When it comes to travel, it's better to be over prepared than not at all prepared. Faced with an empty suitcase, every man has at some point most probably asked himself, "What should I pack and what should I leave?"
Since there are a countless number of options to answer that question, instead here are a few of the most essential items
every man should have with him while travelling. These are a mix of emergency items, toiletries, tools, medicines and some very basic items that most people usually forget to pack.
1. A Water Bottle
Hydration must be taken seriously, especially when travelling. This is because in a moisture free environment such as the one found in an airplane, the air tends to seek out moisture from any possible outlet. This means if you have dry skin, air travel will make your skin drier and those with oily skin will become even oilier as their skin will try to compensate for the lack in moisture. For this reason it's important to carry a bottle of water to keep your skin hydrated.
A few decades from today, those around you that wear sunscreen on a daily basis will have skin that is in much better shape than those who don't wear sunscreen at all. Whether you are off to a beach location or up in the mountains, applying sunscreen is essential. Not only does it help fight skin discolorations but it also slows down
the signs of premature aging.
3. Reading material
Whether it's your current favorite book, the latest issue of the magazine that you are subscribed to or a convenient travel sized e-reader, it's important to have something to do while passing away time on the way to your destination. Reading is a great alternative to playing a mindless game on your smartphone and can even make you less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease
later in life.
Travelling can be tiring. With airports feeling like never ending walkways, it's easy for your sugar levels to drop suddenly and you never want to find yourself in a situation feeling faint with no immediate access to food. So keep a granola bar or some apples handy for a quick nutritious fix. If you are hungry in a hotel in the middle of the night and without a snack, there is nothing worse than having to pay for overpriced snacks that are usually kept in the mini fridge.
5. A change of clothes
Always keep a variety of clothes when packing. This doesn’t means packing every item you own into your suitcase, but instead it means packing smartly. This is especially important if you have a limited amount of space. Try keeping custom made shirts
that can be dressed up or down easily. Simple jeans and sneakers can be worn practically anywhere, and lastly, a good fitting suit might be useful in case of a formal evening occasion.
6. Extra Earphones
For some people there is nothing worse than to be without their favorite pair of earphones. So when travelling, pack a cheap pair of earphones in the unlikely chance that your current pair gets misplaced or breaks. Always pack a spare set, even if it's a much less fancy pair than the ones you usually use. They may not be top notch quality wise but it's a better option than having no earphones at all.
7. Photocopy of your passport
To avoid a catastrophe in case you lose your passport, keep a photocopy of not only your passport but also your health insurance and any visa documents if you are in a foreign land. This will make it a lot easier to prove your identity and is also useful if you lose your luggage.
8. Bottle Opener
A bottle opener is a very handy accessory to have on you while travelling. If you decide to eat outdoors, for example a last minute picnic with friends or family, a bottle opener will certainly be handy. An alternative would be to pack a swiss army knife which has an endless number of uses. Just make that sure both of these items are packed in the checked in luggage and not taken onto an airplane.
9. Traveling Slippers
If you want to take off your restrictive lace-up style shoes once the plane takes off, carry a pair of comfortable shoes that you can easily slip on. This is especially important if you are travelling on a long or overnight flight where sleeping may be necessary.
It is wise to pack for travel to any destination and as such, it is important to pack anti-diarrhea medication. There is nothing worse than finding yourself in an unfamiliar land with no idea how of to get access to medicine. Your entire work trip or annual holiday could be ruined because your forgot to pack for such an emergency. Another important medicine to pack is a painkiller for those hangover induced headaches that are common while on holiday.
So the next time you have to take a work trip, a road trip with friends or an international holiday with your family, keep these 10, easy to forget items with you for a more enjoyable holiday.