When you’re about to take that first flight, the last thing on your mind is what will be in your carry-on bag but once you’ve been through airport security and are waiting for boarding time, it’s important to make sure everything is there. That’s where this blog post comes in! It lists the essential items that you should bring with you when traveling, so check it out.

Make Important Documents Accessible 

Make sure that any important documents are accessible at all times – passports, visas, etc. You don’t want to have to scramble during checkpoints. 

It is also wise to bring along photocopies of any important cards such as credit cards, debit cards, and store loyalty cards that have been left behind.

Then, make copies of them and leave at least one copy with a trusted friend just in case they get lost or stolen while you’re away from home.

Keep A Wallet Essentials 

When you travel, this is a necessary thing to have with you. This is what you should have in your wallet: 

  • Wallet with cash, credit card, and ID
  • Credit Card/ Debit Card (preferably more than one) – to use for purchases or withdraw money from an ATM machine if needed
  • Frequent Flyer Number- this will be necessary on flights that require a boarding pass to get through security at the airport 
  • Driver’s License or Passport; these two are required during check-in as well as when going through customs and immigration procedures 
  • Health Insurance Cards; some countries won’t provide medical care without proof of insurance so it’s best to bring them along too
  • Last but not least make sure you remember your hotel room key! Without it, you won’t be able to get into your room 

Bring A Camera 

You don’t want to miss out on any of the memories you’re going to make with your friends and family while traveling. A camera will help capture those memorable moments that can be shared with others later. 

You want to make sure and get pictures with you, friends, and family that can be shared afterward or saved for memories down the line. The best travel cameras will be lightweight and offer high-quality photos. So when picking a camera consider these. Other considerations include:

  • How easy it is to use. You want to avoid camera models that require lots of features, buttons, and apps because you don’t want to be constantly fumbling around for what the button does on your camera or phone.
  • Find a camera that comes with an included battery and charger. This way if the camera’s charge runs low or the battery dies halfway through your trip then it can be easily replaced so you don’t miss out on all of those memories. 
  • Make sure that any camera you bring has expandable memory because taking pictures as often as possible while traveling means there will be plenty of storage space needed in order to keep them all. You should look for at least 16GB of internal memory as well as one slot for SD cards which are available up to 128 GB due to high-quality cameras needing more data than ever before.

You could even opt for a disposable camera. The cost is low and they come in different colors too which is fun. It’s good not only for traveling purposes but for quick snaps at parties and events as well. 

Pack Your Chargers And Cables For All Your Devices

Pack chargers and cables for all of your devices into a convenient carry-on bag because sometimes chargers get lost in airports or misplaced at home. This way you’ll always have backup chargers ready to go.

Also, bring any other cords or charger adapters needed for specific countries you may visit. A power adapter will be essential if traveling outside Europe/US Region. A plug adapter might come in handy when visiting other countries which use different plugs. Some countries also require an adapter to convert the type of power outlet from round prongs to flat ones.

Put Together An Emergency Kit 

travel equipment and tools

Pack an emergency first aid kit to help keep you safe and healthy. You’ll be traveling in unfamiliar territory, which could mean new health risks. Pack a first aid kit with some basic items in it like Band-Aids, painkillers, and antacids so you can respond quickly to emergencies. Include: 

  • Band-aids
  • Painkillers  [i.e., Advil]
  • Antacids [i.e., Tums, Nexium]
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF protection of at least 30%. Waterproof sunscreen is preferable
  • First aid manual or first aid app for quick reference to treatment information

Pack Comfortable And Appropriate Clothes 

Pack comfortable clothes like jeans, dress pants, shirts, skirts, comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off for travelers who will be taking public transportation or visiting more than one country. It’s also important that they fit well so there isn’t an issue with them getting wrinkles during take-off or landing. 

Bring clothes appropriate for the climate of your destination.

You may also want clothes, shoes, undergarments, or other items specific to a certain activity (gym clothes) if you will have time while abroad. Clothes should be a good fit, and comfortable enough for long hours of wear as well as any formal attire required by customs officials at your final destination.

Bring Entertainment 

Bring an iPad with a lot of movies or your favorite music playlists. If you’re not an iPad user, bring your favorite book instead to read on the plane or train.

You can also download eBooks from libraries and through other sources prior to traveling, which is helpful if your phone has limited storage space. 


All of this entertainment will help make the trip fly by!


Bring earplugs, so that when people are chatting next to you during take-off or landing, it won’t keep you awake for the duration of the flight/train ride. They will also be useful in noisy hotels where others might talk loudly outside of their rooms at night without consideration for those trying to sleep nearby. You’ll want them as well if sleeping on planes doesn’t come easy because sitting upright makes it difficult for most people’s muscles and joints – that’s why pilots usually sleep while in the air.

These are some of the essentials you should bring with you when traveling, but there will be many more items that may or may not apply to your specific trip. It’s important to know what documents and items are necessary for each journey so no details can slip through the cracks. If in doubt, pack an extra item! Keep track of everything with a checklist or packing list template before heading out on any trips abroad. You’ll thank yourself later.

Published on Holr Magazine