Getaway Essentials Everyone Forgets To Pack + Reasons to Love the Genius Pack and Why It’s Worth Every Penny!

The year has just begun … and coming home from an overseas vacation (Philippines), our family was greeted with the cold freezing weather of the East Coast. Obviously, we couldn’t be more wishful to go back and enjoy the sunny tropical weather in Asia. While it’s still winter, the excitement for the summer season is already building up. In fact, we’re already gearing towards another getaway (especially after experiencing the freezing weather), it’s quite normal for anyone to forget a few essential pre-travel items as well as arrangements. There’s a few who forgets to book a hotel until the last minute; some fails to check out the weather forecast before heading out and then, there are those who forget indispensable travel gadgets and items.

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To avoid forgetting essentials, it’s best to create a checklist that will help keep must-haves in check. It’s ideal to book your hotel at least 2 weeks prior to the planned getaway/vacation. Keeping an eye on the weather forecast before planning anything is must, unless having a rainy day isn’t an issue. Despite knowing what you might need, check out the detailed list below just in case you missed a few. These items would surely come in handy.

Getaway Essentials Everyone Forgets To Pack

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The number one must-have product – for a very good reason! It’s one of the most important travel essential to keep your skin protected from sun damage.  All travelers need a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 or higher. You wouldn’t want to look like a dehydrated raisin or a burnt up potato now, that won’t look good in any pictures or videos.

Sun Hat
Aside from keeping your hair in place, looking fashionable and trendy, wearing asun hat also protects your hair and face from the sun’s bright rays and extensive sun damage. Just picture yourself in a tropical island without a sun hat – seems a bit off right? Absolutely. The hat adds a nice touch to anyone’s beautiful escapade.

More than the fashionable sense of style it gives, sunglasses protects the eyes against the harmful UV rays the sun emits. It also serves as an extra layer of protection against dust, wind and blinding brightness while keeping those peepers healthy and prevent macular degeneration (vision loss). Also available in polarized lenses (coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare).

What used to be a drag to carry around is now considered as a getaway essential. Available in different styles, print and colors – there’s plenty of umbrella assortments to choose from. In fact, there’s also mini travel umbrellasto add to the option – easy to pack and very lightweight too!

Your feet will thank you (completely) for including a pair of comfy sandals in your luggage. If your getaway itinerary includes long walks, all day-strolling around (and being very touristy) wearing flat sandals will serve you and your feet well.
No need to sacrifice comfort over style when you can have both. These sandals are available in wedges as well as a memory foam footbed that molds and contours perfectly to ones feet.

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Swimsuit Bikini
Yes, packing a swimsuit is given – but there are a few who forgets to pack one. While some are way overdue to update their current pair. While owning a couple of swimsuits/bikini may seem impractical, eBay offers a wide variety without breaking the bank. For men, there’s swim shorts, board shorts or swimming trunks. All of which are available for $10 or less!

Sea Salt Hair Spray
Skip the heavy setting spray that weighs your hair down. Instead, swap out your usual hair spray and opt for a sea salt hair spray. It instantly adds volume, holds your hair style in place without stiffing your hair like a porcupine. Easily achieve the look you’re going without having to go through such a fuss. All that’s left is to enjoy the rest of your getaway stay-cation.

Lip Balm
Keep those puckers soft, moisturized and kissable with a lip balm. It will save your lips from getting chapped, dry, prevent cold sores and more – which is why having one handy is very important. It’s not all about the scent and the cute packaging, these products also comes with exfoliation, sunscreen and organic formulation.

Take note that if you’re already experiencing chapped lips, do not peel them off or lick off to try to hydrate (there’s water for that) and make sure to go a little bit over past your lip line (those areas deserves some care too!).

This clothing is an absolute head turner. Easily worn and paired with any ensemble and can also be used as a cover up for a day at the beach or a relaxing day by the pool. Floral Kimonos are an instant favorite and can easily be worn with tees and short or bikinis. Look good, feel good – for a fraction of the cost.

Not into floral patterns? Check out chiffon styling, boho crochet and even lace type.

Waterproof Beach Tote
Don’t risk any splashes or spills, keep your gadgets and other essentials safe and secured wherever you go. So it is crucial to invest on a high qualitywaterproof beach tote. Available in trendy designs and colors that would match anyone’s preference and style.

By having these 10 must-have essentials when packing for your next trip, you can almost guarantee a fool-proof fun filled getaway/vacation. Stop waiting, start living. Time to book a ticket and get lost in paradise.

How to Pack a Carry On When Traveling with Kids —the Genius Way

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Reasons to Love the Genius Pack Aerial Hardside

  • There’s a Pocket for Everything – ideal pick for the minimalist
  • Embedded Packing Checklist – gotta love this organizational feature
  • 360-Degree Swivel Wheels – perfect for easy maneuvering
  • Roomy Interior Space – designed for packing efficiency
  • Scratch, Stain, and Impact-Resistant Exterior


Oh and before I forget, it is also EXTREMELY light! I can travel with ease without worrying that my luggage is taking up weight on my baggage allowance. There’s more to add and highlight about the Genius Pack but I leave all of that to your hands. Let me wrap this post up by saying that my set came in as advertised and is also the main reason why I highly recommend it to everyone.


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  • Stacie

    I love these! I actually forget several of these quite frequently. I’m bookmarking this as a packing checklist.

  • Joanna

    I always forget to bring lip balm when I travel. It’s so essential to me, as the air on the plane dries my lips a lot, but I always forget it at home. I have such a big collection, as I always end up buying new ones over and over again.

