Traveling is one of the best experiences life can offer. Whether you carefully plan an hourly itinerary or go completely with the flow, traveling offers a chance to see new places, meet new people, taste new foods, and the list goes on!
There are, however, some things you definitely don’t want to forget before you hit the road. Making a checklist will always help ensure you don’t forget anything, but make sure you double check your list for these 9 items before you hit the road or head to the airport.
1. Chargers and adapters
In today’s world, cellphones and internet access are almost essential when traveling through developed countries. You never know when you’re going to need to look up a bus schedule online or call a taxi for a quick ride, so having a fully-charged phone is important.
If you work online, it’s even more important to make sure you have all the chargers you need. If you’re traveling outside of the US, make sure you have the adapters necessary to charge your electronics. You can usually find these at the airport, but it’s best to make sure you have them beforehand so there’s one less thing to think about on traveling day.
2. Hygiene items
If you’re staying at a hotel, you can usually ask for a complimentary toothbrush and toothpaste in the event that you forget these, but you’d probably prefer to use your own anyway, right?
But it’s not just a toothbrush and toothpaste that you want to remember. Don’t forget your soap or body wash, shampoo, deodorant, and razors for shaving. If you’re flying, it might be in your best interest to keep these in your checked luggage. Just make sure they’re in a sealed plastic bag in case they break open in transit.
3. Walking shoes
You might have every outfit paired perfectly with the shoes you want to wear at each stage of your trip, but if none of those outfits include a pair of comfortable walking shoes, make sure you add them to your list.
You never know when you’ll want to take a walk or go sight-seeing on foot. We promise your feet will thank you!
4. Unexpected weather items
Heading to a tropical paradise might have you thinking that the weather will be perfectly warm and sunny the entire time, and the forecast might even show that, but things can change pretty quickly, so it’s always best to be prepared.
You probably don’t want to get caught in the rain unprepared, so make sure to pack a small umbrella or a rain jacket. Even the most tropical places can get a little chilly in the evenings, so be sure to pack a hoodie or a jacket to keep yourself comfortable!
5. Your passport and ID card
If you’re traveling abroad, you absolutely cannot forget your passport. You won’t be allowed to board your international flight without it, so double and triple check to make sure you have it, and keep it in a safe place for the entire trip.
6. Extra socks
Extra socks are always good to have. You might not use them, but having them will at least give you the peace of mind to know that your feet are taken care of!
7. Hand sanitizer
Pandemic or not, hand sanitizer is an essential travel item. Every time you touch a doorknob, press a button, or pick up your luggage, you’re picking up germs from who-knows-where. So it’s always a good idea to carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer (no bigger than 100ml if you’re flying) with you, and to sanitize your hands regularly.
8. First aid kit
Bumps, scapes, and bruises happen, so make sure you’ve got the bare essentials needed to treat them if they do while you’re traveling.
It’s extremely important that you also don’t forget any prescription medications you normally take. Traveling with prescription medications like cannabis can be tricky if you’re traveling throughout the US, as each state has slightly different laws. To read more about traveling with cannabis medication, check out this article on Veriheal.
Having a positive experience while you travel requires that you rest well at night. The best way to do that is to get comfortable, so make sure to pack your favorite pajamas!
Traveling is fun, exciting, and rewarding all in one. To make absolutely sure that you get the most out of your trip, make sure you pack these 9 items!