Right now, few people are planning worldwide travels. The coronavirus pandemic has put a hold on much international travel and quarantine periods when moving between countries can be extremely long. But this doesn’t mean that you need to put travel out of your mind completely. Instead, now is a great time to plan future trips. Use this time wisely, finding ways to make your future trips as good as possible. One thing you can begin to focus on is what you need to take along on your next trip to make it as fun and comfortable as possible. Here are just a few things you might like to consider!
Let’s start with one of the most obvious things you need to make sure you have packed when you’re travelling – your passport. Sure, this may seem straightforward and obvious. But all too many people miss flights and ruin their experience by forgetting to pack this absolute essential. Without your passport, you’re not going to be able to go anywhere outside your country of residence. So, make sure that you have your passport ready and waiting in an easily accessible part of your luggage. Don’t pack your passport in your hold luggage. It will get sent to the plane and you won’t be able to get through security and borders. Instead, keep it in your hand luggage. Also check that your passport is well in date before your trip. You don’t want it to expire while you’re away. If your passport will expire anytime around your trip, you need to renew it.
Suitcases tend to be the luggage of choice for small trips and holidays. This is understandable. They have plenty of perks that come hand in hand with them! Many have hard shells which mean that they can take a beating while being thrown about in airport security. Many options have locks, meaning that others can’t get into your belongings without a key or lock code. Finally, their wheels also make them easy to pull around airports and hotels – areas with smooth flooring. However, they aren’t exactly ideal for alternative or extended travel. Why? Well, if you’ve ever tried pulling a suitcase down miles of dirt tracks, you’ll know that they don’t stand the wear and tear too well. Chances are rubble roads will cause wheels to fall off, or you may grow weary of pulling them behind you. Travellers tend to prefer backpacks and rucksacks for good reason. These allow you to hold the weight of your luggage on your back, meaning everything can be carried well along any kind of terrain. Backpacks are also better when you’re negotiating your way through busy cities or on busy public transport. Your luggage is then also strapped to you, reducing your chances of accidentally leaving it behind anywhere.
When it comes to choosing a backpack, you’ll quickly grow to see that there are countless options available. So, have a good idea of what you want before investing. They’re not the cheapest purchase you’ll make, but they are an investment piece, so you’re going to want to make sure you get the best option for your money. Consider backpacks that are specifically designed for travel. These tend to be much larger than day to day backpacks and come with all sorts of handy features that will make your travels easier. Some great options to look out for include:
- Sleeping bag straps
- Extra support straps
- Plenty of compartments
- Zipped pockets
- Waterproof materials
You should also consider investing in an extra, smaller backpack too. This may sound odd, but when you get to your destination, you are likely to have somewhere that you can store your large backpack. You will then likely want a smaller backpack that you can carry your essentials in when you go on day trips and explore sights.
Spare glasses and sunglasses
If you have glasses or contact lenses, you may want to consider carrying plenty of spare contacts or a spare pair of glasses on your trip. This means that you won’t be left struggling and unable to see if you do lose initial pairs. If you’re travelling somewhere hot or bright, you could also benefit from sunglasses. These will help to protect your eyes and make you more comfortable during your time away. There are countless brands out there! So, browse your options and find something that suits you and serves your needs!
A First Aid Kit
Of course, we hope that you don’t find yourself in need of a first aid kit on your trip. But it’s always better to be safe than to be sorry, so it’s worth being prepared for potential incidents so you can tackle them effectively if they ever do occur. A first aid kit will help you to prepare. There are plenty of different pre-filled first aid kits available on the market that will have everything you might need. If you’re planning on creating your own, though, you should invest in the following items:
- A small box or bag
- Plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Waterproof plasters
- Gauze dressings of different sizes
- Microporous tape
- Two sterile eye dressings
- An eye rinse kit
- Triangular bandages
- Safety pins
- Sterile disposable gloves
You may also want to invest in basic medication, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, diarrhoea treatment, heartburn tablets and more.
These, of course, are just a few different things you might want to invest in for your trip. There are plenty more items you’ll probably want to pick up and pack before you head away and along the way. However, those listed above should help you a lot and are a good place to start! Each is well worth investing in and can make all the difference to your health, wellbeing, comfort and the ease at which you can travel the world!