Most travellers know the feeling of having forgotten something once they leave their homes. Planning, or having a list of essentials ready, helps in being methodical when going on a trip. Trips are not always planned like holidays, sometimes they are impromptu, like work trips. Last minute trips can be stressful since you are unsure of what to pack and how much to carry on you. Several things should be considered first – these are always the essential things or items that you should always have on you.
Having a reminder to pack your essential items first, before your belts, makeup, and hair dryers is a necessity. Most hotels, holiday homes, resorts, and suites, will have basics like a dental kit, shaving kit, and maybe a hairdryer. What these places won’t have is your preferred brand of moisturiser, face wash, and necessary medicines. The most important thing to remember is to leave your packing stress at your door.
Let us help you with a few travel essentials for wandering souls. This list will help de-stress all of the packing anxiety you might experience.
Travel Documents: When traveling, carry originals and color photocopies of your passport, travel insurance, driving license, and medical insurance. In case of an emergency, if you misplace any of your originals, the photocopies will help in obtaining newer ones from the local embassy. In case of sightseeing in crowded areas, you can also leave your original documents in the hotel room and carry only copies.
First Aid Kit: Carry ample Band-Aids, pain relaxant, muscle relaxant gels and creams, antiseptic liquid, medical grade gauze, hand sanitiser, insect repellant, and mosquito repellant. You should also stock up on heat pads, eye drops, a thermometer, and cotton balls. Ensure all these things are within the expiry period to avoid any adverse effects.
Medicines: Frequent and infrequent travellers should carry any prescription medicines they need. Medications that help treat conditions like motion sickness, flu, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, fever, cough, body ache, body pain, and cold are essential. Apart from these, another useful medicine is Dihydrocodeine. An analgesic, Dihydrocodeine helps decrease joint pains, bone pains, the pain of medium to extreme sciatica, nerve pain, and arthritis. Dihydrocodeine tablets are perfect to take away with you on your travels
Toiletries: Pack smaller bottles of your daily toiletries. Most products used daily are available in smaller quantities or travel quantities at local drugstores. Pack your toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, sunscreen, combs and brushes, moisturisers, deodorants, best outdoor tanning lotion and lip balm. Men should carry shaving foam, safety razors, electrical razors, and after-shave lotion. Women should stock up on razors, feminine hygiene products, makeup, and makeup remover. Apart from these, do not forget to pack in-ear buds, ear plugs, eye masks, and a Swiss knife with bottle opener, corkscrews and a pocket knife.
Snacks: Living in hotels and ordering room service can be expensive. Always carry some healthy and dry meals in your baggage to snack on at odd times. A packet of peanuts, some energy bars, a few biscuits like Oreos and Digestives, will help keep your hunger at bay. Another essential thing to carry is small sachets of mineral salts that can be dissolved in water and consumed. These salts help in keeping severe to medium dehydration at bay.
Sewing Kit: This might sound quaint, but a sewing kit can be a godsend when you have a wardrobe malfunction. If you are traveling for work and are carrying a limited number of clean shirts, then losing a button can be a horrifying experience. At such times, quickly sewing a new button or using a safety pin to keep your clothes intact can work miracles.
Electronics: In today’s world, being socially connected at all times is the need of the hour. Carry universal adapters for your laptop, mobile chargers, camera chargers, and notebook chargers. Do not rely on the hotel or resort to provide you with a universal adapter, since many hotels do not keep enough units of universal adapters.
Basic Clothing: If you are traveling for work, carry ample formal wear and footwear. If going for pleasure and holiday, carry t-shirts, pants, socks, lightweight clothing that can be worn in layers, rain jackets or ponchos, inner-wear and underwear, dresses, skirts, hats, swimsuits or trunks, sweaters, comfortable walking shoes, and sleepwear. Ensure you pack smart and make small rolls of all clothing to fit your luggage size.