Packing for a trip can be stressful for some. From deciding what to wear, how much to bring, what the weather will be like, will it all fit in your luggage, and will you meet the airline weight restrictions. It’s enough to make your head spin! While clothing will change from trip to trip, some items should come with you no matter where you’re traveling to around the world. So, to help relieve some of that stress, below are 10 things you should really pack for every trip.
Universal Plug Adaptor
With all the electronics we tend to travel with these days, a universal plug adaper is essential if you’re traveling to another continent. Unless you’re traveling with a hairdryer (for which you’ll need a current adaptor), a simple outlet adapter such as the FosPower WorldWide Universal AC Adapter will do the trick. Find one that is compact and houses all the different outlet styles in one casing. This way you’re not losing adaptors and you’ll minimize the space it takes up in your luggage. Pro Tip: Pack a power-bar to plug all your electronics into and plug the power-bar into your universal plug adaptor. This way you’ll only need to buy one universal plug adaptor and can charge many devices at the same time.
A Set of Headphones
A good set of headphones are another multi-purpose item. Not just for watching movies or TV shows on an airplane, they’ll help you stay connected with family, friends, or clients via Skype. The VASA in-ear headphones by Sudio Sweden are a great choice. They’re studio-quality headphones with a built-in microphone and 3-button remote, and come with a leather carrying pouch so they don’t get tangled in your bags.
A Personalized Medical Kit
Forget a store-bought, generic medical kit and instead always pack a personalized medical kit. This should include any regular medication you take, pain and/or allergy medication you prefer, band-aids (including waterproof ones), antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, hand sanitizer, and tweezers. Personalize this to your preferences and trip needs.
Whether you’re traveling with valuable electronics or documents, keep them safe in your destination by using a Pacsafe. A Pacsafe is essentially a wire mesh that goes over your valuables that can be attached to something secure in your room (so your valuables don’t grow feet and walk away). The company also has a wide range of anti-theft packs such as a sling bag and camera bag, to keep your valuables away from sticky fingers and give you peace of mind while traveling.
A Copy of Your Travel Documents
Before leaving for your trip, make sure you have hard copies of your travel documents (passport, credit cards) and place them in a bag you wouldn’t have with you when you’re out exploring for the day in destination. This way, if your wallet or passport were to get stolen, you’ll have paper copies of your documents, making it much easier to have them replaced. If you don’t feel comfortable having copies of these precious documents on you, leave a digital copy with someone you trust back home whom you can contact should something happen.
Good Quality Earplugs
Sleeping on a plane or in a new destination can be difficult. New surroundings mean new noises you’re not yet familiar or comfortable with. Not to mention if you’re staying somewhere with thin walls or you’re rooming with someone who snores. Always pack a quality set of earplugs so you can get that much-coveted sleep and be well rested to explore your new destination.
If you don’t normally travel with wet wipes, you’d be surprised at how handy these things are. They can be used to clean your seat area on an airplane before takeoff, to wipe your hands if a bathroom isn’t nearby, to wash off sunscreen and/or bug spray from a day of exploration, to clean any muddy shoes before packing them into your luggage, or to freshen up on a hot day. They come in many varieties (scented, unscented, anti-bacterial, aloe-enhanced), including travel-sized packs perfect for your carry-on or day packs.
Nowadays, our phones are essential items when traveling. They keep us connected, help us navigate new destinations, act as a translator, document our travels through photos and videos, and allow us to share our travel experiences. They can get quite the workout on a trip and keeping them charged for a full day can be difficult. Pack a charging stick or two such as the Jackery Bar Premium 6000 mAh External Battery Charger and take them with you while you’re out for the day so you don’t have to worry about a dying battery or finding a place to charge your phone.
A Pair of Flip-Flops
This might be an obvious thing to pack if you’re going to a beach destination, but consider that you should always pack a pair of flip-flops regardless of where you’re traveling to. Use them during long-haul flights to give your feet a break from your regular shoes (don’t worry about making a fashion statement!), wear them in hotel showers that may seem questionable, enjoy that hotel pool and/or sauna, or just have a spare set of footwear on-hand just in case.
A scarf or shawl is one of those items that will serve many purposes while you’re traveling, thus helping to minimize the amount of clothing you pack in your luggage. It can be used to stay warm on an airplane, a cover-up if you’re visiting a religious site, a blanket at a beach or park, a pillow cover, and even a way to jazz up an otherwise ‘standard’ travel outfit.
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