Have you ever visited a place, spent handsomely on the trip, and then came back to see someone else go to the same site and then narrate a wholly different and much richer experience? Or, at times, we are so captivated and indulged in the trip that we just don’t want it to end. Here are a number of ways you can make your next trip the most memorable one.
A few important tips before the journey
Keep copies of all your important documents, like your passport and social security number, just in case you run into an emergency necessitating these documents.
Another essential measure before starting the journey is to get travel insurance. This comes in handy because the odds of getting sick during your trip are relatively high, and you almost always get traveler’s diarrhea on your journey. Spending on healthcare is a painful expense that can be avoided through travel insurance.
Must-pack travel essentials
This part is significant for all the novices who are either new to traveling or are infrequent travelers. Often, the thrill of the trip and the anticipation of the adventure incapacitates our thinking capacity. In this overwhelming and overexcited state, we are prone to miss out on very handy items that can be a lifesaver throughout the journey.
Another cumbersome predicament that travelers often face is the factor of overpacking. The added stress of having overweight luggage adds a cherry on top of this. Perhaps this will always stay a gray area, and there’s no other way around it. But the following items that we’ll mention are unanimously accepted as the must-haves on a journey.
As trivial and unimportant as it may seem, keep a torch. A torch doesn’t just come in handy when going on explorative adventures such as exploring a cave, etc., but it can also be a lifesaving tool. This is because if you get stranded or lost in a dark and deserted area, you can always signal for help using a torch.
Refillable water bottles
You will be flummoxed by how much an average traveler spends on water bottles. Most sparkling mineral water bottles are extremely expensive and owing to the fact that water is a necessity, travelers are often exploited by the local vendors who sell these bottles for a highly inflated price.
Not to forget, single-use plastic water bottles are a threat to the environment and also damaging to the area you are touring. Therefore, having a single refillable water bottle helps save a tremendous amount of money as you can easily refill water through water dispensers in your hotels.
Universal socket adapters
It is quintessential to keep multi-pin adapters because you never know when you will get the chance to recharge your phones, laptops, power banks, and other devices. Not only do you miss out on snapping the perfect pictures, but you run the risk of getting in serious trouble in a foreign country if your phone dies.
Keeping the perfect shoes
Make sure to check the weather of the country/ city you are planning to visit and keep your shoes accordingly. If you are visiting a rain-predominant area, make sure to keep rain boots. If your trip involves hiking and jogging, make sure to keep mountain shoes.
Regardless of the venue you’re visiting, always ensure to keep top-quality shoes. Subpar and mediocre shoes can’t handle the brunt of all the walking and running, and the last thing you want on your trip are broken or torn shoes or, worse, shoes breaking during a hike.
Earplugs and sleep masks
This becomes particularly important if you are going on a long trip. Endlessly long hours of flight can really soon become super tiring and consuming. You can read novels on your way, but that, too, loses its spark pretty quick. So, the best thing to do during your commute is hit the hay and get some rest. Plug in your ear plugs or earmuffs and get a shut eye with the help of sleep masks.
First aid kit
We can’t emphasize enough how important this is. Keeping a first aid kit is imperative and isn’t just exclusive to trips; we should make a habit of carrying them everywhere. You should never be helpless to an unprecedented injury or a scab/ bruise. Along with this, carrying a few over-the-counter drugs is also a must for problems such as cough, diarrhea, and vomiting.
This becomes particularly important when traveling for long distances/ long hours. This is especially important if you have diabetes or your renal/ cardiac/ liver function is compromised. Blood usually circulates well when you’re on your feet and on the go. But when sitting through most of the journey, your legs can swell due to edema, causing leg pain.