Even the most experienced travelers forget important items. Somewhere between packing, planning the air travel experience (how long will security take?) and ensuring the passports are in hand something gets forgotten. On a recent trip I forgot two things: our camera and a razor. Luckily our phones take decent pictures and I was able to hit up our hotel for a razor the first night then hit a Walgreens the next day. I recall passengers asking for tips when I was a flight attendant on where to pick up forgotten (fill in the blank – anything you can imagine). Here are are 10 things not to forget to pack this summer:
Snacks. Flight delays to highways accidents are reasons enough to carry back-up snacks to keep hunger at bay and blood sugar stable. I’ve talked a lot about healthy snacks on the road. Recently, when I was attending a travel blogger conference, a representative from Crispy Green was attending and offering samples of their freeze-dried fruit. Let’s just say the bags I brought home didn’t last. The entire family loved them. I should have hid them because they were so good. These are great choices for air and road travel and best of all they are all natural.
Swimsuits. This should be “the right swimsuits” because these days swimwear comes in cute, but also safe options. Sand Dollar Swim is one example of swimwear for kids that offers sun protection. This is speaking from first-hand experience. Last summer my Snow White daughter was having a lovely time on the beaches of St. Martin but returned with the worst sunburn, especially on her shoulders. I felt awful and kept thinking: “I should have opted for a more-coverage swimsuit.” This summer my kids are wearing suits from Sand Dollar Swim. This brand’s motto is: Too cool to burn. I like it. The owner Maureen makes it a point to combine sun safety and fashion for toddlers to age 12. Check out this darling Dazzling Peacock swimsuit. The boys’ selection has a nice variety that even my tween agrees is cool.
Sunglasses. In my experience, buying a new pair of shades on the road isn’t the most exciting way to spend your hard earned vacation cash. Especially when you have a perfectly fine pair sitting at home on the kitchen counter where you left them!
In-between clothes. What does this mean? Well, sometimes it’s easy to remember to pack the beachwear and the dressy clothes for evening but what about when you decide to hit the town during the day? Maybe you’re going browsing in the local shopping district or out to lunch? For the girls I pack cute sundresses while my son gets a nice polo shirt and shorts. For me, that’s where SlimSation by John Bourgeois comes in and let me tell you, I love these pants! Allow me to get technical for a moment. The fabric is resilient with a strong stretch and wash/wear. Honestly, I’m not always big on “stretch material” but these form so nicely without being tight. Check them out, ladies.
Phone charger. This is the worst thing to forget if you ask me and even if you do bring it, don’t you dare put it in your checked luggage (heaven forbid your luggage gets lost!).
Medications. I’ve been preaching the “don’t pack your meds in your checked luggage” for years but, let’s face it, a lot of people forget them at home, too.
Passport or ID. Whether driving or flying you will want to have proof that you say who you are and if you’re planning on leaving the country, well, you’ll need it. This should top your list but also take a picture of your ID and send it to yourself or keep it in an email file in case you lose your ID or passport or it gets stolen. You will want to be able to access the copy.
Toiletries. Yes, I tend to forget razors often but also high on the list for other travelers are toothpaste, toothbrush, hair brush and styling products.
Sunscreen. Even if you or your kids’ swimsuit has UV protection, you still need a layer of sunscreen for exposed parts including the face. Please don’t let the face burn!
Good attitude. No matter what you forget, there’s a good chance you can get it on the road even if there is a cost. Therefore, the best thing you can carry with you is your smile and optimism.
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