Essential Items to Include In Your Travelling Checklist
If you’ve been to an overseas trip before, you know how packing can be a stressful affair. In fact, as you pack, it ‘s hard to decide what to carry or leave. It doesn’t matter you are departing on a three days tour or an extended one. A packing checklist is very vital if you do not want to forget the most important things. Moreover, you cannot carry everything with you as there are airline standards that you must comply with. Due to the regulations, you are left with the option of taking the most valuable items. Now, here are some are some of the most crucial things that you should not forget on your next international trip.
There are many documents that you can carry, but here the focus is on the four main documents.
Passports and Visas
The passports and visas are essential documents that you need to enter a foreign country. Ensure that the passport is up to date, preferably more than six months validity. Some countries will not allow you to enter if expires in less than that duration.
The flight ticket is another thing that you should not forget home. International driving license is another document that you may need if you plan to drive in a foreign nation.
Passports, Visas and flight ticket, will be checked after you check in for the flight and at the immigration offices of your destination. Ensure that you have them so you are stuck at the airport.
Your health is important. Moving a foreign country exposes you to a lot of health risks. You need to be insured so that in case you contract any disease, the medical bills do not overwhelm you. Taking of medical insurance, you need to ensure that it covers you even in an overseas country because not policies all do. That will guarantee you medical evacuation if you are in a critical condition.
Some risks come with flying to foreign nations. Also, the plane you will be using might develop a technical problem. Travel insurance cover is a necessity, and you should pack it so that in the event of an emergency, you are secured. When you are covered, it can be used even in an international country. Paying for the treatment of injuries or illnesses can be super expensive. All you need is to prove that you are covered, and you receive the services.
IMPORTANT: For your safety, ensure that you get photocopies of all important documents. That should include the credit cards and the identification cards. It is risky to walk in a foreign country with valuables like those. You only need to use the copies of those documents and keep the originals safely.
Your health is paramount. Check the Center for Disease Control travel page for any infections prevalent in your destination country. There they will guide you on the precautions that you need to take to avoid contracting the diseases. They also recommend the vaccinations and the medicines to pack before you depart. You may also consult your physician for any medications that you need to carry.
On matters personal health, the items you pack include medical prescriptions, vaccination certificates, painkillers, antihistamine for insect bites, first aid kit, diarrhea tablets, sunglasses, and more. But be sure to confirm if these items are allowed by the airline.
Also of great importance in the checklist is money. You need it for every transaction during your trip. You need to carry your credit cards with you. Converting currencies can be very expensive at the currency exchange bureaus. You might need to use ATMs once you land at the airport of your destination. Since some of the credit card companies charge extra for using an out of network ATM, consider carrying some cash with you. Another way of lowering the cost is to look for a card whose issuer has waived international transaction fee. With that, withdrawing your cash is no big deal. Again, keep it in mind that you may be traveling to a foreign country where transactions are mainly on the cash basis. So, you should be prepared to walk with cash.
Warning: For your safety, do not walk with a lot of money. Even more, keep your credit cards separate from your cash so that in the event of a robbery, you don’t lose everything. Also, you can trick any robbers by carrying a dummy wallet with expired cards and copies of your documents. If you get robbed, you retain your original documents. That is playing them at their own game.
- Eye Mask: it is essential when in a place with a lot of light, and you want to sleep. You may find it hard to sleep in a room full of light from outside.
- Nightdress/Pajamas: You can’t sleep with any clothing on.
- Earplug: Imagine being in a restaurant where there are a lot of movements along the corridors or one located near a busy street. If the sound can penetrate into your room, you know how irritating it can be. You from a long journey and all you want is a deep slumber. But there is no way you can fall asleep with the movement and noise all over. Earplugs come in handy to minimize or completely shut down the noise from outside so you can close your eyes.
- Alarm Clock: the last thing you’d like experience is being late when attending an event in your itinerary just because you were damn exhausted the previous day and overslept. This is an item that you do not want to leave behind.
Are you planning to have an extended tour? Then you need to carry clothes that dry fast after washing. The clothing should also be easy to wash. When trekking or mountain climbing, get some light green dress. Brown clothing is also ideal. Put in your bag some bright clothes too for night outs. Your bag should include warm sweaters, long sleeved tops and trousers because of attack by mosquitoes, washing detergents, some t-shirts for walking under the scorching sun, underwears and a washing line.
