Really,what to carry and what not to carry really depends on the type of holiday you are planning and also the destination, weather and number of people travelling.
Make a quick list of essentials to carry. It certainly does not include 5 pairs of shoes and 5 different types of body lotions!(Don’t look so surprised some people really think these are part of essentials).
No matter what your travelling instincts are (adventure or some relaxing family time) here is a list of ‘Must-Takes’ to help you when you are ‘on the go’.
Wear the Gear
You must know how many and what types of clothes to pack. Those depend on where you are going, what activities you are planning and how long the vacation is. Apart from a few comfy clothes carrying a swim suit, and a comfortable pair of sleepers is highly recommended. Place comfort over fashion and you will not regret it.
When traveling, important documents must not be forgotten to bring and pack in your bags. For overseas, you need at least a passport, flight tickets and visa if needed. Local trips would only include tickets for your transportation either by plane or train. It is always a good idea to carry your driving license or ID and copies of travel insurance. When getting travel insurance, you must choose a plan that includes health on the coverage. This is the best recipe for some extra peace of mind!
You need to have some cash and ATM, debit or credit cards whenever you spend a vacation overseas or within the country.Never forget to carry some handy cash. If you are one of those ‘perfect planners’ then it is good to have some planning of the amount of money you intend to spend on the trip. Manage your money wisely.You can avoid possible ATM fees at your destination by withdrawing enough cash before you skip town. Remember to bring along some $1 bills for tipping
It is obvious that you plan to take your camera along with you but also do not forget to carry the extra memory for camera. Make sure you have packed the camera charger and also plug converter in case of international travel.
Laptops, iPads, mobile phones and MP3 players are also items you like to bring to your holiday destination. Most vacationers find these things important during a vacation. If you bring battery-operated devices, you have to bring extra batteries and chargers or cables as well.
Find Your Way
Always, always, always carry hotel info, directions and number (if you are pre-booked). Going to a place for the first time is fun and adventurous. You may get lost along the way trying to find a specific landmark because you do not have any map at all. So maps and guides are also must haves.
First Aid Needs
There is no harm in carrying a first aid kit for just in case, especially if you are travelling with kids. You can now climb the mountain and go for a bike race without worrying.
Prescriptions: Bring enough medication for your entire stay (plus a day or two) to avoid wasting time and money by going to get prescriptions refilled. You should include painkillers- You never know when a headache will come on.
Hand sanitizer: You’ll feel a lot better about the coughing and sneezing passengers on the plane if you take this with you.
Read and Relax
If you are one of those book buffs then nothing is a better travel companion than a good book. An e-book reader can really add fun to your trip if you plan to relax and rejuvenate.
Playing it Away
While traveling with friends or with family board games and card games can be good fun. Select games depending upon the number of people traveling and unwind!
Sunny or Rainy – Be Prepared
It is also necessary to carry stuff that can protect you against the sun and the rain. If you go to a beach, you must have a bottle of sunscreen lotion to avoid getting tanned. Sunglasses, umbrella and raincoat are also essentials.Don’t get caught in the rain. Even if the forecast looks nice, you never know when there may be a sudden shower or thunderstorm.
Knicks and Knacks
Knicks and knacks like a travel pack of anti-bacterial wipes, some zip-lock bags, all sizes, a notebook (for a quick jot down of travel adventures), important phone numbers are always welcome!
Laptop power cord: A must-have item if you’re bringing your computer along for the trip.
Sunglasses: You probably won’t have trouble finding a new pair of sunglasses, but you may be paying a tourist-trap price for them unless there’s a Dollar Tree nearby.
Sunscreen: If there’s room in your checked bag, take sunscreen along with you. You’ll find it’s more expensive at most beach destinations.
Long-sleeve shirt: Have you ever gotten goosebumps during the summer because a place has the air conditioning on full blast? That’s why I pack a long-sleeve shirt just in case.
Bathing suit: A swimsuit is so easy to forget, even if you’ve spent months trying to fit back into it.
Belt: You might decide to skip a belt at the airport in order to breeze through security, but always remember to pack one in your suitcase.
Wine: Carefully pack a bottle or two in your checked luggage to save a few bucks.