Smart people have lists of things they take with them when traveling away from home. That’s how they ensure they don’t forget anything and that they are not under unnecessary stress. Others, on the other hand, believe they can memorize every single thing they need to pack and…usually regret not making a packing list.
No matter how often you’ve traveled, there’s always a chance that you’ll forget to bring something that you really need on your trip. In order to help you become a smarter traveler, we’ve prepared the following list of things you should definitely consider taking with you on your next trip.
Documents and money
Depending on your destination, you might have to bring your passport, student ID, drivers’ license, travel insurance, as well as credit cards and cash. First of all, check that your documents are not expired or invalid for the destination. If you’re traveling to a country for which you need a visa, make sure you obtain one. Let your bank know that you’ll be using your credit card abroad. Also, don’t forget to make copies of all your important documents and keep those copies somewhere away from the originals. It’s a good idea to keep them in cloud storage or in your e-mail inbox so that you have access to them in case you lose or misplace the originals. It’s always a pain to have your documents lost or stolen, especially in a foreign country.
Since you’ll probably need your phone, tablet or laptop on your trip, don’t forget to pack all the necessary chargers, spare batteries, and power banks. You should also consider taking your e-book reader and making a playlist with your favorite songs to keep you occupied on the journey. Don’t forget to pack some of the useful GoTravel accessories, such as adapters, if you need them.
If you take some meds regularly, make sure you bring enough of them with you, since you just can’t rely on getting them everywhere, especially if traveling abroad. That might require a visit to your doctor well before the trip so that you can get all the prescriptions you need. Keep your meds with you at all times and store them in accordance with the instructions. Additionally, you might want to take some painkillers and bandages, just in case.
The choice of clothes depends on the type of your trip. For a business trip, you need to bring some smart clothes, while a family vacation requires comfortable and not very expensive clothes. Check the weather forecast for the destination during your stay and pack accordingly. If there is an option to wash your clothes while away, don’t bring so much with you, but travel light. Finally, make sure you don’t travel in your best clothes, but choose something you will feel comfortable during the trip.
No smart traveler travels without a hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and toilet paper. They can all come in handy and they don’t take up too much space. Needless to say, a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste should be in your carry-on luggage or somewhere very close to you. The same goes for deodorant and mouthwash. However, if you’re flying, you need to be careful about the airline’s restrictions regarding the amount of liquid you can have in your carry-on luggage.
Travel day pack
This small bag should contain everything you need for a day or two, because your main luggage may get lost. This bag should also contain your passport, wallet and perhaps some clean underwear. Also, any important prescription should be kept in it.
These tips refer to every type of travel. However, you need to extend your list to include other items that are necessary for the particular trip. Finally, it’s great to have a list that you update after each trip since you might realize that you didn’t pack really well for your last trip and you don’t want to repeat the same mistake. But have a list or two by all means.
About the author:
Diana Smith is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in home improvement and the latest DIY topics. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.