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School’s out for summer. Graduation season is here. It’s that time of year when we are planning our family vacations. You decided on a great beach vacation and it’s time to start the packing. I have to admit, I’m an over packer. I always have to check the weight of my suitcase! That’s when I go by the Boy Scout Motto, “Be Prepared”. When it comes to my carry on, I like to be prepared as well. Normally on my first day of vacation after getting to my destination, I just like to sit at the pool or the beach.
I get asked, what goes in my carry on luggage when I go for a beach vacation. Here’s what you will find….
In the front zip pocket, my travel documents…. Yes I print everything out for myself just as I do for my clients. I place them here, with NOTHING else. This way as I go through the airport and I need to get to them at the airline check - in or at the car rental counter they are right there. I don’t like to fish around and take everything out to get to them. Plus who wants to take the chance of something important falling out and then losing something in the airport?
Inside my carry on I always carry my medication. If for any reason my luggage gets lost, my clothing and personal items can be replaced with travel insurance funds however, I will need my medication so I keep that with me.
In addition to medication I always carry my little first aid kit, which has a variety of band-aids and some first aid ointment. There are a couple of reasons for bandaids. Not only the obvious, scrapes or cuts. However, I LOVE new shoes and I always seem to bring them on vacation, and sometimes I forget and wear them to the airport. Of course, that’s when I need that bandaid for an unwanted blister. Another important item in this first aid kit is a couple of pain relievers, and antacids.
I also carry one change of clothes and pajamas. Again, just in case my luggage gets lost, I have one day’s worth of clothing to hold me over until either they find my luggage or I have to go replace my luggage.
Next the good stuff…. I usually like to change right away into my bathing suit so that is right there in my carry on along with my cover up. I also have my beach essentials in there. You may ask, what’s that??? My beach tote, a 3 oz bottle of sunscreen, my sunglasses, ear phones, my favorite book, and a great hat. And most importantly, my beloved flip flops for the beach or pool!
And that is what you will find in my carry on. How about yours?
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.