When you’re traveling internationally, there are a number of essentials that you definitely don’t want to forget to pack. These are the type of items that will come in handy in a number of situations, ones that will be difficult to track down, and those that are specific to you or your family.
|First Aid Supplies|
In addition to prescriptions, a basic first aid kit can really come in handy while traveling –emergency or not! You can either choose to purchase a kit that’s already prepared with the necessities, or just put one together on your own. If you opt for the latter, we recommend taking a look at this list of items to include from the Red Cross. You may not need all of them on an international trip, but you can use your discretion to make sure you’re as prepared as you’d like to be!
|A Small, Safe Bag|
Speaking of keeping your travel documents safe on your international trip, you’ll want to make sure you bring a small bag with you where you can keep them on-the-go, in addition to money and credit cards. If the place where you’re staying has a safe, you can always keep some documents and a credit card there, but you’ll want to make sure you have at least one credit card and one form of identification with you when you’re out and about in case you need it.
In order to keep your bag as safe as possible, we encourage finding one that is concealable or designed specifically for anti-theft purposes to add to your travel checklist. If you purchase travel insurance, your personal belongings might be covered if lost or stolen.
|Reusable Water Bottle|
You’d be surprised by how much money you’ll save if you bring your own reusable water bottle with you. Starting at the airport, where you can bring an empty water bottle through security and fill it up on the other side, and at every point throughout your trip, you can reuse your bottle free of charge as you travel. Also, in many cities, you can fill up your water bottle with fresh spring water from fountains on the streets.
In Paris, for example, there are public drinking fountains scattered throughout the city where it’s perfectly safe to drink the water. Just make sure you do your research before you fill up to make sure that the water you’re drinking is clean! If there won’t be public drinking fountains where you’re headed, consider bringing a portable water filtration system so you can filter your water on-the-go. These days, you can find really compact and easy-to-use options that’ll come in handy in a variety of situations!
This one might sound silly to add to your travel checklist…you can buy snacks anywhere, right? But the thing is, we all have our favorite snacks and it’s very possible that you won’t be able to find them in your destination. This is a good tip especially if you have certain food allergies –check out more about traveling and food allergies in our blog post.
Each country–city, even– tends to have its own local snack options, which may or may not appeal to you. Packing snacks is especially important when you have kids in tow. While we definitely encourage you try out the local cuisine and encourage your kids to do the same, packing your own snacks as well will ensure that you have options in case the local snacks don’t jive with your taste buds