Have you ever left the house only to realize you forgot something important like your cell phone or your wallet? Yeah, it stinks. Now imagine you are in a faraway land without your wallet or cell phone? Yeah it’s a scary feeling.
The act of traveling anywhere can be extremely exhausting alone without the added responsibilities of making sure you’re prepared for any situation you may find yourself in, especially these days with how chaotic and crazy things tend to get. To alleviate some of the stress and a bolster your travel experience, here are six items that any traveler should never find themselves without:
1 – Phone Chargers
Without a charge, your cell phone is essentially a useless brick that serves you no purpose. Do yourself a favor and make sure you pack your cell phone charger in a readily available area where you won’t forget it, better yet, pack a spare in your luggage for redundancy.
Keep in mind that depending on the region you’re traveling in may have different types of outlets so word of the wise, bring an adapter that will allow you to plug in your accessories wherever you are.
2 – Camera
Now what would any travelers toolkit would be complete without a quality camera to capture all the beautiful moments of your travels? Granted, cameras can be expensive yes, but you’ll easily get your value back as soon as you take a picture that inspires you and takes you back to that beautiful moment in time.
The best part about modern cameras is how lightweight and compact they are. The photo quality is that of a professional photographer but at an affordable price, compared to spending thousands on a professional grade camera.
3 – Money Belt
The next item on the list is in important one that a traveler shouldn’t be without: a money belt. If you’re unsure what a money belt is, it’s just as it sounds, a belt wear around your waist to covertly hide money on your person in the unfortunate event that something awful happened like losing your wallet or getting pickpocketed.
There are also money belts you can buy that enable you to hide important documents on yourself such as your ID, passport, or other important documents like your tickets.
4 – Rubber Door Stop
The next item on your list may seem like an oddity, but it may save your life. A common tool amongst law enforcement and executive protection personal, a rubber door stop is an added layer of security for protecting your valuables and even yourself while you travel.
All you have to do is make sure you have an inward opening door and secure the door stop at the base of the doorway between the floor, making it much more difficult, and much louder, to give you extra time to get help or to dissuade the would be villain from gaining entry into your room.
5 – Suitable Clothing
This seems like it should be a no brainer, but you’d be surprised how common it is for someone to misjudge the current climate of the area they’ll be traveling in, and as a result they bring the wrong clothing.
Before you even book your flight, do some advance work and research the year round climates and the the weather patterns of the region you’ll be traveling to so you know what clothing you need to bring along.
Mind you that different hemispheres have much different seasons that you’re probably not accustomed to during that time, like 80 degree heat in the dead of winter, or sub zero temperatures in the middle of summer.
6 – Travel Journal
In your travels, you may find yourself with some one on one time to reflect and meditate and lend some fresh perspectives on life.
There are few things as beneficial for recording your thoughts and meditations than the travel journal. There are about a million different kinds for you to choose from but a small pocket journal and an erasable pen are wonderful for this.
Some people may use their cell phones for this, which is fine, but journals don’t need batteries and there is nothing as therapeutic as putting good old fashioned pen to paper and letting the creativity flow.
Items For Travel
As you can see, traveling can absolutely be a logistical nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be if you choose to take the time to know everything you can about where you’re going and making sure you bring a long the bare essentials to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible.