Eight must-packs for any vacation
August 3, 2014
Whether it’s a road trip or a vacation across the world, there are a few things you might not think of packing that will absolutely come in handy when you’re away from home.
Here’s my list:
- Safety pins in several sizes and a nail file. Remember those? Safety pins are handy for anything from minor luggage repair to hemline fixes. And if I had a nickel for every time I broke a nail moving a suitcase around I could buy a latte, maybe two. Even if you get a shellac or gel manicure, a small nail file could be useful.
Moist towelettes are a must, and I bring the antibacterial kind. Research shows that airport tray tables and hotel remotes are big bacteria colonies. I make liberal use of my wipes on vacation.
Do you bring copies of your passport? You should—it makes replacement much smoother if yours gets lost. Or stolen. I photograph my passport with my phone AND bring a hard copy.
A portable navigation app on your phone. I can’t tell you how often this has helped us when we’re walking a city and don’t know where we are. Or how often people forget they can use an app for pedestrian routes.
A travel medicine kit with common over-the-counter remedies for headache, intestinal distress and the like, even for domestic travel. Yes, these things are available in any U.S. city but when distress hits, the last thing you want to do is go looking for a drug store. I use a small zip-lock bag and bring a couple of doses of each OTC remedy.
A shower cap. Hotels no longer automatically provide shower caps and after one hotel stay in which I had to wrap a towel around my head when I showered (which got sopping wet), I learned to always pack one. Fortunately, I have quite a collection of disposable caps from previous trips that take up no space at all.
Glasses. That would be prescription, reading and sun. Until I started a category called “Glasses” on my packing list, I’d forget one or more of these. And with my vision, I can’t afford to go without glasses or contact lenses. Now, I never forget. Even if your vision is great, you’d be surprised at how reading glasses help when trying to read tiny print on a map.
And use a packing list. Before mine, the things I’d be most likely to forget were pajamas and glasses. With my list, I’m always covered.
These handful of tips can help ensure that your vacation is smooth and hassle-free.
I was compensated for this post by Readers.com. There was no requirement for me to mention reading glasses, I did so because I pack them. Always.
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