The Five Things You Should Pack Every Time You Travel
The idea of travel is always exciting, but not the idea of packing. For most of us, choosing what to bring to a trip is a matter of fighting needs versus wants because if we had it our way, we’d pack our entire house—just in case.
But since there are excess baggage fees and inconveniences that come with over packing, it’s best to strip it down to the basics including these five must-haves whenever you’re on the road:
- A first aid kit
You’ll never know when bad stomach flu or an allergic reaction will hit you, and dealing with it becomes extra challenging when you’re in a foreign place. Bringing your own first aid kit that contains things for insect bite first aid, fever, diarrhea, and other common ailments will not only save you money but also give you peace of mind that you have access to medication whenever you need them.
While some travellers rely on their hotels to provide them basic toiletries, it’s still smarter to bring your own, especially if you have specific needs. For instance, if you’re using contact lenses, you have to pack your contact lens solution to guarantee that you won’t get any reactions from unfamiliar products. You should also bring your own soap if you have sensitive skin and other toiletries that you can’t live without, just in case your hotel doesn’t provide them. You can buy travel-sized packs of these products or transfer them in smaller containers to save space in your luggage.
If you don’t want to experience any delays during your trip, especially with immigration, it’s very important to bring all the necessary travel documents that will help prove your identity and make your trip smooth. Aside from your passport, you should also keep photocopies of your identification cards, travel insurance, and even passport photos. Make sure that your passport will still be valid during your trip and that you have applied for a visa if it’s required in the country that you’re visiting.
- Flash drive
Since you’ll be taking a lot of photos during your trip, it’s best to have a place to store them safely. A flash drive can also be used to share movies and music with other travellers you meet.
Of course, you can’t just travel and not have any money to pay for hotel, food, and tours. Bring at least two credit cards, Visa and Mastercard, to ensure you have a spare when one is not accepted. It’s also important to bring some cash with you because some places don’t accept credit cards or don’t have any ATM machines to withdraw money from. Keep some extra cash hidden for emergencies.
The art of packing for a trip definitely takes time to master. But if you want your trips to be as memorable and hassle-free as possible, you need to know which items deserve a space in your luggage and which ones you could leave at home.