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1. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1055 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I have found a letter that I wrote to my sister c 2009 - so 10 years ago in which I am giving her advice as to what to pack - I'd like to put it on a site but I don't know where to put it.

Someone did ask about medical/first aid kits and this is what I said about that.
> Rick's Packing List (excerpts from his list have > in front.)

> First-aid kit.

I bring some bandaids and sometimes cough drops.  Mother used to swear
by charcoal tablets.

> Medicine and vitamins. Keep medicine in original containers, if
> possible, with legible prescriptions.

I put my medicine in a pill container marked with when I take them.  I
don't usually take the prescriptions or take them in original bottles
because I have too many to do that.

> Eyeglasses, contact lenses, and prescriptions. Contact solutions are
> widely available in Europe, but because of dust and smog, many
> travelers find their contacts aren't as comfortable in Europe. I wear
> my glasses, and I don't pack a spare pair, but I do bring a photocopy
> of my prescription just in case.

I take a spare pair of glasses, and I have a copy of the prescription.
Also for on a boat I have those cords that go onto the legs of the
glasses and around the back of the head that keep them from being
blown off

> Sunscreen and sunglasses. Depending on the season and your destination.
My glasses are the automatic darkening kind.  Bob usually brings the
sunscreen.  I hate sunscreen, so I just wear clothes that cover me and
a hat.

BRING A HAT for Italy

2. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 153 posts) 8w 1 Star this if you like it!

Chargers are now needed.

3. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 18 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Quite interesting that you will take bandaids with you but not contact lens solution because you can buy it at your destination. :)

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1055 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

I don't take contact lens solution because I don't wear contact lenses - so I don't need it.

5. Posted by daviddawson (Budding Member 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

I appreciate your efforts on sharing the tips on what to pack for travelling. However, there are other things that are needed to be taken care of while travelling :

Choosing Luggage:

Go for a luggage bag which is lightweight and easy to carry. You can select from a range of Duffle bags, 4- wheeled, Wheeled Backpacks, travel Backpacks and rolling luggage.

Organizing Stuff

If you have lots of activities to do in your destination, start organizing your stuff according to the weather conditions.

Start with these basic things :

Long sleeved shirts, Comfortable walking shoes, Sunglasses with case, Hat or sun visor, Swimsuit or swim trunks, Cell phone and charger, Travel pillow, eye mask and ear plugs, speakers and more.

Packing Toiletry Bag

Include these travel essentials in your toiletry bag such as Hairbrush/comb, toothbrush, sunscreen, face lotion, Glasses and prescription sunglasses. Some extras could include clothesline and detergent, mini mirror, facial tissues, toilet paper and more.

Preparing Your Personal Item Carry Bag

In this small bag, you should include mobile charger, headphones, adapters, memory card, chargers, video camera, credit cards, your ID's, passport(if international) and more.

I am sure these are some necessary items that one can go through.

6. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1129 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Of the things listed above, I would never waste luggage space taking any of the following: swimsuit, travel pillow, eye mask and ear plugs, speakers, headphones, video camera, prescription sunglasses and face lotion.

Some people consider some things essential and other people would never use them. It's hard to tell someone what to take except for absolute essentials like documents, medications, contact information. At that point, you have to consider what you actually do on your trip and also where you are going.

I hope people will read through the entire thread and figure out what applies to their trip . . . and may not apply to their next trip.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1055 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Why not a swimsuit? I love to be in the water and I almost always take swimsuit.

In the past a had a blow up neck pillow which was very useful, until it stopped holding air and it didn't take up much space.

I wouldn't take prescription sun glasses because my prescription glasses automatically darken. My husband uses sunscreen and lotion religiously because he's had significant melanomas and he has very sensitive skin. But I hate stuff on my skin so I don't use any kind of lotions or cosmetics.

I don't use take plugs or speakers or headphones or an eye mask because I have trained myself to fall asleep wherever I am (unless I am really worried about something, and sometimes even then) and none of those things would help me significantly enough to be worth having to take care of them.

Yes think about where you are going.

Luggage - You shouldn't take a wheelie bag if you are going to a place without paved streets. Wheelie bags do not do a sand beach well. As I know from experience.

8. Posted by Dymphna (Full Member 153 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I wouldn't take prescription sun glasses because my prescription glasses automatically darken. .

I am with you on this one. I don't even have to think about sunglasses. It is really nice.

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1129 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

Why not a swimsuit? I love to be in the water and I almost always take swimsuit.

Because we usually travel out of season and it's not great weather for swimming. Neither of us particularly cares for swimming. We are all different. We enjoy being out in boats but not being directly in the water. I guess we like being "on" the water, not "in" the water.

That's why we don't bother packing swimsuits. We did for a few years, realized we never used them and stopped lugging them around.

10. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1055 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

We do also travel out of season, but sometimes there are heated pools, and also in some places, out of season doesn't mean cold. Out of season in Costa Rica is the summer months (the green season) and it isn't cold there then. I went in August and the only reason I didn't swim there was that the stool I was sitting on collapsed and I fell backward and cut a gash in my scalp, so I thought it would not be wise to swim after that.

I like boats too - especially when I'm going to go swimming from them