There are a few things that make travel and vacation a whole lot easier. Here are 10 essential things you need whenever you travel.
There are many things that you need when you travel, such as clothes, shoes, toiletries, a camera, etc. However, there are many other items that you may never think about while packing but are essential for each time you travel.
We’ve put together a list of the 10 most essential things you need, wherever your travels take you!
1. Alarm Clock
You may think that an alarm clock is not a necessary item because you are going to be on vacation – and you don’t need to wake up at a certain time. You never know what your trip can bring. For example, perhaps you booked an outdoor adventure which you certainly wouldn’t want to miss, right? You want to make sure to wake up on time. Or, what if your return flight is rather early? You will need to wake up early to arrive at the airport in time for your flight.
Nearly all cellular phones have a built-in alarm clock. This is great as a backup. Pick up a small travel alarm clock at your local discount store and mark that worry off your list.
2. Antibacterial Wipes
Anti-bacterial wipes are so commonplace these days and provides many uses for when good old ‘soap and water’ are not readily available. For example, frequent fliers have been known to have this at the ready to disinfect a plane’s tray tables, armrest, or any other hard surfaces. In a pinch, it is also great for cleaning up food and drink spills, or to quickly disinfect restaurant tables, or your hands, before you eat.
3. Reusable Bags
Reusable bags can come in handy while you travel. For example, if you go shopping or want to carry your towel and book to the beach, etc. They can fold up tiny in your luggage (taking up very little space). Then, when you are returning from your trip, if you find you bought too many souvenirs and do not have any extra space in your luggage, you can pull out your reusable bag!
4. Your Itinerary, Passport, and Other Documentation
Whenever you travel abroad (or even domestically), you should always print out a copy of important documents – your itinerary (including your travel information), your passport, etc. Keep these safely with you always – and leave the second copy with someone you trust back home.
You never know what could happen – and losing things such as your luggage, cell phone, laptop, etc. can leave you in a very sticky situation should you maintain only digital copies. Crime in other areas can be exacerbated in tourist destinations and mistakes of misplaced luggage or items can happen, too. To ensure there are no issues with your travels and that you can return home safely, do not skip this step.
5. Healthy Snacks
Traveling can be exhausting. And, when you have so much to see and do and a short time to do it, eating three full meals a day sometimes gets placed on the back burner. To make sure your body stays healthy while you travel, pack some healthy snacks to take with you.
Keep them in your bag or something that will allow you to easily access them while you are on the go. Opt for snacks that do not require refrigeration or any special utensils to eat. Here are a few ideas:
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried fruit
- Granola bars and protein bars
- Trail mix
6. Photograph Luggage Contents
You never want to place valuables in your check-in luggage. However, sometimes, when you are heading back from your trip, you may have to utilize all the space you have, including that left in your suitcase. If you find yourself in this situation, make sure to take a picture of all valuable luggage contents before you let your luggage leave your possession. While it may not be 100% foolproof, should something turn up missing, it may still be enough to prompt an investigation to find the missing items.
7. First-aid kit
First-aid kits are a must when traveling! You could have a clumsy day and this happens, you can be prepared for it – if you have a first-aid kit.
- Prescription medication
- Allergy medication
- Pain reliever/fever reducer
- Antibiotic ointment
- Bandages and gauze
8. Insect repellant
Flying insects can carry diseases. It’s hard to keep this in mind, as hearing of someone catching a disease from, say, a mosquito isn’t too overly common and you may think it cannot happen to you. Believe it or not, it can. And, traveling to destinations abroad may put you in contact with insects that could make you very sick.
Do not forget to pack your insect repellant and do not forget to use it!
9. Universal adapter
Depending on where you travel, you will always want to take a universal adapter* with you. They are relatively inexpensive and can mean the difference between being able to charge your electronics and not. These adapters generally work in places like Africa, Asia, Great Britain, Fiji, Australia, Europe (Diamond Resorts has some great tips for traveling to Europe), Ireland, the Middle East, New Zealand, as well as North and South America, too.
It is not necessarily wise to carry a ton of cash with you while traveling. However, in case something happens with your wallet or bags, you will want to keep some cash on your person always for emergency purposes.
If you are traveling out of the country, make sure to visit an exchange booth and switch your cash to the local currency.
Traveling can give you some great memories. Allow yourself time to focus on making these memories, rather than what you should have or could have brought with you.
* Link to third party site