Whether you are traveling internationally or domestically, packing the essentials and the right items is important to ensure your trip goes smoothly and you have what you need at your convenience. We all experience the stress of packing and question ourselves as to what we need for the places we’re traveling. Here are 10 must-have items I always bring to ensure a good base-line of what I need wherever I go.
1. Walkable Portable Charger
We all use our phones for communicating, taking videos and pictures and posting our adventures on a multitude of social media sites to document and share our experiences. However, if our adventures lead us to a long day of hiking or constantly on the go, we won’t have time to stop and charge our phones adequately. I always carrier a portable charger in my bag so when I’m not taking pictures or videos, it’s in my bag charging, so I’m never stuck with a low battery. Just don’t forget to charge your portable charger when you get back to your room.
2. Travel Plug and Adapter
If you’re traveling overseas, make sure you research and find the right plug and adapter for the area you are visiting. Different countries have different outlet settings and you don’t want to be stuck with no charging capabilities for your devices.
3. Hydrating and Vitamin Boosts
Traveling takes a lot out of our body whether we realize it or not. We often lose sleep and become jet lagged, leaving our body to become vulnerable to dehydration and lowers our immunity. Bring your favorite hydrating booster or vitamin pack you can add to water. These often are tiny packets that don’t take much room. My favorite hydrating system is Liquid IV! These little packets packs a punch in getting your body hydrated and filled with the necessary supplements needed to keep you moving to your next adventure. Oh, and a it helps to prevent hang overs, too!
4. Portable Flushable Wipes
If you’re anything like me, I need to feel clean and confident wherever I go, especially if my day is jam packed with places to visit and I don’t know what is in store. They’re small enough to stick in my backpack and I don’t have to worry about it. I use these to wipe my hands, face and of course, when nature calls. I don’t leave home without them.
5. Mini First Aid Kit
If you are planning an outdoor trip, this item would definitely be on my Must-Have list! A mini first aid kit is light, durable, multipurpose and has all the basic essentials you need to carry with you wherever you go.
6. Passport and Vaccine Card Holder
When packing, organize your important documents so they are easily found and reachable. A passport, Visa and a vaccine card holder is a great place to start in ensuring they are all in one place and safely stored with you or in a safe at your hotel.
7. Luggage Tags
How many times have you stood around the carousel looking for your luggage, trying to differentiate whether its yours? Get a luggage tag that is sturdy and attaches securely to your suitcase. Make sure you’re able to write your contact information in the event it gets lost but, let’s hope this never happens!
8. Water Bottle
Stay hydrated where ever you go! A water bottle on you keeps you taking sips and constantly reminds you to drink up. Add your favorite Liquid IV flavor and your body will thank you!
This is the one item I often forget to bring. Sunscreen is essential when traveling to warm and sunny climates or even traveling into the great outdoors for winter adventures like, skiing and snowboarding. The sun’s UV rays will cause damage to your delicate skin and often enough, could be irreparable. It’s no fun walking around in the evening sore and burnt and feeling like a lobster. Pack it in your walking bag so it’s with you when you’re on the go and you’ll have no excuse. Always remember to reapply every few hours.
10. Toiletries & Personal Care Products
Most Airbnbs, resorts and hotels offers the convenience of providing shampoos and conditioners, body wash or soap. However, I’ve been to places where I wasn’t a fan of what they offered and struggled through the scents or quality of the product until I was able to purchase something to my liking. Bring your favorite personal care products so you can feel fresh and clean, to your standard and liking. And hey, if the place you’re staying at offers something even nicer, that’s a bonus!