When you’re ready to take a much needed vacation, Take a Break Travel Company can help you choose the perfect destination. They’ll also be able to book your flights and even make hotel reservations for you. Of course, once the details have been managed, you still have another important task that can leave you overwhelmed. Of course, that task is packing for your trip. Fortunately, with a few basic travel tips, we’ll show you how to prepare for your vacation getaway and make sure that you don’t overpack while still being able to enjoy having what you need when you reach your destination. After all, too many bags is not only an inconvenience and can be extremely unwieldly as your travel, especially when trying to navigate from the airport to your hotel, but it can also lead to high excess baggage charges from your airline.
One of the first things you’ll want to discover is what you can and cannot bring on an airplane. The last thing you want to do is arrive at the airport, ready to check-in for your much-anticipated vacation, only to be faced with the need to toss out items that are prohibited. Due to the fact that the list of prohibited items can change at any time, it is best to contact your airline shortly before your trip in order to ensure that you don’t face any problems once you reach the airport.
If at all possible, try to pack so that you don’t have to check any bags. This means that you’ll need to choose carefully which items you need and which you can live without. You’ll also want to know the bag specifications, such as weight and dimensions. Careful packing won’t do you any good if you reach the airport only to be told that your bag is too big to carry on, and that it must be checked, often with a hefty fee. Of course, one of the biggest benefits of packing only a carry-on bag is you never have to worry about your luggage getting lost in transit.
Take some time to think about the weather at your destination as well as the types of activities you’ll be enjoying. If you plan on doing everything from swimming to enjoying the nightlife, you’ll need to pack accordingly. Additionally, even if you are heading to a warm weather destination, you’ll probably want to include a light jacket or sweater. Evenings can often get chilly and many restaurants and venues keep the air conditioning running, so it can be quite cool at times.
Make sure you pack prescription glasses, medications (in their original bottles), as well as your usual toiletries. When packing toiletries, make sure that any items that could potentially leak and make a mess are in zip top plastic bags. Much better to find your toothpaste squished out inside a plastic bag than all over your vacation wardrobe.
Lastly, if you’re planning a trip out of the country, be sure to find out what type of electrical outlet and the voltage is used in your destination country. You might need a power converter and plug adapters to use any of your electronics, including charging cables. Tips courtesy of Take a Break Travel winner of the 2016 award for best way to book a vacation.