When it comes to the list of things that you need to travel with, there are often the essentials which are the things that you cannot travel without.
Then there are nonessential things that you want but don’t necessarily need. It would, however, make for a really nice trip.
The Important Items:
You will need all of your documents that identify you especially if you plan to travel out of the country. Your state identification card and passport are a start.
You will also want to take any other photo identification that you have.
You should place these specific items into an organizer where you can easily find them when you need them.
Your travel information should be in your organizer as well as other important documents like your travel tickets, health insurance information and emergency contact information.
If you have any documents that are expired or will be expired when you are traveling it is a good idea to remedy the situation before you leave for travel.
Email yourself a copy of all of your important documents so that you have access to them at all times in case you lose the actual documents.
Notify your bank or banks that you will be traveling so that you can save yourself some heartache in the event that you lose your credit cards or ATM cards. This way your bank will notify you immediately if they suspect fraudulent activity with any of your accounts, saving you lots of money in the long run.
Have a carry on bag that has your essential items placed in there. This bag doesn’t need to be large but enough of the essential stuff that you could survive on should you lose your luggage. Make sure that you have any daily toiletries that you use for the flight, train or bus travel especially if it is a long travel time. You will want to include clothing that you can wear in case you lose your luggage as well.
Also, include your electronic devices and chargers for the devices so that you have full access to them as much as possible.
If you have a difficult time sleeping, consider things that keep you busy while you travel like magazines, crossword puzzles and the like.
You will also want to keep yourself comfortable so bring a small pillow and a blanket if it is going to be cold.
If you have medication that you need to take make sure that this is in your carry on bag where you will know exactly where to find it each time you need it. Prescription glasses, as well as any other pertinent prescriptions, should be highly considered as items that you should keep in your carry-on bag.
Make sure all of your things are well organized. You can use packing organizers to help you with this. If you are ever in a hurry then being organized will help you a great deal. It will also help you to find things with ease. If you have lots of bulky items you can use compression sacs that reduce the size by 80%.
You will need to make sure you pack all of your clothing and have as many options as possible in case the weather changes or you have to make lots of clothing changes.
It is important to consider security while you are on the go. There are lots of thefts that will try their best to take advantage of you while you are vacationing.
You can purchase RFID protection which will protect all of your banking and credit cards as well as any other important information from identity theft. Thieves now have the ability to read your information using high-tech machinery that steals all of your information. The information that is collected is from a chip that your banking cards and credit cards have. Be sure to stay safe and keep all of your information hidden.
Last but not least, make sure that you secure home. If you have children and you don’t plan on taking them on the trip with you, make sure that you have all of your childcare needs done prior to your trip.
If you have children and you are taking them on the trip, make sure that you include all of these tips and apply it to the little ones as well. It’s always best to have more than enough than not enough at all.
If you can, you can benefit greatly from hiring a house sitter. Hire someone that you trust and know if you can.
Secure all of your doors and windows. If you have a home alarm system make sure it is secure before you leave for your vacation. Arrange any other activity that you usually have done around your home to stop while you are gone and to continue when you return like lawn care, pool care, and other things.
If you have pets and they will not be coming with you, you can consider a pet sitter as well. There are lots of pet sitters that are popping up every day. You can do an internet search to find out if there is one near your home.