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24th January 2018

Passport and documentation

If you’re travelling to a different country, you won’t get very far without your passport, visa (if necessary) and other travel documentation. It sounds obvious, but some people get so caught up remembering their toothbrushes, they forget even more fundamental items!

Money

Even if you carry credit cards with you all the time, it pays to have a plan for how you’ll pay for things when travelling. Check your credit card is widely accepted in the country you’re visiting and the international fees aren’t too costly. There are plenty of credit card options that don’t charge for international payments. Carry a little cash with you in the currency of the country you’re visiting, just in case you need quick access to cash.

Medication

Sometimes the routines of home don’t make it into the travel packing stage. Make sure you have a good supply of any medications you usually take well in advance of travelling. As well as traditional medications, also remember your glasses, contact lenses and contact lens solution. Bring pain relief you know works for you if you get headaches or other common ailments.

Toiletry bag

Any overnight stay necessitates and the most fundamental items required for personal hygiene. This includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, make-up remover, cotton pads, shampoo and a hairbrush. If you travel frequently, consider having a separate toiletry bag that is always stocked with all these items in, so you don’t have to remember to gather together lots of small items from your bathroom every time you travel.

Plug adapters

The chances are that you’ll be travelling with some electronic equipment that you’ll need to plug in or charge up. Remember to pack plug adaptors for the specific country you’re travelling to, and check the voltage of your equipment is compatible. We have 110V and 240V plug sockets available at The Athenaeum.

Electronics

Your plug adaptors won’t be much use to you if you forget your electronic equipment! As well as your mobile phone and laptop if you’re travelling on business, also consider bringing an iPad or Kindle with you. This is a much more lightweight way to read magazines and books while you’re away.

Jacket

Wherever in the world you’re travelling to, you can’t rely on the weather. You always need a back-up plan in the form of a jacket – how warm it is depends on the season you’re travelling in. If you’re coming to London, make sure your jacket is waterproof. Londoners are known for talking about the weather for a reason… With this in mind, consider bringing an umbrella too.

Camera

Most people have a smartphone with camera and video capabilities nowadays, but consider bringing a separate camera with you too. Doing so means you’re less likely to run out of memory on your mobile phone, particularly if you want to take lots of videos to capture all the special moments.

Comfortable shoes

Always pack a pair of comfortable shoes suitable for walking around and seeing the sights. This is particularly necessary for city breaks, when there’s so much to see and do. Don’t bring brand new shoes with you either – it’s not the time to find out your shoes aren’t very comfortable when you have limited wardrobe options while travelling.

Swimming gear

Many travellers commonly complain about forgetting their swimming wear when going on holiday. This is true even if they’re going on a city break to a place like London, not especially known for its swimming! But there’s nothing worse that wanting to use the hotel’s spa and realising you don’t have your swimming kit. It takes up a small amount of space in your luggage, but can make a big difference to your trip.

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