When you are in a last-minute frenzy of packing, it's easy to forget to pack some essential items. Check these items off your list before you zip up your suitcase.
If you rely on prescription medicines, glasses or contact lenses, pack an ample supply. Less is definitely not more in this case – who wants to put up with health issues unnecessarily, or end up unable to see the sights you are visiting at their best?
Take shoes which do double duty. A versatile pair of shoes which will take you seamlessly from walking around the sights to dinner. Something along the lines of a cushioned sandal in the warmer weather or alternatively a comfortable pair of boots when the temperatures plummet.
It's also worth packing a pair of runners, as they will be handy as an additional pair of comfortable walking shoes, but also great if you have some down time and can take the opportunity to keep your fitness levels up by pounding the pavement.
Include a canvas grocery bag in your luggage. Many countries are now environmentally conscious and will not supply shopping bags for free. It will come in handy when grocery shopping, and can be used to wrap souvenirs for transporting home.
Update you contact information before you leave on your holiday, whether on your electronics or in your address book. Check you have the correct telephone and email addresses for those that you may have to contact, even if the chances are extremely remote, while you are away on your holiday. Then make sure you pack your smartphone, iPad or address book in your hand luggage.
A battery operated alarm clock will ensure you're not slowed down by jetlag. Don't assume that your body clock will automatically adjust to your new destination – an alarm clock will ensure that you don't miss a breakfast or your tour.
Lastly, pack a notepad and pen. This is a no-fail solution to keep notes of your holiday experiences without having to rely on batteries. You can jot down your contact details to tear off and give to new friends you meet on your travels, draw maps for taxi drivers if language is a barrier, list notes about new dishes and experiences to add to your travel journal, whether you write it up at the end of each day or at the end of your holiday.
What items do you make sure always to pack into your luggage? Share your tips below.
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