Understandably, planning and packing an appropriate wardrobe is usually number one on any traveler’s to-do list. Infrequent travelers may never think to pack the little everyday objects that allow a quick fix or make travel SAFER and EASIER. When you’re on the road, you can’t always find these things, but they can avert disaster.
The best way to ensure never leaving home without these necessities is to assemble them in a small bag that stays in your SUITCASE. Once they’re in place, you never have to worry about remembering to pack them again. If you must remove items between trips, keep a LIST of what’s missing in the bag so you can replace the items before your next trip. Because some of these objects may raise red flags with today’s airport security, always pack this bag of goodies in your checked luggage. The following list of suggested items can be tailored to your specific travel needs.
These items could make your life easier if something breaks or becomes DAMAGED while you are away from home:
These items will make it easier for you to stay in TOUCH with people back home, and to keep track of information as you travel:
These items will make it easier for you to keep your STUFF organized and accessible while on the road:
These items will help you stay CLEAN -- even without the convenience of a laundromat -- as you travel:
These items will help keep you and your belongings SAFE no matter where you travel:
These items are optional, but may make life more COMFORTABLE on the road:
These items will defeinitely help you get along easier in FOREIGN countries:
A FINAL TIP
Pack consumable items with a FINITE shelf life -- such as sunscreen, bug repellant, over-the-counter drugs, and first-aid materials -- with your toiletries so you can double-check their condition and replace them in one quick trip to the drugstore.
Karen Wormald is president of Kew Publications, a freelance writing, editing, and proofreading service for business. Her feature travel articles have appeared in Cruise Travel and Office Solutions magazines. Karen has a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond (VA). She can be reached at or 804-379-8503.
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