No one hates traveling since it is a fun thing to do, and if you travelled, you do not know what you are missing. There is a misconception that traveling has to be from one country to another or a vacation in a popular place and spend a lot of money. Not all traveling plans are such. Some people travel for business in other places or just visiting family and friends.
The most famous traveling trips are either camping or vacations with family members though. To make traveling exciting, plan for a spontaneous on and experience the adrenaline rush of fun and happiness at the same time. While planning for such a trip, you will need to do some packing depending on where you are going but there are basics that you should always be in your emergency travel bag. We have listed the most important things and differentiated them into sub topics.
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Anywhere you go, you will have to carry a pair of clothes. Therefore it is essential to ensure the following items in your travel kit.
1. A clean shirt and a pair of trouser, jeans or shorts- two sets of clothes for a weekend trip will allow you to change your clothing. Though this will depend on the type of trip, you can decide to carry also official clothes just in case. You never know what may happen. In case you plan on extending the trip, you can wash on pair and wear it after a day. In any case, ensure you pack light. If you have to bring jeans, wear them on transit to increase the luggage space. Avoid packing linen as it creases easily.
2. A jacket-a jacket with a hood will sure keep you warm and at the same time act as a water-repellant in case of rains. You can also bring an anorak since it can fold and get zipped thus save space. Also in case you come with a “hoodie”, wear it in transit.
3. Under garments- you will have to pack these too since as you change your clothes, you will also change them. as for the ladies, carry non-padded bras to avoid the padding to get crushed in the bag. If it a must, stuff your panties and anything else soft in the padded cups and make sure you face them together to create a round shape that will fit the paddings. Another way is to carry it in another bag.
4. Socks-pack at least one pair in case it gets cold. For hiking trips, pack more.
It is said cleanliness is second to Godliness. Therefore, people will have to bath when on the trip and thus have to carry their own things.
1. Toothbrush and toothpaste- always carry toothpaste and toothpaste to avoid bad mouth odor. A retractable toothbrush is ideal as it saves the space in your bag. Toothpaste that has a twist cap is the best since it is easier to use and less messy.
2. Shampoo, soap and deodorant-carrying soap is a must; shampoo is a luxury for women as they use it for their hair while the deodorant will help with the bad body odor due to spending the day in the sun. Always choose small bottles of the items to save space. Instead of soap, you can use facial scrub and it is beneficial as it comes in a tube thus less messy than a bar soap.
3. Bathing towel- instead of a large towel, consider bringing two smaller towels that are thin as it will help save up on space. Extra absorbent towels such as Aquazorbs are the best.
4. Sanitary napkins as well as panty liners- ladies must have this itinerary on hand so that they should not run out of them since buying them in places where they are less equipped making them expensive. Also, you should have tampon stocks since they are not available in rural areas.
There may be chances you may come in contact with water either for fun or as for need.
1. Swimsuit-always have a swimsuit in the kit in case you or your friends decide to go swimming either in the beach or in a water park. Have it in a Ziploc bag for easier packing.
2. Slippers-rubber slippers are a must when using public washrooms. They can also be used when you are chilling around the pool or when walking around the beach. Not only can they be used in the outdoor activities, also in bathrooms when staying in the hotel.
Accidents are prone to happen in some areas and no one knows when and where they would happen. Therefore, it is important for you to be ready in case of anything.
1. Medicine-always pack medicine in case you fall ill during the trip. Pack it in large varieties in case of any king of disease. Pack according to what you know you suffer from. Have medicine for headaches, stomach pains, allergies and any other type of medication. Regularly look if the medication is enough and if it has expired to avoid more problems. Always buy from a legalized chemist after getting checked by a doctor and being handed a prescription for the best drugs.
2. Alcohol and bandages-alcohol, and not beer, is used for disinfecting wounds if you are not in a position to wash them. Store it in a bottle that can be tightly corked. Try to have it in spray bottles. Bandages will help protect the wound from infections or have other cones due to long walking distances.
You also should have some things that are handy and easy to use.
1. Pocket knife- always consider having a multi-purpose pocket knife such as a Swiss army knife. Such a knife can help you for protection, open bottles, cut up a knife and many more uses.
2. Flashlight-you always must have a flashlight just in case the lights go off or in case you go out in the dark. Thus, have some spare batteries in case the current batteries go out. You can carry the manual powered flashlights that have a small dynamo crank. Cranking by hand will allow an hour of light.
3. Insect repellant- you will have to equip an insect repellant just in case you go in the woods infested with insects such as mosquitoes.
4. Map-consider carrying a map for areas you do not have enough knowledge of. Also carry a notepad in case of updating old maps and also keeping track of the travel times, contact information, directions and more details.
5. Camera- always bring a camera with you in order to capture the best moments of the travelling experience. Remember a charger for the digital cameras, or batteries and films for the old cameras.
6. Cash-final, and most important thing to have with you, is cash as anything can happen in areas with no ATMs. Have it in a separate bag in case to avoid losing money and the bag all at once.
There are lots of things to consider when planning for a trip and an emergency bag surely helps in case of an emergency trip. Stash it in your car or anywhere easily accessible for you.