Spring break is finally approaching, and it’s time to start planning your trip! There are so many places to go, things to do, and people to see that it can be overwhelming. And how do you even get started making sure you pack everything you might need? Read on below for some reminders of what will be beneficial to bring along on your vacation.
1 Personal Care Products
You want to bring everything you’ll need to carry out your routines and feel safe and healthy. It’s easy to forget about the products you use every day at home when you’re staying somewhere else. Try to bring your creams, deodorants, and other hygiene products you’ll need (and ensure they meet TSA guidelines if flying).
Sunscreen is one product that people tend to forget or not worry about — but it’s essential for your skin health. Bring along a pair of sunglasses not only to protect your eyes but also to relax in style. And finally, be sure to bring along sexual health products (like convenient birth control solutions).
2 Health Supplies
Alongside these products, they also make room for medical and emergency first-aid supplies like bandages and disinfectants. You never know what kind of situations can arise, and you’ll be thankful you prepared in advance. The same can be said for COVID safety; pack some protective supplies like extra masks and hand sanitizer.
Most importantly, remember all of your medications! Before you leave, sweep your medicine cabinet to check that everything you take is accounted for. You don’t want to leave anything that your health depends on at home.
Identification is essential to have on you whenever you leave the house, even more so when traveling. Try to have two forms of ID on you at all times in different places (to avoid losing both). If you’re traveling internationally, then you’ll need your passport anyway.
The other form of ID can be a driver’s license, state ID, or even something unofficial like a student ID. Keeping identification on hand is essential for the travel process and emergencies. You’ll need to identify yourself. It’ll also help you access clubs and bars without issue, even if you forget one of the documents.
4 Beach Accessories
There’s not much to do on the beach if you don’t bring along supplies like towels and activity equipment. Towels can be challenging to fit in your bags, so it might be worthwhile to choose a small one. You can pack much lighter while still being able to wipe yourself down after a good swim.
Remember also to bring appropriate clothing and multiple changes of clothes in case you need them. Other accessories you can fit in your bag include a wide-brimmed hat, sandals or flip flops, and waterproof speakers.
5 Portable Phone Charger
This item stands as an essential accessory for any trip where you won’t be staying indoors very long. You can spend the whole day outside and return to your hotel with a full phone battery if you’re hiking. A portable charger makes it convenient, so you don’t ever have to worry about your battery.
These devices can also often hold more than one full charge. Convenience is their most significant benefit but having one on you when traveling can also help you stay safe. You never know when you might get lost or need to call for help, and you can be fully charged.
6 Water Bottle
Your trusty water bottle is always ready and at hand for a drink when you’re going about your day-to-day life. It’s likely. However, that water is easily available elsewhere, and if you forget your bottle, it won’t be a problem. But when you’re on vacation in unfamiliar or remote places, you’ll surely need it to keep hydrated.
Try not to take the availability of water for granted, and always pack your bottle and keep it nearby. If you’re leaving from an airport, you’ll have to empty the bottle before going through security. But you can always refill it at a water fountain in your terminal.
There will likely be no food shortage at your destination if it’s in a populated area. But for days of travel, nature activities, etc., stock up on small snacks to fill you between meals. Trail mixes are a good idea because they provide quick energy in small amounts.
Nuts, in general, are suitable for this purpose, along with granola bars and fruit. These items can be packed small to take up the least luggage room possible. Alternatively, you can get your snacks for the day at or near where you’re staying, so size isn’t an issue.
8 Multipurpose Carrying Bags
Traveling for any length of time requires a lot of carrying and endurance. Even if you’re exploring the city one day, you’ll have items you want to bring. So make sure to pack a small carrying bag (like a drawstring bag or clutch) for the essentials.
If your trip involves swimming or other aquatic activity, a waterproof bag can protect your stuff. It’s common for people to put their devices in plastic bags before getting on boats or rafts. Have this prepared in advance, and everything will be good to go.
So many things will be on your mind as spring break approaches, so don’t worry if you forget something. It’s likely that whatever you forget, you can get a replacement or alternative. But before this situation happens, look over this list to ensure you have everything you need.