Sometimes, packing can be the most challenging part of the journey. After finally getting off the plane or out of your car, the last thing that you want is to realize you left something at home.
Sometimes it feels like traveling and forgetting things go hand in hand. For example, countless travelers share the same experience—to their dismay, they realize on the plane or at their hotel that they left something at home.
Things Not To Forget When Packing
This guide will reiterate some of the things that are important to bring to have a successful trip. Below are six things not to forget when packing.
Remembering toothpaste and other toiletries is probably the last thing you’re thinking about while getting ready for your vacation. But the truth is, a vacation with smelly breath or chapped lips is off to a bad start. Don’t spend extra time buying toothpaste when you could be lounging on the beach; make extra sure you remember toiletries.
2. Pack for Where You’re Going
It may sound silly, but remember to bring your bathing suit when you go to the beach. Appropriate clothing can go a very long way towards having a good vacation.
Getting everything you need for a tropical vacation (sunglasses, towels, sandals) will save you a ton of time when you’re on vacation. Be sure to do your research; If you are going to Germany, for example, check the weather there and pack accordingly.
3. Travel Supplies
Make the long journey to where you’re going a little bit easier by packing some travel supplies. Some comfy clothes, snacks, or travel slippers can make your trip significantly less painful. When you’re on vacation, you should be enjoying every step of the way, from the commute to the destination.
Phone and computer chargers are essential for travel and are often forgotten. Having a dead phone can be a massive inconvenience when you’re in a place you’ve never been. Finding a store to purchase a replacement charger without your phone’s maps could even be difficult.
Make sure that you avoid this inconvenience by checking twice that you packed your phone charger. It also may be a good investment to purchase a portable charger, ensuring that your phone’s charged no matter where you are.
5. Remember Not to Overpack
For a guide about packing, you may not have expected to be told to pack less, but this is something you want to keep in mind. If you’re planning to buy souvenirs or a gift for a friend, make sure you have space for these inevitable purchases by leaving some extra room in your suitcase.
6. Don’t Forget About Outlets
This is one of the most common travel mistakes people make when going to Europe or other countries with a different outlet. Remember to bring an adapter, so you don’t need to purchase one at the airport can save you time and money. It’s easy to forget this little detail, especially when you’re getting ready to go overseas, but remembering adapters will save you from airport prices.
Hopefully, this guide has reminded you to pack that extra thing you forgot. If not, you seem very prepared, and we’re proud of you. Good luck on your travels, and don’t forget to have a great time.
About the Author
Roni Davis is a writer, blogger, and legal assistant operating out of the greater Philadelphia area.
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I’d like to add (or remind people) that some places and some seasons in countries that are in the tropics or otherwise typically thought of as warm may not be, and warm clothing should be brought if necessary. I was invited to a biological field expedition in a mountainous area of northern Sonora (MX) a few years ago during April. The first night touched the freezing point, with the wind whipping around our tents, and one participant had ‘assumed’ that Mexico would be warm, so he arrived in shorts, making him less than a happy camper. I had brought my winter coat and was glad I did.
I recall reading that someone who went to Shimla (HP, India) in April had a similar experience. I can imagine a traveler to Bogota, Colombia would get an unpleasant surprise any time of the year if assuming it has a hot climate simply due to its latitude. It behooves one to study local climatic information before making such a trip.
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