Our guide gives you a glimpse of what you should include on your travel packing list. Ready?
Have you finally packed your vacation bags? Our travel packing checklist has everything you need to travel safely and comfortably, so you can get the most out of your vacation.
A passport holder is essential to keep your passport safe and traceable. Some travelers also prefer to make a copy of their passport in case they suddenly lose it.
2. Required Documents at Destination
Thanks to technology, we can all travel smart and light. However, not all travel agents are interested in digital documents displayed on mobile phones. Therefore, we recommend that you print out the most important documents before your trip. Print and keep with you at all times, depending on your destination:
• Pre-Travel Inspection, if necessary
• Immunization certificate, if applicable
• Recovery certificate, if applicable
• Hotel confirmation or receipt from Airbnb • Emergency contact
3. Laptop and Charger
Due to tight schedules and work deadlines, you may need to carry your laptop around. However, you can see how difficult it can be to carry a traditional laptop. Perfect if you have to work while traveling. If your carry-on or backpack doesn’t have a laptop compartment, you can also consider a padded compartment to protect your laptop.
4. Phones and Chargers
Remember to turn off data roaming when flying. Arriving and turning off airplane mode can cost you nasty charges in other countries within seconds. Mobile phones are very important devices, so a protective case for your phone is a worthwhile investment. Also, consider a second cable charger, especially since iPhone cables are prone to fraying and breaking.
5. Antibacterial Wipes
Perfect for cleaning faucets, toilet seats, armrests, airplane trays and all the dirty surfaces you’ll encounter at airports and planes. Especially after a pandemic.
6. Books, Magazines and Kindles
Some people prefer to upload more books to their Kindle and take the device with them. But some people prefer traditional books and magazines. They even like to smell them as they turn the pages. Fragrance samples! Everyone is different, what can we do.
7. Travel Pillow
Invest in a quality airport travel pillow instead of cheap pillows to help you sleep comfortably on planes, buses and cars. A quality travel pillow is highly recommended. Your head will thank you.
8. Sun Lotion & After Sun Cream
If you’re traveling to a summer destination, or relaxing on the beach, you’ll definitely need sunscreen and after-sun cream. This should be included in the travel packing list.
9. Cash or Credit Card
Another item to consider is money. Yes, you need to bring both, whether you pay by credit card or cash. Cash is always a good option in case you have problems with card payments. The technology is sometimes a little tricky.
Do you like travel photography? If so, the GoPro is a device to add to your travel inventory. No need to worry about submerging, running, jumping or climbing. It’s a real technological treasure, isn’t it?
Bonus Tip: Medications
There may be nothing harder than trying to get prescriptions and medications you need while on travel if you forgot them at home. It’s better to bring more than you think you need just in case. You never know when you may have unexpected delays.
Wishing you safe & fun travels!
Download a PDF version for your reference here: Travel Packing Checklist Guide
By Juli Piscedda
Lifestyle & Travel Columnist
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