The Top 10 Things We Forget To Pack

We’ve all been there before: unpacking in a beautiful hotel room or vacation house at a gorgeous destination, ready for an amazing trip abroad, when we suddenly realize we’ve forgotten to pack an essential item. Or, even worse, we’re enjoying the vacation a few days later and the specific need for an unpacked item arises. In the wrong circumstances, this can ruin a perfectly good vacation! So to help you avoid the issue, here are 10 of the most essential items it’s easy to forget to pack!


1. Device Chargers
This has become pretty much the #1 most annoying thing to forget to pack. Whether it’s a charger for your iPad, your mobile phone, your laptop, or even an e-reader, forgetting a charger can be devastating!

2. Sunglasses

Sure, you can pick up cheap ones once you get there, but it’s always nice to have your nice sunglasses for a warm weather vacation.

3. Skincare Items

This can mean anything from bug spray to sunscreen. In many cases, what you’ll bring from home will be superior to what you can buy on site.

4. Extra Cash

This one’s simple, and particularly important for exotic destinations: you may not always have access to an ATM, so bring extra cash (and consider exchanging currency in advance).

5. Spare Contacts

Try to visit a few weeks before your trip so you can be sure you’ll have extra contact lenses. Nothing ruins a vacation like losing your only pair and not being able to see clearly!

6. Something Warm

Even if you’re heading to a tropical beach, something warm is always a good idea. Beaches can get cold at night, hotel rooms can blast air conditioning, etc. A simple pair of sweats may be your best friend.

7. Toiletries

You never know what a hotel room or vacation home will include, so it’s best to come prepared – toothpaste, shampoo, soap, shaving needs, etc. should all be in your bag.

8. A Book

You can never go wrong bringing a bestseller or two on vacation for plane rides, beach time, etc. Just check for a look at what people are enjoying right now, and order a couple of good options.

9. An Actual Camera

Most of us are used to snapping pictures with our smartphones these days, and that’s fine for casual photography. But for a real vacation abroad, go “old school” and pack a digital camera for added quality.

10. Extra Space

This isn’t an item, but it’s still worth considering. We all love souvenirs from vacation, so plan to leave a bit of open space in your bags for the items you’ll want to bring back with you!

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Olivia Watson

Olivia is a world traveler who has been to 27 countries in just over 15 years. She loves to share her knowledge of traveling to help others travel safer, cheaper and have more fun.

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