Your Traveling Essentials for Any Vacation

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It’s traveling season! Here is a list of traveling essentials to make sure you have the best vacation.


Money rules the world. If you get lost in a foreign country, cash can help get you to where you need to be. Sure credit and debit cards are convenient, but there are often restrictions to where you can use them. Cash can be easily exchanged to the currency used in the area you are traveling.


Technology is everywhere these days. Your phone has nearly everything you need. It has a GPS, it can help you call your family incase you get lost, it has internet browsing, and there are even apps you can use to translate languages.

Phone Charger/Power Bank

You can’t forget the juice for your phone. Sometimes you may even need a powerbank  to just charge up your camera for a couple seconds to take a photo.

Toiletry Bag

You never know what you may need when you’re on the go. Some things you can keep in here are:

  • Chapstick
  • Brush and hair ties
  • Q-tips
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Nail-clippers. (This has actually saved my life. I was in a car accident and had to cut the seatbelt off of myself because it was stuck)
  • Toothpaste/floss/toothbrush
  • Aspirin
  • Tweezers
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Sometimes you need to do paperwork before doing fun excursions. There are not always pens handy so keep one with you!


The perfect accessory for selfies and protecting your eyes from harmful rays.

Sunscreen/Bug spray

Don’t get burnt to a crisp and don’t become a snack for all the insects. Bugs often times carry diseases, so use bug spray to keep them away.

Water Bottle

Water is essential to life but not every place has water. Keep a water bottle handy to quench your thirst. Refill it whenever you have the chance.


Keep a granola bar in your bag at all times. Especially if you’re going to be do a lot of hiking. You or someone with you may get tired and dizzy. A burst of energy could definitely be helpful.



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If you’re going someplace far, headphones are a necessity. You can listen to music without bothering the people around you. If you’re relaxing on a beach, the perfect music and playlist can help you.

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Good Shoes

The amount of times people get blisters from poor shoe choice is unbelievable. Pack flip flops if you’re heading to the beach. Pack sneakers if you’re hiking or will be doing a lot of walking.


If you’re traveling you are definitely going to be eating exotic foods. Sometimes these foods might make your breath smelly. Keep gum or mints on hand to keep your breath nice and minty.

Hand Sanitizer

Some places don’t have washrooms for you to wash your hands. Keep those germs away from you with hand sanitizer.

Allergy Medicine

Having puffy eyes and a stuffy nose is no fun, especially while you are on vacation. Have your medication handy so you can avoid this.

Outlet Adapter

This is a must have if you are going on a cruise. Most cruise ships only provide one outlet per stateroom. Bring an adapter to extend that one adapter into multiple adapters. It will save the fights you’ll have over whose turn it is to use the outlet.

Contact Solution/Eyeglasses

The items that you use everyday are most likely the items you will forget! Being half blind for your trip is not only not fun but also a safety hazard for yourself. Pack these in your bag before you forget.

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This is only a couple things that you need for your trip. Everyone is different, people go to different places and need different things. A good rule is that once you’re done packing is to run through your night and day routine to see if whatever you are using is in your bag. Avoid packing unnecessary items such as your 40 piece makeup brush set. Not only are you not going to use it that much, you are taking us precious space in your travel bag and you run a risk of losing it. Other than that, have a great vacation. Vacations are places to have fun and relax, so let your worries sit back for a while and enjoy your trip.

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