While the number of reported cases of COVID-19 rose dramatically in different parts of the world, many of us put our trip plans on hold for two years.
However, I imagine you, like me, want to get back to travel routine.
While vacationing abroad is often a rewarding and educational experience, the packing process may be a significant source of anxiety.
I am known for being an over-packer and planner, but I always seem to leave something important at home.
(I won’t remember when I went on a trip without my pajamas or socks.) While most travel necessities may be purchased once you arrive, bringing what you’ll need is much more convenient.
Since many of us haven’t been on a trip in quite some time, it seems like a good time to review the essentials that are so easily forgotten. You probably won’t forget to bring underwear or shoes, but what about the things you could overlook? Whether you’ve already got a flight booked or are just getting started with your vacation preparation, here are five items you won’t want to forget. (For more, read up on our recommended cameras for summer vacations and carry-on bags).
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A power strip
I’ve noticed in all my hotel stays that there never seem to be enough electrical outlets. Having to decide between having a lamp and charging your phone is difficult under the best circumstances. It becomes exponentially more challenging when you have to share the room with others.
As a bonus, a bulky power strip is unnecessary. Power strips explicitly designed for travel are available from manufacturers like Belkin and Philips. They may convert a single wall plug into numerous and often include USB charging connections.
Reusable water container
It’s essential to drink water often if you’re going to be in the sun for a long time, like if you’re walking through the streets of a city or hiking for a full day in a national park.
Some places don’t have easy access to water, and some conditions can be hot and humid, so packing a refillable water bottle is always a good idea.
You could always buy water bottles once you are there. Still, hotels and restaurants tend to charge exorbitant prices for water, and grocery stores and convenience stores aren’t always easily accessible, especially in more remote or forested locations.
Power batteries that may be carried around easily
You’ll probably use your phone more frequently on your trip, whether it’s to check in at airports, find attractions, get directions, stay in touch with loved ones at home, or snap countless photos. It’s frustrating to have to take time out of your sightseeing schedule to plug in your phone because all of this uses up your battery. The availability of outlets is also unpredictable.
That’s why it’s smart to carry a battery pack wherever you go. Portable battery packs store electricity for later use and are surprisingly affordable. One that can fully charge your phone several times before needing to be recharged is one I would recommend investing in.
Subway rides and bus tours are both great fun, but they aren’t always the tidiest places to be. Because of the prevalence of “high-touch” objects—remote controls, light switches, telephones, doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.—during travel, it’s crucial to practice good hygiene to avoid getting sick.
Washing your hands might not always be an instant option so make sure to bring a couple towelettes with you. Additionally, security screenings should not be an issue for small wipes.
A dry-fast towel
You never know when a towel will save the day, but it’s safe to say that towels are always useful. Perhaps you need to quickly dry off after a spill or a thunderstorm. Or perhaps you found out the hard way that your hotel or Airbnb didn’t supply towels when you arrived.
While quick-drying towels may not be the plushest choice, they are compact and convenient for packing. More importantly, they dry lightning fast, allowing you to quickly clean up and stow away in your suitcase.