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How to Pack for your Golf Vacation

If you are going on vacation, it's easy to get caught up in all the excitement, and forget to pack some essential item. This tends to happen most often if you leave packing until the very last minute, and end-up packing your bags in a rush.

Badly packed bags can have quite a few bad consequences, many of which can spoil your vacation, or at least make it a stressful experience, instead of the relaxing break that you were hoping for. Additionally, bad packing can even in some cases even make your vacation more expensive - because you either need to replace some essential item that you forgot to begin, or because you stuff more things in your bags than you need to take, making your bad too heavy, causing excess baggage charges from airlines, etc.

The way to avoid this problem, is simply organization. You want to start packing your bags as early as possible before the vacation rather than at the very last minute. It's also a very good idea to create a checklist of all the must-have items that you need to bring with you. You should of course be strict about what you put on your checklist - the checklist is really only things that you really must bring, rather than items you just might bring, maybe.

What you should then do is work through your checklist, item by item, making sure you have packed each item, and you know where it is in your luggage. Obviously, travel documents and other items you need to keep accessible, need to be put in easy to remember and easy to access location.

In terms of suitcases, it is best to use the minimum number possible, as you are less likely to lose things that way. Instead of using many small bags, use larger bags - perhaps one bag for your golf gear, and one bag for everything else (plus perhaps one bag of hand luggage if travelling by air). If your suitcase has compartments, then you have a ready-made solution for organization your things within the bag. If not, you can use smaller bags (even plastic bags) to organize things within your suitcase - for example, one bag for your rechargers, another for medication, etc. Clothes of course should also be well organized in your suitcase, and you will probably find you can save space by rolling them up or folding carefully.

What sort of items should be on your checklist? Clearly it will vary depending on your needs, but here are the sort of things you might take:
  • Wallet - Sounds obvious, but a lot of people forget to take their wallet!

  • Keys - Keys are easily misplaced, so make sure you know where you are going to store them when travelling.

  • Travel Documents - Any travel documents such as your passport, ticket, driving license, any visa or other paperwork that you need to take should be kept in an easily accessible location while travelling. A zip-lock pocket on your travel bag, for example. Don't forget that if travelling by air, you will most likely need to show these documents multiple times.

  • Prescribed Medications - If have any prescription medication that you take, don't forget to take it with you on vacation. It may be hard to get another prescription or replace the medicine if you forget! Ideally, you should take a bit more medicine that needed, just in case your return is delayed, etc.

  • Sticking plasters, pain-relief medicine - While not essential, you might wish to consider taking sticking plasters, and pain-relief medicine such as aspirin with you. If you are staying in a nice hotel, you probably can get these at the front-desk, but if you need them when travelling, they can be very handy.

  • Snacks - If you are travelling by road or rail, or if you find airline food inadequate, you might want to consider taking some snacks with you. Some airlines charge surprisingly high prices for snacks, so taking your own could be a way to save money too!

  • Drink Dispenser - Important while you are travelling, and essential when playing golf!

  • Electronics - Don't forget your cell phone, digital camera, laptop, etc.. Remember to take the recharger, and perhaps spare batteries too!

  • Golf Equipment - Of course, if you're going on a golf vacation, you will want to take your golf equipment. Most golf resorts will of course have equipment that you can rent or buy, but using your own equipment is cheaper, and it has the advantage that you will be playing with gear that you are already familiar and practised with.
To summarize, good organization is the key to packing for a golf vacation. Pack in plenty of time, know what you are taking and where you will pack, and you won't get stressed by the packing process or forget essential items.

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