The Ultimate Vacay Checklist: 15 Essentials You Need On Your Next Trip

The Ultimate Vacay Checklist: 15 Essentials You Need On Your Next Trip

Vacation is meant for relaxing, but sometimes gearing up for your next trip can be anything but that.

Between travel arrangements and packing, it's easy to find yourself in a frenzy a few days before a vacay. Having a solid checklist for packing and preparation is an awesome way to keep stress down and ensure you've got everything you need for a stellar getaway.

Here's a vacation checklist that takes the stress out of travel:

Cash, Passport, and Identification

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Money makes the world go round. Make sure you've got cash and credit cards in a safe place, along with your passport and other identification.

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Exclusive: KJ Smith Talks Viral Wedding With Skyh Black: ‘We Did What We Wanted To Do’

Whether it was your group chat, social media feed, or your favorite media outlet covering the spectacle, I’m pretty sure you’ve come across the viral Black wedding between actress KJ Smith (Sistas, Raising Kanan) and actor Skyh Black (All the Queen’s Men, Sistas). From their grand entrance to Jay-Z, Kayne West, and Beyoncé’s song “Lift Off” to KJ’s standout dance routine and the endless celebrity appearances, it’s an addictive TikTok scroll you can’t help but delve into.

But what many people would be surprised to know is that the couple’s original wedding plan was nothing like what it grew to be. What started as her simply scrolling through posts to get ideas eventually transformed into what the internet knows now as #TheBlackExperience. In an exclusive conversation with xoNecole, KJ walked us through her planning process, the morning of her wedding, and what she thinks of the online response.

This Black Female-Founded Tech Startup Is Uplifting Diverse Voices In Tech

When Erika Hairston was entering her first year at Yale in 2018, she never imagined that the challenges she experienced during her education would give her the insights needed to solve a problem that she and many STEM students would face. “The summer after my senior year of high school, I stumbled upon a documentary about the lack of women and minorities in tech,” she tells xoNecole. “They showed how code was in every single thing we touched, and I just remember thinking, ‘Holy smokes, how is it possible that there are so few people who look like me in this industry that is clearly taking over the future?’”