Listed below is a checklist
of items that you should consider when packing for vacation.
- Always place all important
documents such as your passport, tickets, travel insurance
documents, hotel contact numbers, emergency numbers in a bag that's
easily accessible, and carry it with you on your flights.
- When going to a warm climate
always pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, beach shoes in a carry-on bag
so you can hit the pool if your room isn't ready when you arrive.
The front desk will store your suitcases for you until you can check
- Snacks for travel are always
a good idea especially if you are traveling with children.
Airport food is quite expensive.
- Be sure to include a good
book or magazines for the flight as well as sitting at the pool.
- If your resort offers an
upscale restaurant that you plan to visit check in advance to see
the dress code and bring the appropriate clothes.
- Be sure to bring a light
jacket or sweater because sometimes evening breezes can be cool.
- Sunscreen with a high SPF,
hat or visor and sunglasses are a necessity in tropical climates.
If diapers are
necessary, find out if they are available at your destination.
It will be a lot easier than trying to
carry a week's worth with you however, it may be more costly.
- If you expect to do any
hiking, you might also add insect repellent to the list.
- Scuba divers should bring
their diving certification card.
- A few resorts offer horseback
riding along the beach. If you plan to do this, bring long pants.
- Make sure you have a pen in
your bag for filling out custom forms.
- Pack a deck of cards and
electronic devices for music and games into your carry-on bag for
long delays and layovers at airports. This is especially useful if
you're traveling with kids.
- Bring camera film or memory
cards and extra camera batteries from home, as these items can be
pricey if purchased at a resort.
- Most beach resorts will have
towels available so you do not have to bring them along.
- Pack an extra pair of
contacts or glasses.
- Put prescription medicines in
your carry-on bag, in case your checked luggage is delayed.
- If you have a laptop computer
and you want to stay connected to home or work, find out if your
hotel has in-room or wireless Internet access. Always carry your
laptop onboard your flights.
- Some resorts do not have wash
clothes so you may want to put a few in your suitcase.
- Since many airlines are now
charging for luggage you must pack efficiently. Try and keep
it to one carry on and one suitcase per person. If you are
traveling with children you may be able to use a slightly larger
suitcase and combine clothes. The last thing you want to do is
pay for additional luggage or for a suitcase that exceeds the weight
Vacations are always fun and
we look forward to them but we always seem to dread the travel involved
with getting us to our destination. Airports are crowded, flights
are delayed and security lines are extremely long. In addition,
the price of airfare is rising. But by planning ahead and using
our travel tips you will find that your journey can be as pleasant as
the vacation itself. See our
Tips section for details.