Good news students, it’s still summertime! Before the next semester starts to slowly creep up on you, go ahead and reward yourself with a relaxing but also adventuresome vacation. After all, you did work extremely hard for that GPA, and you deserve to forget you’re a college student for just a moment and enjoy a well-earned break away from campus.
Whether you’re staying for a few weeks in another country or just going to Cali for the weekend, it’s always wise to pack the essential items that you know you’re going to need on a day-to-day basis.
However, that’s easier said than done. How nice would it be if you can just magically memorize everything that you need to bring with you on the day of your trip? As a college student, you’re probably used to stuffing everything in your brain at the last minute. For a vacation, this can be a tough thing to accomplish unless you’re extremely low-maintenance where food and water are all you need to survive on a who-knows-how-long getaway.
For those who need a little more than just the essentials to survive, there’s an effective way to make sure that you will have everything you need so that your brain is roaming free and your body is at its most relaxed stage while you’re on your long-awaited vacation.
One method that works wonders is to re-enact your typical day in your head from the moment you wake up until the moment when you’re ready to lay down on your bed and call it a night.
After taking a minute to really think about your daily routine, a typical day might look something like below:
|Day activities||Things to pack|
|Waking Up||Your favorite pillow (especially if it’s a road trip).|
|Take a drink of water||Your favorite reusable bottle. Hydro Flask is an amazing option as it’s designed to keep your drink hot or cold all day and helps create a more sustainable world.|
|Brush teeth||Your toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash.|
|Morning skin care routine||Your favorite face wash, toner, serum, moisturizer, and most importantly, sunscreen, and more.|
|Breakfast||For those who don’t want to spend money every day on breakfast while on vacation, bring a few food items from home that are not easily perishable, such as breakfast bars, instant oatmeal, ready-to-eat pancakes and French toast, and dried fruit (dried mango slices are so yummy!).|
|Outing activities||Plan out your outfit accordingly, make sure to check the weather of your destination before the trip.
Cold weather: fuzzy socks, scarf, gloves, earmuffs, jackets, sweaters, long pants, a beanie, etc.
Hot weather: sunglasses, summer shoes (sandals, flip-flops, etc.), shorts, tank tops, swim trunks, sundresses, anything with thin and breathable fabrics will do.
A few miscellaneous things that are good to bring include: hand sanitizer, tissues, and wet wipes.
|Activities before bed||Things to pack|
|Shower||Your favorite body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. Don’t forget the loofah!
*A great recommendation is the 18-in-1 Dr. Bronner Pure Castile soap, as it can be used for many purposes and saves you tons of spaces in your luggage.
|Brush teeth||Same as in the morning|
|Evening skincare routine||Should be similar to the morning routine. Bring any additional products you might need.|
|Reading (optional)||If you’re a reader, bring a Kindle or a couple of your favorite books along with a book reading light.|
|Allergy prevention||If you know you’re susceptible to allergies, pack allergy pills as a change in weather can cause severe sneezing and coughing. Better safe than sorry!|
|Bedtime||Bring an extra blanket if your destination has cold weather, and an extra pillow won’t hurt 🙂|
Of course, this is just a general list of what an average college student would typically need while on vacation, but please pack accordingly based on your own wants and needs as everyone is different.
Apart from the above list, the most important thing of all is to stay safe while you travel. To ensure that you and your belongings are protected no matter where you go, GradGuard Renters Insurance offers a worldwide (yes that’s right, worldwide) coverage that will protect college students and young adults from unpredictable mishaps such as theft and vandalization that could happen while on vacation.
With that said, have a safe and fun-packed vacation!