I’ve been traveling for the last few weeks, visiting family in Ukraine and trekking on a six-day bus tour through Hungary, Slovenia, and Italy. While travel allows you to create beautiful memories and experiences, it also comes with its own drawbacks. Travel can easily become complicated, exhausting, and uncomfortable. In order to reap the benefits of travel, it’s important to be as patient and flexible as possible, especially when your plans don’t go as expected. When I travel -convenience, comfort, and organization are a priority for me, so I always pack a few key essentials that will make hitting the road a little easier for me.
- Plan your outfits and choose your articles of clothing wisely – keep it simple and versatile. I like to pack pieces that will easily match everything else I pack, and if I have time, I’ll snap pictures of different outfit combinations so I’m not at a loss for what to wear when I’m traveling.
- Carry emergency cash. The amount you carry is up to you, but you never know when you’ll need a few extra dollars.
- Carry a portable charger. It’s better to have peace of mind than to worry about your phone dying, especially when you’re traveling in a foreign country. I purchased one similar to this one and I’d recommend it; it’s slim, easy to carry, and charges my phone to full battery more than two times.
- Get a tech organizer. This thing is such a pleasure to travel with. I no longer have my cords and tech gadgets scattered around my bag. I purchased this one from Amazon.
- Pack a miniature tub of Vaseline. Rub Vaseline on dry skin and it’ll prevent blisters and chaffing.
- Pack dry shampoo. This one’s a lifesaver.
- Hand sanitizer, pack of tissues, reusable bag. These things should always be in your bag.
- Pack easy and comfortable shoes. Shoes that you can easily slip on and off, but aren’t too flimsy, especially when going through TSA and flying.
- Adjust to the time of your destination immediately upon arrival. Don’t go to sleep right away- wait until night time to fall asleep, even if it’s difficult with time changes. This is my best tip to help combat jet lag.
- Keep your cool. Download meditation or breathing apps that will help keep you at ease when things become tense. It may seem useless at first, but these apps really help keep you calm.
I hope these tips are useful to you in one way or another. Leave a comment below with your favorite travel tips.
Born in Ukraine and raised in Chicago, Iryna takes pride in her Ukrainian roots. She loves writing, cooking (and eating) all kinds of food, pursuing new fitness trends, and exploring all things related to personal growth. She hopes this blog brings you value in one way or another and helps you to become a better version of you.