It feels like it has been forever since I had a vacation. This is about to change. On Christmas morning, I will be flying solo to the Hawaiian island Oahu. A brand new location for me, and desperately necessary. I’m hoping my stress will melt away and I can do some soul searching in the sun.
I haven’t packed yet, but I always kind of wait until the last minute to do so. I’ve been constantly updating my to do list for everything I need to get done before I go. I have three days off to accomplish all of them, and a few items are already completed. One thing I definitely did in advance was order some spray on sunscreen. I’ve made the mistake of purchasing sunscreen in Hawaii before, it is much much cheaper to just bring it with.
I usually mentally compile a list of the random things that have somehow become necessities for my travel kit. These things are normally injury or illness related I’ve noticed. Liquid bandage has become a must (I have an adhesive allergy so I can’t wear bandages for too long, also I have noticed in some humid climates where I do a lot of walking, bandages just tend to come off if they are on my feet or ankles anyway). I still do bring bandages and/or moleskin padding just in case. I tend to do a lot of walking when I travel and somehow always get blisters or worn spots around my ankles. Doesn’t seem to matter what type of shoes or sandals or whatever, so I try to prepare as much as possible. This time around I bought some shoes that I felt would be the most comfortable and have been wearing them around the house to break them in as much as possible before I leave. On the same note, Neosporin is also included in my luggage.
Nail clippers and a nail file have also been added to the list. I always break nails and they drive me crazy catching on clothing and whatever else. Another pretty silly thing is my own pillow. I have a small travel pillow I bring with because I have accidentally stained pillowcases at hotels before with my hair! I don’t want to end up being charged for any damage so now I am super paranoid about it! Also having my own pillow means always having that same level of comfort, we all know some hotels and hostels have terrible pillows.
After experiencing a terrible bout of salmonella on a trip, I now also carry activated charcoal. It was hellish being so sick in a foreign place where I was unable to procure the typical comforts of home like Gatorade and saltines, in fact I couldn’t even leave the bed so a bit of a moot point.
All of this stuff ends up taking up enough space that I can’t travel as light as I’d prefer, but being that I have sleep apnea and therefore must travel with medical equipment, I can’t really travel light anyway. Very frustrating! However these things I have listed have ended up saving me more than once, or could have saved me from a lot of discomfort.
What kind of things do you consider “must haves” when you travel? What have you learned to carry with you after experiencing difficulties?
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