It’s been a long time since your last vacation. So long, in fact, that you can’t even begin to imagine things to bring on every vacation. That can make packing a little annoying. Even people who travel frequently wish they could be a little bit smarter about what they bring along. It’s always too much, or something important gets forgotten.
Don’t you hate it when you forget something like your iPod or iPad? Or some swim wear? Or that emergency bundle of cash?
What you certainly don’t want is to have to buy something while on vacation that you only just happened to forget at home. That’s something we would just as soon avoid if at all possible.
You can avoid feeling remorse for having packed too much, or having not packed enough. One of the best ways to avoid making a mistake while packing is to try not to put off the packing to the last second. Make some time to get it out of the way the night before, or even find some time a couple of days early to take care of the bulk of it before leaving. When you’re in a hurry, you tend to pack too much or too little. Or you don’t realize until you’re hundreds of miles of away that you forgot that one item before leaving.
You can avoid that simply by doing as much packing as possible in the days leading up to the departure.
Packing a couple of days ahead of time gives you plenty of time to make sure you didn’t forget anything, but here are some essentials you should always try to remember:
- Digital camera
- Something to read
- Phone charger
- Any vouchers or coupons
- Backups of any important documents you were planning to bring
- Extra shirts
- Extra pants
- Extra socks and underwear
- Tickets or e-confirmation
- Any needed medications
- Pain relievers
This is only a partial list. It might not be a bad idea to make your own list before you even start packing. You’ll probably come up with your own ideas, and making up a list is a good way to get your mind going in that direction
Don’t Forget To Have Fun
You still might forget one or two things to bring on every vacation, but a good list will still help. It certainly cuts down on the odds of leaving something behind.