With your flights and hotel booked, the luggage is the last thing stopping you from that great adventure. It may seem like a chore, but if you include these things, you’ll thank us later.
1. ENOUGH UNDERWEAR
If you’re an avid traveler, you’ve probably had to re-wear your t-shirts. The same goes for jeans or shorts. But no one can get away with wearing dirty underwear or socks. Your travel companions may not like you by the end of the trip.
Most of us pack as many pieces of underwear based on the number of days we would be traveling. But hey, stuff happens, especially if you’re an adventurer. From crossing rivers to getting caught in the rain, there are unexpected moments that call for a fresh set of undies.
2. BASIC MEDICAL SUPPLIES
We hope to never get ill or obtain injuries while on a trip. But even if something minor happens, it’s best to be prepared so you don’t have to take the time to visit a local pharmacy. So pack some essentials like headache medication, bandaids and anything else you’ve got.
From food poison to cuts and bruises, you can never be to cautious. I once sustained a minor injury while hiking, and because I didn’t have my first aid kit with me, had to take unnecessary time out of my trip to visit a local pharmacy.
3. A LOCK
Having your stuff stolen is one way of ruining a nice trip. You may not think so at first, but taking a lockable bag will save you many potential problems. Petty thieves are looking for easy targets, so by simply adding a lock, you’ll keep your stuff safe.
If you’re biking around town, be sure to invest in a bike lock as well. We never think it will happen to us until it’s too late.
4. FLIP FLOPS
Flips flops are an obvious essential if you’re heading to a beach destination. They also come in handy walking around a pool and you can also throw them on and walk around the local town. They’re an easy, go-to footwear need.
You’ve seen those cheap flip flops at local stores. If that interests you, go for it, but nothing beats a comfortable pair that you can wear for years.
5. PLUG ADAPTERS
In many countries, your gadgets and the electrical sockets don’t match. If you’re on a multi-city tour, this can be quite the chore. Make it a habit to bring your own because many hotels and hostels won’t lend you adapters for free.
6. REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE
It may seem unnecessary, but packing your own water bottle offers a lot of benefits. The biggest benefit is the cost. By having your own bottle, you don’t have to continue buying them along the way, which can add up.
We also advocate reusable water bottles to minimize use of plastic bottles. It will help keep our world beautiful.
7. EAR PLUGS
If you’re a light sleeper, it’s always worth packing a good set of foam plugs. They’ll help you catch some shut eye on flights and trains.
None of the things on this list take up much space. But they will certainly make your travels easier and more enjoyable.
What do you always include in your packing? Share you recommendations with us!
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