1. Charging cables
However most charging cables are generally available, buying a new iPhone cable in an airport might cost you some additional bucks. Also, finding that very special charging cable for your compact camera might result in a long search along local electronics stores.
Also bear in mind that outlet plugs might be different, so make sure to pack an adapter if required!
2. First aid kit
Something I’m very happy about if I don’t need it, but even happier if I do and brought it along. My little blue emergency bag contains everything from pain killers to bandages and blister patches.
You don’t need to equip yourself with all ambulance supplies, but make sure to cover most inconveniences like headaches, diarrhea, nausea and the like. You’ll be thankful if you ever need them!
If you need any specific prescriptions, make sure to keep them close to you. Especially when traveling with checked-in luggage, make sure to pack your medicine in your hand luggage.
3. Ear plugs
After a very unpleasant situation with a noisy roommate a few years ago in Paris, I always pack ear plugs. Not that they would have been very useful at the time seen his snoring volume, but at least some isolation would already been useful!
Ever since, I used it occasionally in hotels with lacking sound isolation or with construction works nearby. A good night sleep is too valuable to ignore, even on holiday!
4. Sunglasses & sunscreen vs umbrella & rain gear
Check the weather forecast and make sure you pack the right things. Walking around all day in bright sunlight is not just unhealthy, it will also result in some very reddish holiday pictures!
Pack your sunscreen and while you’re at it, sunglasses are probably the most forgotten items when traveling to sunny destinations!
On the other hand, even in those sunny countries rain occurs. Make sure you are prepared! If a lot of rain is expected and you still want to explore the city, bring along a proper rain coat and decent, waterproof shoes.
5. Trash bags
Lightweight, doesn’t take a lot of space and most important: they can be used for so many things! Whether you want to pack your wet swimming gear from your early morning dive, your dirty shoes from your off-road hike or just your laundry, a trash bag always comes in handy!
6. Lip balm
If you are anything like us, you will recognize the bursting of your lips after only 30 minutes in the dehydrating atmosphere of an airplane cabin. Combined with cold weather or with spending too much time in the sun, your lips might dehydrate even further.
Lip balm can be a very efficient aid for such inconvenience. At least, if you don’t forget packing it!
7. Chewing gum
Probably one of the oldest tips against the discomfort of popping or painful ears during flight, is to chew gum. Especially during take-off and landing, chewing gum can help relieve the painful feeling in your ears caused by the changing air pressure.
Apparently any type of candy would do, as the sucking and swallowing effect is what actually proves to be helpful. What better reason to treat yourself to something sweet!
8. Nail clippers
I once split a nail at the first day of a 7-day adventure trip. Each day it split further and every contact made it more painful. After a lot of creative efforts with scissors, knifes and other kitchen tools, I finally found someone with nailclippers. I worshipped him for the rest of the week.
Ever since, I always pack nail clippers!
For some reason we never forget our toothbrushes, however we always count on the other one to pack the toothpaste! Unfortunately the one is pretty useless without the other, so this one also ranks up high in our “do not forget” list.
10. Emergency snack
There are countless situations where an emergency snack comes in handy. Delayed flights, missed trains or long walks without nearby shops or bars, you will be pleased to have packed your favourite power bar!
After all, men get really grumpy when hungry, and I’m the perfect example for that!
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