Nothing will ruin a trip faster than getting to your destination and realizing that you forgot something important. While your exact list of needs may vary slightly depending on your destination and the length of your trip, there are a few travel essentials that everyone needs to pack. If you don’t, you’re in for a bad travel experience. Don’t worry though, we’ve rounded them up and created the travel packing checklist you need for your next trip.
Obviously, you’re going to need enough clothes for your trip: underwear, pants, shirts, and sleepwear are a must. You need to pack an extra pair of shoes too, like hiking boots for outdoor adventures, or perhaps a formal pair of shoes.
Don’t forget to bring clothes that can be layered, in case you get chilly or cold. Pack some long-sleeved shirts, a sweater, or a windbreaker. You can even layer your clothes in style and show off your fashion sense.
You may also want to include a few accessories like belts, sunglasses, and bandanas.
You definitely don’t want to forget important toiletries like your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and hairbrush or comb. Otherwise, you will end up spending time tracking them down at a local store.
You might also want to include optional items like makeup, hand sanitizer, and nail clippers and file.
If you wear glasses, contact lenses, or take prescription medication, remember to bring those along with you too. The last thing you want is to be unable to see your destination or run out of medication while out of town. It can be difficult, if not impossible, to get a prescription refilled when traveling to a different city or country.
If you are staying in a hotel, you might use some of their toiletries, like their shampoo, soap, and towels. However, if your lodging is a home trade, you might want to bring your own in case they run low or don’t offer the specific brands you like.
Unless you plan on going completely off the grid, you will want to bring your cell phone and charger.
To make your trip easier and keep yourself entertained while traveling, bring along some entertainment. If you like reading but don’t want to carry around a couple of books, take an eReader so you can download multiple books ahead of your trip. You can also take a tablet, and download movies and TV shows in advance of your trip.
Keeping yourself occupied while on a long flight or bus or train ride is important to the overall enjoyment of your trip.
Documents and Important Items
Finally, let’s talk about the essential documents and important items you need when traveling. If going abroad, don’t forget your passport. Make sure it’s up to date and has plenty of blank pages left for entry and exit stamps.
You will also want to bring along a photo ID, such as a driver’s license. Don’t forget any medical insurance cards. In the event of an emergency, you will need them, along with a list of emergency contacts back home. Packing these essentials is just smart travel advice.
Don’t Forget This Travel Packing Checklist!
There’s one more thing you shouldn’t forget before your next trip-this travel packing checklist. Using it will save you the headache and hassle of forgetting something important and leaving it behind.
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