Summer Vacation: The Ultimate Packing Checklist

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Phone ChargerHeading out of town for a few days? Summer is intended for a bit of rest and relaxation, far away from the responsibilities of normal day-to-day life. Unfortunately, some of the most essential packing items are often left behind when people step into vacation mode.

It's our goal to help the residents of our Chicago, IL, apartments have the best possible vacations, so we thought we'd share our ultimate packing checklist with you!

The key to ensuring you don't forget your vacation essentials is packing ahead of time. Heed our tips, and get your bags ready a few days before you head out!

1. Spare Chargers

Avoid dead-phone despair by packing an extra charger or two before you close your suitcase.

2. First Aid

Fill a zip-locking baggie with just-in-case first-aid items, such as:

  • Bandages
  • Anti-bacterial gel (look for single-use packets)
  • Aloe Vera
  • Gauze
  • Adhesive tape

3. Sunscreen

If you forget to pack sunscreen, make sure that's the first stop when you get to your vacation destination. Ideally, you'll have it packed and ready to go so you can slather it on before the adventures begin, but if you find yourself without SPF when you get there, take a special trip to a local vendor so you can stock up.

4. Copies of Prescriptions

You don't want to find yourself without necessary medications. You may not be able to contact your doctor from afar, but proof of your prescriptions can prevent you from dealing with unwanted medical frustrations. 

Keep copies of your medical records and prescriptions in the cloud, just in case you need medical assistance while you're out.

5. One Extra Set of Clothes

Luggage gets lost; it happens. Keep a set of clothes in your carry-on, just in case your luggage gets lost along the way.

6. Hard-Copy Helpers

What happens if your phone goes rogue or gets stolen? Will you have your flight information on-hand or friends' numbers preserved in your brain? Probably not! Before you head out, write down a few key phone numbers and print your flight, hotel and activity itineraries in case you can't access the cloud.

The best vacations end in your own bed. After adventuring around the city, state, country or globe, there's nothing like coming home. The Montrose is a beautiful Chicago apartment community that'll happily welcome you home after your time away. Contact us today to learn more about our available floor plans!

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