It is that time of the year again; the weather is suddenly cooler and the trees are shedding their leaves. Very soon everything will be covered in snow. Isn’t this the perfect time to take a vacation?
The number one destination would be a region where the sun is still shining bright, and the weather is conducive for a fantastic day at the beach, right? So what do you need in your mini-travel bag?
This category includes all the documentation necessary for the journey, any expensive jewelry, electronics such as laptops, and of course money. Make sure your passport is up to date, confirm if you will need a visa or not for the country you are visiting, have the proper vaccination documents ready for verification at the airport, printed maps, and air tickets.
With current technology, it is easy to rely on our mobile phones for everything. However, it is prudent to have back up just in case you lose your phone or laptop.
Your identity card should always be with you, and a note containing all of your emergency contacts should be in the mini-luggage bag. You never know, you might encounter an accident, and the emergency contact card will help to notify your loved ones back home.
If you are on prescription medicines, it is easier to refill your drugs from your doctor than refilling them in a foreign country. It is also wise to carry some over the counter pills like Tylenol or other medications for motion sickness and vomiting, especially if you are traveling for long hours. Make sure you correctly label the medicines and indicate the correct dosage.
You should also have enough antibacterial wet wipes and a small tube of hand sanitizer. Airports are filled with people from everywhere, so it is advisable to disinfect your hands regularly especially before eating to lower your chances of getting an infection. A small first aid kit with alcohol and band-aids will also come in handy in case you get a minor accident or bruise yourself.
This point cannot be over-emphasized enough. Your phone charger should not be in the suitcase even if your phone’s battery is full. Luggage theft in airports is still a menace in many places, and you can’t afford to be off especially in a foreign country.
Our phones have become part of us. We usually read eBooks or play games on our mobile phones to keep us entertained (you can’t sleep forever). Simply remember to charge your phone after using it.
I know you are wondering why pack toiletries in a mini-hand luggage, but, they are crucial. If you are traveling for a long distance or connecting flights, then you probably understand how uncomfortable it is, especially with regard to hygiene. You need to freshen up occasionally, and that is where the toiletries come in handy.
However, this does not mean you pack all of your toiletries inside the hand luggage.
Not at all!
Just a few of them will keep you fresh throughout the journey and while on vacation too. Besides, it is convenient not having to rummage through your suitcase in the middle of your flight looking for a toothbrush.
Foldable, reusable bag
If you are a fan of collecting antiques or any cute thing you come across, an extra bag is mandatory for you. This bag should be foldable and reusable. You can tuck it inside your handbag. Besides dumping garbage in this bag momentarily, it will also be your shopping companion once you get to your destination, or during the stop-overs.
Traveling is a thrilling experience for most of us and packing plays a considerable role in the entire process. Packing should not revolve around clothes, sunscreen, and shoes only. It should include other essential items that will help you to have a smooth journey and a fabulous vacation.
We are accustomed to squeezing everything inside our suitcase. But what happens when the bag gets lost or stolen? You need to plan ahead. Have a shoulder bag that can fit these essentials. It is more important to pack smart than to pack light. You will never go wrong with this simple principle.