It doesn’t seem to matter how often you pull out that suitcase, even the most well-seasoned travellers forget at least one thing every time they hop on a plane. Here are 16 of the most common items to miss the trip.
Items that are part of your daily routine tend to be the most forgotten. At the top of the list is your toothbrush, followed by toothpaste. If you want to save yourself the trip to the pharmacy when you arrive, make sure you leave yourself a reminder to put this in your bag.
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Like toothbrushes, deodorant is also something you use on the regular and therefore is easy to forget. We suggest storing a travel-sized version in your carry-on so that it's already in there before you even begin packing.
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Though many of us are married to our cards --particularly when we travel-- it's always good to have some cash on you. If possible, try and pick up at least a little pocket change (i.e., smaller bills) before you go so you're not left with empty pockets when it comes time to buy little things like coffee, snacks or bus fare.
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You don't have to be sick to need tissues when you travel. Regardless of where you're going, it's always a good idea to carry around a handful of the stuff just in case you have an unexpected spill or a toilet paper emergency.
Oops! Believe it or not, underwear is the most common clothing item people forget to pack, followed by pajamas. It may seem silly but typically people are so focused on figuring out what outfits and shoes to bring that they forget the most important thing --what goes on underneath!
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Along the same lines, forgetting your sunglasses is the worst! This usually happens when you leave town in the dead of night only to arrive in a place where it is bright and sunny and (face palm) you have no sunglasses. Thankfully, you can usually pick up some cheapies at the airport but this is still an annoying thing to forget.
You should also be cautious not to over pack. Keep this list of things travellers always pack but never use handy, too.
"Honey, where did you pack the camera?"
Don't start your vacation with a fight because you left the camera charging on your desk at home. Thankfully, you probably didn't forget your smartphone so you will manage.
This one is particularly important if you happen to have forgotten your camera as your phone will now be serving two purposes. Also, make sure to do your research on what kind of plug you will need at your destination so you have the appropriate adapter.
Though you might not need an actual first aid kit, it's always a good idea to travel with the essentials like Band-Aids, painkillers, antiseptic wipes and nausea medication. Again, you can usually buy these things at your destination but wouldn't you rather have some on hand?
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Beach hair is great when you're in Hawaii but for most other trips you'll need to run a brush through your hair in order to look presentable. Put this directly into your carry-on along with all of your other daily essentials as you use them the morning before you leave to avoid disappointment.
Unless you're heading on a beach vacation, a bathing suit probably isn't on your list of things to pack. Add it. Even if you're heading to Russia in the middle of winter there may be a hot tub or swimming pool at your hotel, which may be just the thing you need to relax in after a long day of sightseeing.
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Sealed Plastic Baggies
Not just for your carry-on liquids, plastic baggies can serve a multitude of purposes when you travel. Whether you want to weatherproof important gadgets like your phone or camera, want to make snack packs or if you're worried about your shampoo exploding in your suitcase, you will find endless ways to make use of these little baggies.
Insider tip: We grab a handful of the free ones they have at the entrance to the security scan area and store them in our carry-on.
Even when you're going on a beach vacation, (say, to one of these stunning Zika-free beach destinations), it's common to forget some of the most basic essentials. Don't leave home without a pair of rubber flip flops that can go in the sand, a cheapie hat and beach bag that you don't mind getting wet or sandy, a throw-away towel and a bottle of good sunscreen.
Luckily, you won't get too far without this essential travel document but it's still good to put your passport on your list of last minute things to throw in the bag. Other important (and often forgotten) travel documents include proof of travel insurance, tickets/flight information, hotel addresses and any visas or additional identification documents.
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