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10 Must-Have Travel Essentials, That You Donít Often Have

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It is interesting how easy it is to forget the most basic things when were are packing for a trip, isn’t it? Even with a list it is difficult to remember everything we need and sometimes we simply don’t think of these items until we are at our destination and it is too late.

Whatever the case may be, Africa’s trailblazing HOTEL BOOKINGPortal has created a list of items a traveller should never be without.

1. Travel Documents
One could wonder how a traveller can forget their travel documents when they are what you need to travel. Truth is anything is possible. Sometimes you’re in a hurry and simply forget to pick them up from the table where you placed them assuming they’re in your bag. Your travel documents should be in a purse that fits into the bag you’re travelling with a night before you’re due to leave. Put them in there, and don’t bring them out until you get to the airport.

2. Phone Charger and Camera
We love our gadgets because they make our trips more entertaining in one way or the other. Sadly, it’s easy to leave your charger and other necessary gadgets behind. You should always pack them first. Or keep them in your handbag or carry-on so you don’t leave them out.

3. Toiletries
Toiletries are also easy left behind (I don’t think I’ve met a single person who remembered to pack a toothbrush every time). This is often because we wait until last minute to include them in our luggage. Some people intentionally leave their toiletries behind to avoid spillage and stains. If you are one of these people, try packing your toiletries in a small travel sized containers or putting them in a small bag before adding them to your luggage. Banking on getting toiletries when you arrive at your destination isn’t always best. Alternatively, you can have a set of toiletries specifically for travel. This way, they’re already packed and waiting when you need to go.

4. Credit/Debit Cards
Credit/Debit cards significantly reduce the stress on your trips, allowing you access to your funds at your convenience without the hassle and insecurity of carrying around a large sum of money. Pack these with your travel documents and don’t leave them behind.

5. Money
Yes, credit/debit cards are awesome to have on a trip. But it is also advisable to have some cash handy. Some places do not accept credit cards and/or don’t have POS machines, so it’s always helpful to have cash so you don’t have to start looking for an ATM. And, if you’re carrying cash, make sure it’s in currency you can easily exchange should the need arise.

6. Hand Sanitizer and Wet Wipes
You should always have wet wipes and hand sanitizer in your bag, for hygienic purposes. They will come in handy at several points during your trip, like when you don’t trust the public toilet, or realize that there’s no water to wash your hands, or when the cutlery at a restaurant looks shifty. It’s no secret how easy it is to get sick on a trip, so why not protect yourself, especially now that we have the added worry of the Ebola virus.

7. Water bottle
You may not know this, but it’s actually really important to stay hydrated especially on a trip. Traveling takes a toll on your body and water helps you restore balance. This applies especially if you are going somewhere with a different climate than you are used to. Have a water bottle or small travel mug on hand at all times.

8. Comfortable shoes
Comfortable shoes will always make a trip less stressful. Standing on a queue is a lot more annoying when it is done in a pair of heels ortight shoes. Interestingly, they somehow make baggage lighter as well. Pack one or two pairs of comfortable shoes for your trip. You should probably put one at the bottom of the bag and wear the other during the trip, or keep it in your carry-on so you can easily reach it.

9. First Aid Kit
You should have a basic first aid kit that you never travel without. Medical emergencies don’t usually give much warning and it helps to be prepared and armed with painkillers, band aids, and a few other essentials. With a first aid kit, you can easily address the emergency, without panicking and/or desperately looking everywhere for help.

10. Flashlight
Although you never know when it will come in handy, it’s always helpful to have one packed, just in case. Invest in a portable one that can easily fit into your handbag or carry on so you don’t really feel like you’re carrying load around. an online hotel booking service head-quartered in Lagos, Nigeria, was founded by Africa Internet Holding. Jovago, over 5000 local hotel listings in Nigeria, facilitates the booking process for its users to provide them with the best hotel booking experience with fast, transparent and easy-to-use services.

Article Credit: Ventures-africa

Updated 5 Years ago

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