Do you feel the urge to escape Singapore and embark on a short weekend getaway? There's always the dreaded packing after you've diligently booked your cheap flight and cheap hotel. And although it's a relatively short holiday, you would want to ensure that you've got all the important things you need packed.
Here, we at GET.com have put together a checklist of 10 travel essentials that all travellers should pack for a perfect weekend getaway.
1. Travel Organiser Containing All Your Important Things
It is always a good idea to keep your things neat and tidy, especially when you're on the road travelling. You don't want to be fumbling and digging through your bags and pockets all the time.
Make sure to include all your important travel essentials such as your passport, visas, NRIC, boarding passes, emergency contacts and addresses, cash, credit cards, pen, travel insurance documents, reservations and itineraries in your travel organiser so that you'll have everything you need with you all stashed together in one place for easy access.
If you're worried about safety and your stuff getting lost or stolen, keep a copy of your important items with you in another piece of luggage.
Call me kiasu or whatever you wish but I'd rather have physical copies of my reservations and itineraries with me just in case I can't don't have access to the internet.
2. Photocopy Of Your Passport
Extending from the point above, it'll do you good to always have a photocopy (or two) of your passport with you when you're travelling in a foreign land. Although it's better for us to always keep our passport safe and close to us, you don't want to lose your passport and let the traumatic experience ruin your holiday.
But if you do lose your passport unfortunately, you need to report the loss of your Singapore passport. Find out more about the procedure here from ICA's website.
3. International Travel Adaptor
Depending on where your holiday destination is, an international travel adaptor will likely come in handy when you need to charge your mobile phone and other devices. If you don't already have one, just treat it as an investment since it'll last ages.
A basic one will do and it won't even cost too much, perhaps $10? My trusty old travel adaptor from Home-Fix does the job just as well as the one I got at Changi Airport that retailed for about $35.
4. Chargers For Your Devices
Considering how much we rely on our handphones and tablets every single day, vacations included, nobody would want to be stuck in a situation where their batteries remain dead and flat. So, remember to pack your chargers!
Be it a high-performance professional DSLR, old-school hipster film camera, instant polaroid camera or just the handy one that's built into your smartphone, be sure to capture precious holiday moments for keepsake.
I don't know about you but it feels nice to be able to reminisce through visual pictures instead of cracking your brains trying to recall where you've been, what you've done, what you've eaten, what you've seen, etc.
6. Eye Masks & Ear Plugs
What can I say but kudos to the people who invented eye masks and ear plugs. These little essentials help us sleep better as they do a fairly good job blocking out light and sound respectively. It isn't always possible to have some Scotch on the rocks and you don't want to be kept awake when you need a little rest while on a plane, bus or train.
7. Wet Wipes & Hand Sanitisers
As OCD as it might sound, it is always a smarter idea to keep away from germs and bad bacteria as best as we can especially when we're in a foreign environment. One does not necessarily have to have an intense pathological fear of germs, dirt and contamination (think: mysophobia) to pack hand sanitisers and wet wipes for travel, though.
8. Your Personalised Medication Kit
Though packing a medication kit every time you travel sounds like an absolute chore, you'll thank yourself for going through the trouble when you really need to self-medicate whilst on the go. What are some things to include? Start off with plasters, gauze, antibacterial cream, adhesives, medicines for colds, sore throat, and diarrhoea. If you have allergies like I do, throw some meds for that into your kit as well. Pack some paracetamol and eye drops, too.
9. Insect Repellent & Itch Balm
This is not rocket science, really. If you don't want to get bitten by pesky little insects and bugs, always spray a good amount of insect repellent if you would be travelling to hot and humid destinations or places known to have bugs inhabiting there. And it sure doesn't hurt to re-apply every few hours, either.
Some lucky people don't even get targeted by these nasty little creatures at all. Well, I know my skin reacts horribly to bites and stings, so I never ever go outdoors without spritzing myself with insect repellent. And that's the same even when I'm in Singapore because swollen and insanely itchy red blotches aren't any fun at all.
10. Good Old Ziplock Bags
These resealable bags come in real handy when we need to store our travel size liquids and toiletries, and they're also good when we need to organise our items or store anything that is damp or less pleasant-smelling that we'd prefer, like socks and undergarments.
This article was originally on GET.com at: 10 Travel Essentials For A Perfect Weekend Getaway
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