Everyone knows the stress of travel. The constant fear that you have forgotten something, the panicked rush to get to the airport and through security. You can often find yourself beginning your vacation with more headache than it deserves. Following a traveler’s checklist is the best way that experienced traveler’s relieve this stress.
A small list of absolute essentials that help you feel at ease knowing you have everything you need, before you leave the house. But most traveler’s checklist only include the obvious things; passport, wallet, electronics chargers, boarding pass, the kids. You know, the essentials. But there are quite a few things that should be added to this list, that can make your trip so much smoother. Things that aren’t so obvious. Let’s talk about those.
The Obvious Essentials
First and foremost, let’s get the obvious essentials out of the way. The ones you are going to see on every traveler’s checklist. These are things that are going to be annoying to replace if you forget them. You should always take care to remember your:
- Boarding pass.
- Electronics chargers.
- Photocopies of your documents.
- Cash just in case, (foreign currency if you are traveling internationally).
- Toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Hygiene products.
- Medical supplies/Mini First Aid Box
- Your suitcase, of course.
Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s discuss the things that are going to make your life a whole lot easier, that you may not even be thinking of when traveling.
The ‘Not-So-Obvious’ Essentials
The best way to make your travel as stress-free as possible, is by simply remembering comfort and efficiency. Everything you do, and wear should be with these two words in mind.
You know that when you get to the airport, you are going to have to go through a bit of a process to get through security. That means, you should have prepared yourself before hand.
Some ways that you can do this are by remembering to:
- Wear slip-on shoes that are easy to take on and off.
- Wear loose fitting clothing that will not feel restrictive or hot on the already cramped flight
- Avoid wearing any belts or jewelry that will need to be removed.
- Keep your laptop/tablet where it can be easily accessed for going through security.
- Keep your boarding pass/passport close at hand.
- Pre-package any make-up or hygiene products in Ziploc baggies before you arrive at the airport.
- Weigh your carry-on and check-in baggage prior to getting to the airport.
These are things that, while not necessarily tangible essentials, are procedural essentials that will help make the process at check-in and security that much faster, and easier to process.
Most things can be replaced in an emergency. So when it comes to your traveler’s checklist, you should be far more concerned about making the process of getting to your destination easier – rather than remembering little odds and ends.
Your toothbrush, charger, underwear, they can all be replaced rather easily if forgotten. It is the little details, that when remembered, will make all the difference in your travel experience. Your vacation should begin the moment you wake up on travel day, not when you land.You should create a traveler’s checklist NOW and customize it every time based on your travel requirements.You can have a checklist if you are traveling to a beach or mountain or with kids or hiking or any form of traveling.
Airports don’t have to be stressful if you don’t allow them.Remember to be comfortable, and try to remain as efficient as possible.
The rest will be a breeze!
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