♦ Passport – If you’re going to one of the islands or Mexico or anywhere outside the US (Remember, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months BEYOND your return date!!!)
♦ Outlet Adapter – If you’re going to a country that has different electrical outlets than the US.
♦ Small Bills for Tipping – Even when going to an all-inclusive, there will be people along the way you’ll want to tip and you won’t always want to use the $20s you got from the ATM before leaving.
♦ Sun Screen – Any place sunny, even if it’s a ski weekend.
♦ Special Clothes – Some resorts have restaurants that require long pants, closed toe shoes, or even a jacket. Don’t show up with just a bathing suit and a pair of shorts because you’re going to a Caribbean Island.
Things to Consider Taking:
♦ Power Strip – We’ve found that taking a power strip makes things so much easier. With all the things that need to be plugged in to recharge like laptops, cell phones, battery chargers for cameras, e-readers, etc., trying to find enough outlets in a room is next to impossible. There are typically only one or two outlets that are readily accessible. If you need an adapter for the outlet, then one adapter will give you as many usable outlets as your power strip has.
♦ Short Cord Adapters – Not really sure what to call these, but you’ve probably seen the short electrical cords they sell so the big ugly transformers some things use don’t take up your entire electrical outlet or power strip. If you’ve got some big things to plug in, you might want to take a couple of these short cords, too. They also sell power strips now that bend all which ways so one plug won’t get in the way of the next one, so you wouldn’t need the short cords if you had a power strip like that.
♦ Clothes Pins – Double use: When hanging things on your balcony to dry, use them to clip the clothes to themselves so they don’t blow off; They also come in handy to clip the top corners of your towel on your lounge chair so it doesn’t fall down or blow down on you.
♦ Small Sewing Kit – You never know when you might lose the button off your favorite outfit. Also, the needle can be used to reset electronics, like an e-reader.
♦ Plastic “Ice Cubes” – These are made of plastic, come in all kinds of shapes, and are filled with a non-toxic liquid. You freeze them, then you can use them to keep your glass of white wine cool without watering it down. They’re easily rinsed off and re-frozen in the freezer section of the room refrigerator.
♦ Medications go in Carry On – Don’t take the chance of your medicine not being at your destination when you are.
♦ Extra Clothes in Carry On – If your checked bag gets lost, at least you’ll have a change of clothes and/or a bathing suit to wear while the airline is looking for the rest of your clothes.
♦ Roll Clothes – Instead of folding your clothes to pack them, roll your clothing in tissue paper and pack in large plastic bags which can be “squished” down and sealed. This takes up less room and the clothes actually come out less wrinkled than if you fold them.
Tips for traveling with Children:
♦ Footwear – Have your child/children wear shoes that are easily removed and put on for the trip through security.
♦ Food – Bring lots of little snacks.
♦ Security – Have one parent go through security first, then the children, and then the other parent. This way a child can never be stranded on one side of security while both parents are on the other side. NO, the TSA won’t let you go through without the normal inspection just because you child is screaming on the other side.
♦ Activities – Pack books, crayons, paper, coloring books, and small toys. Play quiet games like “I Spy”. Load the IPad with lots of games, cartoons, and shows, or a portable DVD player with shows/cartoons.
♦ Comfort – Bring a small pillow and blanket.
♦ Or leave them at home with their grandparents 😉