10 Vacation Mishaps to Avoid

Your vacation should be a time of relaxation and making memories with family or friends. Luckily, most of the time vacations are exciting and successful. However, a few things can happen that turn even the best trip sour. Plan ahead and avoid these 10 vacation mishaps and you’ll be more likely to have one of those trips that you’ll always remember—for all the RIGHT reasons.

  • Not Bringing Comfortable Clothes – It can be tempting to leave those sweats and old sneakers at home, but there will come a time in the trip when you will want some of the comforts at home. Bring at least one set of your favorite relaxation clothes—you’ll be happy you did!
  • Scheduling Too Much – One of the things that can make you feel like you “failed” in your vacation is by scheduling too many things to do. If you over-schedule, you will likely feel stressed and may not enjoy yourself.
  • Scheduling Too Little – On the other hand, if you do not schedule enough things to do, you can feel bored or wind up spending more on your trip than you intend. Finding the perfect balance of a schedule is very important.
  • Forgetting Medication – If you forget to bring your bathing suit, it may be costly, but you can replace it. However, forgetting your medication can be a much bigger problem. You may wind up having to visit a doctor or hospital—wasting precious vacation time.
  • Remaining Too Connected – While you may need to bring a cell phone or laptop to stay in touch with people or your family at home, you don’t want your vacation to feel like a business trip. Disconnect as much as you can so that you can relax and enjoy your time!
  • Leaving Important Documents at Home – There are many things that can occur when you’re traveling that may require proof of identity. Make sure you bring your driver’s license or other identification, but there may be times that you may also want to bring a government-issued birth certificate and other documentation. This is especially important if you do not have a passport.
  • Not Having a Backup – While you hope not to fall back on it, it is important that you have a backup plan in place. What would you do if your hotel was closed or the beach you planned to visit is too polluted to swim? Make sure you have something else in mind—just in case.
  • Eating Too Many Rich Foods – An upset stomach on a vacation is no fun. While you may not be able to avoid picking up a flu or food poisoning, you can avoid a standard stomach upset. Don’t allow yourself to eat too many rich, high-calorie foods. While you may want to eat some special meals, keep to a diet similar to home overall, for the best results.
  • Disrupting Your Sleep Patterns – Whether it’s from jet lag or just staying up too late to enjoy the fun, disrupting your sleep can lead to lingering problems. Try to get enough sleep and catch up with a nap if you must.
  • Missing a Flight/Train/Boat/Connection – If you have a smartphone, you have no excuse to miss a flight again! Track your flight or train and arrive at the airport in plenty of time to avoid a travel-related disaster.

One of the best ways to assure your trip will be a success is to be prepared. A little work ahead of time will assure you will be able to relax and enjoy the trip (whether at the beach, mountains, riverside, cozy country Inn or amusement park). Oh yeah, would you like one last tip to assure a memorable trip? Don’t forget your camera!

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