Always forget to take something you need when you go travelling? I feel your pain. Iâ€™m one of the worst packers ever: it doesnâ€™t matter if itâ€™s an overnight bag, hand luggage or a giant suitcase, Iâ€™ll always leave at least one useful item behind.
Thankfully Iâ€™ve never forgotten the really important things because I repeat the mantra â€˜money, tickets, passport, medicationâ€™ over and over until the packing is done. But even though I get by, Iâ€™ve often been frustrated when Iâ€™ve discovered that something that would have been really useful in that moment is actually in its usual spot at home.
With that in mind Iâ€™ve created a little checklist for you of things that you might never think to pack, but could end up being very useful!
An extra memory card for your camera
Maybe youâ€™re quick thinking enough to always take this with you, but on one occasion I was dappy enough to forget to clear my memory card between trips and started my holiday with very little space for new photos!
Even if you do have a clear card, itâ€™s always worth having a spare just in case you get trigger-happy with your camera and donâ€™t want to have to delete some great shots!
A shower cap
I always â€˜presumeâ€™ that hotels will have a shower cap in the bathroom when I arrive, but over time Iâ€™ve discovered that itâ€™s a 50:50 chance. If you have long, thick hair like me itâ€™s not worth the risk, so just pack one!
My hair takes ages to dry (not fun at all when travelling in a cold climate!) and if my fringe goes damp I end up with an Elvis-eque quiff, but I was sent a really great shower cap called Save The Blow Dry (STBD)* to try out, and now Iâ€™m a total convert.
Itâ€™s really roomy, so great for long hair, but itâ€™s super great for style-savvy travellers as its been designed to help you keep hair styled, meaning less time getting ready and more time exploring.
Beneath the outer waterproof layer lies a second layer of absorbent microweave towelling, which keeps humidity and condensation at bay, leaving your hair in tiptop shape. I can say that from experience, as my straightened hair was still good to go after grabbing a long shower wearing this cap.
Plus, as I feel the cold I also really liked the fact that the towelling layer meant it was really warm, so thereâ€™s an extra bonus too! If you have long, or styled hair, itâ€™s well worth checking out.
Come on now, how many of you actually remember to pack plasters? These small little blighters can be really useful to have at hand, so whether youâ€™re prone to shaving accidents or stubbing your toes on door frames, be sure to keep one or two of these in your bag – saves for embarrassing bleeding accidents!
Want to stop yourself from having a stinky bag, or worse still, hotel room? Then take along a couple of plastic bags!
I always throw in several carrier bags on top of my clothes when I travel â€“ simply so I can keep my dirty and clean clothes separate. By tying them in a knot when full and chucking them back in the case when you head home, it also means you wonâ€™t feel the need to wash all your clothes if they havenâ€™t been worn, as they wonâ€™t whiff of smelly socks!
Your local currency
Weâ€™re great at making sure we have our destination currency ready to go when we leave the house, but we often forget to make sure we have at least a note or two of UK money when we head off. You might not think itâ€™s needed, but having some of your local currency is really useful for the beginning and end of trips. What if you want to grab a quick drink or snack at the airport, or give your taxi driver a tip?
Try to make sure you have a little bit of local cash on you, just to play it safe.
Do you agree with my list? Iâ€™d love to hear your thoughts and find out what youâ€™d add to my â€˜useful thingsâ€™ checklist, so let us know in the comments below!
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