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Things to pack when going abroad

 

MUST HAVE:

Wallet and/or purse and cash (sometimes we forget the most obvious things)

Credit cards and/or traveller's cheques (plus list of numbers of both) ID or driver's license

Car and house keys (plus duplicate sets kept in different bags)

Eyeglasses and/or contact lenses (plus lens cleaner)

Watch

Prescriptions and other medications

Itineraries, tickets and booking confirmations

Maps and directions

Books and magazines for kids and adults

Toys, playing cards, small games

Disposable wipes

First-aid kit

CLOTHES AND BEACH ITEMS:

Complete change of clothes for each person per day (think cool, comfortable clothing)—though if you are renting a place with laundry facilities, you may be able to get away with less

Lightweight sweater or jacket and long trouser for cooler evenings

Swimsuits (two per person, so you'll always have a dry one)

Beach towels

Beach cover-ups or roomy T-shirts (to throw on over swimsuit when you've had enough sun)

Baseball caps or wide-brim hats (to protect faces from sun)

Sunglasses with UV protection for adults

Sandals (rubber, plastic or waterproof are best)

Waterproof sunscreen (bring along enough to allow for liberal reapplication even if it is waterproof)

Lip balm with sunscreen

Insect repellent (some sunscreens for kids contain insect repellent and vice versa)

Anti-itch cream (for bug bites)

Cooler with water, other beverages and watery fruits such as grapes (stay hydrated!)

FUN IN THE SUN:

Buckets and spades

Frisbee, inflatable beach ball and other simple beach toys

Inflatable flotation devices (check safety regulations)

Kite Camera and film

Plastic bags for collecting shells (or collecting wet suits after a day trip to the beach)

NICE TO HAVE:

Folding beach chairs

Beach umbrella (some beaches and hotels rent these)

Large family-size blanket or quilt to spread out on beach

TOILETRIES:

Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash

Deodorant

Combs, brushes, hair accessories, blow dryer (if hotel does not provide one)

Shampoo and conditioner

Shaving supplies

Cosmetics

Nail clippers, scissors and emery boards

Cotton balls

FOR BABY:

Car seat

Nappies

Changing mat

Baby powder and lotion

Wet wipes

Bathing supplies

Bibs

Baby food and spoon

Bottles

Formula and/or juice

Pacifiers

Collapsible stroller with canopy or umbrella

Front or back child-carrying pack, or sling style

Blankets

Waterproof sheets

Bathing supplies

Large plastic bags for wet clothes (can also be used as a changing pad)

 

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