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Packing For Your Next Vacation

Virtually everyone enjoys a yearly vacation, but sometimes practical things get lost in the excitement of an upcoming trip. Nothing is worse than getting to your holiday destination only to discover that you brought all the wrong clothing or forgot to pack important accessories. Below are some helpful tips if you are packing for vacation and want to ensure your comfort and fully enjoy your getaway:

Climate and Location
Your vacation destination has a lot to do with how much or how little you pack, and the type of apparel you choose to bring. For example, if you are planning a getaway during winter, such as a ski trip or similar vacation, you must remember that the more time you spend outside, the greater the chance that your clothes may get damp from snow or falls on the slopes. Therefore, although it may be obvious that you will need warm apparel, you may also want to consider packing some extra changes of clothing in case they are needed.

Similarly, if you are planning a tropical vacation, you should include apparel made from cotton or other breathable material like rayon. This is true whether we’re talking about little Jimmy’s shirts and shorts, mom’s plus size dresses, or dad’s polos and khakis. Warm weather apparel is particularly important if you plan to spend a significant amount of time outside of your resort or hotel room.

The type of lodging you choose also plays a major role in kind of things you will need to pack. For example, many hotels and resorts in tropical locations offer outdoor dining and units with balconies or patios. Therefore, if dining outside or cocktails on the balcony are activities in which you plan to indulge, you should pack outfits that are suitable for warm weather, but still classy and appropriate for resort dining and socializing with other guests.

The apparel choices you make also depend on the activities in which you plan to indulge. For example, if you are going to an amusement park, you should pack several outfits that are comfortable for walking and getting on and off rides.

If you are planning a hiking vacation during summer or intend to spend a significant amount of time outdoors in a tropical area, you should take white or pastel colored apparel, as lighter colors reflect the rays of the sun. If you will be visiting a state park or picnicking, warm weather apparel is recommended, such as a light pair of khaki shorts and a white, sleeveless shirt.

If you will be spending time outdoors on a winter vacation, pack clothing that can be layered, such as a turtleneck over which a knit vest and warm jacket can be worn.

Cruise Apparel
If a cruise is your vacation of choice, it is important to understand that weather can be unpredictable. Even if you are going on a tropical voyage, temperatures out at sea can sometimes drop substantially at night, and therefore a light jacket or sweater is a good item to pack in order to be on the safe side. If a cruise is on your agenda, you should also check with your travel agent to discover whether or not a dinner dress code is in place and pack accordingly.

If you are like most people, you probably wear accessories and jewelry to enhance certain outfits. However, depending on where you plan to travel and the types of activities in which you will be participating, you may have to rethink certain items.

For example, if you are visiting a theme park, playing mini-golf or taking children to playgrounds, you should avoid accessories like scarves and jewelry, as such items can easily become lost or get snagged on gates or handles as you get on and off rides.

On the other hand, a sun hat and sunglasses are accessories that serve very practical purposes under such circumstances. If you are taking a winter getaway, important accessories such as scarves, hats, and gloves are necessary to stay warm. Simply giving thought to where you are going and what you plan to do will help you make appropriate choices.

Packing for vacation is an important task to which a significant amount of thought should be given. Fortunately, by following the tips outlined above you can select clothing that will keep you looking stylish and feeling comfortable for the duration of your getaway.

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