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Checklist for a Relaxing Vacation

Even if you consider yourself a veteran traveler, it’s really hard to keep track of all the things you need to prepare before embarking on a new adventure. No need to fret though! Listed below is a complete checklist to ensure that you travel worry-free without any issues along the way.

Travel Security

While we live in a globalized world, basic human safety can be a cause for concern in many regions. Some of the world’s most culturally rich cities such as Baghdad are going through some major structural changes in terms of governance. As such, it’s entirely possible for things to go wrong at anytime. The U.S Department of State has a list of countries with travel warnings that you should probably avoid for the time being.

Uncertain political conditions aren’t the only thing that should detract travelers; many large cities also have reportedly high instances of pick pocketing and theft. It would be a good idea to keep all your valuables hidden in a money belt or another unconventional pocket that’s hard for pickpockets to access.

Travel Documents

Travel DocumentsKeep the following things with you at all times:

  • Passport
  • ID card
  • Credit card
  • Frequent Flyer card
  • Travel insurance receipt
  • Reservations and Itineraries

Besides these documents, carry a little local currency with you wherever you go. There are some regions that may not accept credit cards.


LuggageThe ideal luggage bag should be light, versatile and have a high storage capacity. If you expect to change transportation modes often, it might be a good idea to get one with wheels. However, make sure to lock it thoroughly, as there have been many reported instances of illegal substances being smuggled in unsuspecting traveler bags. Keep at least one pair of clean clothes with you for each day of your stay.


Carry-OnSince you wouldn’t want to sift through your main luggage every time you need a frequently used item, it’s a good idea to have a carry-on bag with you that boasts all the travelling essentials such as tooth brushes, chargers, headphones and tablets. To make the travel more comfortable, you can also pack a light travel pillow, ear plugs and a blanket.

It’s always a good idea to compartmentalize all your travelling items according to use. For example, keeping all the chargers in a single pouch will allow for easy access whenever you’re running low on battery. It will also make it easier to repack when you’re moving from one place to the next.

First Aid

First AidA first aid box is perhaps the most important thing you should pack before going on a vacation. Ideally, it should have the following items:

  • Bandages
  • Antiseptics
  • Pain relievers
  • Diarrhea medicine
  • Thermometer
  • Motion sickness pills

In case you miss anything, have a copy of any prescription slips so that you may purchase them on the go.

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