Being a labelled ‘Absentminded’ person my entire life, I always forget to pack important things during my travel and end up either borrowing things from my fellow mates (which is totally awful) or ruining my trip! Therefore, I always try to make sure that I follow a checklist while packing up my things. So, here I am listing a few requisite items that’ll help you when you are ‘on the go’.
(P.S. It does contain most of the things you would consider. Narrow it down to your needs)
STERIPEN- The steripen is a portable water purification device which uses ultraviolet light to kill all bacteria and other bad things in water. I bought the small travel friendly size. Definitely on the higher side of price, but totally worth it as it keeps you safe from most travel illness caused by contaminated water.
LAUNDRY LEAVES- This little packet contains thin leaves soaked in laundry detergent. It is totally hassle free, takes up very lil room and completely dissolves in water, thus making it very convenient when you have to wash your unmentionables in the sink.
TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS- While travelling, one must not forget to carry important travel documents. In case of overseas, make sure you have your passport, visa and tickets whereas in case of local trips, only tickets of the respective flight or train would do. Also, make sure you are carrying you’re driving license, ID and copies of travel insurance. When getting travel insurance, you must choose a plan that includes health on the coverage.
(Pro-tip: get a scanned copy of your important documents placed on your google drive. So, if in case you lose them, you can always get a copy printed out, whenever needed.)
UNIVERSAL WATERPROOF PHONE CASE- One cannot do without a phone in this technology freaked era. This cell phone case will save your iPhone or android from the dirt, dust and grim and even from the accidental water damage! (You heard me, right?). And the plus point, it’s totally affordable.
THE FIRST AID KIT- We’re not asking you to prepare for ER, just a small bag with the most necessary pills and medicine you might need, especially the ones you need regularly. Also, injuries are unpredictable; be equipped with a basic first-aid kit that can come to the rescue during emergencies.
E-READER- A good book is surely a nice idea to keep you entertained while travelling. While most of the book buffs prefer to carry the old-school books, a kindle or another e-reader (nowadays there are many apps for reading) wouldn’t hurt much in case you want to travel light. Furthermore, an e-reader gives you the freedom to read a number of books without worrying about the additional weight.
POWER STRIP- Outlet shortage at airport or in train is a common scenario. A multi-socket power strip helps share the juice from a single public outlet. Also, by plugging all of your electronics into the same place, you’ll be less likely to leave one behind. One catch: Abroad, of course, you’ll need to use an adapter and a converter.
PLASTIC BAGS (ZIPLOCKS) – There are so many uses of plastic bags. I always carry around 4-5 of them in different sizes. From using them to carry damp or dirty clothes to using them for food or expensive accessories, plastic bags are a must. They keep humidity and insects out of your snacks stash, toiletries and electronics. Carry a few in case you fall short during the trip.
COMFORTABLE WALKING SHOES- Shoes!! The most frustrating item of luggage. Being a girl, I have a soft corner for shoes (like most of the girls), and I always end up bringing the wrong ones that does match my dress but not the realistic occasion. So my advice: always take comfortable walking shoes along with one pair of the stylish ones. Because at the end, comfort matters more than fashion.
ALL VALUABLES IN HAND LUGGAGE- Stay safe and stuff all your expensive luxuries-from camera to your rings-in a hand luggage. Also, you can’t always open up your main luggage to fetch important things ‘on the go’ like comb, wallet, earphones, etc. and in this case hang luggage comes to the rescue.
BRIC-A-BRAC- Small items like a travel pack of anti-bacterial wipes, a notebook (for a quick jot down of travel adventures), important phone numbers are always welcome!
PENULTIMATE TIP: check and check again that you have your monies, a valid passport- and for the god’s sake your toothbrush (which I frequently forgot). And obviously the most important one…
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAYS!