Packing for any type of travel can become quite stressful, especially when traveling to a new destination. Thankfully, a simple Google or Pinterest search can produce thousands of packing lists, countless outfit style guides, and a plethora of inspirational travel quotes. So instead of writing another packing checklist, I decided to mention some of my essentials for traveling that I have discovered over the years. These items may not come to mind right away when packing but I have found that they are definitely worth bringing along.
1.1Tide to-go stick:
Whether I’m traveling across the country or across town, I always have one of these on me. These pen-sized instant stain removers are nothing short of a life savor when you spill something on yourself and can’t wash it out immediately. Especially while traveling, where you probably won’t have access to a washing machine, it’ll prevent your clothing from staining and hold you over until you can properly wash it.
2. (Facial) cleansing wipes:
If you’re traveling to a country with a warmer climate, during the summer, or you’ll be doing a lot of walking in general, I recommend bringing facial wipes with you. Usually most people, particularly women, use wipes to remove makeup but it’s also a great way to remove sweat or other impurities and quickly freshen up during a long day. Most cleansing wipes that I have encountered specifically state that they are for your face but if it’s safe for your face, it should be fine on the rest of your body. I would also recommend this to men as there are different types of wipes that come in various scents (not all of which are feminine!).
***Bonus points if your wipes have a fresh/fruity scent (which is always appreciated by your traveling companions).
3. Dry shampoo:
While traveling internationally, especially when you’re on a strict schedule, it can be difficult to find time to wash your hair. Sometimes you come back to your hotel/hostel so late, and after such a busy day, that all you want to do is crawl into bed and get some sleep before the next day- washing your hair will be your last concern. To save you time and energy, I highly recommend buying dry shampoo. It’ll get you through between washes, especially if you are accustomed to washing your hair every day.
4. Portable charger:
I recommend bringing a portable charging device for your phone, especially if you are traveling alone or in a small group. I can imagine nothing worse than getting lost and realizing that your phone’s battery is down to the last 1%. It’s less likely that you’ll get separated when you’re traveling in a larger group but, if you’re using your phone to take pictures all day, your battery can run out halfway through your excursion and that’s always a bummer. Now remember this isn’t an excuse to be on social media the whole time. As always, when traveling, try to resist the temptation to be on your phone the whole time as you might miss a once in a lifetime moment.
5. Vitamin C:
Whenever you’re going to a new environment or traveling with unfamiliar people in a contained space (plane, bus, train, etc.), your immune system is going to take a hit. Since it’s no fun to ever be sick, much less while you’re off traveling away from the comforts of your home, I suggest taking vitamin C supplements. It gives your immune system a little boost to help fight off foreign germs and hopefully keeps you on your A game. These supplements usually come in convenient dissolvable or chewable forms, perfect for traveling with.