It is important to plan our trips with meticulous attention to detail. There are a hundred things that can go wrong if you forget small yet important details. For instance, packing your running or hiking shoes for a mountainside trek or forest getaway. Or forgetting to recheck all your bookings only to find yourself without accommodation when you arrive at your destination. Creating a checklist is important to make sure you remember to take care of all the minor and major tasks. You need to diligently pack all your travel essentials, recheck your bookings and possibly redirect your mail and utility bills. There is a great deal to do before you can leave for your trip. This travel essentials checklist for your next adventure will help you ensure everything goes exactly as you’ve planned.
Allow us to walk you through the necessary tasks and chores you need to execute for a rewarding travel experience.
Here, take a look at our travel essentials checklist:
Pack Outfits not Clothes
Since Instagram-worthy pictures and travel outfits are often a major concern for some people, let us begin the checklist with a wardrobe. When packing for a trip, we often make the terrible mistake of packing glamorous outfits and forgetting our essentials. If you’ve stuffed your suitcase with all the nicest clothes you own, you’ll probably lack space for the things you really need. These essentials include undergarments, basic t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, socks, flip-flops and more.
Another common mistake we all make is failing to pack our clothes in accordance with the dress code and climate. It’s always helpful to pack outfits instead of random clothes. Create outfits for each day as per your itinerary and that will help you avoid packing anything you wouldn’t need.
For instance, if you’re headed out on the Inca Trail or the Mount Blanc trek, you don’t need fancy outfits. You need functional merino wool t-shirts, yoga pants, sports bras (if relevant) and athleisure apparel. Running or trekking shoes are indeed the most important essential, followed by socks and an extra pair of shoes.
However, if you’re staying at a luxury resort, such as the Westgate Hotel Las Vegas, you need a black-tie wardrobe. You’ll probably be hitting the casino or attending black-tie dinners and entertainment events. This would require casuals, formals and semi-formals, including evening gown and black dresses for women and tuxedos and suits for men.
So, be sure to pack outfits for every single day of the trip and start with your essentials.
Don’t Forget the Toiletries
Many of us end up forgetting our shampoos and toothbrushes, which can cause minor hiccups and complications. Be sure to pack up all your toiletries, especially sunscreen, lotions, lip balms, perfumes and deodorants. Invest in a smart zip lock bag that will hold all your essentials without taking up too much space.
If you’re taking any prescription medicines, be sure to pack them as well. Forgetting these medicines can cause a great many challenges. If you have a habit of forgetting, using post-it notes can prove really helpful.
Budgeting & Itinerary
If you’ve already made your flight and hotel or tour bookings, you need to sit down and create a budget. It’s always helpful to plan your budget and record all your potential expenses to avoid spending too much. It’s easy to run over on your spending while travelling. You end up buying too many souvenirs or clothes, or perhaps, you spend too much on nightlife or eating out.
It’s helpful to allocate a budget for everything, such as food, entertainment, shopping and other activities you plan on doing. Be sure to make flexible budgets, taking into account your spending habits and financial means. Even if you go slightly overboard, the budget will continue to serve as a basic structure for your expenses.
Planning your itinerary is equally important, as long as it doesn’t eliminate the spectre of spontaneity. Not everything goes exactly as planned and sometimes, the activities you planned are as fun as the ones you end up doing. So, plan an itinerary while being open to new adventures and destinations that will come your way.
Check all your Bookings
If you’ve made your bookings months in advance, which is the norm to avail discounts, be sure to recheck and confirm. Often, when hotel personnel or tour operators don’t hear from tourists with advanced bookings, they can end up cancelling these bookings. So be sure to check and confirm all your bookings and engagements a week before your trip.
If you’ve booked yourself for a cruise, amusement parks, a yoga retreat or certain other activities, be sure to call everyone one of them and confirm your bookings. Be sure to check that everything is in accordance with your preferences. This is important to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Legal Documents & Essentials
Believe it or not, but many people end up packing everything and forgetting their passports or visa documents. You cannot travel without a passport, and more importantly, a passport that is valid for six months after your return. Therefore it is vital you add passport and travel documents to your travel essentials checklist. If your passport fails to meet the necessary requirements, many countries will not accept your visa documents.
Be sure to check the visa requirements of your destination country and consult your travel agent, if you are using one, for the best strategy. Some countries require a visa before departure, while others offer a visa on arrival. Be sure to check all the details. It is also advisable to keep several photocopies of your passport and visa.
If you’re a travel blogger or social media influencer, you probably intend to create and upload content. Be sure to pack all your tech essentials, such as camera, additional storage device, laptop, chargers and adapters. We all need headphones, chargers, and adapters. If you have other tech essentials and gadgets, be sure to pack them in your carry on.
Planning a trip requires a great many other essentials but these will cover your basics. You can also use up the time before your trip to learn the language of your destination country. It will certainly prove helpful in enjoying a more rewarding and fulfilling experience.
We hope this travel essentials checklist helps you when preparing for your next adventure.
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