Heading off on your travels is one of the most exciting moments of your life. Whether you already have a series of destinations in mind, your itinerary planned, and your travel sorted you’re going to need to tackle your suitcase at some point. And even for the most seasoned of travelers, it’s not always as straightforward as we might hope.
I’ll need that third pair of boots right? What if I go somewhere formal? Surely I should take my own pillow…? So many questions and not as many answers as we’d like!
So, to make it a little easier, I’ve come up with 4 things you should always have room for in your suitcase, alongside your sunglasses – for the latest in aviator sunglasses click the link – and your mosquito spray, good luck! And happy traveling!
Copies of all your travel documents
At the risk of sounding like a worst case scenario relative, it is pretty important to take copies of all your travel documents with you. A lot of things can happen on the road; you could be having the time of your life and then you suddenly notice that your wallet with all your money, cards, and even your passport has gone missing. Nightmare.
Having an extra copy, whether a scanned version on your phone or a photocopy in your suitcase will make the whole ordeal of losing your original a little easier.
If you have copies, then getting new travel documents will be a much quicker process at your local consulate office. Passports DO go missing…so be smart and make copies of everything!
Contact information on your credit cards
This won’t take up much room in your suitcase that’s for sure! But it will certainly make life easier if your cards go missing. Having the contact information to hand so you can call and cancel your credit/debit cards is a life saver.
It’s a major inconvenience but at least your not finances someone’s shopping spree…
A first aid kit
As mentioned above, you never know what’s going to happen on the road. And it might not even be you that needs medical attention. Keeping a small first aid kit with you ensures that you can treat wounds, allergic reactions and even a medical emergency to the best of your ability. Things like epi pens, diarrhea relief tablets, antibacterial wipes, plasters, bandages, etc.
Don’t travel without it.
Wet wipes and hand sanitizer
Once you see how handy they are – you’ll understand why parents never leave the house without them. Get yourself some travel sized antibacterial wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizer, they hardly take up any room at all and you can also take them with you during your day trips.
These are ideal for cleaning your cutlery, wiping down your tray table before you eat and refreshing your own hands after using a bathroom with no handwashing facilities. It sounds pretty pretentious but it’s much better than falling ill to a stomach bug while you’re traveling.