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Is it just me, or are winters becoming worse every year? Lately, it has certainly felt that way. We have already had a couple snowstorms with record-breaking low temperatures and it’s still November!

This weather is starting to remind me of a recent winter we had here in Eastern Canada. It was a couple of years ago now and it was EPIC! From mid-January until the end of March we received more than 17 feet of snow. Yes, you read that correctly, 17 FEET!

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This was our driveway in mid-March of that epic winter!

Just thinking of all that snow makes me want to escape to a cozy ski lodge, curled up on a comfy couch in front of a roaring fire in the fireplace or to a southern destination with warm temperatures and sandy beaches!

I’m not alone in this thinking either, the winter months are very popular for travel. It’s a great way to either embrace the winter with lots of fun outdoor activities like skiing, tobogganing and skating or to leave it all behind and hop a plane to a warm, sunny destination.

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Whether you are travelling to escape the cold or to visit family during the holidays, or heading south, the first step to a successful journey is a well-packed bag. Forgetting something important can put a damper on your holiday fun. That’s why I have put together this handy list of items you may have forgotten to pack. Some of them may surprise you!


1. Documents:

Do you have your passport, itinerary, booking reference codes and insurance forms packed? A misplaced bag at the airport or hotel could leave you stranded. Make sure to back up your documents with an online copy. Use a secure place like Google Drive that can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

2. Comfy shoes:

No matter what you’re travelling for, you can bet you will be doing lots of walking. Make sure to pack a comfy pair of shoes that will keep you going all day.

3. Reusable water bottle:

Not only will you save money by bringing your own water along, but it’s also a helpful reminder to stay hydrated throughout your trip. This is especially important if you are going somewhere hot or will be doing lots of activities.

4. RestoraLAX:

Traveller’s constipation is very common thanks to the lack of physical movement while in transit, stress and change in diet. RestoraLAX is an easy way to restore your body’s natural rhythm. Dissolve RestoraLAX into your favourite hot or cold drink – there’s no grit or taste!

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5. Headphones:

Make sure to pack your favourite pair of headphones so you can zone-out and enjoy yourself on the journey, chill-out on the beach or even block out the commotion of other travellers during the holidays.

6. Allergy medication:

You’ve probably packed your vitamins, deodorant, glasses and toothbrush, but did you pack your allergy medication? Going to a different climate or environment can expose you to potential allergens and make for an unpleasant trip. Claritin Rapid Dissolve gives you non-drowsy, 24-hour allergy symptom relief, so you can enjoy every second of your vacation. These dissolve instantly on your tongue so you don’t need water. From the ocean to the mountains, you can take it anywhere!

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Be it snow or sand, make sure you properly prepare by knowing the 6 essentials to pack.  Then you can just sit back, relax and thoroughly enjoy a worry-free vacation!

What travel items can you never leave at home? I would love to know, leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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  1. YES to all of these! I’m the type who brings a small bag of all possible medications I may need when I go anywhere because there’s nothing worse than feeling sick while trying to enjoy a vacation!

  2. Gingermommy says

    I take stuff for pain relief and bandaids. I actually pack way more than needed just in case

  3. I find you can never be too prepared while traveling, especially with kids! Great tips, especially the reusable water bottle.

  4. Great post. Really found all the tips really helpful. The article is really well written and engaging and of course, it is very informative too. I wrote an article on a similar topic but after reading your article I got so many new ideas and essentials I can add to my list. My favourite essential in this list is the headphones because I think when you are not hanging out with your friends or family on a vacation, getting a headphone and listening to songs can be really relaxing. Here is the link to my post-https://54reviews.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/things-to-bring-camping-on-the-beach/
    By the way thanks for this informative piece of content.

  5. I usually plan to go nowhere without claritin and allergy medications. Also we use Restoralax here often so we definitely don’t leave home without that one either.

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