What better way is there to de-stress and unwind than to go on a vacation? With 196-countries to choose from, your options are endless. From the passionate country of France to the rhythmic streets of Brazil, here’s a list of some of things you can’t travel without when going on vacation.
Whether traveling domestic or international, personal identification is always an important must (a note to check your passport expiration date). The last thing anyone needs is to arrive at the airport lacking or having expired credentials. That’ll be one expensive and time-extensive headache.
2) Emergency money
No matter how well you planned your vacation, you can never plan for the unexpected. Emergency money is a great security blanket to have in the event where luck isn’t on your side. Whether it’s some cash stashed away or a credit card, having some type of fallback funds is key.
Where ever you are in the world the sun will always be glistening (unless in the United Kingdom, then it gets dicey), but sun damage to the eyes is real. Don’t be the tourist putting a tremendous strain on your eyes through the rays. Put an end to that with a stylish, comfortable pair of polarized sunglasses. Protect your eyes and look like fresh while doing it.
Photo courtesy | Maggie Brauer
4) Comfortable pair of shoes
Everyone walks and wanders around on vacation, whether to the beach or on a city tour, a comfortable pair of shoes is a step in the right direction.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant are an absolute must. Just because you’re unwinding doesn’t mean you stop taking care of personal hygiene. For yourself and those around you, don’t forget these items. (Note: check the TSA restrictions before you pack!)
6) Spending money
Different from “emergency money”, this is the money you DO NOT spend wisely. Bring enough to last your stay and use it to spoil yourself. Don’t forget to buy some friends and family souvenirs.
7) Smartphone or camera
A picture is worth a thousand words and a lifetime of memories. So be sure to bring your smartphone (or camera) and take as many pictures as possible. Don’t forget to bring the chargers either.
Photo courtesy | Ed Dunens
8) Bottled Water
Certain countries water isn’t always the cleanest or drinkable for tourists. Instead of consistently buying bottles or fighting Montezuma’s revenge, a filtered water bottle can solve all your problems before they start. Just fill up every morning and you’ll have clean water ready to quench your thirst throughout the day. From a hike up the mountains to a walk to the beach, a filtered bottle will be your best friend.
9) Beach/pool attire
After being locked up for a few months of winter, it’s time to show everyone that beach body you were working on for summer. Be sure to pack a bathing suit and those flip-flops. Don’t forget your sunscreen either – a regret you’ll sure have later.
10) First aid kit
If you get a cut or headache, a small first aid kit can be very useful. Instead of having to go to the local ER, bring your own kit containing bandages, gauze and aspirin, upon other medical supplies. You never know when you’ll have that annoying cut while away.