Your bags are packed. You’ve got Places to Stay. You’ve booked your flights. You’re ready to go on a trip of a lifetime, right? Or, at the very least, your yearly vacation…
But, before you jet-set off to somewhere new, it’s a good idea to hit the pause button and take stock of everything you’ve packed. How many times have you been away from home only to realize you forgot something?
Usually, it’s a small item – maybe even something you use every day. But, these items are often the easiest to leave behind. Thankfully, in many cases, you should be able to replace them while you’re away, but that’s not always true.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization estimates that there are about 1.4 billion international travels each year. So, it’s understandable in all of the commotion and business of traveling that you’d forget something!
Whether you’re traveling for work or heading out for some leisure time, double-check your bags for these five things people often forget to pack.
1. Phone Chargers
It’s always a good idea to pack more than one charger, but even one is better than nothing! You can avoid forgetting a charger by leaving one in your travel bag at all times. This will keep you from stressing out while you’re away, and you won’t have to buy an overpriced one at the airport!
While it can be relatively easy to find toothpaste in most countries, forgetting your own can be frustrating. You likely won’t realize you’ve forgotten it until you’re ready to go to bed, and no one wants to go to sleep without brushing.
3. A Laundry Bag
You can find inexpensive mesh laundry bags just about anywhere. Keeping one with you on your travels will make it easier to keep your clean clothes clean and your dirty clothes all in one place. When you get home, you can take care of the laundry with ease!
4. A First Aid Kit
If you’re staying in a hotel, they might have some medical supplies on hand you can use, but you’re not always going to be in your hotel. It’s a good idea to have a small first aid kit with you at all times on your travels. It should include things like bandages, gauze, aspirin and antibiotic cream. Think about anything you might need while you’re on the road, and pack it into your kit.
Nowhere is completely immune to a sudden rain shower, and if you’re in a particularly “touristy” location, umbrellas can be extremely expensive. Pack your own compact umbrella for those cloudy days, and you can avoid wasteful spending while staying nice and dry until the sun returns.
Maybe your “forgetful” list looks a bit different. The bottom line? You should check and double-check when it comes to things you want to bring with you on your trip. Think about things you use every day or things that would be useful for traveling, and write them down. Having a checklist will make it much easier to ensure you’re not forgetting something important when it’s time to fly.