Whether you are planning on using vacation packages or all inclusive holidays there are always important essentials that you need to have when you are making your plans for any kind of travel, especially if you are planning to go outside of the country. Packing probably is one of the biggest parts of traveling so it's always a good idea that you you have some important items packed to go with you no matter what kind of vacation it might be.
Make sure that your suitcase, duffel bag or even backpack have some sort of wheels on them. This type of luggage is going to put a lot less strain on you and it is going to make bringing your luggage with you a lot easier and more effortless.
Make sure that you have some sort of day pack with you. This is always good to have to carry your maps, your water and any snacks you might need throughout the day. A day pack may not look as nice as a tote but they are able to make sure the weight of your items are distributed correctly so that it is far more comfortable on both your shoulders and your back.
Always make sure that you pack some comfortable shoes. Make sure to leave all high heels. You need shoes that you can truly walk in with comfort. If you have to go out and buy new shoes it is always a smart thing to break them in before you go on your trip. A vacation can quickly be ruined if you end up with blisters on your feet.
Personal items like medications, personal toiletries all depend upon the individual and their needs. It is advisable to include amongst your personal items things like small bottles of lotions and gels for dry skin or any abrasions you might get during your travels. Make sure to pack all of your personal hygiene items as well as any medications you need to take. It is not a good idea for when you are traveling to put your pills in those weekly organizers, always bring the prescription bottles they come in. And if you wear glasses for any reason, make sure that you bring them with them, even an extra pair might be advisable. If you wear contacts, it's a good idea that you have plenty of solution for the trip.
Don't think that you can't be a target for pickpockets. They are everywhere you go and are quite good at relieving you of your money, ID and passports. So make an effort to protect yourself. One way is to buy a money belt and actually use it. Only put things in your purse and day pack that you can easily be replaced.
Always make sure that you have some sort of rain gear. Make sure that you have an umbrella that is collapsible, have a a jacket that is water repellent or a poncho. Unless you are headed for some place like a dessert, make sure to be prepared for changes in weather.
If you are going to need some way to get up at a certain time, don't rely on any wake up services that might be offered by the place you are staying at. It is always a better idea for you to have some sort of travel alarm to wake up to. You can buy a clock or take advantage of alarms on a watch or even on your cell phone.
If you happen to be going out of the country it is a good idea that you have some sort of adapter and converter for the different voltage that you will experience in different countries. A lot of appliances like hair dryers, your camera charger, computers and phones have different voltages but some may not and you will need a converter.