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Almost everyone needs to be prepared to travel at some point or another. Most travelers tend to be very organized about things to carry, essentials they require, and methods to pack. Infrequent travelers need to think carefully about which essentials they need to take depending on the location or the geography of the place they visit. Most families prefer going to resorts, holiday destinations, vacation spots, and children-friendly places. Even though these places might be relatively comfortable as against hiking, trekking, and camping, travel essentials and things to carry are still a necessity.

It is imperative to be prepared with knowledge of localities, travel documents, passports, nearest hospitals, medical aid available and insurance before moving out of your town. Whether domestic or international, most people like being safe when going on a holiday or business trip.  Booking necessary transportation, ensuring the health and sanitary conditions of the place you’re visiting, and availability of drinking water are absolute must-haves. Let us look at some of the things that experienced travelers always carry on them.

Toiletries: Most people traveling to resorts and holiday homes tend to believe that the hotel, resort, or holiday home would have all the toiletries they require. This is not always true. Many products available are of general qualities that don’t meet the daily skin and hair requirements that are needed in specific climatic conditions. Ensure to pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, personal hygiene items, sunscreen, combs, deodorants, moisturizers, and lip balm. Many times, the products available are not of exceptional quality and might end up damaging your skin and hair.

Medicines: Any experienced traveler will stress the importance of carrying your medications. Ensure that you bring your prescriptions while traveling so that drugs can be refilled in case of emergencies. Carry medicines that are useful on a daily basis for ailments like stomach ache, flu, body pain, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and cold. One of the medicines to keep with you at all times is Dihydrocodeine. It is an analgesic used to alleviate the pain of medium to severe sciatica, joint pain, bone pain, arthritis (for cold conditions), and nerve pain. While Dihydrocodeine might not be used regularly, it is a beneficial medicine to keep at all times.

First Aid Kit: First aid kits are part of the few travel essentials apart from warm or summery clothing that you should always keep with you. Carry Band-Aids, hand wash, antiseptic liquid, cotton balls, medical grade gauze, pain relaxant, muscle relaxant, and flu medicine. Ensure that all the products are within the expiry period so that you do not have to face any adverse reactions. To the first aid kit, add some heat packs, motion sickness pills, thermometers, insect repellant, mosquito repellant, eye drops, and any prescription medicines specific to your condition.

Travel Documents: Experienced and infrequent travelers must keep their travel documents prepared well in advance. If traveling internationally, carry your original passport plus color photocopies, visas with photocopies, medical insurance papers, and travel insurance papers. If you are planning to go sightseeing in crowded places, it is advisable to keep photocopies of all your essential identity documents instead of the originals in case of theft. Also, do not carry your laptop when traveling to crowded places. Keep your original documents and laptop in your hotel room or with your travel desk for safe keeping. In case of emergencies, the photocopies should suffice for identification.

Carry-on Bags: Carry-on bags like backpacks, haversacks, and containers should have small first aid kits and medicines. A small bottle or packet each of sunscreen, perfume, toothpaste, toothbrush, and moisturizer should be able to fit in your carry-on bag. If not traveling to a crowded place for sightseeing, your carry-on kit should comfortably store your laptop, notebooks, camera, headphones, universal adapters, e-readers, and mobile phones. Use small to medium sized zip pouches to store any liquids. Always carry mineral water with a few sachets of mineral salts to avoid severe dehydration.

Clothing: When it comes to clothing, always pack as light as possible. Clothes, shoes, scarfs, bags, socks, and innerwear take up space. Travel with as many multi-utility garments as possible. Carry fewer pants and more t-shirts and tops so that you save on space while traveling. Ensure you check the weather conditions of the location you are visiting, and plan your clothing according to the prevailing weather condition.

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