Everyone has a list of essential items they need for their next trip—passport, guidebook, phone, toiletries, and more. But there are a few items that new travelers don’t think about before a major vacation. While experienced travelers might have run into these difficulties before, before your next adventure make sure that you have these essential items.
You’ve arrived at your destination and are ready for your next adventure—and the last thing you want to take with you is your suitcase. Still, you might be used to carrying around a purse or keeping everything in your pockets, but when you’re on a trip, you need something a little more practical. If you’re going on a hike or taking a walking tour of the city, you need a lightweight travel pack. You can wear a “fanny pack” or invest a comfortable travel backpack. What you need is something just large enough for essentials like your wallet, passport, water bottle, guidebook, hat, sunscreen, and so on. It should be soft and flexible, making it easy to squash in your suitcase before and after your trip.
This is a simple but important item that most people don’t think about until they’re already packing to leave. When you’re packing your toiletries, you don’t want to stuff your toothbrush in a plastic bag. When you arrive at your hotel, sometimes you don’t want to keep your toothbrush in the bathroom. Instead, buy a toothbrush case (or a travel toothbrush) and keep you pearly whites in great shape when you travel.
Travel Plug Adapter
When you’re traveling to a foreign country, you will probably bring your phone and even a laptop or tablet. But did you realize that different regions of the world use completely different plugs and sockets? You can’t bring your computer, razor, or hair dryer on a trip to Europe or Asia without a travel plug adapter. In fact, there are 15 different types of plugs and sockets around the world! Before you go on your next vacation, don’t forget a plug adapter.
Travel can be full of noise—everything from airplane engines to crowded streets and busy hotels with uncomfortable beds. A pair of properly fitted earplugs can make all the difference. If you think that earplugs are a waste of time, you’re probably thinking about cheap orange memory foam. Invest in a pair of high-quality earplugs instead. You’ll be more relaxed on the airplane and get a better night’s sleep upon arrival.
You’re back at your hotel and suddenly everyone needs to recharge their phone, camera batteries, and computers—that’s when a power strip comes in handy. A portable power strip is easy to pack in your suitcase or backpack and can provide enough extra sockets for the whole family. We suggest a power bar that has USB slots for phones as well as extra sockets for power cables. Grab a portable power bar and don’t run out of battery on your next trip.
There are always more items you can bring on a specific vacation when you know where you are going and what types of activities your planning, but these essentials are a great place to start. Make your next trip a little easier and a lot more fun.