May 24, 2013

Vacation Packing Guide

Each year, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. The holiday honors the service men and women of the United State Armed Forces who have passed away. It is common for cities to put on parades and festivities to celebrate the federal holiday. Memorial Day also signifies the unofficial start of summer! The three day weekend kicks off what is considered to be the summer vacation season, which ends with Labor Day weekend in September.  

Before taking off for a mini getaway or a big vacation, you have to pack, which can be a pain. The anticipation and excitement of a trip can quickly be overshadowed by the hassle of packing. People always stress about having everything they need and let’s not mention how difficult it can be to fit everything into a suitcase; especially if you’re using just a carryon for a plane. If you want to prevent some of the stress that comes along with packing, try using this packing checklist, that way all you’ll have to worry about it fitting it all in your bag.

  • Casual outfit for each day
  • Universal sweater or jacket
  • Undergarments - Be sure to pack extra underwear if you're traveling with kids!
  • Socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Exercise/Workout Gear
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Swimsuit Cover-up
  • Hat
  • Belt
  • Shoes
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Soap/Body Wash/Face Wash
  • Razor
  • Shaving Cream
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouth Wash
  • Comb and/or Brush
  • Hair Products
  • Travel Hairdryer
  • Makeup
  • Q-Tips/Cotton Balls
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume/Cologne
  • Lotion
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • Contact Solution
  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Vitamins
  • Aspirin
  • Prescriptions
Reminder: Airlines only allow liquids that are 3 oz. or less

Miscellaneous Items
  • Sunglasses
  • Purse or Bag
  • Umbrella
Documents & Information
  • Driver's License/Identification
  • Passport
  • Cash and Credit or Debit Cards
  • Medical Insurance Cards
  • Tickets (Plane, Bus, Train, etc.)
  • Confirmation for Hotel Reservations and/or Car Rental
  • Cell Phone & Charger
  • Music Device & Charger
  • Tablet & Charger
  • Laptop & Charger
  • Camera & Charger
  • Headphones
  • Converters & Adapters

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