When you’re heading off for adventure, you don’t want to be burdened along the way, but you do want to make sure you have what you need, when you need it.

Seasoned travelers know not to overpack any backpack or purse, but they also know that whether you’re spending the day at the beach, touring Mexican ruins, or going sport fishing, there are just some items you need to carry with you at all times.

Before your next trip, make sure you have a decent daypack; one that’s secure and comfortable to carry anywhere. Then, here are the ten essentials you absolutely need in your daybag, no matter who you are, or what you’re doing.

Pack These Ten Essentials

1.  You need to pack the documentation necessary to get on and off the ship.  If you forget anything else, you may be fine, but not this.  You must have your passport, tickets, driver’s license, cruise ship card, credit cards, cash and identification in your backpack or purse.  Store them together in a handy document holder, in a safe, but easy-to-reach place.  Ideally, that document holder is waterproof, or you can place it in a waterproof bag, for extra security.

2.  Baby wipes.  Even if you’re an adult, you’re going to need baby wipes.  Use them for a quick clean up if you get sweaty, dirty or sticky.  You can also use them to wipe down a seat or your sunglasses.  You can even use them if the sink is broken in a washroom.

3.  Take care of your skin!  While on tour or at the beach, you will be spending a lot more time outside than usual, and if you’re not careful, a nasty sunburn can ruin the best of trips.  Pack sunscreen, lip balm with SPF, a hat and sunglasses, and you’ll be free to enjoy even the brightest, sunniest day.

4.  Bring a portable water bottle.  Fill it up before you leave, and re-fill it whenever you can trust that it’s clean water.  You need to keep hydrated when you’re out and about, and there’s no sense in spending a fortune doing it.

5.  Take care of your hair.  Throw a small comb or brush into your bag, because all that sun and wind can wreak havoc on your hair.  Women will also want to throw in a ponytail holder, or scrunchie, because when it’s hot and sunny, a quick up-do can make all the difference

6.  Pack your iPod or Zune and your headphones. You may want to tune out to some relaxing music or audiobook, especially if you have to spend any time on a bus.

7.  Zip-lock bags are great for wrapping up the rest of your lunch, for storing a wet bathing suit, or for hanging onto garbage or used baby wipes until you can find a garbage can.

8.   Bring a snack.  Throw some almonds or mixed nuts into one of those zip-lock bags, or toss in a few granola bars.  If you’re out touring or kayaking or hiking all day, sometimes lunch isn’t when you need it, and you may need a quick burst of energy.

9.  If you’ve got kids, you need to pack a favorite snack and a drink for them.  Bring along a diversion too, such as a toy or a coloring book, so you’re still free to enjoy your tour, even if they get bored.

10. Last, but not least; make those memories last!  Do not forget your digital camera, or your Flip Cam. You’ve spent months planning this vacation, and if you bring along the camera, you can spend years remembering what a great time you had.

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