5 Items To Add To Your Travel Packing List 🧳

Are you getting ready to travel but not sure what to pack? Don't worry; we've got you covered! 

Young Black Girl Sitting in Airport With Luggage

If you're unsure about my credentials, I've been traveling for the past 11 years. That means I've been traveling since I was a baby. I even shared my preschooler's guide to flying.  However, I recently just returned from visiting my 30th country, and while I don't call myself an expert on packing, I can confidently say that the items on this list are items you should never leave home without. This blog post will discuss five items that you should add to your packing list before hitting the road or the friendly skies. 

These items will help make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable, so add them to your packing list.

Items To Add To Your Travel Packing List

1. A Comfortable Pair Of Shoes:

Whenever my mom and I travel, we tend to do a lot of walking. We take advantage of free tours that generally last around 2 hours but are worth it. You will be doing a lot of walking while on vacation, so it's crucial to pack a comfortable pair of shoes that you can wear all day. A good pair of walking shoes will help you avoid blisters and sore feet. If you plan on hiking or exploring off the beaten path, pack a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes that can handle rough terrain. You might also want to pack a dressier pair of shoes for nights out or special occasions. But don't forget to break them in before your trip! Nothing ruins a night out like painful blisters.

2. A Hat & Sunglasses:

Whether you're traveling to a sunny destination or not, it's always a good idea to pack a hat and a pair of sunglasses. They can help protect your eyes from the sun and keep you from squinting all day long. If you're traveling to a cold climate, make sure to pack a warm hat that will keep your head and ears cozy. Sunglasses are not just for sunny days! They can also help shield your eyes from the glare of the snow. Don't worry if you forget to pack a hat or sunglasses; you can usually buy them at your destination. But it's always nicer to have your own.

3. Your Favorite Snacks:

No matter where you're traveling, it's always a good idea to pack your favorite snacks. Vacations can be long and tiring, and sometimes the food options at your destination might not be to your liking. By packing some of your favorite healthy travel snacks, you can have something to munch on whenever you get hungry. This will help you save money and avoid getting hungry. Snacks can also come in handy when traveling with kids. If they get cranky or restless on the plane or in the car, a few snacks can help tide them over until the next meal.

4. Any Necessary Extras:

This one depends on your personal needs and preferences. If you require any medication for a medical condition, make sure to pack enough to last the entire trip. Packing any essential toiletries you might need, such as contact lenses, toothpaste, or shampoo, is also a good idea. You can generally get these in your travel section at your favorite stores, such as Target or Walmart. They tend to come in already TSA-approved sizes, so you don't need to worry about transferring them to other containers. 

5. A Travel Pillow:

A travel pillow can make all the difference if you're taking a long flight or road trip. It can help you get comfortable and fall asleep, even if you're crammed into a small space. Travel pillows come in many different shapes and sizes, so it's easy to find one that suits your needs. They can be inflatable, memory foam, or even bean-filled. And they don't take up much space in your luggage, so there's no excuse not to pack one! I always have a travel pillow as I tend to fall asleep on longer flights, so they come in handy. This travel pillow by BCOZZY is the one I use and comes in both kids' and adult sizes. 

These are just a few things that you should pack for any trip. Of course, there are other items that you might need to pack depending on your destination and the activities you have planned. But this list will help you get started on packing for your next trip.