As exciting as travel can be, it’s important to note that you can never be fully certain of what might happen on the road. Whether you’re heading out on a business trip or exploring a distant land with your friends, stepping out of your comfort zone and into the world of the unknown is part of what makes travel such an exciting prospect.
While every journey comes with endless possibility, that possibility covers both good, and bad eventualities – so how can you be prepared for any journey?
1. Pack a Flashlight
If you’re headed to somewhere you know reasonably well, then you might not think a flashlight is necessary. However, there’s always the chance that you could go out for a walk one night and get lost, or be struggling to find something in your hotel room. Packing a small flashlight means you’re prepared for everything – even if your power suddenly goes out!
2. Bring an Umbrella
A lot of travelers forget the importance of a good, windproof travel umbrella, simply because they’re concerned it’ll add too much extra weight to their bag. However, the chances are you’ll be thankful for your umbrella far more often than you spend time lamenting the weight. You never know when you might be walking down the street or exiting an airport just to suddenly find yourself in the middle of a storm. While others are running for cover, your travel umbrella will keep you on the right track.
3. Find Multi-Purpose Outfits
Packing clothes that will work at day time, for the evening, or in last minute business situations is a great way to make sure you will be prepared for any journey. For example, try a pair of pants that zip off into shorts, or walking shoes that are also smart enough to be worn for an evening out. You’ll save room, and be dressed right for any occasion.
4. Carry a First Aid Kit
Although we live in the modern world, where you can find modern medicine just about anywhere, ensuring you will be prepared for any journey means carrying at least a basic first aid kit with you anywhere you go. You can take medicines that are essential for your specific needs, as well as a small supply of necessities that you can’t do without in an emergency situation – such as bandages and antibacterial cream.
5. Keep Emergency Cash
While keeping your cash budget in your pockets is a good way to make sure it’s easy to access whenever you want to make a purchase, carrying emergency cash in an RFID-protected neck pouch or waist belt is a great way to stay prepared in the event that you lose some money or even worse – fall victim to theft. The last thing you want to do is end up somewhere you don’t know very well without the money you need to return to safety. It’s also worth keeping some cash locked away in your hotel room safe – just in case something major happens.