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Vacation essentials you need to pack and tips for vacation rental owners

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As chilly weather approaches, you are probably already planning your next tropical getaway. Make sure you do not forget these vacation essentials.

1. Sunscreen

Plan on laying by the pool all day? Be sure to lather on lotion with a good sun protection field to prevent sunburns and further skin damage. Real Simple suggests using a minimum SPF of 15 to ensure protection.

2. One formal outfit

After you have thrown all your shorts and bathing suits into your suitcase, consider packing a few nicer items of clothing. Cruise Critic notes that occasionally dining and entertainment venues have strict dress codes. You do not want to miss out on a great experience because you only brought T-shirts.

3. Toiletries

Essentials like toothpaste, floss, shampoo, shaving cream and soap are easy to forget, so make sure to pick them up during a pre-travel shopping trip. You might be tempted to wait and see what complimentary bath items your hotel room has. Cruise Critic advises against doing this – most likely, the supply will be limited and won’t compare to your favorite products.

4. Personal fan

Perfect for clipping to your lounge chair, personal fans can offer a cool breeze while you relax by the pool or ocean.

5. Alarm Clock

If you’re planning adventure-packed days, an early start is crucial. Using your cell phone to set an alarm is always a good option, although keeping your mobile device on during international travel could involve fees.

6. Good luggage

Your suitcase is just as important as what goes in it. LearnVest notes that airlines have strict size guidelines. If you plan to carry on, make sure your bag is small enough. If you intend to check luggage you may want to weigh your suitcase ahead of time to avoid incurring extra fees.

Tips for Vacation Rental Owners

Winter will be here before you know it. If you’re a vacation rental owner make sure your vacation house is properly equipped to be the perfect escape from the cold.

Stock up your broom closet

Chances are, you haven’t set foot in your holiday home for a few months. This means an abundance of dust bunnies and a few unavoidable messes. Make sure your utility closet is ready to fix these problems at a moment’s notice. Martha Stewart recommended keeping mops, brooms, light bulbs, dusters and cleaning sprays on hand.

Keep non-perishables in your pantry

The last place you want to spend your precious vacation days is walking around the grocery store. Keep canned foods and dry goods, such as pasta or rice, at the ready to whip up a fast and delicious meal while maximizing your beach time.

Create an inviting outdoor space

After being stuck inside during raging snowstorms and bitter winds, you want to spend your vacation basking in natural sunlight. Make sure your outdoor area is comfortable and inviting with the help of outdoor fans. Try a misting fan for an extra burst of refreshing coolness, or a decorative style to match your outdoor furniture.


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