Packing for vacation can be incredibly overwhelming because you don’t want to end up in a new place without an essential item. From a travel umbrella to a first aid kit, here are 8 items that are sometimes overlooked that you will want to ensure you pack for your next vacation to help alleviate your stress.
1. Travel Umbrella
It’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast for your destination before you begin packing so you can better prepare. If rain is in the forecast, you will definitely want to make sure you pack a travel umbrella. Even if there is no call for rain, it’s a good idea to bring one along anyway just in case the forecast changes. Travel umbrellas are smaller in size compared to regular umbrellas and can be easily packed away in your carry-on luggage so you’re ready no matter what Mother Nature throws at you.
Most people keep a pair of sunglasses in their car so it can be easy to forget to pack these for vacation. Even if you’re not going to a tropical location, packing sunglasses is a good idea. You don’t want to be stuck having to buy a new pair from a local shop. If you have a pair of designer sunglasses and you’re worried about traveling with them, purchase a pair of quality sunglasses that are durable but wouldn’t break your heart if they got lost.
3. Wallet and Passport Holder
Keeping your wallet handy during a trip is essential and if you’re traveling internationally, you will need your passport as well. It’s a good idea to have a combo holder for your wallet and passport with plenty of compartments to hold everything you need for your trip. Plus, with a larger item compared to a small wallet, you’re less likely to misplace it. You can even choose to purchase a holder that features a locking mechanism for increased security.
4. Phone Charger and Adapter
Forgetting your phone charger during travel is sure to become a major roadblock for your vacation. Make sure you pack at least two along with you in case one gets lost or damaged. If you’re traveling internationally, don’t forget to bring along a travel adapter so you can plug up all of your devices during your trip.
5. Toiletries and Skincare
While it’s tempting to purchase toiletries and skincare once you arrive at your destination, it’s best to bring along everything you need in case you aren’t able to find your favorite products. Most department stores or pharmacies sell travel bottles that you can use to store your items which prevents you from having to lug along large bottles of your favorite items. Travel bottles are made with TSA guidelines in mind so you can store them in your carry-on without worry (which is a good idea in case your bag gets lost).
You are going to want to take pictures during your trip and while you can use your phone, it can be useful to take along a digital or other professional camera to capture picture-perfect moments. Bring an extra memory card with you so you have plenty of space for images. If you do decide to use your phone camera, make sure your phone has enough storage to hold lots of pictures. You can use cloud storage to offload images from your phone to save space or free up space before your trip by deleting or offloading unnecessary apps.
7. Comfortable Shoes
More often than not, you’ll be doing a lot of walking during your vacation as you travel from location to location. You definitely want to have comfortable shoes to make all excursions pleasant and avoid having your plans derailed by foot pain. If you purchase new shoes before your trip, try to break them in a bit before you leave so they are ready for you.
8. First Aid Kit
Staying safe is generally very important and while you’re on vacation, it’s a good idea to arm yourself with a first aid kit in case of an emergency. When traveling to a new place, you don’t have the comfort of knowing where to go for a quick pharmacy trip so having everything you need at your disposal allows you to handle any injuries or ailments quickly.
The stress of forgetting an important item for your next vacation stops here with these tips. Now you can rest assured you have what you need to stay safe and effective so you can truly enjoy every stop on your travels.