When traveling internationally (or anywhere really for that matter), there are a few travel essentials that I don’t leave home without!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me talk about my “traveling pharmacy”. I have found it important to make sure all of my travel must haves are stocked and ready to go! This can be especially important if you are traveling somewhere where there could be a language barrier, making it difficult to read labels or communicate what you are looking for.
Having these travel essentials on hand can be especially comforting to the travel beginner. If even as much as a sniffle pops up, you’ll have something to take care of that!
Aside from the obvious things (your passport, prescription medications, etc.) here is a list of items I don’t travel without!
This is one travel carry on essential that everyone should have. YES, I am that person who gets into their seat on the air plane and wipes down EVERYTHING. From the buckle on the seat belt to the tray table, arms and window shade, I am disinfecting it with wipes. Laugh all you want, but you don’t know how often those planes are cleaned and the last thing you need is to catch something on the flight to your big trip!
I always have some kind of pain reliever like Advil on me at all times. While you could probably easily find something like this at a local pharmacy, I prefer to just have it on hand for convenience.
Tums, Pepto-Bismol, Imodium
This is another great one to keep with you in your carry on when traveling. You never know how your stomach is going to react to turbulence or all the amazing new foods you are sure to try on your trip! However, should you have a bad reaction, you’ll want to be prepared.
When traveling to a different country, with a different climate, you never know how it can impact your allergies. I always have Allegra or some other allergy medicine on hand, you just never know!
Zicam, Emergen-C, Cold Medicine
Should I feel even the slightest sign of a cold, I start taking Zicam and Emergen-C to try and fend it off. The last thing you need is a cold to slow you down while traveling. If I’m not able to fend it off, I like to have cold medicine on hand to help manage the symptoms. I’ve even heard of some keeping this in their carry on and taking it as soon as they step on the plane, just to be safe!
You do not want to travel without some type of stain remover, especially if you plan to wear something more than once. Save yourself the trouble and just bring some along with you in case you spill! Not only is this a carry on travel essential for me, but I keep one in my purse and car, ha!
Depending on where you are going, there might be a lot of walking involved. You may have just purchased new shoes for your trip. Either of these could be a recipe for a blister! Another travel essential that I bring with me the Compeed Brand Blister Cushions. These are awesome, should you get a blister.
I thought that, because Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are so common, this one would be worth noting. Azo Defense contains an antibacterial and pain relieving medication which can help you manage your symptoms until you can get in touch with a doctor to obtain an antibiotic. If you suffer from UTIs, you know how painful and even debilitating they can be, which can really ruin a trip. So make sure this one is on your international travel packing list.
An over the counter sleep aid, like Simply Sleep, can help you get over that hump when you first get there in order for you to adjust to the time change. This could also be helpful during the flight to fall asleep.
Small Sewing Kit
I bring with me a small sewing kit with a needle and thread and scissors. The scissors alone come in handy on most trips, but you never know when you might need to sew on a button!
I love to have a portable charger on hand, should my phone die. There are few worse things than coming across a picture perfect scene with nothing to capture it with! With that said, this is one travel essential you will want to have on you at all times.
A Cute Bag
The last thing you need it a cute bag to keep it all in! I call it my traveling pharmacy, always stocked and ready to go so I can just grab it before heading to the airport!
We hope that these tips will come in handy when making your international travel essentials packing list for your next trip!