Each of us has a different way of packing stuff when we travel. Some roll their clothes like sushi, some use packing cubes; some bring their preferred toiletries, while others use the ones provided by their booked accommodation. But nonetheless, bringing the essentials are important when going on an excursion.
I personally use packing cubes for my clothes and had pre packed my toiletry and vanity sets and tucked them in one of my cabinets, readily available for my next trip. I am pleased to have mastered the skill of packing real quick and it’s been a practice that I only start preparing my luggage a few hours before my flight and have everything set in less than an hour. I arrange the packing cubes neatly in my hard case trolley, together with my toiletries placed inside spill proof envelope cases just to make sure my clothes don’t accidentally get damped by them. Most of the time, I only fill my luggage halfway – or 3/4 tops, on my way to my destination. And you guessed right, that extra space is for the stuff I’ll be hoarding during that specific vacation and bringing back home. Teehee. My laptop, camera and my charging cables are squeezed into my carry-on. This is already a routine when am going either on a domestic or international trip.
I travel with different sets of people often and I got intrigued in identifying random necessities that are a must-bring, but many forget or do not even mind bringing during a jaunt. My fascination in identifying these necessities started four years ago when a friend I was traveling with got allergies after eating seafood. He started having red, itchy spots and he wasn’t bringing any antihistamine. I felt like a hero handing him the capsules that actually made him feel better eight (8) hours and two (2) doses after. Another incident involved a travel acquaintance who had diarrhea, and seemed well after I offered two (2) loperamide capsules. The list I came up with though are chiefly induced by my very own personal oversights, though the spark of detailing it came from fluffs of fellow travelers. So after years of jotting them down, finally here’s my list of Random Necessities To Bring When Traveling.
1. Medicine and First Aid Kit
I always bring the basics – paracetamol, loperamide and antihistamine. I also pack a set of Phenylephrine HCI Chlorphenamine maleate ready as well, because having a cold or runny nose during a vacation is unacceptable.
I also bring my first aid kit which includes a pack of band aids, cotton, alcohol swabs and iodine.
2. Light Snacks and Nibbles
I bring crackers, candies and chocolate bars just in case I get hungry while exploring a new city. Yes, I eat random street snacks along the way, but walking the whole day gets me extra famished, and a pack of crackers is truly a lifesaver!
3. Book and Mobile Games
Downtime. Yes, there are null moments when traveling too. For me, it is usually during my coffee breaks, where I get to relax for 30-60 minutes with a good book or a fun game. And also when riding the plane, train and bus.
I am currently reading Sad Girls by Lang Leav, and since the start of the year, I had Magic Crackers App on my mobile phone – a fun, easy game that got me hooked for months now. Definitely recommending you to download the Magic Crackers App which is available for FREE on the App Store and Google Play.
4. Ear Plugs and Eye Cover
I have read lots of rants from airline passengers about a chatty person or an unruly baby on a plane. Being on a communal transport, that can’t be avoided. So better be ready with your earplugs, or turn on a good playlist and put on your noise-cancelling headset. Complete the look with an eye cover to get a good rest, or to avoid an excessively chatty person from initiating a conversation. Teeehee.
5. Mint Rub
I usually get motion sickness when on a plane or a bus, and a sniff of eucalyptus or mint helps. Also, mint rub gives relief to tired, aching muscles after a great day of exploring. 😉
6. Eco and Foldable bags
Most convenient stores and groceries abroad do not offer free plastic bags to put in your purchases. You can either buy a plastic bag or hand carry ’em. So why not have an eco bag handy? Plus, it’s a noble gesture to help save our planet!
Have you tried over buying stuff and no matter how you squeeze ’em all in your luggage, it won’t fit. You end up buying a new bag or a ‘sako bag’ for check-in. haha. Been there, done that! So I never fail to bring with me a foldable bag as well when traveling, just in case I over shop. 😉
7. Universal plug, extension cord and plug multiplier.
A Filipino travels with an average of two (2) electronics – a smart phone and a camera. But for the thorough traveler, it’s the 5 basics – phone, camera, laptop, powerbank and a portable wifi.
When you get to your booked accommodation, most likely only a plug or two will be available – sometimes even situated at hard to reach places. So an extension cord and a plug multiplier will save you time by charging all your electronics simultaneously.
Out of the seven (7) I mentioned, how many do you actually bring when you travel? Or anything I missed on the list? Let me know by dropping a comment below. 😉