This year, millions of people will travel the world for Christmas. Many will see their family, friends and old neighbors, while others will escape to the sun and sandy beaches. How delightful it’ll be for travelers everywhere…well, as long as flights don’t get delayed or canceled.
Although a vacation is meant to be a relaxing endeavor, traveling for a trip can be exhausting, stressful and time-consuming. When it comes to packing, ensuring you have the necessary paperwork to travel and that everyone else in your family is ready, you’ve already earned your vacation!
During the preparations of your annual trip to Barbados, France or China, we tend to pack too much, which is a hassle upon arrival at the airport. Ironically, when we pack too much we also forget to pack some important items for the trip. This isn’t a good thing, especially if you plan to stay at your destination for more than just a couple of days.
Here are 10 items you always forget to pack for your trip but should:
A power strip can prove to be a valuable item, especially when you want to start charging your smartphones, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices. Moreover, if you’re heading to a country that has a different type of power supply then it’s wise to carry a power strip that adapts to those changes.
As you can personally attest to, buying coffee on the outside of the home can be costly. A five-dollar bill there and a couple of bucks there all adds up. Therefore, during your trip you should certainly have a travel mug with you. By doing this, you save money on coffee and you can use this dough on other aspects of the trip.
Moist Toilettes/Antibacterial Wipes
If you’re the fastidious, neat type then this may be the most valuable item to pack in your bag. Moist toilettes and antibacterial wipes are great for a vacation, particularly if you have children with you. Before heading out for lunch, you can quickly wipe your hands with these wipes.
Do you have water bottles, travel mugs, snacks and mobile devices with you? It’ll likely be heavy so it’s wise to carry around a tote bag. You can place all of this stuff inside the tote bag and it’ll be less heavy and more organized.
Much like buying coffee on the outside, purchasing snacks on the outside can be just as expensive. Whether it’s waiting for an airplane or walking around the destination city, snacks can be an essential aspect to carry with you – again, especially if you have children with you.
A security pouch hidden underneath your clothes can help you carry around important stuff, like passports, identification, cash, credit cards and other stuff that are imperative for travelers. Since security pouches are hidden beneath your clothes, no one will suspect a thing.
Heading to Florida for a couple of weeks? Don’t forget the sunscreen! Although sunscreen can be purchased anywhere, you don’t want to waste the extra few dollars on sunscreen. This is especially so for Canadians who are traveling south for the winter (hint: the low loonie).
Don’t be bored during your eight-hour plane ride. Bring some reading material to help kill time. Have you been itching to finish a few Agatha Christie books? What about those economics textbooks? Any kind of reading material will suffice for your 16-hour flight to Tokyo.
Extra Batteries or Charging Adapter
Nobody wants their smartphone to die while away on vacation. To ensure this doesn’t happen, always bring extra batteries or a charging adapter with you on your vacation. This is commonly forgotten during the packing phase. It’s surprising considering our obsession with our mobile devices.
You may think it’s odd to see duct tape on this list. But it’s not so crazy as it seems. Duct tape can solve a large number of problems: anything from closing up exploding luggage to eliminating lint from your jacket. Duct tape is an all-purpose item for your vacation. So, whether it’s patching tears in your shoes or covering electric outlets to protect your kids, carry a small roll of duct tape with you.
Packing for a trip, either for yourself or a family of five (just watch “Home Alone” and you’ll see) is a hassle in itself. But that’s a cakewalk in comparison to all of the other stuff you have to do: book a car, book a flight, book a hotel room, updating your passport, ordering traveler’s checks and so on. For this, you should certainly peruse this Travel Checklist to make sure you’re 100 percent ready for your two weeks in Iceland, South Africa or New Zealand.