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What To Pack For A Spa Vacation

Reduce Your Packing Stress With A Checklist and Planning Ahead


Taking a spa vacation with your girlfriends? Taking a long personal getaway? Or joining your husband on his golf trip and heard the resort has a spa?

I am commonly asked what I pack for my spa vacations. My usual response is half the clothes and twice the cash. In all seriousness, I have devised a mini check list below. Ideally, I call the spa ahead of time to see what type of accommodations they have and if they have any recommendations on what to bring. (For example if they have a pool I bring extra swim suit. If the spa furnishes luxurious robes I leave mine at home.)

My Packing List
  • My travel purse, wallet and ID
  • Passport – if I am traveling internationally
  • Itinerary, Hotel Reservations/Telephone and Airline Flight Times/Transportation Information
  • Personal Care Items
  • Proper Clothing – I typically print out a forecast for the duration of my trip. If forecast calls for rain I pack an umbrella and/ or rain jacket.
  • Flip Flops/Sandals/Walking Shoes
  • Sunglasses,Sunscreen, lip balm (especially I am visiting a warm weather destination)
  • Camera – Charger, Camera Bag, Extra Battery, Film/Memory Card
  • Laptop and charger (better yet..leave it home if you can)
  • Mobile Phone and Charger (both home and car charger)
  • Bluetooth speaker, MP3 Player/iPod/Phone and Charger
  • Beach Towel
  • Bathing Suits (at least two)
  • Workout Gear and Shoes
  • A Good Book or Magazines

    If it is a true spa getaway I try to pack lightly. Less baggage equals less headaches. I tend to keep jewelry to a minimum and make sure I can mix and match my outfits using the same base colors so I can keep my shoes to a minimum.

    Calling ahead and using a checklist helps me stay organized and reduce my stress levels. I always hate the feeling I left something at home while I first start my trek. That is why I pack twice the cash. If I forget a small item I am not going to let it ruin my trip, I will just pick it up or live without it for a few days.

    Happy Spaing!


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Jennifer Weis is the Publisher of SpaTrips.com. Jennifer is a jettsetter that has traveled the world to review travel destinations and spa resorts. She frequents golf trips with her husband, Brian the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, but prefers poolside over the fairways.

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