Travel is an important part of a well-rounded life. It is important that people learn about other cultures for several reasons. As globalization becomes the norm, people who travel are better able to communicate with others and understand cultural difference as a benefit and not a drawback. Further, if helps people learn that there are multiple ways to do something. We don’t have to be limited to a single approach to living. Travel also stimulates the mind, as we learn about other people, landscapes, cultures, and history.
Every trip requires you to pack a different set of things. For some jaunts, you pack a parka. Some demand a swimsuit. And there are even destinations that need both. You must decide which items will provide the most benefit, especially given the increasingly stringent luggage rules dictated by airlines. However, regardless of the location on your itinerary, there are core items you should pack. These must-haves are not to be forgotten.
Lightweight Day Pack
As a traveler, you will spend most of your time exploring you’re a new locale, and you won’t do it while hauling your luggage around with you. Therefore, you need a small pack that you can wad up in your suitcase when you aren’t using it. The daypack should be large enough for guidebooks, a laptop or tablet, rain gear, water bottles, and/or a camera. What ends up in the pack will depend upon your plans for the day. Also, when you are ready to head home, the pack can be used for items that won’t fit in your luggage.
If you are taking a trip to a city, you really should have a LED flashlight that can transition from casting a large pool of light to a small point of light. This will help you to navigate uneven paths and stone walkways, especially if the ground is slick. If your trip takes you somewhere rural, it may be advisable to bring a headlamp instead of a handheld flashlight so that you can keep your hands free.
When you travel, it doesn’t make sense to bring fresh clothes for every day of the journey. Carrying that amount of weight is insane. Instead, most people wash their clothes in the bathroom sink and let them dry overnight, leaving them fresh and clean to wear the following day. Your clothes will dry much more quickly if you can drape them over a clothesline. Get a double-strand braided line of elastic that has hooks on each end. You can stretch it between items in your room. It will be weighty enough to hold your clothes tight without pegging.
Swiss Army Knife
These aren’t just for Boy Scouts. Swiss Army Knives are part of the normal kit for NASA astronauts. If they are useful for space travel, they are equally useful for global travel. This is a toolkit in a pocket-sized pack, and it is nearly weightless. A Swiss Army knife can help trim and clean your fingernails, uncork bottles, remove pebbles from the soles of your shoes, open cans, remove splinters, and cut string or rope. However, you cannot pack this in your carry-on bag.
It’s great to dry your clothes on a line, but there will be times when you are stuck carrying some dirty items from one hotel to the next. Having some resealable plastic bags on hand can keep those items from sullying your clean ones. If you are also carrying liquids, like soap and shampoo, placing them in a bag prevents them from spilling over everything in your luggage. These are also great for keeping non-perishable leftovers clean and ready for snacking.
You should also bring items like superglue, a universal adaptor plug, a hat, earplugs, and laundry soap.
Written by Rick Palmer.
Rick Palmer is a writer and world traveler. He recently returned from a two-month tour through Peru and is working on several articles inspired by that journey. He has transitioned from running a popular travel blog to working for a variety of travel sites and publications in a freelance capacity and he is a contributor forhttp://www.addictions.com