Don’t Forget to Pack These Six Things

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Have you ever begun a luxury vacation with excitement and energy only to be disappointed soon after because you forgot to bring something important. Maybe you didn’t pack socks, or you forgot your toothbrush or your favorite T-shirt. No matter what it is, wishing that you had something else with you is not a great way to spend a vacation. Rod Little, a writer for Yahoo!, complied a good list of important items that could make or break a trip. Here are some of his best suggestions, and one of my own:

  1. Bug spray
  2. Phone and/or camera charger
  3. An Ethernet cord
  4. Photocopies
  5. Mini-pharmacy/first aid kit
  6. Extra passport photos

Bug Spray

This is a very important one, especially for trips with a lot of outdoor time. Remember to pack insect repellent because you just never know when you’ll need it. Whether you are lounging on a beach, trekking through a rain forest or just relaxing on your patio, you cannot 800px-Aedes_albopictus_on_human_skinguarantee that bug spray will always be readily available. A small can will fit inside almost any purse or carry-on bag.

Ethernet Cord

I love to be able to surf the web on vacation; being disconnected from the world makes time away much less relaxing for me. The problem is,  WiFi is not  available everywhere. In some lodging or public areas, old-fashion, plug-in Internet may be the only options. Make sure to pack a spare Ethernet cord, or you won’t be able to access it.


Crossing international borders, booking things  in advance, and  other aspects of travel all require one thing – paperwork. Make photocopies of important documents and keep them in a different place than the originals. That way, if one set is lost or damaged, you’ll still be fully prepared with everything you need.

Copy your birth certificate and other identification, in addition to reservation papers for hotels, airlines and car services. If you have a travel visa, make an additional copy of that as well.

Phone and Camera Charger

These days, many people can’t stand going even a few hours without their phone. But what happens if you forget its charger? Your phone Chargepod_2will die two days into your vacation, and, disconnected, your relaxing vacation turns into a stressful one.  You may also need to bring a plug converter. Many countries have different electrical outlets – so without a converter and  charger your phone will be useless

The same goes for your camera charger/batteries. You’ll be  disappointed if you use up all of the power on the plane, taking pictures out the window, and your camera dies before your trip really begins. Make sure to pack the charger and any needed batteries.

Mini-Pharmacy/First Aid Kit

If you are on any prescription medication, be sure to pack it. Your health is  important, even  on vacation. Also bring along some basic over-the-counter pills:. Aspirin, antacids and Pepto Bismol tablets can all come in handy.

A small first aid kit, or at least some Band-Aids, is another important inclusion. Most travellers just assume that the airline and hotel will have these supplies. Probably but not necessarily. And you or members of your family could get a cut anytime. Band-Aids take up very little space in your luggage and can do a great deal of good.

Extra Passport Photos

This one may sound strange, as Rod Little points out, but it can make a huge difference. If your passport is stolen or lost, you’ll need standard passport photos for a speedy replacement. They are also required when applying for a travel visa in many countries. If you decide to take an unplanned  side trip, or a one-day journey to another country, having these extra photos will expedite and simplify the process.

Now you can pack with no stress. Remember each of these items and prepare yourself to have a relaxing luxury vacation.

Mentioned: Rod Little, Yahoo!

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