Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Playa del Carmen FAM Trip: Travel Checklist

El Taj at Night
 You know, sometimes I feel like such a hypocrite. I preach to my bridal couples all the time about having a checklist when they travel. I even create travel checklists for the clients that only book travel through me. But, do I create a checklist for myself? No, of course not. And I suffer for it.

So, what did I forget? Take a look, and make sure you write them down on your travel checklist, so that you don't forget them, too...

TOOTHBRUSH: In my defense, I usually have my travel toothbrush in my travel bag. For some reason, the toothbrush wasn't there-- I probably left it at Sandals Whitehouse when I went to the STAR Awards. Nothing that a quick trip to the convenience store wouldn't take care of, but it is such a pain in the butt when you forget your toothbrush and the front desk doesn't even carry the cheap ones that would get you through a short stay.

The bathroom in our room
HAIRBRUSH: My hairbrush is my downfall of packing. I don't know why, but I constantly forget my hairbrush when I travel. I even set it on the sink before I left. Fortunately, I'm sharing a room with Donna, who didn't forget hers. Thank goodness.

COMFORTABLE SHOES:  Yep, I forgot these, too. Oh, and I told Donna and Jules to make sure they brought theirs. I had planned to pack comfortable shoes, since I knew that I was going to do a lot of walking when I wasn't teaching. I even left room for them in my suitcase. Instead, I left my shoes by the front door and didn't realize it until I unpacked in the hotel. Fortunately for me, Donna picked up a pair of flip flops while she was walking around on Fifth Avenue in Playa del Carmen.

CLOTHES TO TRAVEL HOME IN: There really isn't anything worse than having to travel home in something uncomfortable. I packed my pants, but forgot my shirt and the shoes. So, I'll be wearing the shirt I wore today and the pumps (or flip-flops)-- Probably the pumps because I don't want to walk in 18 degree weather in New York in flip-flops. (Maybe I can find a shop in the airport...)

You get the idea. If you are a destiantion wedding planner, make sure you have a checklist for your bride. If you are a bride, write a checklist for yourself before you start packing. Otherwise, you'll end up like me: Shoeless and shirtless with ratty hair and bad breath.


Candice Cain is the owner of the Candy Cain Travel Co. She is a Certified Sandals Specialist and a Destination Wedding Expert. Please feel free to email her for help with your destination wedding!

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