The Travel Essentials Packing Guide

Kim X

Kim X

Vada Magazine staff writer and daydreamer.
Kim X

Going away can be incredibly exciting, but it is also pretty stressful. After all, leaving home for any length of time means leaving all of the luxuries that you’re permanently surrounded by behind, and having to take any ‘can’t live without’ essentials along with you.

There’s always the worry of forgetting something tied into this, whether it’s your first time abroad or you’re a seasoned globetrotter who’s done it all before, which is why it’s imperative to have a proper list of all of the important items you’ll need to pack.

To help you out, we’ve compiled this one for you. It might not have everything you need, but it’s certainly a good starting point…

#1: A suitable wardrobe

Whether you’re going away on a business trip or a beach holiday, be practical when it comes to choosing your wardrobe. You should always check the weather in advance, to get a good idea of what you’ll need. If you can, research any seasonal variations that occur from time to time too, and have some backup options available. Pyjamas and underwear had best be included as little asides on your list, as forgetting them is never a good idea.

#2: Weather-appropriate accessories

Depending upon where you’re going in the world, don’t forget to take some weather-appropriate accessories too. Anywhere that rains will require an umbrella, waterproof shoes, and a coat with a hood, whilst hotter holiday destinations necessitate sunglasses, sun cream, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face from the rays. For really cold destinations, you might want scarves or gloves.

#3: An adapter

In our technologically-savvy society, we can’t be without our smartphones, laptops, and iPads, but it’s little good taking these and their chargers on holiday with you if you don’t also pack an adapter to make plugging them in possible.

#4: Toiletries

You’re also going to need to remember all of your toiletries, so make sure you have a suitable waterproof bag to pack these in in case of any spillages. A hairbrush, hair ties, and bobby pins should all be included, along with a travel-sized shampoo and conditioner. A toothbrush and toothpaste are essential too, particularly electric toothbrushes, which offer more comprehensive teeth cleaning. Before you go, read some great reviews of electric toothbrushes to ensure you make the right toothbrush choice. Also make a list of anything else you use morning or night and don’t forget to pack anything that you can’t do without.

#5: Medications and prescriptions

Last but not least, turn to the real practicalities: do you have any medications that you need to take on a daily basis, whether these are prescription drugs or some form of contraception? A basic first aid kit is useful to take too, and this should include not only ibuprofen, plasters, and Germolene, but also treatments for common ailments such as a funny tummy. Glasses, contacts, and contact solution should also be added to this section of your list if you need or have any of the above.

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