Here is our Travel bag checklist
Consider this your tick-list for never forgetting anything from that cabin bag
There are certain things you need when you go away, whether it’s a simple vacation or a travel expedition, and when it comes to packing your carry-on luggage, it’s easy to forget a thing or two, simply because you’re too focused on what goes in your actual suitcase. This is a mistake, because one slip up here could mean you’re not going anywhere.
This is your travel bag checklist, the things you should tick off as you pack, to help ensure a smooth onward journey to your destination. Feel free to add a few bespoke things to suit your personal circumstances, after all, we’re all different, and if you can’t travel without your favourite teddy-bear or some other comfort-style item, then by all means go for it!
Travel bag checklist 1 – Passport – Let’s face it, you’re not getting out of the country without it, so make sure this is your first item to pack. It’s always a good idea to carry a copy of your passport also, just in case the worst case scenario does happen and you lose your original document. This means you can replace it much easier because you have a copy of the passport number etc; having said that, it’s always better to just not lose it in the first place. When ticking off your travel bag checklist, this is the number one item.
Travel bag checklist 2 – Visa – Check whether you need a visa for the destination(s) you’re visiting, and make sure you do this ahead of time because sometimes the process can be rather lengthy. You might not need one, but then again you might, and the ways to obtain your visa vary from country to country, depending on your country of origin also. If you need to buy your visa at the airport when you arrive, make sure you have the right money, in the correct currency, to save time and hassle. Sometimes you won’t be able to obtain change when you arrive, so save yourself the drama.
Travel bag checklist 3 – Money, money, money – How are you going to take your funds with you? You need to think about this before you even start to figure out your travel bag checklist. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t carry large amounts of cash with you, so consider taking your debit card, remembering to let your bank know that you’re going to be using it overseas. Of course, you need to look into charges for this also. Many travel companies now have a pre-paid card which you top-up with cash before you go away and use at cashpoints, so simply look into this and figure out the best way for you. Regardless, it’s always a good idea to carry a little of the local currency for your destination, to get you through the first few days.
Travel bag checklist 4 – Travel insurance – Never attempt to travel without adequate travel insurance, it’s simply not worth the risk. Explore your options and find the best one for you, declare any pre-existing medical conditions, and purchase your policy, taking the paperwork with you. This is a travel bag checklist staple. If your country of origin and destination is part of the reciprocal EHIC programme, then apply online for your free EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), and take that with you too, although be mindful that this doesn’t replace the need for insurance separately.
Travel bag checklist 5 – Driving licence – If you’re planning on hiring a car whilst you’re away, take both the paper copy and the card. Even if you’re not thinking about hiring a vehicle, take it anyway, because you never know when you might need extra ID.
Travel bag checklist 6 – Medications – If you are on any regular medications, make sure you head to your doctor’s surgery and obtain enough to last you for the duration of your trip. Store these in the labelled boxes, in your hand luggage. Certain medications or medical equipment may also need a letter from your doctor stating that you need it and why. On top of this, it’s always useful to take painkillers with you, because you never know when that mid-flight headache is going to kick in. This is another travel bag checklist staple you shouldn’t forget.
Travel bag checklist 7 – Gadgets and chargers – I doubt you’re going to forget your gadgets, e.g your phone, laptop, Kindle, iPad/tablet etc, but you might accidentally forget your chargers, so make these a priority to remember! It’s also a good idea to pack a universal travel adapter too, so you’re good to charge as soon as you arrive. If you’re worried about running out of battery, consider buying a back-up battery charger for your device; these can be bought online quite cheaply and really do save a lot of stress when your phone is about to die and you need battery. If you want to save space when you’re compiling your travel bag checklist, remember to download phrase books and guides to your iPad or Kindle, rather than taking heavy, conventional books.
Travel bag checklist 8 – Comfort items – If you’re prone to the fidgets when you travel, remember to take a few items to make your journey more comfortable. This could mean taking thick socks to avoid cold feet whilst flying, a hoody for when you get a bit chilly, a change of clothes, or simply sweets to avoid those irritating popping ears when taking off and landing. This is basically whatever works for you, but remember that you do have limited space and weight.
If you can tick these items off your travel bag checklist you should be good to go.
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Travel bag checklist – By Nicola Curtis
Thus concludes our Travel bag checklist. We hope you find this information useful. If you are looking for a specific piece of information, please do comment below as we may have just forgotten to mention it.
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