More of us are traveling the globe than ever before, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. It notes just 25 million people traveled overseas in 1950. By 2011, that number had grown to 980 million. In 2030, 1.8 billion people should become international travelers. If you’re setting off for your first overseas adventure, you’re probably excited thinking about the experiences awaiting yet nervous you won’t pack the right things. Don’t overlook packing these items on your next international trip.
Hotels supply some basic toiletries, but these small bottles aren’t sufficient for most travelers. They also often contain chemical cocktails that can irritate sensitive skin. You also can’t rely on your hotel for toothpaste, skincare products, sunscreen, deodorant, and other daily essentials. We’re creatures of habit. Using the toiletries we love is a great way to maintain some semblance of routine during travel. You’ll always look and feel your best using your favorite toiletry items.
A Pair of Sunglasses
International travelers typically spend more time outdoors than they would back home. When you’re seeing the sights, you’ll be glad you packed a pair of sunglasses. A quality pair of sunglasses will combat glare and protect your peepers while you’re outdoors. They’ll also help you look chic, hiding bags under your eyes when you’re suffering from jet lag.
It can be difficult and expensive to source medication abroad, so it’s smart to take whatever you’ll need. Put an adequate supply of any prescription medication in your hand luggage. Pack your scripts too in case you stay longer than intended or get your drugs stolen as well as a letter from your doctor explaining your need for the drugs in case you’re questioned by airport authorities.
Don’t forget non-prescription drugs. Even if you only take headache pills and allergy medications now and again, you’ll appreciate having these drugs on hand should you need them.
A Medical Protection Membership Card
We all hope that our vacations are full of fun and laughs, but a lot of us also have nagging fears about our safety and security while we’re abroad. Simply stressing does little though. Instead, take a medical protection membership card on your next international jaunt.
MedjetHorizon, Medjet’s most comprehensive option, offers MedjetAssist’s air medical transport benefits along with added travel security and crisis response services. Unlike other membership programs, you can activate the benefits when you need them regardless of whether there’s a government-issued evacuation mandate.
A Travel Folio
Most of us travel overseas with a laundry list of important documents. There are passports, boarding passes, and pre-ordered tour and attraction tickets to manage as well as insurance documents, itineraries, and more. A good travel folio can help you keep your important documents organized. Choose a slim design that can fit easily in your carry-on bag.
Making a list of travel items and packing at least a week before departure is a great way to make sure you don’t leave any important items behind. With your suitcase full of all the items you need, you’ll be better able to enjoy your overseas adventures.
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