Packing Tips for a Tropical Vacation

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You must pack certain essentials such as documentation, money and appropriate attire even when going on a relaxed tropical vacation. Get tips on how to pack in this free video of advice from a travel expert.

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Hey, hi everybody, welcome. My name is Matthew, and I'm coming to you with 22 years in the travel industry. I've been on over 400 cruises, around the world 30 times. I'm here to tell you some packing tips for a tropical vacation. So, you're going to need some items, and you're going to need some essential items. Make sure you bring all your documentation of wherever you're going. For instance, if you're going on a ship, bring your cruise documents, bring your hotel confirmation numbers. If you're renting a car, make sure you have a printout of the confirmation for renting a car. So let's say you all have that in order. What else do you need to bring? You need a proof of ID, whether it be driver's license or passport; check before you go to make sure you have the proper identification to the destination you're traveling to. I also like to travel with an emergency contact list. I put on here names, numbers of everybody, including doctors, just in case there is an emergency and we have the phone numbers and the names ready to go. Also, you're going to need money, so make sure you bring a wallet, bring yourself a fanny pack or a money belt, bring cash, and definitely bring a credit card. This will get you everywhere. So, make sure you have that with you. Also, you're going to want to document everywhere you go, so bring a camera, movie camera, we've got a regular camera, we've got an underwater camera. This is great on a tropical vacation. You may be in the Bahamas. You may be in Tahiti, Hawaii, Caribbean, underwater pictures, come in handy. Also, make sure you do bring a charger to charge all your electronics on. If you are taking medication, bring your prescription medication with you. I kind of like to bring a little bag, and if I'm going out during the day, wherever I'm at at a tropical resort, I'll put my pills in here, as well as a Band-Aid and antibacterial ointment, and I travel with that so I know I have everything with me. So, that's a good thing to do. Also, you're going to want to bring a backpack, maybe you're going to go to a secluded little beach somewhere. You can put everything in here for the day and you're ready to go. So, what else are you going to need? You're going to need some clothes, of course. I kind of like to pack very light, breathable clothes because it helps out in a tropical climate. So, I like to bring a bathing suit. I like to bring shirts that are very light and breathable, and also the climate can change and it can get very cold, so make sure you bring a little jacket at night so you have something to put on just in case the weather turns. Don't forget, sandals, flip flops and even really, bring your own beach towel. This may sound funny, but what if you go to a beach by yourself that's not associated with any other place. You have your own towel, you're ready to go. Don't forget, bring a water bottle so you can stay hydrated wherever you may go, fill it up at whatever place you're at before you take off for the day, and then you're going to want to bring your products, your sunscreen, sun tan lotion, insect repellent, aloe vera lotion. You don't want to get sunburned and ruin your tropical vacation, bring an umbrella, the weather changes any moment. You're going to be prepared. Also, no matter where you go, no matter what you do, first thing first, I always like to travel with a flashlight. This is good to light the way in case you're on a ship and the power goes out, or you're at a hotel and it goes dark, walking down the street, power outage, you're ready to go with the light. So, whatever you choose to do, make sure you have a great time on your tropical vacation. What I would like to do also is make sure you read up on it, get a book, get a map. Know where you're going so you're educated where you're going to, that way you're going to be prepared to make sure you see all the sights you want to see. Whatever you choose to do, it's a tropical vacation, you're going to have a great time.

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