As soon as the temperature rises, school is done in a year and any cold beverage or dessert is craving, you will know that it is time to let go of that straw hat, swimwear and, of course, try fitting into those swimwear. Yes, it's summer! One season, we will enjoy a two-month vacation from school, as well as looking for that family destination that will enjoy the sun, sand and sea.
But before we all get excited, let me give you some tips on the basic travel things to bring for your chosen (if not your favorite) summer fun. Get a pen and paper and download this list.
Traveling with Family Must-Haves:
Travel documents. If you are planning to travel here in the Philippines, be sure to bring your valid ID for documentation of possible verification. If you are traveling abroad, then passports, visas must come in handy.
Funds. It is important that you must bring cash and / or credit cards for all payments. However, you have to be careful not to make too much money at hand, because we know that robbers may be looking at you. Basically, be safe at all times, especially when picking up ATMs. Better yet, write a notebook in your mobile phone or a little notebook in which you write down your budget and possible expenses so you can keep track of / leave your money and keep your entire vacation on a budget.
First aid medicines, medical tools and supplies. If you or any of your family members have a medical condition, make sure you always take sufficient and little additional maintenance medication. You may not be able to find your current pharmacy at the place you are going, and you may need a prescription, so stick with that with your medicine kit. You can put this in a bag or small bag that you can carry with you at any time while traveling. This comes with your first aid. At least make sure that the first aid kit contains medicines for common ailments such as headache, stomach pain, loose bowel movements, anti-allergies, as well as tape aids, betadine, alcohol, cotton swabs and nail clippers. You will need to bring both a blood pressure monitor and a sugar monitor in case you have diabetic loved ones.
When traveling with children or babies, it will be a different story. You will pack another basic material just for them. Clothes, diapers, wipes, feeding bottles, sterilizer, just to name a few. So, keep that on the list too!
When going on a trip, make sure to plan all the stops on the routes. If you need to travel by plane, you must make your reservation ahead of time. While traveling by land, be sure to know bus stops, etc. And when you drive, Google Maps and GPS will be your best friend. Plan and do your research ahead of time. And when driving, ensure that your motor vehicle is in the best condition with sufficient fuel, air and water.
Accommodation at destination. Make sure to book places for resorts and hotels as they may not entertain you for a walk. Sometimes you can save time and money by booking or making reservations online.
Clothes, swimming wears. Make sure you bring enough appropriate clothing. To save some space in your bags, consider bringing lightweight clothing and learning how to pack wisely.
Gadgets, camera. Which would appeal to your unforgettable summer but draw a selfie into your mobile phones! Enter your digital cameras or action cameras too! Keep your devices in waterproof bags in case you want to bring them while swimming.
Padlocks. For security reasons, make sure your bags are in padlocks. Be sure to take care of your belongings, as in any institution there is no liability for your belongings in case of loss.
Snacks, water. Due to the hot season, we are prone to dehydration. So be sure to pack a few snacks and water while traveling to recharge that energy.
Toiletries, cosmetics. And these are important. Make sure you have napkins, tissue paper, wipes. Your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner. Sun lotion and sunburn. You may want to have travel kits where you can store these essentials, so you won't need to bring large bottles of shampoo. Just take one piece and place them in these travel kits and you can refill them at your next travel destination.
This is my list when we go on a trip. I’ll do a series on how to include a few more tips in my next blog. You may need more of this basic material, be sure to tailor and tailor this list to your needs and situation. In the meantime, enjoy your summer destination and make memories!