I am constantly on the go – just take a peek at my Instagram account, and you’ll note that I am often away on some sort of adventures abroad. Aside from my own travels / vacation, I am starting to travel for work as well, meaning that I need to pack quickly, efficiently and fit everything that I need in one suitcase, while adhering to all sorts of airline-specific regulations on size/weight of the bag. In addition to that, I don’t always have the time to go to the drugstore and hate the idea of buying (oftentimes overpriced) basics because I forgot about it at home! And let’s be honest, isn’t it the worst when you’re all ready to explore the new city only to discover you forgot to pack sunscreen / water bottle / bobbi pins / hat and so on?
After going through some of my previous What’s in My Travel bag posts, I was inspired to write about things that you should pack but often forget! These are merely suggestions of course, and should be tailored to your own trip. Either ways, I hope that this list helps you avoid unnecessary purchases and make your trip so much more comfortable while abroad!
In This Post
Things You Probably Forgot to Pack.
Hair ties / head bands / bobby pins
Long hair or not, these always come handy when you’re abroad. Save yourself the pain of using a rubber hand and damaging your hair!
Polysporin, q-tips and band-aids
I never travel without this combination because you always want to look after yourself. A cut can be easily dismissed as a regular cut but turns out to be much worse, and you don’t want that risk or fear hanging over your head. Here’s a personal example – I was in Punta Cana last year when I noticed that my wedges were cutting the skin on my left foot. It wasn’t anything major – just the scrapes that you get from wearing a pair of new shoes/sandals. I was at the beach and the pool a lot, and taking good care of the scrapes by washing the area off with hot water every night, and putting a band aid on it. It didn’t work. I came home and noticed a swelling, and immediately went to my doctor who prescribed me an antibiotic to kill the bacteria and prevent the swelling. Long story short, another coworker of mine experienced a similar thing and had to be hospitalized and cut her trip 3 days early!
Eye mask and ear plugs
Make those long international trips as comfortable as possible
A pen + Notebook
Returning to Canada means I always need to fill out a declaration card. When arriving in London or Accra, you do the same. This is among the many documentations you often have to fill out when travelling. Having a pen handy is just common sense! From writing down the addresses of your AirBnb host, taking a new friend’s information, writing a favourite memory, and your emergency contacts, having one of these handy will make you thank yourself for being smart enough to pack one before you left!
Ziploc bags of Various Sizes
These zippered ziploc bags have come to my aid more times than I can count! From storing my wet bathing suits and bikini, packing snacks on the go and many other emergencies, these should be packed in your travel bag at all times.
From keeping you feeling fresh (in lieu of packing deodorant), keeping your running shoes fresh, and reducing the oiliness in your hair after 3 days of not washing your hair in that icky hostel room, a baby powder is one of those staples that you’ll be glad you packed before you left!
Polysporin Blister strips
I’ve recently discovered this gem and I am loving it for summer trips and travels! These are for protecting your feet when you’re wearing sandals a lot!
Do you often find yourself in these situations? Leave us your comments below!