can’t live without. Whether it’s a specific brand of water you only drink at the pool, or some granola bars for your plane ride, make sure to pack anything you absolutely can’t go without. You don’t want to get hungry or thirsty, so make sure you pack any snacks and drinks you’ll need for the trip.
Conclusion & Additional Tips
Remember that the items on this list are all based on personal preference and what you might need. You should think of places that will be on your list of things to do and figure out what you will need while doing them. For example, if you enjoy hiking or fishing, make sure you pack a first-aid kit and sunscreen.
You can also use this list as a guide to see what things might be useful to take on your trip. You might notice that you’ve never used certain items, so don’t feel obligated to pack them in your luggage.
We hope you found the list useful, and we wish you a great experience on your next trip!