You’ve booked your flight; you’ve got your passport and visas in order, now it’s time to pack. But besides your clothes, what should you pack?
In our last post we talked about things you don't need to bring, here are 10 things you really should.
1) Universal Adapter
Unless you’ve got a collection of charging cords that work in foreign outlets, you’ll need an adapter to
charge your electronics. I suggest buying a universal one, that way it will be good wherever you travel.
Even if it’s just birth control pills, you don’t want to be trying to get a new prescription in a foreign country.
3) Good Shoes
A good, sturdy pair of shoes will get you far, literally and figuratively. If you’re not sure which shoes you need for your trip, here is a handy article to help you make a decision.
4) Poncho or Rain Coat
Never count on a weather report for accurate information, weather happens. Umbrellas don’t pack well
and the ones they sell in the tourist shops will be cheaply made and overpriced. Head off trouble by packing a poncho or light rain coat.
5) Extra Socks and Underwear
This is pretty self-explanatory.
6) A Sturdy Bag
It can be a backpack or a shoulder bag, but you’ll want something that’s expands to a decent size and can carry some weight. You don’t want to find yourself with a spontaneous purchase and nothing to carry it in.
In case of an emergency you don’t want to have to blow through all your cash. There are credit cards that don’t charge exchange fees, so try for one of those. Just make sure they know you’re abroad.
9) Important Contact Info
You want the contact information for your hotel, your emergency contact, and embassy numbers with you at all times. That way, in case you get lost, have an emergency, or get into trouble you don’t have to look up numbers on the fly.
10) Local Currency
You won’t get the best exchange rate in your home country, but you’ll want cash when you get off the
plane and airport exchange places usually have high fees, so bring some with you.