Travel Essentials: What to Pack for Any Type of Trip

Planning for a trip is never easy. There are so many things that you have to think about. From your plane tickets to booking the right hotel — it can all become so overwhelming. And on top of that, you also have to think about packing. If you’re a chronic over-packer like I am, this task can be dauntingly tricky. However, there are some travel essentials that you’ll need, no matter where you’re going. No matter if it’s a short weekend getaway or a long-term adventure, here are some things that you’ll absolutely have to pack.

Battery Banks

In today’s environment, it’s crucial to stay in touch with friends and family and to have access to crucial information even while you’re traveling. A battery bank should therefore be at the top of your list of items to pack. Your phone and other electronic gadgets can be powered by a portable charger, keeping you connected and allowing you to take pictures while you’re on the go. Make sure the battery bank you choose will match your needs by taking into account its charging capacity, size, and weight.

Earplugs and Sleeping Mask

It can be challenging to get enough sleep while traveling, especially if you’re in a bustling area. Therefore, earplugs and a sleeping mask are essential for a good night’s sleep. While a sleeping mask can block out light and speed up your chances of falling asleep, earplugs are a great way to mute out loud noises like snoring, traffic, or music. Due to their small size and lightweight, these items are simple to pack and carry.

Water Bottle

Hydration is important, that’s no secret. However, getting enough water is especially important when you’re on the go. So make sure that you bring a reusable water bottle with you when you travel. This will not only help you avoid spending as much money on bottled water, but it’s also a much better option for the environment. Choose a bottle that is sturdy, leak-proof, and portable. It’s also very easy to fill up your bottle throughout the day thanks to the number of water refill stations in airports and hotels.

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Comfortable Shoes

It takes a lot of walking to explore a new place, so wearing comfortable shoes is key. Long walks in uncomfortable shoes can lead to blisters, painful feet, and some pretty bad memories. That’s why you have to make sure to bring at least one pair of sturdy, comfortable sneakers or sandals that are appropriate for the activities you have planned. To prevent discomfort, remember to break them in before your vacation. 

Toiletries and Medications

Don’t forget about all the small essentials like toothpaste, toothbrush, or deodorant. Make sure to keep them in your carry-on, as you might feel the need to use them at any given time. Also, don’t forget about your other personal care items. The easiest and most convenient way to pack them is to use reusable travel-sized containers or buy smaller samples of your favorite products. Also — make sure you pack all of your medications. Get a copy of your prescription and a doctor’s note, in case you need to show them at security.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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