Essential travel items for healthy international travels

April 11, 2018 1 Comment

Tickets booked? check. Hotel booked? check. Restaurants mapped out? Check.  Bag packed with all essential travel items? NOPE…

It's so easy to wait until the last minute to pack for a trip.  There's always one more load of laundry or the daily hassles of life that get in the way.  The problem with waiting until the night before is that the initial 24 hours of travel become stressful, and lead to the always forgotten travel adapters and cell phone charger.

Here's our guide for what you should bring on any trip abroad, we suggest you pack 2-3 days in advance and take it easy the night before your big flight!   

1. Travelers documents and $$$ - You aren't getting anywhere without these essential travel items.  

  • Passport / ID
  • Tickets for Plane, Trains, Etc...
  • Lodging details and print out
  • Cash (Tipping and just in case)
  • Cards (call your card companies now and let them know your itinerary!)
  • Any vaccination proof for required travel vaccines (location dependent)

2. Medicine + Health + Energy

The medicine is there in case you catch a case of Montezuma's revenge, or the Inca Quick-Step, these are absolutely essential travel items.  Keeping energy up and the right nutrients in your body is always important, especially in countries where you worry about traveler's stomach issues and having enough to eat day to day.  

  • Traveler's diarrhea antibiotic and medicines
  • PepPods
  • Healthy nuts + dried fruits
  • Prescriptions
  • Hand sanitizer / Wet Wipes
  • First aid kit

3. Toiletries + Necessities The everyday essentials that you rely on.  The easiest to forget must have travel items.

  • Shampoo, Soap, Conditioner (most hotels have these if you don't want to bring them.)
  • Toothbrush and paste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving Kit
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Nail clippers (if traveling for a while)
  • Headphones
  • Phone
  • Power Adapter Kit
  • Chargers

4. Clothing - Because you probably wear it every day...

This is where most people go overboard and end up throwing their back out by lugging around a 50+ lb. suitcase.  This also makes for a more expensive plane ride. Think realistically here and keep in mind that layers can be worn again and again.  

With the right approach you'll have different variations of an outfit every day and still be able to stay fresh. The most important layer is the base.  It's the one that's going to smell eventually so you want to change these out every day.

Pack one thin/compact base layer for each day of the trip.  Anything on top of that can be re-worn. You probably have a good feel for where you are going and can figure these out for your specific trip.  

Here's the basics:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Base Layer Tees
  • Pants
  • Shorts / Skirts
  • Dress clothes?
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Flip-flops (beach time?)
  • Jacket and warm pants (Winter travel)
  • Swimsuit  (there's pools and hot tubs everywhere)
  • Athletic wear

Packing for trips doesn't need to be stressful, and keeping a good list of your essential travel items makes the process a breeze.

1 Response

Brian D
Brian D

September 20, 2018

Heading to Japan in less than a week with the family. This list is helpful for sure, but more to the point, it’s encouraging. To see the information in one place like this confirms that I have planned well.

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