  • John Mulindi

    Thanks for the reminders, sometimes we overlook simple things like umbrellas when travelling. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Rachael Phillips

    I forget lip balm every single time! and it’s always the first thing i need as change in temp usually males my lips chapped! such a good post coxo

  • sara welch

    You have me dreaming of summer! These are great tips; I love my sun hat

  • Marysa

    I’ve never tried a salt spray, but it sounds like it could be a great option for vacation. My hair tends to get frizzy, but the salt spray might be a good alternative.

  • Alexandra Cook

    This essentials are really important when traveling. I have these ready whenever I go to beaches.

  • Jasmine Hewitt

    sea salt hairspray has been everywhere lately.. i guess this is another confirmation i need to get some soon!

  • cez dela cruz

    The waterprooof tote is always missing in my item list when packing, where infact it is the thing that you shouldnt forget! haha

  • kumamonjeng

    You have a complete list of thing to pack. I travel often and these are exactly what I will pack for a beach vacation. However, I don’t usually include kimono set but glad you have enlighten me to do so.

  • matthew

    Great and informative post. I usually forget to carry my umbrella in most case, Am bookmarking this site now as a reminder.

  • Lisa

    I’m going to be really annoying, because I never forget these things! I’m a pro traveller so maybe that’s why lol!

  • Kisha Stewart-Harris

    The waterproof tote gets me sometimes, because I just never think that I’ll be that close to the water for my items to get wet. I have been caught without it and regretted it though.

  • LaShawn

    I always forget lip balm! I’m in the market for new luggage! I’m looking for something really light because I just hate to check bags! Thanks! Going to check this out.

  • Kalyan Panja

    That’s a handy packing list and will surely be useful for every traveler.

  • robin rue

    We do ponchos as opposed to umbrellas. They are lighter to carry and can be thrown away when we are done.

  • Cyn Gagen

    These are great ideas! I always pack my sunscreen but you’re right – I do forget my sea salt hair spray. I really need to add that to my list.

  • Anonymous

    Great list to things to take with you on your travels! Never thought about taking an umbrella before but I have needed one in the past!!

  • Deb

    Great list to things to take with you on your travels! Never thought about taking an umbrella before but I have needed one in the past!!

  • Marcie W.

    We travel quite frequently, but no matter how much I prepare, I always seem to forget something. This is a helpful list for sure!

  • Dawn Nieves

    These are get tips for things to pack. I almost always forget to pack one or two of these on every trip.

  • Tonya

    Great check list. I love the way there is an Embedded Packing Checklist not to mention the swivel wheels. Very great ideas.

  • Rachel

    Sometimes I think it’s hard to pack when you were traveling to the opposite weather. This is a great list of reminders.

  • Melissa

    This is a great list! I never go anywhere without my lip balm though!!

  • Claudia Krusch

    Love your list! So many items I forget to pack!

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women

    Great list of very practical items. As someone who loves to get out and explore the nature around my holiday destinations, many of these items are essential for me to ensure adequate protection. Great and useful post.

  • Ruth I

    Oh I need to save this list! I often forget most things when packing so it’s a bit of disaster when we get to the location. haha!

  • Jennifer

    This is a great list! I totally forgot to take my coat and some gloves on my recent trip. I froze to death when the temps dropped to 17 degrees!

  • Amy-Lynn Denham

    omg… so I have a list of what to pack when I go anywhere. And I’m like Santa Clause checking that shit two, three, four times… then I went away solo for a few days to a beautiful inn in the middle of nowhere and realized I didn’t have a swimsuit… *facepalm* …there were two 40-minute walks involved to get one… I’ll never forget THAT again.

  • Geraline Batarra

    I love this article, really forget these things always. I must really make a list anytime i go to a vacation.

  • Folabest

    This post reminds me of when I travel late last year, I didn’t plan to stay longer and decided to pick few things but when I reach my destination. I couldnt help it but to be there for two months. I
    was now managing the things I have with me just because I didn’t plan it well.

  • HilLesha

    Sunscreen is a must-have! I wish I knew how important it was a while back when I traveled to the Bahamas.

  • Clare Minall

    Whenever I travel, I just bring something important. Never thought that there things that are more important to bring too.

  • Preet

    Ohw ow, Those were a great list of travel essentials. Perfect since we are having a trip to Fort Walton next week. I need to have this.

  • Christa

    Yup, I always forget sunscreen and have to pay high tourist prices for it when I get to my destination. This list is so helpful!

  • Danielle

    Yes to all of this. Especially the sunscreen. That is one thing that I always forget to pack and it is always so expensive to buy it elsewhere.

  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    Ooh, I like this luggage set. The lesser their weight, the better for travel. 🙂

  • Shannan P

    I ALWAYS forget sunscreen. I have overpaid in hotel gift shops more trips than I would like to admit!

  • Jasmeet Singh

    This is a great product. It is impact resistant which is very important, has pockets and having 360 wheels is very necessary, it makes dragging the luggage easier. Thank you for sharing this

  • Elizabeth O

    Such an important topic for all the ladies and I really forget some of them to pack while going on traveling. Thanks for this reminders.

  • Sincerely Miss J

    I never thought of bringing lip balm with me on my trips. But you are right it def. should be one of my packing essentials for next time.

  • Nati

    I don’t go anywhere without my susncreen! lol This luggage sounds so practical, there is room for everything you need!

  • Woodeline

    All these are great essentials to pack. I learn a hard lesson without a waterproof tote 2 years ago back in Miami. Never again

  • Bethany Stout

    I love this list, I always forget something so I’m going to refer to this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Sundeep

    These essentials are very important and mandatory which everyone forget to pack. I am sharing this article with my blogger friends. Thanks for sharing

  • Kelly martin

    These are things that I always forget to pack. Thanks for this list of essentials for travelling.