Summer Travel Essentials
June 20, 2019
It is no secret that the ROSS military apartments are perfectly located for all your summer travel needs. They are based just a short drive to the country, and a few Metro stops from the city, where you can find trolleys, trains, and planes to get you where you need to go. No matter where these summer-time adventures take us, it is important to come prepared. Read on for some helpful packing tips suitable for every excursion.
There are some items we simply cannot go without on vacation. For the basics, you will want to include lightweight clothing, socks, comfortable shoes, a jacket or sweatshirt, a swimsuit, and sunglasses. The key is packing smart. Having options doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to overpack (and in fact, you shouldn’t!). Include versatile clothing that can be dressed up or down with a pair of shoes or other accessories. Key toiletries include items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, and personal hygiene items. Travel health components to bring along are prescribed medications, a first aid kit, sunburn relief, as well as pain and fever relievers. If you’re traveling by plane, keep in mind TSA regulations for liquids that could affect what is acceptable.
Other considerations when traveling are technology, comfort and entertainment, important documents and cash, and protecting your personal belongings. When packing, don’t forget your mobile device and charger, as well as any necessary adapters. Headphones are a great addition to help pass the travel time with some tunes or a show. Prefer to take a nap? Pack a travel pillow or eye mask. Finally, a passport is crucial when flying internationally, while personal IDs, transportation tickets, cash and credit cards are important on any trip. Keep emergency contact information with you, as well as a money belt or hidden pockets if you feel they are necessary. It does you a great service to research where you’re going. Pickpockets are more formidable in certain locations. A quick google search can help you discover how much you need to prepare!
Strategic Packing and Placement
What kind of trip are you taking? There’s no need to bring huge rolling luggage for a one-night adventure. There are all types of options for storage, from a simple duffel or carry-on to a travel or wheeled-backpack. Generally, wheeled options are better for walking long distances (say, in a city with paved roads and sidewalks). A travel backpack, on the other hand, provides hands-free mobility just right for outdoor explorers.
This next tip is perfect for the disorganized teenagers in us all: many experienced travelers have found that rolling clothes is a huge space-saver. Why waste time neatly folding the only sweatshirt you have room for, when you can tightly roll it up and fit a second?
Additionally, it could behoove the packer to place toiletries and other liquids in a sealable plastic bag, separate from all the other items in the bag. There’s nothing like a leaky shampoo bottle to put a damper on the vacation!
Unlike a tight suitcase, it is no problem picking what to put in a ROSS apartment. With plenty of space for all of your belongings, narrowing down what to take out of the closet for a summer trip would be a challenge for the best of us! Take a tour today to see what ROSS has to offer.