When traveling abroad, you’ll need all the basics that are required when traveling domestically, but taking along a few extra items can make your international trip easier and more pleasant. The following 6 items are things you’ll want to pack on your next trip abroad.
3. High Tech Backpack
The Energi+ Backpack from TYLT is a great size for carrying on the plane and can actually charge up to four of your electronic items at once. The pack is TSA friendly allowing you to keep your laptop inside the pack while passing through security. It has a hard shell pocket to protect delicate items and a back slide pocket to attach it to your rolling luggage for convenience.
2. A Plug Adapter
These are essential when traveling through different countries. Having a plug adapter will ensure that you can charge your phone, tablet and laptop no matter where you are. Most are available with a switch to change to the different type of plugs depending on the country you’re in. Adapters that come with a USB port can be especially helpful.
3. Copies of Important Documents
Take a photo of the front and back of your photo ID, credit cards you’ll be traveling with, and your passport. Archive these photos in your email so you’ll have them in case they get lost or stolen. It’s also a good idea to carry an extra photocopy of your passport in a separate location as they often get misplaced in the rush.
4. Physical Map of the Area
You never know when you’ll be without phone service. A physical map of the area can help you get around and looking at it before you head out to explore can help you get oriented with the area better than a small map on a screen. There are waterproof and tear proof maps available for purchase that are great for traveling.
5. Wet Wipes
These are helpful for wiping hands when you can’t get to soap and water. They’re also nice to have have when traveling in hot areas to wipe sweat off your face and arms when you may not have the option to shower right away. Antibacterial wipes can also be helpful when you’re in an area without clean bathrooms for washing hands.
6. First Aid Kit
Include all the basics like antacids, bandages, disinfectant spray, anti-itch cream, headache medication and medicine for stomach ailments. It’s also important to include any medicines you take regularly and all prescription medications.