Pack these essential items first

So imagine you’re ready to create new memories in a new country and you get caught up in the whirlwind of excitement, and forget to pack some of your essential items. Truth is this happens often, and means you having to buy these necessities at the eleventh hour.

Worried about forgetting something when you pack? That’s why we created this checklist so you don’t need to. Next time you go on a trip to another country, here are a few things that should be on your list:
  • Your passport and ID. These are the most important items you cannot forget. If you’re taking a cheap domestic flight make sure you have a valid ID. If you’re taking a regional flight, you’ll need a passport that does not expire in the next six months. If you’ll be driving, get an international driver’s license from the AA.
  • Don’t forget toiletries. Forgetting an item as small as a toothbrush can be frustrating. Toiletries can take up a small suitcase for some people but if you have a face cloth, toothbrush, deodorant, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, moisturiser and soap in your travel bag, you should be good to go.
  • Pack your cell phone charger and laptop power cables. Not only are these adapters expensive to buy at an airport, finding a shop that sells these will be even more of a task. To avoid the chaos, ensure your adapters are in your bag before you leave the house.
  • Medication. Visit your GP and get a script filled for an antibiotic and the other basic precautionary meds and bring extra medication to avoid wasting time and money.
  • Pack in-season clothes and selective shoes only. Shoes can take up too much space in a bag and you don’t want to pay extra for baggage being overweight, so keep shoes to a minimum. Roll your clothes to avoid creases. Rolling your clothes will also leave you with extra bag space.
  • Label your items. Items get lost at airports almost every day and oh so often you’ll find someone else who has just about the same suitcase as yours. To avoid confusion, make your suitcase stand out from the rest. Whether you cover it with cling wrap or whether you decorate it with a ribbon and name tags, you’ll be so thankful you did it when you can spot your bag from afar on the carousal.
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