Most Common Items People Forget to Pack for a Vacation

We all need a vacation every now and then, and with so many destinations to choose from, the options are nearly endless! However, with the exciting anticipation of sunny beaches and amusement parks comes the dreadful feeling that you’ll leave something behind. You’ve done it before, and you know you’re bound to do it again. But what will it be this time? Here are some typical items that people forget to pack to help jog your memory.


You can almost guarantee that one or more bathroom items will be left behind on your trip no matter how thoroughly you pack. These items have become so integrated into our daily routines that it makes sense they’d be left behind; you forget you even need to bring them. Last year you forgot to bring the toothpaste; the year before that your contacts were forgotten. What will it be this year? Deodorant, perfume, moisturizer, sunscreen, or your toothbrush? Thankfully, many hotels will offer free toiletries at the front desk or provide them in your room, but if not you’ll have to make a pit stop.


Arguably the most common items that get forgotten are articles of clothing. Hopefully, you remember to pack enough shirts and shorts–or pants, whatever you’re into–but the problems start when we get to the delicates. Did you bring enough pairs of socks? Underwear? They don’t take up a lot of room, so just pack extras to be safe. If you plan on taking a dip in the pool or visiting a waterpark don’t forget to bring your swimsuit, otherwise, you’ll run through those spare clothes fast! Will you need flip-flops or sandals? You don’t want to bring sneakers to the beach unless you don’t mind getting them wet and full of sand. It’s important to wear proper footwear no matter what sort of activities you’ll be up to, but if you know you’ll be doing a lot of walking a comfortable pair of sneakers is preferable. If your shoes are too tight or uncomfortable you might get blisters, and prolonged usage could lead to bunions. If you start developing bunions or bunionettes visit for help on dealing with them.


This one might sting a little. Nothing is worse than a long day of driving or hours on a plane, lying down for bed, and reaching over to plug your phone in, only to realize you left it at home. Now if you don’t want your phone to die you’re going to have to make a trip to the store or the nearest gas station. Do yourself a favor and put your charger in your suitcase or travel bag as soon as you unplug it in the morning, thus ensuring it actually makes it to the destination, whether that be the Caribbeans or the Rockies.


We’ve all been guilty of leaving items at home when packing for a vacation, but hopefully, this will bring those necessities to the front of your brain. Most things can be replaced upon arrival, but it’s just a waste of money; there’s no need when you have perfectly good products already at your disposal. Remember to bring what you need, but most importantly, remember that it’s not the end of the world if you forget, and enjoy your vacation.