It’s here! It’s finally here. Ah, summer is upon us, and after being quarantined for over a year, we’re finally able to start traveling safely (domestically, at least). This year’s traveling is probably going to look a little different than it has in the past for us, but it’s doable, and there are several things we can keep in mind to make it go as seamlessly and safely as possible. As you get back out there, implement the following into your travel preparation and execution to ensure it’s done right. Below, are some Must-Haves for Summer Travel!
Must-Haves for Summer Travel
Cover All Your Bases
Make sure you’re covering all your safety bases upfront while you’re packing, so you know you’re good to go once you’re en route or arrived at your destination. This means packing extra masks and sanitizing wipes in your makeup bag and having spares in your purse as well. You never know how many times you’ll have to wipe your phone down while waiting in airports. Not to mention it’s mandatory to wear masks in every airport and hotel these days.
First Aid Kit
This almost goes without saying if you’re traveling with a family that includes little ones. You want to make sure your first aid kit is stocked with not just the basics like band-aids and Tylenol; you also want some add ons since it’s summer. Make sure to include an SPF of at minimum 30 or higher and bug spray.
If you have really little kids in your family and you’re going to be traveling to crowded places, it’s an excellent idea to keep a whistle in there as well to avoid anyone getting lost. You can’t be too prepared or careful! If you’re traveling by road, you should also always have a “First Aid” kit for your car. Ensure you have jumper cables and a flashlight stowed away in there and your AAA card somewhere accessible.
Now hear me out! We all know that there was a severe stigma attached to selfie sticks not long after they came out, and many called them “narcissticks” (ha)! But, these days while you’re out and about sightseeing you can’t be too careful.
Most of us still probably aren’t comfortable letting a stranger hold our phone to capture a memory for us, so it’s a good idea to purchase and pack a selfie stick for your adventures this summer. It cuts down on germ sharing, and you’ll still have tons of photographic mementos of your first trip venturing out after lockdown.
Make sure you’re packing your own road snacks this year. Whether you’re flying or driving, it’s a good idea to DIY the food. Not only is it more cost-effective, but the health benefits are also the real reward. It’s always been essential to safeguard our health, but now more than ever, we want to be consuming as many of the vital nutrients and vitamins our bodies need for boosting our immunity. So skip the fast food lines and pack fresh-cut veggies, fruit, and nuts.
Don’t Forget About Your Devices
This one is essential since our phones are essentially our computers and cameras these days. Don’t forget your portable chargers and disinfecting wipes for your phone. If you’re traveling somewhere with water and plan to be spending a lot of time in or around it, it’s a great idea to purchase an affordable waterproof or underwater camera.
That way, you can enjoy your time spent doing those activities worry-free and capture a lot more memories than if you were concerned about ruining your phone to take it out and snap photos and videos. You can also purchase waterproof phone cases where the screens and buttons are still accessible while safely stored inside them.
Less Is More
Finally, try to plan your packing well in advance and start with a checklist. If you travel a lot, you’ve unquestionably realized at this point that less is more when it comes to your luggage. Planning ahead of time ensures that you only bring what you will really need or use on the trip, which is less hassle and fuss for everyone involved. Minimalist packing also leaves plenty of room in your luggage for bringing back souvenirs from your trip.