While travel may be on hold now due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us are still looking on the bright side and are planning the next trips that we want to take when we are free to cross borders and live life a little more normally again. Of course, we’re relatively limited on what we can do when planning our trips. We don’t really want to book anything, as we don’t know when this pandemic will be over and we don’t want to lose out on money. But what you can do is decide where you’re going, how long you want to go for, who you want to travel with and what you’re going to take with you. For a moment, let’s focus on the latter to help you along the way!
The most important thing you’re going to need to be able to travel is your passport. This is what will allow you to actually board your flight and cross borders. Of course, many people’s passports will have expired over the past year or may expire this year. Make sure to check the date on yours and renew it if necessary. This will prevent waiting further down the line.
If you’re planning a city trip or a beach holiday, a suitcase is likely to be best suited for your luggage. It’s a neat and compact way to pack a reasonable amount of clothes, toiletries, accessories like travel scarves and other essentials. Make sure to choose the right size for your needs – they generally come in the size of hand luggage, a medium case or a large case.
While suitcases tend to be the luggage of choice for small trips and holidays, you may want to invest in a backpack if you’re going to be travelling for a longer period of time and in a place where you may be travelling across rough terrain. Backpacks are more practical than suitcases, whose wheels are designed for smooth or concrete surfaces. When choosing a backpack, you should look out for features like:
- Sleeping bag straps
- Extra support straps
- Plenty of compartments
- Zipped pockets
- Waterproof materials
A First Aid Kit
Wherever you’re going, it’s also advised to take a small first aid kit, just in case. This should contain:
- Plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Waterproof plasters
- Gauze dressings of different sizes
- Microporous tape
- Two sterile eye dressings
- An eye rinse kit
- Triangular bandages
- Safety pins
- Sterile disposable gloves
You might also want to consider packing basic medicine like paracetamol, ibuprofen, heartburn medication and more. Trust me as someone who loves to travel, I absolutely recommend you to bring what you would least expect you would need. I have come across many of situations where I needed things I wouldn’t normally need. These are just a few things you should consider preparing and packing for your trip. Each can prove essential or can, at least, come in very useful!