packing essentials

If you’re traveling this summer, there are certain staples you can bring wherever you go. When packing for a trip, everyone immediately thinks of underwear and a toothbrush, but there are other essentials that don’t come to mind as easily. And even if you forgot those two things, you can buy a new toothbrush or an extra pair of underwear pretty much anywhere in the world. Here are four essential items to pack on your trip this summer.

First Aid Kit

You don’t have to bring much, but it can be good to have the basics with you in case of an emergency – bandages, pain and fever reducers, antihistamines for allergic reactions, adhesive tape, and alcohol wipes. If you wear glasses, packing an extra pair or extra contact lenses can be important, as can an extra week’s worth of any prescription medications you might take.

Face Masks

Since masks are now mandatory in many restaurants, airplanes, and public places, traveling with at least a few is a good idea. If you can’t wash your mask on the road, disposable ones could be a better option. Bring at least a few to replace them frequently when traveling.

Disposable Gloves

You might not always be able to wash your hands while traveling, so bring some disposable gloves. Disposable gloves can be a good option for protecting yourself when stopping at a gas station or touching payment keypads. And remember not to touch your face with them after you’ve used them.

Phone Charger(s)

It’s hard to forget your phone, but it can be easy to forget a charger. You don’t know how long you might have to go before you can buy another one, and you certainly don’t want to travel with a dead phone. In addition to your regular charger, consider bringing a portable charger. You’re on vacation – don’t waste time sitting around waiting for your phone to charge! If you know you’ll be walking around for long periods of time, or are using your phone as a camera, carry a portable charger with you to extend your phone’s battery life. Portable chargers are typically about the size of a phone and a bit lighter. There are also phone cases that act as chargers if you don’t want to carry around anything extra.

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