Christmas is just a couple of days away now and some people will forgo gifts for vacations to warmer climates. My husband and I have done this several times and have never regretted it one bit. In case you are one of the lucky people, here is a list of 10 Items to Take on International Vacations.
These items are things we take with us because often times the items are either difficult to find or very expensive because they are marked up in easy to find stores for the tourists. Mean? Maybe a little, but so true.
Bug Spray – Warm, tropical climates have all sorts of mosquito borne illnesses associated with them. The big fear of the day is Zika, but there are others as well. Read the CDC website to find out how to protect yourself.
Medications – We all know to travel with your regular daily medications, but don’t forget about things you may need while gone. I’m referring to pain reliever, anti-diarrhea medications (because you know you will try new foods that might not agree with you), and other medications you might need. Yes, you can buy things here you are going, but it isn’t the same as you are used to. In most of the countries we have been too, you cannot buy a pain reliever in the regular store, you have to go to a pharmacy and stand in line to talk to someone to get it. That is true for most things. Why waste your time or take the risk of needing something and the pharmacy not being open? In this area, also a list of medications you are taking, allergies, health issues you may have in case of emergency.
Sun Screen – This is such an important one because in tropical places, they really mark that stuff up. Also, if you want a natural sunscreen, they are difficult to come by in a lot of places. Block Island sunscreen sent me a bottle of their face moisturizer with SPF 30 to try in Martinique and it has worked really well. They have a variety of items, for different applications, so pick the one you need for your activities. My husband was having a hard time with the different sunscreens he was wearing on his face sweating off and rolling into his eyes and burning them. He tried Block Island and he had not problems at all with it. December 23rd-29th Block Island is giving Fearlessly Creative Mammas readers a 20% off coupon by entering the code Kathleen at check out. Get your sunscreen and even skincare products now!
Shoes – This one sounds kind of dumb, right? Well, what I mean by this is shoes for a variety of activities. Also, an extra pair of flip flops or sandals. You don’t need 15 pairs of shoes, but a few would be good. When we go on a tropical vacation, I bring 2 pairs sandals, water shoes and a good walking shoe. If you’re staying in a hotel, I also recommend a pair of house shoes because who wants to walk on the carpet at a hotel. Yuck! Although a lot of hotels at beaches and tropical locations don’t have carpet.
Swimming Suits – All I mean here is more than one. They won’t dry fast in a humid place. If you’ve never been to a super humid place, you might just have to trust me on this. I usually take 3.
Snorkel Gear – Yes, you can rent or if you’re going on a trip, they will have some, but if you like to snorkel, it’s great to have your own. The reason I say this is because you will find that a lot of the places you will pay someone to take you snorkeling, you can get to by car, saving yourself loads of money. Also, you can just go right from the beach some places. Where we live we have seen boats that charge $100 a person take their passengers to the very same places we can go to for free. Also, within walking distance of where we live and also where we stayed in Belize, there was excellent snorkeling for just a 2 minute walk. You have to have your own gear though. An added bonus of having your own is that no one else has used your actual snorkel.
Small Snack – Yes, you can buy food where you are going, but if you are delayed or get in late, things may be closed. You will want a snack. Make sure it’s non-perishable, non-crushable and doesn’t break any laws of the country your are entering.
Baggies – I mean the kind that zip and of various sizes. These are great for collecting sand, shells, etc. They are also great to pack your wet swimming suit in for travel home or if you are on an excursion and have a long trip back to where you are staying. You don’t need a lot, but a few is good.
Power Converters – You can buy a converter that works anywhere to save yourself from buying another one. Don’t skimp here because you don’t want it to break or fry some of your electronics. We have a few of these converters and they work great. These converters are also great for your phones, tablets and anything else with a usb end.
Photo Copies – Bring photo copies of your passports and credit cards, carried separately from your originals. Also, include your credit card phone numbers to call if you lose your card or it is stolen.
Wherever you are going, I hope you have a great time and that this list of 10 Items to take on International Vacation. Are you going on a trip soon? Let me know in the comments.