By Marcella Simmons
Deciding what to bring along on any outing whether it be for the weekend or the entire week depends on a number of things such as who all will be with you, if you’re going solo, or with a friend or mate, how long you will be staying and what is on your itinerary. If you’re off to the beach, the mountains, camping or just a weekend to a nearby city to take in a show or museum, there a few items that you can take along that makes traveling a little easier. No matter where you go, always carry your ID with you at all times.
If you are going on a rafting expedition or a boating trip, you’ll need waterproof bags for your camera, wallet, and other valuables.
If you’re going to a museum or movie, you want need much except money and your wallet. The less you carry, the easier for you.
If it’s summertime, bring along cool, comfortable clothes and walking shoes if you plan to walk around museums or gift shops. For the ladies, a light and festive dress with matching sandals might be appropriate for an evening on the town. A comfortable swimsuit with spandex for the best comfortable fit is ideal for swimming at the beach or swimming pool.
For beach goers, be sure to bring along plenty of sunscreen, sun glasses, an extra beach towel or two, a large canvas tote bag to carry your beach items in, a small tote size umbrella just in case you need a bit of shade, an extra pair of inexpensive flip flops in your bag (in case you break a strap!), pony tail holders or ‘scrunchies’ for your hair, and a small dispenser of disposable hand wipes for fast clean-ups and little messes. These come in handy with or without the kids. Hand sanitizer is also a good thing to carry in your purse or bag.
Carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated. A granola bar will make for a handy snack while you’re taking in the mid morning sun and scenery before lunch. Don’t forget the hat!
Bring along your camera, an extra battery pack or batteries, extra memory cards and a gallon size box of zip-lock bags for storage of smaller items. These come in handy when you need to keep something safe and dry.
Bring along breath fresheners for between brushing – you never know who you may want to talk to.
A backpack for the hike in the woods or the country made of water-resistant, coated nylon fabrics is your best bet for carrying stuff for this type of getaway. Always carry a long sleeve shirt, a of bottle of water, chewing gum, nuts, beef jerky and perhaps a few granola bars for your hike in the woods or up a mountain. Mosquito repellent and sun block are essential for this type of trip, as well.
If you take medication, always carry it with you. If you have to have it with you, put it in a water-proof bag and tuck it with your valuables.
Always let someone know where you are going and when you might be back. If you carry a cell phone, text someone close to you and let them know where you are going, when you are leaving and when you are expected to return.
Have a safe and fun trip where ever you go!
If you’re planning a weekend getaway, planning what to and what not to carry will ensure that you have exactly what you need on your trip.