By: Chaunte McClure
Packing up for vacation is always exciting and can be a little frustrating when you have to decide what to pack. My general rule is to take two outfits for each day, but sometimes I tend to go overboard. Not for this trip though; I was conscious of baggage fees. I think I’ve learned how to over pack and stay underweight. During this trip, I learned a few other things the hard way and hopefully sharing this information with you will make your next travel experience better.
Here are five things I learned during my recent travel to the Caribbean:
1. Before you board the plane, make sure your travel partner has his or her cell phone. Doh! Always, always keep your cell phone in your hand or your pocket. Don’t mistakenly leave it in the airport terminal.
2. Bring your own washcloths. If you know me well, you’ll be surprised to learn that I did not pack towels or washcloths. We stayed at a lovely resort and had unlimited luxury amenities, but I had to request washcloths one time too many. I still don’t understand why.
3. Pack snacks for the plane. When traveling more than an hour or two, it’s a good idea to have trail mix or candy in your carry-on bag.
4. Brush up on the country’s native language. I had at least nine months to relearn basic Spanish, but instead I spent the time daydreaming about beautiful blue waters.
5. Be prepared to say, “No, thank you” a million times. The locals want to sell, sell, sell. The good thing is you can haggle, haggle, haggle.
Stay tuned! I’ll share more about my vacation in November. Until then, I’ll leave you in suspense of my whereabouts. By the way, despite the list above, there’s no doubt, I had a fabulous time.