Stephanie George recently wrote a guest post on travel essentials for the PR gal. So, since you now know the essentials of what you will want to be traveling with, you're ready for some travel prep tips!
The main goal of your vacation is probably to relax. Of course you'll want to get out and see the sights and try new things but this should be a stress-free time for you. A time where you mind can unwind and shut down a little from the every day hustle and bustle of your busy life.
1. Start with a checklist of what you will be packing. Everything. Including your travel documents, ID, cash, etc. On this list I usually get a little Type A and indicate what will be in my carry-on and what will be in my luggage that is being checked. Once the item is packed, it gets crossed off the list.
2. Charge up those batteries. Seems like a no brainer, but it happens. You board the airplane and realize something (your phone, laptop, kindle, ipod, whatever it might be) is not holding full battery. I also suggest checking the battery levels before packing said electronics.
(I once thought my Kindle was fully charged because I knew I put it away fully charged. Come to find out, the battery somehow depleted itself and when I pulled it out on the plane, there was ZERO juice left.)
3. Bring only the essentials. Especially if you're headed to the beach. How often do you honestly put on make-up or wear that super cute new trendy outfit you packed, instead of that cute, yet comfy and easy sun dress when you're hanging poolside or on the sandy beach all week?
I know you will still want the make-up and stylish threads for a dinner or night out, but be realistic and don't over pack.
4. Be versatile. Back to the over packing topic. When packing shoes, pack a pair of sandals for the beach, running shoes (only if you will be running or working out), a pair of flats for walking around and a pair of heels for the dinner or night out. To avoid bringing to many pairs, make sure each pair will match each (or at least most) of the outfits you have planned. (Now, I know just as well as you do, this can be hard when you want to stay fashionable and look fab at all times but it can be done!)
BONUS: Pack items that you can dress up OR dress down with a statement piece of jewelry. This also saves time and makes for an easy transition from day to night.
5. Take a look at what interesting places and activities there are around your location. Of course, you don't want to plan TOO much before actually arriving, but it is nice to have an idea of what will be around you. But really, don't plan too much. Get to your destination, explore and go with the flow.
This is your time to do whatever you want. Relax, have fun and enjoy!