Vacation Essentials

I’m not really one for packing light, since for me, vacation is all about feeling comfortable and having everything at my fingertips to experience the utmost convenience. Why “everything” includes pairs of jeans I haven’t worn in years and board games I know I won’t play, I can’t really explain. But, on the cusp of a relaxing long weekend away, I’ve started to assemble some stuff for packing, and have compiled a list of the major essentials:

1) Starbucks Via Instant Coffee. I never thought I’d be saying this, but this coffee giant’s instant product ain’t half bad. The packets are soluble in hot or cold water, or even milk, and they don’t taste bad. One of the perks of being an employee is I don’t have to shell out the near $1 a cup, either, but I still think they’re worth it. When I wake up in the morning, especially staying with family who aren’t big coffee drinkers or out in the woods away from certain modern conveniences, I just plain need caffeine. Plus, the packaging is simple and sleek. You can find it in classic blends Colombia and Italian Roast, and it’s also flavored (and fake-sugary) now too. The Christmas Blend via was a big hit in my house this year, too.

2) A water bottle. No matter where you’re staying, it’s nice to have your own vessel to drink out of. Plus, if you’re headed somewhere remote or with questionable drinking water, you’re set with 16-24 ounces of the stuff you brought.

3) A good book or magazine. Whether you’re off to spend time with friends, family, or a significant other, it never hurts to have some ‘me’ time. Also, if you haven’t picked up something in print for a while(a.k.a, you’ve spent too much time staring at that laptop screen), pack some paper! It’s quite a refreshing feeling to hold a physical entity that’s not a laptop or Kindle. (Ideally, you’re unplugged on vacation anyway.)

4) Your cell phone charger. Say what you want, but being completely unplugged will just stress you out. Opt to check mobile email or not, but having the option is nice. Plus, if your blackberry dies while you’re in the woods running from a grizzly bear, you’ll be pissed you didn’t charge it the night before. Turn the phone off if you like, but be prepared for emergencies by bringing that connection to the outside world with you.

5) Slippers. I can’t stress these enough during cold vacation months. They’re like the winter equivalent of a bathing suit. You need to be comfortable, and what’s an extra coupla inches in that over-full suitcase anyway?

Did I forget anything crucial? Let me know!
Safe Travels,
Allison

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