Packing your bag for a trip abroad can be a daunting task. Over-packing takes up valuable souvenir space, but forgetting essential items puts a dent in your souvenir budget. So, before you get on the plane, here’s a quick list of crucial travel accessories you don’t want to leave behind.
Take Your Own Page
Even if you’re not a big reader, a book is always a good thing to bring along on your long trips. Plane rides (especially across several continents) can be incredibly long and uncomfortable, and there’s no guarantee that you’ll like the in-flight movie. For this reason, we strongly suggest adding your favorite reading materials to your bag.
Keep Primped and Primed
It’s true that you can get toiletries like razors and deodorant anywhere in the world, but there’s no guarantee you’re going to find the specific brand or style that you’re used to. And, while going a month without shaving might be a minor annoyance in your normal life, when you find yourself with no choice in the matter, a minor annoyance can very quickly turn into major frustration.
Chart Your Own Course
With all of today’s technology, bringing along an old-fashioned map or travel guide might seem pointless, however, the reliability of your devices may be sketchy at best in a foreign country. What seems positively archaic at first glance may end up being your saving grace in the end.
Get Amped Up
Phones, cameras, and laptops are quickly encompassing our everyday lives, and unless you’re prepared for your vacation to be a break from technology, finding a good, reliable adapter is an unquestionable must for any packing checklist.
In Case of Emergency
After all the money you’ve scrimped and saved to pay for plane tickets and hotels, getting even more money together for an emergency fund might seem tedious, but if any of your arrangements should fall through, you’re going to want a back-up plan to cover any unexpected expenses.
Put Your Best Face Forward
It may seem like a no-brainer, but even the best planned trips can be brought to an abrupt conclusion if you get to the airport and find you’ve forgotten your passport or ID. An expert from Registrations Are Us recommends making copies of all vital documents, in case any are lost while traveling. While these copies may not work in place of actual identification, they are good to have for reference while you work on getting your documents replaced.
Preparing for a trip abroad can be a stressful time, but when you know you’ve got your essentials the trip doesn’t have to be. Now that you’ve completed this handy checklist, you can let your mind rest at ease, knowing the basics are covered.
Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When not writing or otherwise spending time on the computer, she enjoys baking, traveling, and old movies.