Some of us like to ensure we have virtually everything we need in order to conquer every situation we might encounter while traveling. Our thinking is that we will “own” our vacation and get the most out of it no matter what happens. We will be prepared for floods, snow, lost luggage, a stolen wallet, lack of sleep, nausea, sunburn and hunger. While it’s not practical to pack or prepare for every possible scenario, we can at least prepare for the most likely events and pack accordingly. It’s important to be flexible while traveling, and it’s likely that anything we need and don’t pack is just a short ride or walk away.
Below is a list of items my wife and I consult while packing. Some items might not apply for you or your destination, but we find it’s a good place to start.
flight, hotel, rental car, activity reservations, and dinner reservations
GPS, laptop/tablet, headphones with headphone splitter, camera with memory card, batteries for camera and battery charger, selfie stick (yes, I am one of those people), cell phone and charger, travel clothes steamer, hairdryer
daily medications, sleeping pills if I have and overnight flight, and something for headaches, nausea, motion sickness
shoes, sweaters, jeans, shorts, shirts, underwear, socks, pajamas, swimsuit
scarves, jewelry, belt, hat
lotion, sunscreen, razor, perfume/cologne, toothbrush and toothpaste, soap or bodywash, hairbrush and hair ties, makeup, deodorant, cotton balls and cotton swabs, shampoo and conditioner, skincare products, contact case and contact solution, eye glasses, feminine hygiene products
cash, snacks, energy shots like 5 Hour Energy, day pack for my daily essentials, refillable water bottle, lint roller, sunglasses, travel pillow and earplugs if I have an overnight flight, passport and money belt packed with a copy of my photocopied passport and credit cards for travel abroad, a travel phrasebook if going to a country with a foreign language, driver’s license, credit cards, printed itinerary, Ziploc bags (really handy for loads of purposes), and a plastic grocery sack (to separate smelly laundry in your suitcase)
Are there any other items you cannot travel without? Leave a comment and let me know what they are!
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