We all know the worst thing about starting a journey is packing. Yikes! If only we had someone to do that for us our lives would be better, right? As with band aids, a quick rip-off eases the ouch factor. So, you need a plan to easily visualise the things you can’t forget to take in your suitcase when traveling around the world.
- ID and a bunch of photocopies. Please, oh, please, don’t forget to check and recheck your travel itinerary along with dates and times of departures. (Did you know, in some cases and countries, your passport cannot expire less than six months after returning to your country). Believe us, there are many people that don’t pay attention to that and end the trip before even starting it. Make some copies of your passport and put them together with the important stuff: city maps, metro maps, plane tickets, etcetera. And don’t even think about taking your eyes off of them. Keeping copies of important documents with you at all times can definitely be a lifesaver.
- Travel insurance. Depending on the country you visit (and the country you live in), will deteremine the type of medical assistance or insurance you’ll need. Fortunately, there are plenty of different companies offering specialized travel insurance service abroad. Check with your medical and liability coverage if you need an upgrade or if you’re covered outside your country and, if not, check out which is your best option. Remember that some credit cards help you with these types of issues, giving you the service for free or providing a significant discount.
- A small and compact notebook. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to the best beach in the Caribbean or to a meeting with your company’s CEO in Tokyo, a good journal will save your life by allowing you to capture important details. Taking notes will help you remember places, people, addresses, prices and more. You’ll probably take public transport more than once so a piece of paper would be in need to help you document important landmarks or write down other sites you might want to visit later on your trip
- Multiple adaptor plugs. Smartphones, tablets and laptops are the new maps, travel guides and cameras of the century. So please, make sure you have the appropriate plug for the area of world you are visiting or you could end experiencing a nightmare. . If this happens, you’ll probably have to run fast to get one before your device’s battery dies (and most likely you might pay more money for it). So, check it out before leaving home and you’ll be just fine.
- First aid kit: it’s not like you need to be prepared for ER or Grey’s Anatomy. Just take with you a bag with the most necessary pills and medicines that you might need. The last thing you want to do when abroad is to spend all afternoon looking for a pharmacy that has exactly what we want. And don’t forget to check if any medicines you may use in the country you are visiting need a prescription. If so, make sure that you get the necessary prescription before the trip starts.
- Credit card and driving licence. Nowadays most credit cards are international, which means you can use it anywhere you want. But, there’s still a portion of the world that doesn’t have this benefit, and believe us, it’s way better to know it in advance. So, check with your bank to ensure everything’s cool and let them know that you may using the card in the country you’re traveling to, so that they authorize it and don’t start thinking that someone stole it. Also if you are driving, remember that some countries need a special document from the city you came from, not just the driver’s licence. .
- A book (or maybe two). If you still can’t adapt to reading ebooks and love the smell of paper, take a couple of books with you. If they don’t make you dizzy while flying, you’ll realize time passes quickly when reading. And it’s also a nice treat, right?
- Sun cream. Let’s just say that radiation has been hard the last couple of years so bringing a good sun cream will be a great item to remember, whether you’re traveling to the sea, the mountain or the city, on any season of the year. Plus, sun burns are not only annoying but also dangerous.
- Essential travel apps. Depending on the country you’re visiting, you might need a dictionary to communicate (although English is everywhere, there are some places where people prefer to be spoken in their own language; at least, at first). Maybe, you can choose to have the subway maps on your smartphone and check them with one gentle swipe of the finger. There’s also a device called LugLoc that helps you know exactly where your luggage is at any time. And if something happens to your bag and the airline misses it, LugLoc will help you find it. You just need to place the small device inside your suitcase and check the location from your mobile, tablet or laptop.