What Not to Forget on Your Labor Day Adventures
Got plans for the upcoming holiday weekend? Are you heading to the beach to soak up the last few days of sun? Are you heading to a cabin by the lake to relax before the school year? Maybe you’re taking a quick trip to a city like New York or New Orleans to take advantage of the four-day weekend. No matter where you are going for the unofficial end of the summer, you are going to need to remember a few things to make the most of your weekend.
1) Pack these things. First things first - I would be totally letting you down if I didn’t include a packing list for an article with this title (no click-bait here). Look no further for your essential Labor Day packing list, by downloading it HERE. While you’re looking over this list, here’s a few general packing rules I like to recommend:
(a) Pack as light as possible. If you can squeeze it all in a weekender bag, do it! The lighter you pack, the better. Not only can you avoid extra baggage fees on flights, but it’ll be less stress to lug around. If you're a real packing pro, you could squeeze it into the surprisingly roomy Signature Tote
(b) Stick to one color palette to minimize the number of clothes and accessories you need to bring. For Labor Day weekend, navy, white, black, and red is always a classic choice!
(c) Prepare for changing weather. Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer; therefore, you need to prepare for both summer and fall weather. Pack things to protect you from the sun like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, but also pack things to protect you from rainstorms, like a light rain jacket and cooler nights, like a sweatshirt.
2) Remember the reason for the holiday. According to the US Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” Why not celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers by supporting businesses that employ American workers and/or manufacture products in the USA?
Sword & Plough is a perfect company to support during this holiday weekend, as it not only employs US military veterans in its manufacturing process, but it manufactures in the USA using recycled military surplus materials. Get your back-to-school backpacks and pencil cases from Sword & Plough and provide meaningful employment to veterans with every purchase.
3) Pack your patience. Labor Day weekend is one of the most popular travel weekends of the year. In fact, in 2018, 25% of Americans left town to celebrate the holiday – 86% of which, traveled by car. That means you should prepare for extra traffic and congestion on the roads. Be sure to load your phones with podcasts, audiobooks, and your favorite tunes to pass the time in potential traffic jams. (Pro Tip: Fuel up well before the weekend, because gas prices increase by an average of 20% for Labor Day weekend travelers). Also, if you’re flying on the Friday, Monday, or Thursday of Labor Day weekend, prepare for longer TSA checkpoint lines at the airports, so get there early!
I hope you found these tips to be helpful for your Labor Day weekend adventures. Travel is an art, not a science. Things almost never go perfectly or as planned, but with preparation and the right mindset (insert patience), you can have an unforgettable Labor Day vacation!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Metesh-McCoy is a veteran of the Army National Guard, an Army spouse, and a former Army brat. She is the mom of a precocious five-year-old daughter, two dogs, and two cats. She is also the owner/founder of Kinship Vacations, a full-service travel agency and travel concierge service that helps people plan customized vacations that create new unforgettable memories and deepens connections. Kinship Vacations also offers other military spouses and veterans the opportunity to start a rewarding, fun, and portable travel business through its one-of-a-kind travel advisor training program designed specifically for milspouses. Ashley is also an enthusiastic Sword & Plough brand champion, recommending the bags and accessories to all of her travel clients. For one, she has personally tested the Signature Rucksack in the sands of the Sahara Desert, to the luxurious boutique hotels in Paris. She loves the versatility and durability of Sword & Plough’s products for travel!