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by Walter Myers

Whether you`re planning a trip to the beach in Florida this summer, or headed all the way across the country, you want your vacation to be relaxing. It`s a getaway from work, not to mention your day-to-day life. So we`ve got some tips - from packing smart to protecting yourself from pickpockets - to make your trip the best it can be.

Even if you`re only headed across the state, a packing list is a must. How many times have you left your home and arrived at your destination, only to find that you forgot your most comfortable walking shoes? Or your swimsuit? Put everything on this list, even if you think you would never forget it. A toothbrush is easy to replace when you get there - your prescription medication isn`t. David gave me my first bakery job, and I like to think Seven Stars wouldn`t be what it is without his influence over 20 years ago.

Be sure that you have printed itineraries for everyone in your party, and make color copies of important ID documents as well. Keep the copies in your bag, separate from your passport and other IDs. It`s also a great idea for each person to have a list of emergency numbers, either for them to call or for someone else providing assistance. Of course, packing light can make travel a lot more enjoyable. Who wants to lug 100 pounds of luggage through the airport? Not us. Here are some ideas to help you lighten the load:

Do laundry at your destination. Nobody wants to do laundry on vacation, but if you`re willing to sacrifice a little time, you can pack far fewer items of clothing. If you won`t have access to facilities, you can wash clothes in the hotel sink and hang them up to dry.

Easy on the shoes. If you can, pack only one or two pairs of shoes. It`s best to wear the heavier pair during travel if possible, and pack the lighter one.

Ditch the books. Consider using an e-reader instead of packing actual books - that way you can carry hundreds of books on your trip! If you don`t own or want an e-reader, you can buy books once you reach your destination. Thrift shops are great places to find inexpensive books. If flying, don`t check your bag. This will not only force you to take smaller pieces of luggage, but with most airlines charging checked-baggage fees.

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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is our Executive Vice President and a soul of our agency.

He is a member of the fourth generation of the agency family to become a vital member of the agency`s staff. After attending De La Salle High School, Chris graduated from Louisiana State University with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. He has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Chris was named Executive Vice President and Sales Manager of our Insurance Agency in 2010. He specializes in sales and service of the insurance needs for complex commercial accounts and personal lines.

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John Doe

Very useful article! Smart planning of any trip is a key to its success, and that is why some badly planned journeys often threaten to become an unpleasant experience

Kathy Gordon
John Doe

I totally agree with you! The better your trip is planned, the better your memories.

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