If you’re getting ready to travel, you’re probably excitedly going over in your head what to bring. Maybe you’re organized and making a bullet point list. There are of course the obvious things: underwear, toothbrush, socks, etc.
But if you really want to be prepared, you’ll want to consider some travel kit essentials in addition to the basics.
So now you’re wondering, what are travel essentials?
Well, let’s find out…
First things first, you’ll need a good travel bag. Depending on the type of traveling you’re doing, this could look a couple of different ways.
For example, if you’re planning on backcountry hiking, then you’ll obviously need special gear and a hiking backpack that’s suitable. If it’s not your first rodeo, then you probably already have one ready to go.
If you’re staying in a resort for a whole week or going on a cruise, then it’s likely you’ll need large check-in luggage to carry all your snazziest things.
Either way, having a good bag to carry all your things is necessary. You don’t want to be breaking your back lugging too much stuff around or dealing with stuck wheels while rolling through the airport. There’s already enough to worry about!
Organizer for Travel Essentials
Next, you’ll want to find a way to organize all your items. It’s great once you’ve rolled up all your clothes neatly into the corner of your bag, and then you all of a sudden need something from the bottom, and the whole thing is a mess.
Also, if you have a lot of gear, like camera parts or hiking gear, you’ll want to separate these things. You don’t want your toiletries getting mixed up or spilling onto your nice brand jacket.
Getting a travel organizer for your essentials is never a bad idea. It can make packing easier and unpacking that much more satisfying.
Emergency and Health Kit
Always having an emergency kit on hand is smart. Having basics like bandaids, gauze, antibiotic ointment, and other first-aid items may come in handy if you run into some minor injuries like bumps, or scrapes.
If you’re backpacking, for example, you’ll absolutely need a survival kit. Consider this a need if you’re going to be in high-risk wildfire areas also; you’ll want to have some necessary items on hand, like an N95 facemask and other items in your wildfire preparedness kit.
This kit might fit in your carry-on, but if not, you can check it into your checked bag if you have one.
Now, let’s talk carry-on logistics. Keep in mind that TSA requirements should always be a consideration when you’re packing.
Certain things like laptops will need to be separated and taken out of the bag when going through the security check. Bottles of liquids should be no more than 4oz except the newest regulations that allow for 12oz of hand sanitizer on carry-on luggage.
Electronics and Adaptors
Always having your electronics safely stored is a good idea. In most cases, laptops should always be taken on your carry-on so they don’t get damaged or destroyed.
You’ll want your chargers, power banks, hard drives, and anything else you may need in your carry-on, especially if you plan to do work in the airport or in the air.
Make sure if you’re traveling internationally, you have the proper adaptors with you. You’ll need to be able to charge up at all times, and making sure you have the correct plug-in is essential once you start crossing borders.
You’ll need any important documents in your carry-on including the obvious ones such as your passport, travel documents, boarding passes, entry visa documents, etc. To be extra safe, you’ll want a print or electronic copy of these documents in case they get lost.
Also, until further notice, you’ll need to have your vaccine card or a copy of the latest COVID-19 test if you’re traveling internationally. Have a copy of these too in case of a mishap.
A digital nomad once said, “Never keep all your credit cards together.” And honestly, it’s a good practice. Having extra cash on you may be helpful if you lose your wallet or it gets stolen.
So try to keep an extra credit card and cash stash separately in case this happens–you’ll be glad you did!
Lastly, your necessary medications should stay with you on your carry-on. In the unfortunate case that your checked bag gets lost or delayed, you won’t want to have to worry about trying to refill a prescription or panicking because you can’t access them.
COVID-19 Travel Essentials
Although vaccines are making headway, COVID-19 is still deemed a threat. And there is still some concern about new strains crossing borders with some uncertainty. Because of this, airports and airlines are still requiring the use of face masks.
To be on the safe side, we recommend you mask up and sanitize as much as possible still to protect yourself and others. ORA Brands’ nanofiltration mask is a great option for travel. Its research-based design is highly effective, meets all CDC requirements, and is breathable, especially for the already stuffy airplane environment.
Get To Packin’
Now that you know the travel essentials, you can start packing for your trip.
You want to be ready for anything so you can have the best vacation possible. The more prepared you are, the more at ease you’ll be.
And don’t forget to be safe and mask up. Bon voyage!