If you’re starting to think about your next vacation and you want to ensure that it goes off without hitch, as well as taking your time to research affordable hotels that also offer a high standard and scouring the internet for the best deals on flights to your chosen destination, take some time out of your busy schedule to read this guide to the things that are often forgotten in the packing process, but which really shouldn’t be.It’ll save you so much time, money and maybe even heartache!
Remember to pack…
Visas, Passports, I.D
If you don’t want the first days of your vacation to be spent being detained, and you don’t want to have to fork out for an immigration attorney to help you out, then you need to ensure that you’re carrying any passports, visas, I.D cards and immigration papers that you may need. So many people spend so much time organizing them only to leave them on the kitchen table before they head off and it can cost them dearly! Don’t let that be you.
I’m certain you won’t forget to pack your cell phone or tablet, but what about the charger? It’s so easy to mindlessly forget it, and then you end up having to either go without your cell (unthinkable) or fork our $20 or more for a new one at your destination!
In the excitement of it all, it’s easy to get caught up in packing the perfect bathing suit or deciding which shoes you can afford to leave behind when you find that your case is too heavy, and sometimes, your focus on your clothing can cause you to forget about the really important stuff like, Oh, I don’t know, you’re prescription medications! Forgetting to pack enough medication to see you through your vacation could be pretty serious!
When you’re going on vacation, particularly if it’s to a place that’s known for its great weather, you can easily forget to pack an umbrella or even consider it necessary to do so, but the weather is a fickle thing, so it’s always a good idea to have one on hand.
Not packing your sunglasses isn’t an all-out disaster, but unless you’re vacationing in a place where you have access to affordable stores, it could end up costing you more money that you didn’t really need to waste if only you’d taken the time to review your packing!
Again, forgetting to pack your sunscreen isn’t usually going to be a disaster, unless the place you’re heading to sells it for much more than you’d pay back home, and many beach resorts do just that!
A lot of people don’t wear their belt when traveling because it makes getting through security a bit simpler. If you’re one of those people, and a belt is something you need, be sure to pack one along with the rest of your clothing.
It sucks having to pay the same price (or more) for a tiny travel size soap or shampoo as a big one when you forget to pack your essential toiletries, but it’s a very common experience. One which you’ll hopefully avoid after reading this.
Something with Sleeves
Even if you’re heading off to a tropical paradise, remember to pack one or two long-sleeved garments, and perhaps a couple of pairs of long pants too because, as I’m sure you’ll know, even the hottest destinations can get quite cold in the evenings, and the last thing you want is to spend half of your vacation shivering.
A First Aid Kit
This is especially important if you’ll be staying off the beaten track for obvious reasons.
A Good Book
Have you seen the books they sell at airports? They aren’t exactly Jane Austen, are they? So, if you want to be entertained as you lounge by the pool, be sure to pack a good read or two, or even better your Kindle!
It’s pretty obvious you’re going to need some of this, and why pay more when you already have some in the cupboard at home?
If you’re traveling overseas, then it’s a really good idea to pack some local cash in your carry-on. Why? Because many ATMs and credit card companies will charge you some pretty extortionate fees for using them overseas, and although they’re still the most practical option sometimes, having a little cash on hand will help to keep costs down. Of course, you’ll need cash for tipping a lot of the time too.
I think that’s everything!