5 Things You Should Include on Your Travel Checklist

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Traveling should be a joy, but many people actually hate the process of getting prepared for traveling more than getting to the place itself. Some people say that they need a vacation from the vacation because of all the packing and unpacking involved.

One solution is to keep ready-made kits of things that will be needed when traveling. These little kits are never unpacked, but are updated or upgraded as the need arises. They can also be kept in a backpack, which is then always ready for spur-of-the-moment trips.

You can divide your essentials into separate kits. This may necessitate buying a few specialty containers. It is also a good idea to get them in different colors too, so you can tell what they are without bothering to read any labels.

1) Medical Kit - Take this with you everywhere. If you come down with a migraine, a cold, or stomachache when traveling and the last thing you will want to do when you're sick is look for a pharmacy! If you already have medications for about 3 days with you, it will be easy to just relax and stay in bed and then refill the kit as needed. Whenever possible, stock the kit with medications that are easy to get anywhere in the world, so you don't have to worry about contraindications or allergy problems.

The basics here are: analgesics (for fever and pain), infection treatments (ask your doctor about this one), diarrhea treatments, insect repellant (decant to a small bottle), antacids, bandages and first aid ointment, allergy medications (oral and topical), vitamins and daily medications, small scissor, tweezers

2) Repair Kit - this is a very light "just in case" kit. Like if the sole falls off your shoe in the airport, or when the wheel of the carry-on bag gets busted, you should at least be able to make it through the trip until you have time to get replacements.

This kit should contain: safety pins, 2 large needles pre-threaded with dark and light threads, a few strong rubber bands, duct tape (wrap a meter or so around the penlight), a penlight, small tube of super glue, a few gallon ziploc bags (you can put everything inside the bag)

3) Personal Kit - This is everything you need to stay human while traveling. You can decant everything you use at home into smaller containers. That way it's easier to just fill it up as it gets depleted.

These items go in a waterproof envelope or clear Ziploc bags: shampoo, sunscreen, conditioner, moisturizers, body wash or soap, menstrual needs, lotion, cologne/perfume, facial cleanser, hair gel or spray, face and body scrubs

4) Cleaning Kit - holds what is needed to get rid of little travel stains or just clean clothes very quickly.

Again, these items go into a waterproof envelope or Ziploc bag: liquid laundry detergent, baby wipes for stains, hydrogen peroxide (instead of bleach)

5) Paperwork Kit - all essential documents go into this kit. That way, you don't have to search all over the house when you leave for a trip. Some people store these in a security pouch worn under the clothes.

This kit includes:
Passport, driver's license, visas, insurance cards, extra passport photos, tickets, any medical certificates, cash or traveler's checks, copies of any necessary documents (birth or marriage certificates, credit cards)

Ricky Dean is a professional article writer for Dinosauric.com. For more info on travel preparations, visit www.dinosauric.com/travel/preparation-and-planning.

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