Things You Should Remember to Bring On A Holiday
A list of things you should always remember to bring along when going on a holiday. Sometimes we tend to forget what's important to pack in our bags, in the end we spend buying stuffs during our travels and realized we could have just bring the one we have at home.
1. Ziplock Bag
Safekeeping your Documents is the most important thing in your travel. Never leave without your passport like of course it's a necessity when travelling but this time around place it inside a small ziplock bag. Then at least have one photocopy of it in your luggage and another one at home, plus have it scanned and attached to your email. Damaged passports or worst case scenario losing a passport is every travellers nightmare, having a copy of it will served as a back up plan for the rainy days. It's better to be safe than sorry.
Try to bring along a print out copy of your flight and travel itinerary, just in case your phone runs out of battery.
This is something most people forget to bring on their trip. For some they rely on over the counter medicine if they're lucky enough to spot a pharmacy or with water therapy which barely works unless you're planning to stay indoors the whole day.
3. First Aid
Another important thing that we always leave at home is the first aid kit. Make sure to pack just the necessary items like an elastic bandage, crepe bandage, an antibacterial ointment, a few alcohol swabs, a band-aid and some plasters.
These first aid kit is a must, especially for mountain climbers and hikers. You might add in a flashlight and a whistle just in case you need it for emergency situations.
4. Water Bottle
You can buy water bottles everywhere you go but having one on your own means saving the environment and even saving a few dollars. In this way you can make sure the water source is clean and safe, no need to worry about any stomach problem then. Just bring along a medium size water bottle with yo then you just fill it out with water in your hostel before heading for your desired tour. I find this very convenient especially in the airport, once you cross the immigration center you are not allowed to carry any liquids with you, unless you have an empty water bottle where you can refill inside the waiting lounge to quench your dry mouth before boarding the plane. A few sips of water will do if you're not a big fan of the plane's lavatory.
Bring along a pair of slippers, hotel slippers are supposed to stay inside the hotel besides its too soft to handle the outdoors. For beach lovers like me a pair of slippers resembles the passport , I would never go without them on a summer escapade. We wear closed shoes almost 5 to 6 times a week for more than 10 hours, our feet deserved a rest from all the tight fitting, nails crushing shoe wear. Why buy a pair of slippers if you still have a good one at home, and using new one's can cause blisters too. Save the money and avoid all the hassle.
Pack a scarf with you wherever you go. You can tie it in your bag or for guys you can put in your pocket. This helps with the cold like when you're in the airport where the temperature changes drastically. It's not only useful when its cold it also protects your face when you're outside with the scorching heat of the sun. Lastly, it keeps your hair in place especially when going on a road trip with an amateur F1 driver.
7. Sewing Kit
This may come in handy for wardrobe malfunction which is inevitable. It can happen to anyone at any time and any day on your trip. A small sewing kit will do, I bought mine in a $2 shop and I have it with me on most of my travels.
If you don't have a check in baggage then bring along the poncho if otherwise then you can bring both. Even if its summer the weather is still unpredictable, in might be sunny in the morning but next thing you know its already raining cats and dogs. If you're walking on the street you will need to take shelter but if you have a poncho you're worry free. This is quite important for kids, maybe for us adults getting wet in the rain is not a big deal but for kids they need protection. The umbrella might be troublesome to bring along on your bag however once you feel that intense heat outdoors you'll wish to have an umbrella with you.
9. Extra Memory Card
This does not only applies to selfie and picture enthusiast. It comes in handy as an emergency replacement when your memory card malfunctions all of a sudden. But more importantly for storing more pictures, in that way you'll have the ease of taking as much pictures as you want. It's your holiday vacation, snap some pictures and capture the moment in still shots or videos. These are the kind of moments that you'd want to see on your laptops, or when you're out in the porch reminiscing about the good old days. For some people charged it to my experience this is a life saver, it's better to come prepared than buy a cheaper brand and have your precious moments stored in there and have the chance of losing the pictures.
10. Mini Speakers
For beach and music lovers this is one thing they always pack along on a trip. Whether you at the beach with the family, on top of a mountain, inside the hostel, hanging out nearby the pool, playing billiards, drinking session with friends or just lying around on a hammock alone, be it whatever and wherever you are, this small travel convenient speaker will be there for you. It can turn up the mood or it can lower down the tempo of the day, its will be according to your taste of music and what feels good on that very day. Just make sure to charged it up and bring along the charger cord to bring it back to life once the battery drains.
When you're on a long road trip listening to good music will loosen up the thought of a long bus drive, even for a long flight too. So before heading on to your trip try to catch up with your music and save up your favorite tunes on your phone or mp3 player.
12. Sleeping Kit
The kit includes an Air Pillow, Eye Mask and Ear Plugs. A necessity for long flights which is conducive for a good night sleep. It comes useful too when you're trying to get a few crucial hours of sleep in preparation for a 2 am mountain trek the next day.
Any kind of hat will serve its purpose whether its a sunny or rainy day. Sun and rain protection plus it adds up to your fashion statement: a look that shows your laid-back, cool and outgoing personality.
14. Extra Bag
This comes in handy when you went overboard with your shopping or you bought need to be hand carried souvenirs for your family and friends.
Lastly, packed some sweets and biscuits in your luggage. It may seem ridiculous to be bringing along a snack but when hunger strikes you'll thank me for it. This may not be appealing for the food enthusiast however this can serve as a back up food supply when you're hungry in the airport, on a long bus ride, on a trek, in the hotel or in an island and its in the middle of night.