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4 Items Every Traveller Should Pack on Their Next Adventure

Packing for a holidayBefore leaving for your next trip, you may - like many of us - panic about packing the essentials; passports, tickets, money, clothing, and toiletries. Oh, and don’t forget the tea bags. But while all of these items are important for a successful adventure, you may be forgetting items that can make travelling less stressful. Carry on reading to find out our top forgotten travel essentials.

A notebook

With the rise in electronic devices, it has become all too easy to rely on them. But when travelling, your device may run low on power or have no internet coverage. This can be a nightmare if you need to look up your hotel’s address, a phone number, or another important piece of information. This is why having a notebook can be a saviour.

We’d recommend pre-filling your notepad with important details like your hotel’s address, its’ phone number, emergency contact details, flight and travel information, and also the location of your country’s embassy for your holiday destination. Your notebook will also come in handy if you need to write anything down while out and about, like directions or the name of a local restaurant.

And a pen…

So, you’ve got your notebook, but can you write in it while out and about? Also, depending on your final destination, you may need to complete a form for customs and immigration before landing too. We’ve been there before, sharing a single pen between what seemed like the entire passenger manifest on our flight. Having a black pen with you can be super handy.

A change of clothing in your hand (cabin) luggage

Unfortunately, delays and cancellations can be a part of a traveller’s adventure; while frustrating, an overnight stay in an unexpected city can still be enjoyable. It’s happened to us before. After a full day of travelling, we’ve missed a connecting flight, had to stay over in a city (Chicago) but with no clean clothing or underwear because the airline kept our bags overnight; safe to say, even after a long shower the next morning, we weren’t feeling all too fresh. That’s why we’d always recommend packing a clean change of clothing in your hand luggage (and a toothbrush and toothpaste). You’ll likely not need them, but if your bags are stuck overnight in an airport, you’ll appreciate having something clean to wear the next day.

Being prepared for an upset stomach

While travelling can provide you with experiences and memories that last a lifetime, illness can happen. You probably can’t practically prepare for every possible eventuality, that’s where travel insurance can help but you can plan for common travel-related illnesses. Without sharing too many details, being prepared for an upset stomach can make a pretty miserable experience a bit better.

Travelling can expose our bodies to things we’re not accustomed to; like new foods, consumption of more alcohol, lack of sleep, and even mild dehydration. These changes can lead to some unexpected consequences. And for a seasoned traveller, they’ll likely have dealt with a bout of gastrointestinal discomfort in the past. We always travel prepared; first, having a supply of medication and secondly having a list of common illnesses written down in the native language. That way, if you do need to visit una farmacia or un médecin you’ll be able to communicate what’s wrong without all of the weird hand gesturings. Take it from us, being prepared here can help!

That’s it, your travels should be much smoother if you remember to pack these four forgotten travel items. Do you have something else you think should be on this list? Send us a message and let us know, we’d love to hear your suggestions.

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