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TravelHaven Tips — 10 Things You Should Pack

We found Christine Sarkis’s great article about packing on Huffington Post.

In addition to your passport and wallet and clean underwear, Ms. Sarkis goes on to include these handy items.

  • Reusable Water Bottle – Not only is a reusable water bottle sturdier (and leaks less) than a convenience-store bottle, it also keeps your water tasting more like water and less like hot plastic. There are plenty of aluminum, glass, stainless steel, and hard-plastic options.
  • Laundry Bag – One dirty sock or wet bathing suit can turn an entire suitcase wardrobe into a dirt-smeared, olfactory mess. If you forget a bag, check the closet of your hotel room; many still stock a plastic bag for in-hotel dry-cleaning services.
  • First Aid Supplies – Blisters, scrapes and scratches, insect bites, sunburn. In travel destinations, basic first aid supplies tend to be overpriced and it’s not always convenient to hobble to a store post-injury in search of emergency supplies. Instead, put together a little first aid kit and keep it with your toiletries. Just a few bandages, some antibiotic and anti-itch ointment, and maybe some moleskin.
  • Reusable Shopping Bag – A reusable shopping bag can be folded up and stowed in your day bag, then whipped out to hold the day’s purchases. And since reusable bags tend to be tougher than their disposable brethren, they are handy for heavier purchases and can do double duty as picnic baskets and beach bags.
  • Emergency Snack – There are dozens of scenarios in which an emergency snack might come in handy. You arrive late at a hotel with no room service. You miss your train and find yourself stuck at a country rail station where live pigeons are the only source of protein. Your late-night connection is canceled and all the shops are closed at the airport. Protein bars, nuts, and other items that don’t get mushy or crumbled or need to be refrigerated are perfect snacks to keep stashed in your bag. And an on-the-go snack is never unwelcome, even if you sail through your trip food-emergency free.
  • Extra Memory Card – Pack an extra memory card, and when your first is full, you simply flip open your camera, swap in the new one, and get on with your vacation. It’s always worth it to bring an extra memory card.
  • Hand Sanitizer – Frequent hand washing helps to prevent illness. Since hygiene standards vary among destinations, and because the hand-washing trinity of water-soap-drying implement is not always available, a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your day bag is your ace in the hole. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (containing at least 60 percent alcohol), rubbed on your hands until they are dry. Very handy when you’re on the go and need a quick clean.
  • Lip Balm – Even if you don’t normally use lip balm, it can still be an important item to pack. Breathing dry airplane air, being out in the sun, eating salty foods in transit — travel inevitably leads to mild dehydration and chapped lips. Lip balm can also be used to tame frizzy hair ends, soothe dry cuticles, protect the skin from windburn, and even unstick a stubborn zipper. And while we’re at it, always take sunscreen. Even if you won’t be tanning on the beach or by the pool, a lot of travel activities involve being out in the sun all day.
  • Copies of Travel Documents – In the unlikely but serious event that your passport or visa is lost or stolen, it’s a big help to have an extra copy on hand. Stash the copies in a separate place from the actual documents, so if you lose one, you’ll likely still have the other. Losing your passport is panic-inducing and can potentially ruin a vacation, so this is one of those times when it pays to take a few extra just-in-case steps.

The complete article contains more ideas and more details on the ones we’ve summarized, so go ahead and read it