Essentials for Traveling: 12 Things You Need to Pack

Are you planning on jet-setting off on a wonderful weekend break or a tropical holiday? Whether you’ve booked a trip to beautiful, snow-capped mountains or a sunny, beach-filled break, your holiday starts the moment you start packing!

But you don’t want to be so caught up in the excitement that you unknowingly forget something important!

If you’re going somewhere foreign to you, it might not be that easy to find what you’ve forgotten in another country or on another continent!

So now we know you’ve got that big trip coming up! You definitely need to read on and discover the essentials for traveling you need to make your packing easy and hassle-free!

Essentials For Traveling

It goes without saying that there are certain things you absolutely CANNOT forget about for your big trip.

Your passport, credit cards, foreign exchange, and emergency contact list should be the first things that you put in your hand luggage before you move onto your suitcase.

Lastly, don’t forget your phone and camera charger, it can be quite costly to replace these in a foreign country.

1. A Travel Pillow 

If your trip is bound to be a long one then you’re definitely going to need your trusted travel pillow!

It might seem silly when you see passengers with straight cushions around their neck, but trust us when we say, if you’re going to be spending hours on an airplane or on trains, a travel pillow is an absolute must!

2. Underwear For The Win 

You might be grinning, but believe it or not, underwear is so easily forgotten in the anticipation building up to your big trip.

The last thing you want is to reach your halfway point, or destination, and be dying to freshen up before exploring but alas, you have no fresh underwear to put on after your shower!

Underwear is small and convenient to fit into your luggage, so ensure you pack a pair for each day that you’ll be away!

3. A Portable Charger 

If your intention is to spend hours on end exploring and seeing the sights, then a portable charger should definitely be on your travel packing list.

Make sure that you charge it before you leave so you have ample charge time. This will allow you to listen to music, take as many photos as you want and simply put, you’ll be able to maintain communication in case of an emergency.

4. Disinfectant Wipes and Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is necessary no matter where your destination might be. Ensure that you pack a tube of sunscreen that is made specifically for traveling, you don’t want to get to your destination and find your clothes have been smothered with white, creamy liquid.

Disinfectant wipes are necessary for public bathroom visits, having to hold onto railings and useful for those messy moments when you’re trying out that local cuisine.

5. A Travel Adapter

You’ll need to do some research on your destination and see what their power points look like. If you’re traveling between continents specifically, plug points are different and you won’t be able to use your usual points.

Head on out and get yourself a travel adapter that will work in the country you’re visiting, you can thank us later.

6. Painkillers And Medicine 

You don’t have to carry a completely kitted-out first aid kit, but it’s a good idea to keep some entry-level essentials with you.

Pack yourself some good old headache medication, some disinfectant cream in case you pick up a scratch or a cut, allergy tablets, and a few band-aids.

cbdMD is the perfect place to get your travel-sized CBD products perfect to pack for your trip.

7. Packing Cubes

Wait, what?

Packing cubes are a great idea to maximize the space in your luggage. We’ve all heard that packing clothes a certain way or rolling them is the way to go, but packing cubes are a no-nonsense way to fit as much in as you can.

Packing cubes come in different sizes so you can even organize your suitcase inside so it’s almost like a miniature closet.

8. An Extra Set Of Clothes

So, this may not go into your suitcase, but it’s one of the main essentials for traveling.

Pack an extra set of clothes into your hand luggage bag. We’ve all heard horror stories of people’s suitcases being lost, or arriving late, at least with an extra set of clothes in your hand luggage, you can freshen up and change before you have to go out and shop for a new holiday wardrobe in case of an emergency.

9. At Least One Comfortable Pair of Shoes 

You may be planning to hit the nightclubs loads, but you’ll definitely have times when you wish you packed your favorite sneakers.

Ensure that you pack a pair of shoes that are perfect for walking and spending hours on your feet, you never know what adventures might find you while you’re traveling, and it’s always best to be prepared for comfort.

10. A Microfibre Towel 

You may think that your accommodation will certainly provide you with towels, but sometimes hostels and Airbnb don’t provide these things.

A towel can be space-consuming, so look into a microfibre towel that won’t take up too much room. If anything, at least you’ll have a towel on you for days at the beach or around the pool.

11. Toothbrush And Toothpaste 

Your trusty electric toothbrush can be quite a mission to pack, as it becomes quite heavy to pack the charger and other essentials that go alongside it.

Instead, get yourself a toothbrush specifically for your trip, as well as your favorite toothpaste. You may not be able to get the brand you like where you’re going, so it is best to be prepared.

12. Eye Essentials 

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, now is the time to add these items to your packing list.

But not just the glasses or the lenses, make sure that you pack the contact lens cleaner, as well as the storage containers and your glasses case. Also, get yourself some lens cleaner for your glasses too, those travel wipes are great to keep in your handbag for when you smudge your glasses during a great day of exploring!

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost…

In the famous words of J.R.R Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost!”

But, if you don’t follow this list of packing essentials for traveling then you might as well be lost! It’s important to try and remember all the things we’ve mentioned, finding the right shops and outlets to replace that in your destination might take up way too much of your leisure time, and you don’t want that!

Head on over to the travel section to get more not-to-be-missed travel advice!

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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