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Are you planning on taking a summer vacation this year?

If you are, have you already started preparing for your trip?  You can also check out one of our blog post on summer vacations ideas. The first thing to keep in mind when preparing for your summer vacation is your destination.

No matter what your vacation destination is, you will need to take the climate into consideration. If you are visiting a tropical location, you will need to bring along the appropriate clothing.  Bathing suits, shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops are common appeal found at beaches and aboard cruise ships.  While you may be expecting warm and sunny weather, it is still advised that you prepare for the worst.  Raincoats and an umbrella may be a great addition to your summer clothing.

Whenever you leave home, no matter where you are traveling to, you should always have the proper forms of identification with you.  If you don’t have a driver’s license, you can easily obtain an id card from your local county office building. In addition to the proper identification, it is advised that you bring along your health and auto insurance cards. Should you need care or get into an automobile accident; this information will come in handy.

Perhaps, the most popular summer vacation destination is the beach. Each year millions of individuals and families flock to beaches. When vacationing at the beach, it is important that you bring along the appropriate clothing and sunscreen. Many vacationers do not realize the dangers of sunbathing without sunscreen. In addition to sunscreen, you will need to make sure that you have beach towels and plenty of water on hand.

 

 

Cruise ships are a popular vacation choice for many individuals and families.  If you are taking a cruise, you are advised to start preparing for your trip as soon as you book your reservation.  Unlike many other vacations, a cruise often requires a large amount of preparation.

When preparing for your cruise, it is important to keep in mind where your ship will be headed and what stops are planned along the way. When on international waters or traveling to a foreign country, a passport is required. If you don’t already have a passport you will need to obtain one. Passports can easily be obtained, but they do require approval. That is why you should apply for a passport as soon as you make your cruise ship reservation.

In addition to going on a cruise or vacationing at the beach, many families make the decision to go camping. Similar to taking a summer cruise, camping often requires a large amount of preparation.  The amount of preparation needed often depends on where and how you will be camping.

 

 

When camping, you will need to determine where you will be sleeping. If you are camping with an RV, you will need to make sure that it is stocked full of supplies. If you plan on camping outdoors, you will need to make sure that you have your tents ready to go and that all of the pieces are accounted for. If you plan on boating, hiking, or fishing, you will want to bring the appropriate gear with you. Many campgrounds are in secluded areas; therefore, if you forget something, you often
have to go without.

For the most part, if you forget to bring along certain supplies you can purchase replacements.  The only downside to purchasing what you need at your vacation destination is the price. Many popular vacation destination’s have inflated prices. To prevent unnecessary expenses, you are encouraged to check your luggage before you leave.

In addition to the above mentioned preparation tips, you are urged inform friends and family of where you are headed to.  If you have developed an itinerary, you are encouraged to give this information to someone that you know.  In the event that something happens back home, you can easily be reached.  If you have any pets, you will need to make the proper arrangements for someone to care for or feed them.

It cannot be emphasized enough how important the preparation for your summer vacation is. Preparing for your vacation may seem overwhelming, but if you do your preparation in steps the process becomes easier to manage.

Make sure you look for your next issue soon. We will be talking about adventures for free spirited traveler.