The holiday season is approaching and so is our planning to decide where should we spend our money and get an experience that is worth every penny. While we are happy to help you give a few tips on where to travel this Summer, this is the ultimate travel essentials checklist for all travellers. You know how as the day of taking that flight approaches, the excitement takes a back seat and the fear of packing and not missing out on the essentials grip us all? Well even if you think you are great with lists, chances are, you will obviously miss out on something and remember it mid way. We decided to craft the perfect generic travel essentials list for exactly this purpose:
Table of Contents
1. Your main luggage and your hand luggage
Depending on where you are travelling and how long, you must choose a suitcase which is sturdy, good quality, has a trolley handle and is very light weight. When choosing your luggage which will be checked in, space should be the prime criteria. If this is a road trip, even then a big suitcase is not something we advice, unless you are getting married and it’s your wedding dress you need to take along! Now coming to the hand luggage, we are a big fan of bag packs. They come handy at the airport, on the beach or while strolling in the hills, everywhere! Ladies, please stay away from fancy purses with no zips or buckles. An open bag in the train or the plane is not a cool idea to keep your money and documents safe.
2. Travelling Gear
If this is an adventure trip, then obviously your list will be technical and slightly different from this, but if this is a vacation, then your travelling gear is very important. Please make sure your clothes are comfortable for that long flight or drive. Your sunglasses, headphones, charging cables and a portable charger are in the hand bag. Your cameras and batteries are all charged a night prior to your departure and you have every document you need for your card if you will be leaving town, not to forget, ensure that you have all essentials in the boot in case you get a flat tyre in the hills.
3. The Toiletry bag
Probably one of the most important bags in the luggage and the one which is always missing something. Please keep your toothbrush and travelling sample size bottles for your bathing essentials like shampoo, conditioner and a moisturiser. A hand sanitizer for all the hand cleaning you will need to do, thanks to all the exploration. Ladies should keep their sanitary napkins handy because someone might need them, just in case. Couples should take care they are carrying contraceptives to avoid last minute dampener in the hills when the mood is set but oops, no protection! Facial wipes to keep fresh, shaving kit to keep the stubble away and please make sure you have a mini sewing kit handy for those wardrobe malfunctions. Also, a cologne or a deodorant to keep yourself fresh throughout the day.
4. The Medicine pouch
Okay, you might thing this is going overboard but trust us, this is something we usually forget to pack and later regret. A holiday means change of air, weather and lots of binge drinking an eating. Please avoid any inconvenience and keep the basic medication handy. You should pack a paracetamol, anti-acid for dealing with over eating, medicine for the stomach in case you don’t manage to digest something new you tried, pain killers, bandages, and a balm for those hang over headaches. Sun block cream is essential as well. Also , your contacts solution, prescribed medicines, if any and your health insurance papers if travelling abroad.
Passports, car insurance and registration papers, health insurance, visa papers, tickets, proof of stay, bank statements, ID proofs and credit cards. You don’t want to forget these at all.
Please pack light, specially if you intend on shopping during your vacation. You need basic tshirts and shirts with one or two pair of denims and one pair of trousers. If it’s a beach vacation, pick only one pair of pants and extra shorts. Summer dresses and skirts would look great in neutral colors with scarves and accessories that can make your look less repetitive. In terms of shoes, please don’t barge in more than one pair of formal heels or shoes and you don’t want to miss keeping extra slippers since they always come handy. We suggest save space and keep extra under wear in cotton fabric that can be washed and dried up quickly when needed.
So while you might think that we missed out on a few items which is true since we all have a different list to make, we pretty much tried to make a list that is general in nature and suits all of us. You want to bookmark this one and it will come handy!
Summarized Travel Essentials List
☑ Main Luggage
☑ Hand Luggage
☑ Sunglasses, headphones
☑ Charging Cables & Portable Charger
☑ Hand Sanitizer
☑ Medical Kit
☑ Passport, Visa, Ticket, Driving Licence, Hotel tickets, ID Proof, Address Proof