While we think that every getaway to the Distinctive Inns of New England is as perfect as it can be, these five essential items will ensure that you have everything you could ever need. Just like your affection for your travel partner is all about what’s in your heart, we contend that what’s in your luggage can make or break great vacation and turn it from wonderful to the perfect. Of course, if you forget any essential items, your DINE innkeeper keeps a stash of all the necessities, and even a few not-so-often requested but helpful items. Simply ask and DINE innkeepers will help out with the essentials that were left behind, and some extras too.
Five essentials to pack for your next DINE getaway
All charging cords and a portable charger
We know you’ll want to capture photos of that fabulous entrée and all the adventures on your phone during your getaway. Nothing is worse than grabbing for the camera and it’s not charged. There are plenty of options for charging devices in your guestroom. Yet just in case your phone battery empties quickly, it’s always a great idea to bring along a portable charger on your adventure of the day, so you’ll always be ready for that perfect shot.
Sunscreen for body and lips
As we approach the strongest rays of the summer, we channel our inner Mom and suggest that sunscreen should be applied each morning and throughout the day. Knowing that you may enjoy water sports, hiking or even shopping in DINE country, a quick application of sunscreen daily can help avoid a painful sunburn. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your lips too. You’ll need your lips for ordering and enjoying that fabulous dinner later in the day.
Rain gear and umbrella
Leave it to Mother Nature to rain on your parade the day you plan to go hiking. Weather doesn’t have to ruin your adventures if you have the right gear. Many companies make packable raincoats that fold down into a small pouch. Umbrellas are also coming smaller and smaller these days for easy stowing. Your rain essentials don’t have to take up a lot of room, but will pack a punch when you need them to enjoy outdoor activities on inclement days
Emergen-C, Echinacea and Covid at-home test
We all know what a drag catching a cold or even more scary – Covid – can be while traveling. Taking Emergen-C or Echinacea can help some people to boost their immune system enough to avoid the germs floating around. The Covid at-home test may be necessary to get on a plane and travel (depending upon the state or destination) and can often be tough to find in local drug stores. Be sure to bring one for each person and check the airline’s requirements for testing before leaving your destination in DINE country.
These little zippered cubes are so helpful in keeping clothing, shoes and toiletries organized. Available online and in department stores, grab a few varied sizes and organize your clothing by type while packing. Not only do packing cubes allow you to fit more in your bag, but you’ll be grateful for how well they keep your luggage organized once you get to your destination.
Start your next DINE getaway by clicking on links below that will take you directly to each of their websites to start planning. Don’t forget to book directly with the inn for the best rates and availability.
In Maine: Inn at English Meadows in Kennebunkport
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic