If you’re looking to venture to a part of the world with a more pleasant climate this summer, then you’ll want to be sure that you’ve gotten everything packed properly. Let’s take a look at the items you’ll want to include:
Your passport is an essential travel document that’s required if you’re going to be passing across a national border. To be safe, take a photocopy of yours and email it to yourself – you’ll be grateful if you should encounter trouble along the way. Do the same with any travel visa you need, and any insurance documents you’re taking with you. This will include the EHIC that’ll cover you during your travels within Europe.
If you’re travelling by plane, train or automobile, you’ll also need to ensure you’ve got the appropriate documents to hand. A boarding pass or travel card will be required – again, email a copy of each to yourself to prevent inconveniences during the experience.
Of course, emailing all of this documentation to yourself will be pointless if you don’t have a device to read it on. As such, your phone is essential. Ensure that you’ve got a means of charging it – your phone charger, obviously, along with the necessary adaptor to connect it to the local wall-sockets. If you’re going to be using your phone as an entertainment and music centre, be sure that you’ve also packed a set of headphones, as well as a miniature speaker, which is sure to come in handy whilst you’re sitting beside the pool.
First Aid Kit
If disaster should strike in the middle of your holiday, then you’ll want to be able to administer first aid right away. But far more likely is a more minor ailment, whose symptoms you’ll want to address straight away. You won’t want to spend your holiday walking around a foreign town centre in search of a pharmacy, so be sure that you’ve gotten all of the necessary plasters, antihistamines, paracetamol and whatever other drugs you’re likely to need. If you suffer from any particular problems which require a prescription, then take a copy of yours with you.
Having to buy your own toiletries when you get out to your destination is unlikely to be much fun. Be sure, then, that you’ve got the necessary items all assembled and ready to go. These should include things like toothbrushes, toothpastes and razors, as well as other things that you might not use quite so often. Since you might not be able to rely on the local water supply, a set of antibacterial gels is sure to come in handy. When transporting your toiletries, it’s best to use a set of sealable plastic bags – that way you won’t need to worry about spillages inside your luggage.
One of the big dangers of venturing out into the sunshine is that you’ll necessarily be exposed to large amounts of ultraviolet radiation. This, in turn, has been heavily linked to skin cancer. But leaving that to one side, being burnt to a crisp is exquisitely painful doesn’t look very good. Consequently, savvy holidaymakers will want to cover up with a layer of sunblock – opt for a generous factor.
Similarly, ultraviolet rays can have a measurable impact on one’s eyesight over the long term. And having to spend your holiday squinting constantly will also lead to a splitting headache. There’s one tried-and-true means of battling this problem, and that’s to cover your eyes with a set of sunglasses. These come in a range of styles and shapes, from high-end Gucci sunglasses, to prestigious Chanel Sunglasses, to the less glamorous knock-offs you’ll find along the front of beaches across the continent. When it comes to sunglasses, you tend to get what you pay for – in terms of both longevity, comfort and efficacy.
If you’re going on a more active holiday, then you’re unlikely to have much time available to spend reading. But if you’re going to spend a lot of your time lounging beside the pool, then having a good book to hand is sure to be worthwhile. If you’ve got a long flight ahead of you, it’s worth packing either an e-reader or a physical book to get your through the ordeal.
Finally, if you’re going to be travelling anywhere where swimming is required, then you’ll want to take the required swimming equipment. If you’re considering buying new swimwear, then do so before you make the trip. Ideally, you’ll also want to have a spare set of swimwear to hand, too.