The trip was planned months ago, you keep thinking about how one week away is going to feel like a lifetime, and you have money set aside for pool lunches for the entire week. It’s spring break season and finally, the countdown to sunscreen and sandy toes has made it to your front doorstep. While you’re jet-setting and thinking about what to pack, we put together a tip sheet to cover your entire trip every step of the way.
Save some space in your luggage and leave the amenities at home. Most hotels and resorts provide soaps, shampoos, and lotions. Blow dryers, clothing irons, and coffee machines are usually on hand as well. However, be sure to ask your hotel before you go!
Learn to love a good list. A quick tip for making a packing list: imagine your trip in order. What do you need at the airport? Then at the hotel? At the pool? For dinner? For bed?
Don’t forget a laundry bag. To avoid mixing the dirty with clean during your trip, this will remind you what you’ve worn and make it easier when you’re fitting everything back into your luggage. Throw a dryer sheet in there to keep it fresh.
If it’s tough to match, don’t pack it. Pick pieces you’re excited to wear that are flexible and simple. Don’t pick the “maybes.” You’ll never wear them when you get there.
Pack bug spray or a tube of mini hand sanitizer. Nothing ruins a tropical trip more than some itchy bug bites. And hand sanitizer seems like a lifesaver when you can’t find a sink.
If you don’t have a passport, start the proceedings at least six weeks before departure. You can expedite for a fee, but less stress and money always wins in our book.
Portable Wi-Fi is a lifesaver during trips! If you don’t want to use all your data and save battery during your adventures, having this accessory is a delight.
Invest in a collapsible water bottle. When traveling, it’s important to drink at least half your body’s weight in ounces per day. This type of water bottle is perfect for trekking through security if you wanted to fill up on the other side.
Sometimes, the plane can be a little chilly. To save space packing, dress in layers for the flight portion (think cashmere hoodie, cotton scarf, polished blazer). The items you’ll wear are likely ones that will fare well for chillier beach nights.
Pack the fruits and veggies! They are allowed through TSA, so we suggest packing healthy snacks for your trip ahead of time (baby carrots, nuts, berries).
Bring a pack of cards. Card games are a great pastime game. Also, they’re a great cross-cultural barrier breaker.
Tiger Balm is the best travel medicine. This balm soothes sore muscles and works as a great bug repellent, among its many other attributes to heal the soul.
Invest in a gadget tracking device which attaches to your keys or phone. Under the circumstances you lose any of them, this smart device will show you the way. It’s not worth the stress to lose an expensive pair of keys when you’re supposed to be snoozing on the beach all week, after all.
Get a hotel with a fridge and microwave. If you’re hanging out for a week, it will be so helpful and budget-friendly to purchase a bunch of groceries when you arrive and cook throughout the week for breakfasts and lunches. You can still treat yourself to dinner out, of course.
Wear sunscreen, even if it’s cloudy. If your skin hasn’t been exposed to that hot sun in a while, it’s surprising how crisp things can get. And a bad sunburn can ruin an entire trip. Coconut water and aloe vera will be your new best friends.
Carry around extra cash and a business card for the place you’re staying. In any situation, this will be an easy alternative to show drivers where you need to go. Extra cash helps for last minute rides (psst…taxi drivers are pretty expensive, so find alternatives).
Brittany is the content and communications Marketing Manager for Sun Country Airlines. Her favorite things about Sun Country are the close-knit family vibe and the passion behind the people, as if the employees and customers grew up loving the “airline next door.” Her favorite destination? The whimsical forests and rain of Seattle’s coast.