When you're packing for paradise, don't forget to include incidentals that you may need for your body. Nothing can ruin a vacation like a painful blister or sunburn. Take a few minutes to prepare with my vacation packing list so that you won't wind up spending too much money on items you probably have at home.
1. Bring a reliable, comfortable pair of shoes.
You've purchased adorable sandals, but you need to bring something comfortable like a pair of flip-flops. When you're in the tropics, chances are good your feet will swell leaving your sandals a bit too tight. Even if your feet do swell, if you have a pair of flip flops, you'll be OK. Get a pair in black or brown and they will look good with a cute summer dress in the evening. If you wait to buy them on vacation, you'll spend at least three times the price you'd buy them for at home.
2. Don't forget to apply sunscreen to the forgotten areas.
Most of us are good at applying sunscreen to our legs, arms, chest and face, but many forget smaller areas of our body. Apply sunscreen on the tops of your feet, your ears and your hands. Also, if you are not wearing a hat, make sure to part in your hair in a different spot on occasion. The part of your hair is hard to apply sunscreen, and nothing hurts worse than having to brush your hair when your scalp is burned.
3. Pack band aids and a mini first aid kit.
You'll likely be taking part in fun excursions such as moped rental. Take my personal advice when I say that they sometimes fall down. You'll be in better shape if you have something to take care of any injury you have. If you don't, you'll not only have the irritation of trying to find something (your hotel probably won't have anything other than small band aids), but you'll be uncomfortable as well. Packing your own mini first aid kit and sticking in your carry along bag will ensure you're ready for anything. And don't forget regular band aids to help with any blister you may get from your shoes.
4. Pack your own facial cleanser and hydrating moisturizer.
Many times you'll just get a bar of soap in your hotel room. Your skin will already be dry from the sun and water; the last thing it needs is a drying bar of soap. Pack your own so you'll be able to nourish your skin. You can purchase mini bottles to store smaller amounts of product so you don't have to carry your full size bottles. Make sure you moisturize in the morning and at night to replenish your skin's moisture.