The choice of your clothing should only be after you consider the weather of the place. If it is cold and wet, you require an umbrella (small), raincoat, waterproof bags, trousers, and a jacket.
Important: Before you pack any clothing, ensure that you know how the climate of the country is. However, things change fast, and that is the reason why you need to be ready for any change.
Bed sheets, a pillow, a simple personal mattress, a warm sleeping bag and a touch.
Walking and Hiking
The terrain of the country will determine the kind of shoes you need. Carry with you a pair of comfortable level slip shoes, a map, and GPS for navigating the different places.
Camera- you need to make the tour memorable and the only way to achieve that is to take photos or even videos. Check if you have included a camera in the items you have packed. You need a film and a memory card for bulk storage. You could consider a spare battery for the camera.
Binocular- these are a necessity when you want to view an item that is at a far distance. For example in a game park, you need to watch those small animals closely.
It might appear obvious, but if you are not careful enough, it is possible to leave your phone in the house. How? With the entire luggage that is awaiting you to carry, the excitement that comes with traveling probably for the first time. You can imagine how it would be in a foreign country without a mobile phone.
Probably you may want to contact a friend or a relative in the country. How would you communicate? Emergencies also do happen. Check again to ensure that you have it with you. Of importance also is to make sure that you allow the roaming option so you can enjoy better calls rates.
When traveling don’t leave your bathing items. Most people do a mistake by thinking they will buy when they arrive. However, this may be hard, especially when traveling to a new place. To be safe, shop for a few bathing items. Additionally, it is risky to go and buy brands you’re not used to. So, carry a few pieces of your preferred brands from your home.
Items to include here, include, toiletries such as bathing towel, small mirrors, Slippers for showers, make-up, lip balm and hairdryers for ladies.
Deodorant, Perfume and Shaving Razor Blades
To ensure you remain smelling nice ensure that you have packed your deodorants, perfume and if you are a man, don’t forget shaving equipment. If you are traveling to a hot place, a perfume and deodorant are essential. As mentioned earlier, don’t buy new brands, if you have never used them. This is because they may not work well with your skin.
Other Personal Items
Here consider what other special personal item that you would not leave behind. This can be a chain, watch, a favorite dress or pants, jewelry, belt, torch etc. Here the item will depend on you. If you have a “lucky item” don’t forget it.
- Books: Travelling takes long hours. All that time you will be sitting wondering when you will arrive. You even feel fatigued of sitting idle. It is even worse if you sit next to somebody who does not want to talk. A reading book is good so that you can keep yourself from boredom. Consider a good novel or magazine.
- Map: You are in a foreign country and do not know how to walk the streets. With a map, you can move as you please without fearing that you may miss the directions. If you do, it is easier to trace your way back. You could also consider installing apps like Google Maps on your cell phone to help you navigate different places that you do not know.
- Language Phrasebook: For the local language so that you can interact with the locals with ease.
- Backpack: Of course you cannot walk with the luggage wherever you go. But you need a small bag to carry the items that you will require every day when hiking, mountain climbing or sightseeing. A small bag also helps when on the journey. You don’t want to keep requesting access to the luggage compartment for a minor thing that you could carry with you. Confirm that you have included it in the items you have packed.
- A Water Bottle: to ensure that you quench your thirst carry with you a water bottle. This is especially very critical when visiting a hot country.
- A Universal Electric Adapter and Converter: It is not uncommon to visit a country and find out that you cannot charge your devices because the plugs cannot fit the local sockets. Even worse, you may find that the accessories are not compatible with the electrical standard of the country you have visited. That is why you need a converter. You can make it easier by acquiring the local chargers. If you fail to do so, then it means all your batteries remain flat. You will miss your favorite music and also cut communication with your beloved.
As pointed out, there are many items that one requires or uses. This checklist only includes those items that are a must for any average traveler and does not exhaust everything. Packing depends on everyone’s preferences and the state of their trip. For long trips, you pack more items compared to short vacations. But it is essential when packing as you will reduce chances of leaving the most important things. It also comes in handy in meeting the airline standards. Happy international travel!