Things not to forget while packing for a tour
Packing for a vacation can be overwhelming. It can be like solving a jigsaw puzzle if you don’t know what you should carry for that mandatory family vacation, business trip or a solo trip. How do you expect to get all the things in the head if you don’t preplan for the trip? First of all, understand that accidents occur and people lose their belongings while on the trip. As a matter of fact, what to pack while travelling depends entirely on the type of tour you are about to get to. In this brief, I am going to talk about some of the things that you shouldn’t forget while planning for a day or a weekend out.
You don’t want to feel disconnected immediately you arrive
to your destination. Although you can be able to get a replacement at any other
place while traveling, you need to include it on your packing list. Replacing a
phone changer can take you more than $20. To avoid incurring more costs,
remember to carry your own phone changer.
You don’t know what can happen at any point in the day. Maybe
you left your home on a sunny day but the fact is it can be raining on the
other side. An umbrella may also be important in case there’s extreme sunlight.
Don’t get caught hopelessly in the rain. Even if the weather forecast looks
good and you think you have confidence that it will not rain, always carry an umbrella.
The fact is you don’t know where there may be a sudden thunderstorm and shower.
As I had already stated, the weather around many countries
in the world may be unpredictable and for this reason, you should be prepared. Also
check weather updates before you leave your home. If you are staying in cities
where there’s no accurate weather updates, then remember to carry an umbrella
and a Waterproof MAC.
You are going to get thirsty and am plenty sure you cannot find clean water everywhere you walk. For this reason, remember to carry your water bottle. When you are travelling for a walk or even a road tour or camping, we recommend a metallic water bottle. They are durable and also more hygienic.
If after packing all the necessary goods there’s still space
in your bag, then include some sunglasses. This is especially the case when you
are travelling for a tour, game park tour, when going for beach destinations or
for a road trip. Sunglasses can be expensive in some of the places.
In case you are going for beach destinations, then ensure
you have a bath suit. In most cases, a swimsuit is so easy to forget. For this
reason, take your time and preplan. This is the only sure way that you will remember
all the needed things for your travel experience.
Get a Watch
If your job requires you to be traveling most of the time or
if you want to spare some time during the year and get out of your comfort
zone, then a watch can be a good accompaniment. As you travel from one place to
the other or even sit down to have your meals, you can always pull up your shirtsleeve
and glance down for the time. This will keep you updated and also help you to
plan your trip better.
Get a camera
When you are traveling locally or abroad, its tempting to
ditch your camera. After all, you already have a smartphone camera. But have
you ever wondered if you need more than a smartphone camera while on the
trails? Just remember that most smartphone and tablet cameras are not
waterproof and you may want to record or take a picture while it’s raining. Smartphone
cameras also don’t have a good focus as compared to typical cameras. For this
reason, don’t leave your camera. Ensure you have camera every time you are
traveling whether abroad or locally.
In case you are travelling abroad and you are likely to be
on the plane for quite a long time, then you may need to read a book or watch a
movie instead of staring at the windows the entire journey. You can as well
carry an iPod or a gamepad. However, stay away from those that can weigh you
down. You can get a magazine or a newspaper to read throughout the journey.
Personal Hygiene necessities
It is also imperative to carry a small selection of
toiletries in your bag. Some of them includes, a face towel, tissue paper,
tooth brush and a toothpaste. If you are traveling abroad, you should give your
travel experience a good impression by washing your face, applying makeup and
also brushing your teeth before you get in the sky.
In some cases, you may need to carry more than your normal
wallet can hold. For this reason, you need to carry a travel wallet. This
wallet should be necessary for hotel key cards, currencies and et cetera. You
should get a good and a spacious to accommodate all of the above things.
Local ID or other identification documents
If you don’t want to get into trouble with the authorities
any time of the day while you are on your tour, then ensure you have all the
relevant identification documents such as your ID, Passport, copy of your
Itinerary, Boarding pass and any other.
You can as well get a drone for extra experiences where you
are going. If you are on a family tours visiting different game parks in the
country, then carrying a drone for taking aerial pictures is a good idea. I
usually think that drones are so easy in case you want to sail for surveillance
purposes. They can as well go to places where humans cannot access and take
pictures and video contents.
The other thing not to forget is the Power strip. Pack a
power strip so that you can be able to charge all your electronics from one
port instead of carrying multiple adaptors. With a power strip, you can charge
your phones and other electronics with ease. Charging your phone via your
computer’s USB ports can also be good. However, this method is slow and most of
the people don’t like charging their phones through the USB port.
You may also want to travel with your laptop for several
purposes. If you are travailing for business, then Apple’s MacBook pro and MacBook
air are the best choices. On the other hand, if you are doing some remote work,
choose a laptop for work and travel with it.
You don’t have to carry a laptop and end up going out of
charge on your first few hours. If you want to have a comfortable stay and be
connected throughout, then carry a laptop charger. Just as the case with a
phone charger, laptops are expensive. For this reason, carry your own.
This other is ideal for people who are expecting to have a
lot of dead time especially traveling from one place to the other. You need a
book to keep yourself active and if possible, get enough of them.
Unlocked smartphone with local simcard
If you are travelling abroad, you need to carry an unblocked
smartphone with a local simcard. This will enable you to swap in easily and
cheaply. If you want low cost calls, buy the simcard at your destination. I
usually think that the local approach is cheaper than using US wireless
I know it can be tempting to pack your travel adapter in
your checked bag. However, it’s another essential that you wouldn’t want to be
caught without in a lost luggage snafu. It works in more than 150 countries in
the world. It also gives you three outlets and a USB slot to plug into so that
you can keep all your tech devices charged. On your side, remember to use this
device with dual-voltage devices only. The reason for this is because this
device doesn’t convert electrical voltage.
First Aid Kit
First Aid travel kits can be difficult to get in local
chemists in case the need arise. What this means for you is that you should
always carry your own. Many travel advisory professionals will recommend
carrying your own kit. It can include eye drops, antidiarrheal, medicine, Band-Aids,
sleep aids, probiotics, stain remover and many more things.
The bottom line
In this brief, I have tried to list some of the
most important things that you should carry for your travel. Take your time to preplan
the tour. If possible, start parking a week or two before the D-Day. This way,
you will be able to correct mistakes and remember some of the things that you
had initially forgotten. There are several other things that you should carry. For
this reason, take your time to research more and if possible involve your
friends or family on preplanning.