Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure and regardless of your destination, there are certain essentials you should pack for the trip. You don’t want to be caught off guard leaving something important at home where you have no access to it.
The first thing that you need is your itinerary. Although it is difficult to plan every minute of each day, if you can plan as much as possible in advance then you may be able to squeeze in all activities you really want to do.
Write down every attraction on which you have you sights set plus all the sightseeing you have in mind. Doing so will help you to organize required arrangements you need upon arrival.
Keep a Personal Inventory
Before you depart for the trip, make a list of the personal belongings you intend to take. This includes your passport, traveler’s checks, credit cards, confirmation numbers, and phone numbers you may find helpful at your destination.
Along with this list, plan the particulars for a bag of toiletries, including your toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hair accessories, and anything else you use to get ready for the day.
Of course you need to pack your clothes and shoes. Be sure to check your planned location’s weather before you leave so you are aptly prepared with raincoats, winter coats, sweaters or shorts – depending on the weather.
Unless it is part of the fun you plan, you’ll want to avoid wasting time and money there on new clothes to accommodate the weather or local attire. If you intend to do much walking, bring a comfortable pair of sneakers or walking shoes. Never simply rely on dress shoes while you are traveling.
Consider Medical Needs
Medication is equally important; if you have any prescriptions you take daily, put them in a bag that is easily accessible. Pack larger doses of medication in a travel case so that you can count out your pills for each day. Along with the medication, take any aspirin or antacids you may need to avoid headaches or heartburn that tend to accompany vacation activities.
One other essential when traveling is a map. If you are unfamiliar with the area, a map can help you find your way back to the hotel. Being lost in a strange place can be pretty scary if you are not prepared.
Finally, you will not regret bringing a separate bag along to tote extra items home; as a bonus you can use it for day trips or times when you need smaller items with you.