When you're packing for a vacation, it's crucial to plan your outfits in advance.

Packing Smart

There are many apps that can help you create a packing list with templates and pre-made themes.

Mixed and Matched

For travel, bring neutral-colored clothing that can be mixed and matched. The rule of neutral colors makes it easy to pack a capsule wardrobe and gives you plenty of room for color. Some of the best ones are PackPoint, PackPro, and PackTeo. A good packing checklist should include both items you need and want.

Buy

Often, you can buy most of the things you need at your destination. You can also reduce the size of your suitcase by leaving a few unnecessary items at home.

Try to Lay

Also, try to lay out all of your planned clothes before your trip. Consider carefully what each item will be used for. If it's rainy, a poncho will help keep you dry.

Vaccination

While vaccination is 99% effective in preventing COVID-19, there are still some people who are not protected against the virus.

Before Traveling

Getting vaccinated before traveling is one of the best ways to avoid catching illnesses, particularly COVID-19. These people are at higher risk for a breakthrough infection.

Rainstorm

If you're staying in a tropical place, you can even use a sarong to cover yourself in case of a rainstorm. These infections, though rare, are usually mild.

Carrying

Though the vaccine has been proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it doesn't completely eliminate the risk of getting sick or carrying it.

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Important

Getting vaccines before traveling is important for two reasons. First, vaccinations help protect you from diseases that are common in developed countries, but rare in developing countries. In addition, some countries require travelers to have certain vaccines to enter the country. Getting vaccinated will not only keep you safe, but also prevent you from bringing these diseases back home.

Distancing

Secondly, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will prevent you from contracting the disease from other travelers. Therefore, even if you get the vaccine, it’s still important to follow all recommended precautions when traveling to foreign countries. The best way to protect yourself from this disease is to avoid being exposed to people who have the virus. Besides getting vaccinated, you should also follow social distancing measures and wash your hands.

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Ar Flow

In addition, it’s important to stay six feet or more away from places where the air flow is poor.

Additionally, if you are traveling to a place that has been affected by a natural disaster, you should follow all health guidelines for the area. This includes wearing a face mask and avoiding close contact with sick people.

Avoid Crowds

One of the best ways to avoid crowds when traveling is by choosing less popular destinations or attractions. By walking away from the touristy areas and eating at local restaurants, you can experience a destination without the crowds. A few examples of places you might want to avoid are the Tidal Basin and Dumbarton Oaks.

Popular Attractions

For popular attractions, check their website to see when the busiest days are.