Last minute travel packing checklist
It’s easy to get anxious in the final weeks before a long trip, worrying about all those little things you might have forgotten. To save you some hassle, here’s a handy checklist of all the things you can’t do without.
Whether you are braving it in the cold winters of Finland or hiking around the hot climes of Peru, you need to be protected against the elements. Make sure you have the appropriate gear to protect you against either cold weather – pack decent coats, thermal layers and a four-season sleeping bag if necessary – wet weather – a Goretex raincoat is great, but also remember your belongings are less waterproof than you – or the sun – sun cream is vital, but a sun hat is also important to prevent you burning your scalp, which is an easy way to get sunstroke, or worse.
Adapters and power supplies
If you’re planning on bringing lots of electronics, remember you need a way of charging them. It’s all very well bringing your phone or tablet to play games – yes, those Facebook ones and also the riskier we got used to seeing words such as free bets UK browsing online – and plan your travels, but without the correct adaptors, you might find yourself unable to use them. Check online to find out what you need, or alternatively try an eco-friendly alternative like a solar charger, but remember these won’t be quite as powerful. If you will be on the go a lot, a lightweight portable charger would be a great idea.
With toiletries, you have to strike a balance between making sure you have the essentials and making sure you are not lugging around more than you need. Decant your shower gel, shampoo and conditioner into small travel bottles along with anything else you can’t do without. You may have to compromise on some parts of your beauty regimen if you want to keep the weight down, but it’s all down to personal preference. Toothpaste and deodorant are a must, but perfume and face mask may not be. Don’t forget to pack a few sanitary products, and tissues, hand sanitiser and wet wipes are always a good shout.
It might seem obvious, but the most important things to remember are your passport and visas. After all, while most things you forget can be pretty easily purchased once you reach your destination, your official documents can take months to replace. Keep your passport in a special belt around your waist to make sure it’s always safe. It’s also worth scanning your documents so you always have a virtual copy to hand, or printing any important information in case your battery dies.
The best way to keep your mind at ease is by making sure you are prepped for emergencies. First aid is a must if you are doing anything in remote areas – as well as being a great place to secure any medication and plasters for small scrapes – and a safety whistle and torch are also recommended. Get yourself a money belt to make sure that even if your bag is stolen, you will have supplies.
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