Packing for a vacation is both exciting and stressful. It’s great to be looking forward to a nice trip, and the planning part often gives rise to feelings of almost being in that new destination. But it’s also a bit nerve wracking when the time to pack finally arrives, especially when it comes to the smaller add on items that we so often forget. To help you ease into your next vacation we put together a list of 5 items that you might not have considered but which could make your trip better, safer and more enjoyable. Best of all these items don’t take up much space and they add very little weight to your baggage.
Chargers are one of the things we forget to bring, and they are one of the most necessary pieces of equipment to have. They allow you to keep your phone and other devices at full power. For most of us our smart phones are also our mapping tools, our cameras and our currency converters, so having a charged phone is crucial. It’s also smart to bring a small universal plug adaptor, especially if you’re traveling to a foreign country. If you have room a small power bank like this one is a great way to keep charged on the go.
Medical & Travel Documents
While it’s always a good idea to got into a vacation with a positive mindset, one does need to prepare for medical emergencies and other calamities. Make sure you bring photocopies of your important documents—medical, insurance and all travel documents and itineraries, along with credit card information (numbers to call in case cards are lost). It’s a good idea to have both printed copies of this information and photos of them on your phone. If you’re travelling abroad make a copy of the main page of your passport as well.
A Packable Jacket
Unless you’re travelling to a tropical beach where you’ll wear nothing but a bathing suit the entire time it’s a good idea to plan for cool weather. These days many brands offer lightweight and highly packable down jackets. Down has some great advantages-it’s warm but it is also easy to compress down into a tiny ball. Many down jackets scrunch down to a size where they will fit into their own packets or a small cinch sack, so it won’t take up much space in your suitcase. This version from REI is both affordable and very easy to pack.
A Portable Smoking Device
Now that cannabis is become legal in some many parts of the world and is being used for medical purposes it’s a good idea to bring a vape pen or a small hand pipe with you when you travel. These items are useful and very small, and could allow you to consume safely and legally in your destination. Be sure to thoroughly clean the items before and after usage as you do not want to travel with residue.
According to some studies the average surface in a public space houses over 30,000 bacteria. This is especially true of airplanes, cruise ships and other forms of transport (buses, subways, taxis). To prevent yourself and your loved ones from getting sick it’s a great to bring a box of wipes or antibacterial spray. Make sure to look for an antibacterial brand or product that uses BZK. In addition to killing germs BZK helps keep the skin from getting dry.