Your favorite travel sites are stocked with top ten lists of what to bring on vacation. But what they often neglect to provide you with is a list of what not to forget! I often find myself getting on a plane or hopping in the car right as I’m hit with that “Oh my gosh, I forgot my [most precious forgotten item]!” So to prevent you from forgetting some things you might need later, here’s a list of travel items I always bring with me, regardless of how close to home or far away I might be traveling.
Cold Medicine: Cold medicine is not always as prevalent as you’d like it to be. From restrictions on what medicines and how much medicine you can buy to downright “out-of-stock” unavailability, you might find yourself in the middle of the Pacific Northwest with nary a convenience store in sight at which to purchase cold medicine. (Believe me, I’ve been there). So pack daytime and nighttime cold medicine as well as some lozenges to suck on if you get a sore throat or cough.
Vitamins: In the same vein as the cold medicine, don’t forget your vitamins! I’ve been able to steer clear of colds and flu by faithfully taking zinc, vitamin C and immune booster vitamins while on vacation.
Contact Solution: If you wear gas permeable contacts, don’t forget to bring your conditioning solution and cleaner. Tuck a bottle of eye drops in your purse or liquid bag in case you need to fix a contact while you’re on the go.
Glasses and Sunglasses: I sometimes have a problem remembering my prescription glasses because I don’t wear them during the day very much. However, they’re nice to pop on in the morning, at night, or if you need to quickly step out for something after you’ve taken out your contacts. Pack them in a sturdy case that won’t get crushed in your suitcase. And don’t forget those sunglasses! You might need them on the plane, around town or during an activity.
Dental Floss: You always remember a toothbrush and toothpaste, but do you ever remember the floss? Dental hygiene is just as crucial on vacation, especially if you can only floss at night when you get back to your hotel.
Spare Camera Equipment: Spare SD disks, extra tapes, spare batteries, camera chargers and cords are all essential to keeping the most memories from your vacation. Invest in a bag or camera case that has separate compartments for these small items in case you lose one, ruin one or run out of space on your current disk or tape.
Laptop Cables: You always remember the laptop, but do you remember the power cable? How about cables to hook into DSL internet at the hotel? Your battery will run out before you know it, and you don’t want to be without internet if you’re counting on it for a business trip.
Makeup Remover: Many of us gals put makeup on top of the list of things to bring on vacation, but do you remember the makeup remover? Pack a few cotton pads and a little one-ounce container of makeup remover to successfully keep raccoon eyes from developing overnight as a result of all that mascara.
Something to Eat: Pack a snack! Whether it be in your suitcase, your purse or your carry-on backpack, keep something handy to snack on if you find yourself in a place where food is nowhere in sight. Pop Tarts in a hard container, snack mix, cookie bites and cheese crackers are all great snacking items that won’t melt or take up a ton of space in your bag.
Light Jacket or Sweatshirt: Many places, even if it’s the Bahamas, are cool at night and early in the morning. Bring a lightweight jacket or sweatshirt along to defend again cool or inclement weather.
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