Whether you are traveling close to home or across the ocean, it is important to know what to bring when going out of town. If you’re like most people, you probably always have that feeling that you might’ve left something behind. Before you head out on your next trip, follow these simple guidelines so you can remember what to bring.
First, create a short list of basic essentials you will need for your trip. This should include the proper number of pairs of socks and undergarments, shampoo, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, and prescription medications. If you will be heading somewhere tropical, do not forget to include a bathing suit. It is always a good idea to bring two bathing suits if possible so you always have a clean extra one. Comfortable shoes are also a must. If the trip is a business related excursion, do not forget important items like a business suit and formal dining clothing. Your laptop computer or PDA is also essential for a business trip. Do not forget important paperwork such as: a passport, driver’s license, and your travel insurance policy. Keep paperwork in a waterproof container such as a zip top bag, and bring them in your carry-on baggage.
Other items to bring on your trip include your camera. You don’t want to miss those magical moments while out of town, so the camera is a must bring item. Video cameras are also a lot of fun to bring along so you can document your vacation. If you’ve purchased traveler’s checks of any kind, or single trip travel insurance, be sure to bring the appropriate paperwork for these items as well. If the kids are coming along, do not forget a favorite toy and a few games so they will be entertained while you’re on the road or in the air. A light snack is a great idea for long train or plane rides. If you are heading out on your trip by car, bring a cooler filled with sodas, bottled water, and snacks. For the pet owners who are bringing their dog(s) along, do not forget their medicine, toys, and other necessities as well. Once you’ve created your list, you can always go back and add other items later.
Starting a list of what to bring in advance will help to ensure that you don’t end up heading to your destination and then realizing you accidentally left something very important behind.