Vacation time means alarm off and out-of-office on.
But while we might be rushing to the airport, that doesn’t mean we’re about to leave without all our travel essentials.
Relaxing and hitting the reset button? Yes.
Packing so light that we forget all the items that we need to make this the best trip ever? No, thank you.
You’ll be amazed at how much better a trip can be if you remember to take all these travel must-haves.
So get your checklist ready and make sure you have all the fundamentals before you head off on your next vacation.
Your travel documentation is the single most important item in your possession when you jet around the world. So show it the love it deserves by giving it a nice cover to protect it.
Whether it’s in transit, waiting at the airport, or while you’re sprawled out on a beach in some exotic paradise – vacation is definitely a time to read some great books. And since you might get through several on your travels, you don’t want to be weighed down by heavy paperbacks.
It’s nice to have some sort of speaker system while you travel so you can create the perfect soundtrack for your trip; when you’re getting ready in your hotel room, chilling out at the park, or enjoying a couple of beers on the beach. Try to get something lightweight and portable with Bluetooth capability so you can keep your phone away from the sand and sea while you blast some tunes.
If you haven’t already invested in some noise-cancelling headphones, we suggest doing so before your next long-haul flight. On long journeys they will become total life savers that distance you from all the other loud passengers sharing your plane – or that guy next to you that you really don’t want to chat with for six hours straight.
If you can’t fall asleep to music, popping some earplugs in should do the trick. Choose from memory foam or wax plugs that mould to fit the shape of your ears. Crying baby? What Crying baby?
Buying an all-in-one travel adapter means that you won’t have to buy one for your trip to Europe this summer and another one for your South American vacation. It’s the Swiss army knife of international power outlets.
Extra Long Charger
You don’t know where the power outlets are going to be in your hotel room when you travel so it’s always good to have an extra long charger cord that can reach all the way underneath your bed or behind a wardrobe placed somewhere mind-numbingly stupid.
If you struggle to fall asleep on the plane – or sleep just fine, but wake up with crippling neck ache – you really can’t travel without a neck pillow for comfort. There are plenty on the market, but consider getting a deflatable one that won’t take up any extra space in your bag once you’re done.
You can’t just switch the lights off when sleep comes-a-knocking if you’re on a plane, or if you’re sleeping in a hostel dorm room. And even if you have a private room, you might have some very thin curtains or blinds which let light in at the crack of dawn. An eye mask is particularly handy for business trips, when you won’t have time to catch up on your sleep.
Airplanes are incredibly dry, so it’s important that you and your skin stay hydrated – particularly on longer flights. A cream with SPF 30 is an added benefit if you’re travelling to sunnier climates, so you can protect your skin from UV rays.
Stop your lips getting chapped by plying them with some balm, preferably with SPF and with a tint of colour for a little post-plane jazzing up.
First Aid Kit
Boo-boos happen everywhere – even on holidays. So prepare for them by buying, or making, your own first aid kit. Having band aids, Polysporin, insect bite cream, and Advil and Reactine can often get you up and running again in no time.
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
If you’re waking up and heading straight to a work meeting, you don’t want your morning breath to prevent you from clinching that deal or making a good impression with your colleagues. Freshen up.
Hanging Cosmetic Bag
Investing in a travel bag that zips open and hangs from a hook on the back of a door will come in handy, especially if you’re low on space. It’ll also be super useful if you’re sharing a bathroom, as you can hang it in a communal shower.
Things can get pretty chilly on those planes, trains and automobiles – so keep your feet warm with a pair of cozy socks. Plus, if you need to unleash them from your shoes after a day hiking or sightseeing, you could at least spare fellow passengers from your exposed trotters.
If you’re fortunate enough to wake up right as you touch down on the tarmac, you might need some eye drops to wake yourself up quick-sharp before heading through customs.
A sugar-fix from some mints or candies can give you a little pick me up when you’re feeling jet-lagged and tired. Plus, they help to prevent your ears popping when the air pressure decreases in your cabin.
Come rain or shine, you’re not going to let the weather dampen your spirits. So you’ll need to make sure you have an umbrella or a rain jacket to protect you while you’re sightseeing and waiting for the sun to come out again.
Sure, your iPhone does a pretty good job of capturing your travels. But if you’re going on vacation, chances are you’ll want a proper camera so you can take some incredible photos that don’t need a filter.
This is for when you take too many incredible pictures.