I’ve spent most of the summer in Boston – working and overheating – but with one of my favorite summer holiday’s coming up soon, my boyfriend and I made plans to take a break from our summer “break.”
He and I are heading to the beach with my family for a few days, but I know other people make different plans when they get days off. Here are a few vacation spots people tend to go to and all of the things you must pack if you go to one of them.
To the beach:
1. Sunscreen is a total necessity if you’re planning on going somewhere with sun. Skin cancer is a very real threat to your health, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, pack up that sunscreen and make sure the SPF is high.
2. A hat is another safeguard from the sun. Whether it’s a baseball cap with your favorite sports team on it or a wicker hat with a wide brim, both can shade your face from burning.
3. Hot sauce. Alright, this one’s a bit weird, but just think about all the food you usually sink your teeth into at the beach: hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, fried chicken, steamed crab. All these things need a kick of spice, and sometimes it’s better to bring your own.
4. Slippers are another necessary item when you’re running out of water and onto boiling hot cement. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve forgotten to pack slippers and had to sprint everywhere I went out of fear of burning my feet.
To the city:
1. A fancy outfit is a great thing to bring with you just in case of “emergency”. You always have the potential to do something out of the box when you’re visiting a new city, so it’s always a good idea to be prepared for a random outing to a jazz bar or a surprise trip to a fancy art gallery.
2. Comfortable shoes are really important if you’re in any city that relies on your feet as transportation. Don’t try to walk around in dress shoes all day, stick to sneakers and your life will be immensely easier.
3. Cash. A lot of local shops and restaurants deal in cash in certain cities, so you’re better off heading to the ATM and walking around with that instead of your debit card.
4. A portable charger is an invaluable resource on a trip to the city. You’re sure to be using your phone for everything, from taking photos to looking for directions, and running out of battery in the middle of the day can be the worst thing when you’re trying to commemorate the fun.
To the hills:
1. Never underestimate the power of bug spray when you’re traversing about in the woods. There are a lot of creepy critters lurking about – mosquitos, ticks, flies and bees – and you don’t want one of those suckers nibbling one you.
2. There’s nothing worse than trying to navigate in darkness. Make sure to bring a flashlight just in case you decide to go anywhere in the night.
3. This is a bit grim, but you should always be prepared for an injury if you’re hiking or camping. Pack up a basic first aid kit and rest easy knowing that you’ll be ready for any scrapes or cuts from your journey.