Travel essentials are exactly that, essential. Yet, it surprising how often people end up travelling without them. So, today, I thought I would write a little about those important things that so many people forget when arranging a trip. Read on for my list of things you cannot do without when travelling.
Top of the list is travel insurance like the one UHC Safetrip provides that covers you for medical emergencies as well as things like losing your luggage. Sadly, every year, thousands of people suffer from not buying the right travel insurance.
Failing to buy the right policy can have a long term negative impact on your life. You can easily end up having to find tens of thousands to cover the cost of your treatment and/or medical repatriation. If you are in any doubt that you need proper travel insurance, I suggest that you read a few of these horror stories. They really do explain why you need good travel insurance regardless of where you are going or how long for.
If your phone is lost or stolen, chances are your emergency telephone numbers will disappear too. You may want to cancel your credit card or lock your phone.
It is always wise to keep important details securely on your person, in written form. So, if the consulate asks you for your stolen passport’s number you will have it to hand.
You should always carry a little of the local currency with you. Again, somewhere it is not likely to be stolen. For example, in your shoe, so that if you lose your wallet you can at least pay for a room. Having a 2nd credit card is also handy.
It is always wise to have a change of clothes, some water and food with you when you go on a journey. That way if your luggage is lost or your flight is late you will have something to cover you.
Protection from the weather
Regardless of where you travel in the world, you can never be 100% sure of what the weather will do. You need to be able to protect yourself from the sun, rain, wind and cold.
Even when travelling through a hot country having a lightweight, waterproof coat to hand is useful. A decent pack-a-Mac style coat is OK for this. The chances are you won’t need it. But, should that not be the case you will be really glad you had it to hand.
A small first aid kit
Last up on this list of things you cannot do without when travelling is all about safety. Carrying a simple and compact first aid kit with you is always a good idea. Being able to disinfect a cut and apply a bandaid is usually enough.
The above is not an exhaustive list, by any means. Exactly what you need to take depends a little on where you are travelling too. So, don’t skimp on the packing process. Take the time to sit down and make an exhaustive list of what you will need and be sure to tick things off as you pack them. That way nothing important will get left behind.