No-one likes finding themselves in a situation when they don’t have something they need. This can be made much worse if you happen to be travelling at the time. Don’t start kicking yourself just yet, however, as here’s a handy checklist of 5 important things that you may not have even realised you’ll be sorry to do without.
The bane of every young, carefree traveller’s life; protecting yourself against, theft, loss, damage or injury. Ensuring that you have means of returning home if you find yourself in a jam. Making sure you have access to life saving medical treatments if you should happen to contract a nasty bug in Bali or accidentally ride your scooter into a tree in Vietnam. Doesn’t sound so boring now, does it? Needing to use your travel insurance may be the most unexpected thing that can happen to you on holiday, but that’s no reason to forget it taking it out before you leave.
You’ll never put a foot wrong if you always know where your scarf is. Like a hitchhiker’s towel, it can be used for many things. Such as a bandana, tablecloth, seat cover, sweat wipe, sun protector, makeshift bag, blanket, pillow, signalling device, fashion accessory, bandage and lastly a scarf of course.
Zip-Lock Plastic Baggies
These handy little things are awesome in so many ways. They’re fold flat so they don’t take up much space in your luggage. They can be used over and over and over again! They can help to keep all sorts of stuff safe such as protecting your mobile phone from sand, food from ants and your suitcase from a shampoo explosion. There’s absolutely no way you’ll be able to predict when you might need to protect something from the elements or from accidents, but as long as your item is the right size and shape you’ll always be safe if you’ve packed some zip-lock baggies.
There’s nothing worse than being away from home, other than being away from home at night and having all the lights go out. Head lamps are brilliant for just this kind of situation and they leave your hands free to do other stuff, like replacing lightbulbs or calling your mum.
Spare Mobile Phone Battery
If you’re one of those people who have spent their whole lives complaining about how quickly their mobile phone battery seems to drain, there’s absolutely no excuse for forgetting to take a spare battery with you when you go travelling – even just for a weekend. You can’t always rely on plug sockets to work or even be there at all, so a spare battery is absolutely essential.