Vacations are supposed to be fun, but figuring out what travel essentials to pack and what not to pack can be stressful for some. How many outfits should you take with you? What kind of shoes, and how many pairs, should you bring? Should you bring toiletries or other bathroom items?
These are all questions that most people have to concern themselves with when they are traveling, but especially so to a city such as Chicago that has weather than can often fluctuate quite frequently.
Luckily, if you book a luxurious apartment with ENVITAE, you won’t have to worry about packing many of the travel essentials that other people have to concern themselves with. If you are planning to travel to Chicago, here are some tips for what to pack, and what not to pack.
One of the most critical things to remember when you’re packing the travel essentials for a trip to Chicago is the city can often experience all four seasons in a short period of time. It may seem obvious that if you’re traveling to Chicago in winter that you’d need to bring layers of clothing, but this is a smart idea even if you’re traveling in the dead of summer.
Chicago often experiences winter-like weather from mid-to-late fall through early-to-mid spring, so having a jacket and layers of clothing is essential to ensure you enjoy your trip. That means you should have a combination and variety of clothing for both warm and cold weather, as well as everything in between.
For most people, this would make fitting all the travel essentials in one suitcase extremely difficult. However, if you book a stay at a property with ENVITAE, your apartment will come with a washer and dryer. This makes packing very easy, as you can opt to pack fewer clothes and wash them throughout your time in Chicago if you have to.
One of the best ways to get around Chicago is on foot. The city has an excellent public transportation system, making it easy to hop from one part of the city to the next with ease. Chicago’s streets are often very crowded, and parking can be difficult as well, making it not very desirable to drive around the city.
Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that you pack good walking shoes as part of your travel essentials. If you’re traveling in the summer, you might also consider packing a pair or two of sandals or flip flops if you plan to head to the beaches of Lake Michigan. And if you’re hoping to go to a nice dinner, you’ll want a pair of dress shoes as well.
Shoes are often the most difficult items to pack, as they don’t leave a lot of room for your other travel essentials. However, because you won’t need to pack a lot of other clothes since you’ll be staying at an ENVITAE property, you’ll have more room to make sure you always have the right footwear for the right situation.
When a lot of people travel, they pack with them all the toiletries that they use on a day-to-day basis at home. Some people even go as far as packing extra towels from home or even eating utensils if they are staying at a place that has a kitchen.
ENVITAE properties, though, provide all the necessary items for the bath and kitchen so you don’t have to worry about packing them, leaving more room for your travel essentials. Not only do their properties offer all the self-catering utensils that you could want, but they provide extra towels and linens so you don’t have to worry about bringing them with you on your trip.
One other packing tip is to limit the number of toiletries you bring to the bare minimum. Not only could packing toiletries make travel difficult through an airport – since most toiletries you have on hand at home would exceed the amount allowable in carry-on items – but you always run the risk of them breaking open and spilling onto your other items.
That’s why you should only pack the bare minimum for toiletries when you can. Most toiletries can be purchased at a local drug store or convenience store when you arrive in Chicago for cheap, too, which would free up the limited space you have in your suitcase for the true travel essentials.
One of the best parts about staying in an ENVITAE property is that, in addition to the top-of-the-line accommodations, you’ll feel like you’re staying in your own home. Travel is a breeze when you’re staying at an ENVITAE property, because you can pack light and focus on just enjoying your wonderful trip to Chicago.