Don’t leave home without it!
Traveling can be so much fun, but packing can sometimes be a bit of a drag. We’re hoping to take some of the sting out of the task by giving you a handy list of 10 essentials you should always make sure to pack!
- A list. Write a list of all the items you want to pack and tuck it into your suitcase when you’re finished. That way you can make sure to bring back everything you took with you when you come home. Your favorite slippers will thank you.
- Medications in their original bottles/containers. If you or one of your traveling companions relies on prescription medication, make sure to put the pills in their original bottles when you pack them. If you’re flying, put your medication in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bag gets lost in transit. It’s also a good idea to bring a little bit more medication than you need just in case you end up staying longer than expected for some reason.
- First aid kit. Even if you’re going to a five star hotel, it’s still a comforting thought to know that you have everything necessary to treat a blister, bug bite, upset tummy or headache should the need arise.
- Sewing kit. Accidents happen, but if you have some thread, buttons and safety pins you can fix those ripped pants or that sagging hem quickly and easily. Remember not to pack scissors in your carry-on baggage if you’re flying.
- You’re probably traveling with electronics, so make sure you pack chargers for your cell phone, camera and any other electronic devices you’re bringing along.
- Toothbrush and toothpaste. It seems obvious, but these two hygiene essentials are often accidentally left home alone.
- Emergency cash. Yes, the world runs on plastic these days, but it’s still a good idea to have a stash of emergency cash just in case. Just don’t keep it in the same place as your credit and debit cards. If one or the other is lost or stolen, you’ll always have a backup.
- You never know when you might want to jot down some thoughts, leave a note, take down a phone number or doodle during a long layover.
- Photocopies of important documents. Take a few minutes to make copies of prescriptions, the main page of your passport, your driver’s license, traveler’s checks—or any important document you absolutely don’t want to lose while on vacation. Make sure to carry these copies separately from the originals as a backup in case of loss or theft.
- An umbrella. Because chances are at some point it might rain on your parade.
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