There’s always a few miscellaneous things that don’t really have a category. So, they fit in here!
A word about some of this stuff: often we will use the extra space in our suitcase for a lot of these items, but they don’t always ALL fit. Enter: another LLBean tote bag (yes, I should probably just have bought out LLBean’s travel section by now…). We frequently have at least one, sometimes two, tote bags filled with ‘extras’.
Once again, tailor these lists to your own family. Some things you may need on here, others may be a total waste of time for you.
- change/cash-keep in the car, depending on what way you go to the OBX, you may have toll roads.
- an extra set of keys-don’t keep this in your car. C normally keeps one set that we use full-time, and I throw an extra set in my purse/bag/wallet
- print-out of your reservations-includes your reservation number and often where you are supposed to check-in, put these in the car a few days ahead of time, that way you know they are there.
- directions/maps/GPS-depending on your situation. We have been there so many times now that we don’t really need directions anymore. A week before we map quest it, and just write down the route numbers and that is normally enough for us. If you have a smartphone, you can get directions on there too. But if it’s your first trip, make sure to get a map or print out directions too, because you never know where dead spots are along the way.
- driver’s licenses/car registration info/car insurance info-WE have never gotten pulled over, but when I was a teenager driving home with my dad, my mom, who was driving ahead of us was pulled over. Actually, come to think of it, there was another time she was pulled over too when we were coming home….
- iPad/laptop/e-reader/iPods, etc
- chargers for aforementioned electronics and cell phones-it’s a good idea, too, to have a car charger with
- batteries-this is a hit or miss thing. Some kids toys need batteries and it’s always good to have extra, but you might not need this
- flashlight/nightlights-good for kids, keep in mind they are going to be sleeping in an unfamiliar place and likely will be in their own room. Good for you too, those late night bathroom trips are a little tricky if you’re not used to your surroundings.
- pens/paper-seems silly, until you have to write a quick shopping list
- books/magazines/games-in other words, entertainment. We’ve been very lucky to not have REALLY bad rainy days on our vacations, but you just never know!
- pillows/blankets-I don’t know about you, but we’re kind of funny about our pillows. And taking a throw blanket along is always nice too, for watching a movie in the evening
Anything to add to this list?
Come back tomorrow for the FULL list!