Travel Packing Guide: 12 Must-Carry Items To De-Stress Your Travel Routine

Millions of adrenaline junkies travel abroad to different parts of the world every year seeking adventure. Millions of food lovers travel around the globe wanting to experience various cuisines. And millions of tourists flood the international hotspots for a family vacation or sightseeing trip. Sure, traveling overseas is fun, but the stress can also cause you to lose a few hairs.

This guide will help you de-stress your travel packing. Make sure to carry these items while you go on to see the world.

  1. Waterproof Backpack
    Choosing the waterproof backpack should be on top of any travel list. It could mean the difference between a soggy suit and a dry one. Make sure it is truly waterproof and not just water resistant. Water resistant backpacks will protect you from things like a light drizzle, while a waterproof backpack will protect your items even if you took it for a  quick swim.
  1. Travel Kit
    Definitely buy a travel kit before your travels abroad. You can store your toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving items, deodorants, lip balm, mini shampoo, and shower gel bottles. You can keep all these items in one place and well-organized with a good travel kit.
    Purchasing a reusable water bottle or vacuum flask/thermos will definitely come in handy on your travels abroad. You certainly need to keep yourself hydrated throughout your trip. Buying fresh water bottles can really mess up your budget on a micro level. Take a reusable water bottle and keep filling it from drinkable water fountains along the way. If you’re in a cold region, or hiking to Mount Everest, buy a thermos to sip hot tea throughout the hike.
  1. Zip Lock Bag
    Keep a few zip lock plastic bags in a small pocket of your backpack. They are pretty useful for storing medicine, vitamins, protein powders, and even snacks.
  1. Wet Wipes
    Carry a bag of moist towelettes or wet wipes, especially the sensitized ones. They will help keep your hands, face, and body hygienic when finding a washroom is not an option.Dry towels
    You cannot always rely on finding dry towels in hotel rooms, I’m speaking from experience here. Always carry an additional dry towel with you, but make sure it is small in size and easy to carry.
  1. Head Gear
    You never know when you’ll have a bad hair day, or if the sun might be too strong for your sensitive skin. Take a cap or scarf with you to save yourself from such calamities.
  1. Sunscreen and Moisturizer
    If you’re heading out to tropical islands or sunny regions of the world, make sure to buy sunscreen and moisturizer before leaving. They might cost you more once you’ve reached your destination.

  1. Clothes
    You’ve decided how much clothing you’ll need for your trip abroad? Good, now pack an extra pair of each item that you will regularly wear. items such as t-shirts, socks, and underwear – don’t keep an extra dress shirt, it’ll just add unnecessary weight.
  1. Easy to Store Shoes
    Shoes take up a lot of space in your luggage. Think twice before bringing your hiking boots and high heels.
  1. Reading Items
    If you love reading, don’t forget to take your favorite book. Another alternate is puzzle books like Sudoku. They can make time fly while waiting around in between adventures. And if you’ve found some interesting online reading, download them or take screenshots containing the complete text so you can read them later when you don’t have internet access.
  1. Download Videos
    Download your favorite episodes, movies, or documentaries to watch while traveling. Your aircraft may not guarantee in-flight entertainment. And it is always useful to watch a documentary about the place you are visiting.
  1. Power Bank
    You don’t want to end up with a dead mobile battery while on a trek. It can cost you a few brilliant pictures or the ability to contact help in an emergency. Carry a power bank and make sure to charge it overnight. They take forever to charge, but it’s worth it in the end.
  1. Travel Applications
    Download useful travel applications that can save you from the hassle of frustrating details. Applications such as Airbnb can help you find accommodations quickly, Google Translate can help ease the language barrier, and Citymapper can help you move around with ease.
    Before leaving for a new country, make sure you have downloaded popular car service apps. For example, Uber is operational in a range of countries worldwide. However, Thailand promotes its own local taxi app, GrabTaxi.Consumer Resource Guide

The Travel List [bonus]

Right after you buy your tickets, write a small list of items, specifically the items you will need according to the specific destination. As the days get closer, keep adding items to that list. A week before leaving, review the list, add more if needed, and remove the unimportant ones. Voila! You have a checklist without brainstorming.

These guidelines will definitely ease your travels abroad, save you from potential problems, and make sure you don’t look like an idiot in a new land. Now you can turn your dreams into reality and explore the world while better understanding yourself.

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