By Joshua Rivero
We’ve all been there – you check off everything on your list once, twice, maybe three times. You’re sure you have everything, except when you get to the airport and realize you forgot your headphones or, worse, passport. Yikes!
Want some tips on how to pack more efficiently to help make your trip go smoothly? Here is a 2022 travel packing list for your next getaway!
There are a wide variety of options for toiletry containers, coming in multiple sizes and shapes for you to fill up on shampoo, conditioner, and other products. They fit easily into container bags which makes luggage organization much easier and less time consuming. So don’t worry about having to settle on the tiny supplies given by hotels – bring all your necessities in small, easy to travel containers!
It's no secret that the cleanliness of airports and planes has risen since COVID-19, but you can never be too careful.
As an added precaution, be sure to pack some (TSA-approved sized) hand sanitizer bottles and sanitizing wipes to help keep your area clean. You can keep most of these on your carry on, and you'll find yourself thankful that you did.
Long flights beget long naps, so for the sake of your neck and back, take a neck pillow! They can come as cheap as a few dollars and are fairly simple, but can make all the difference. Some come with an internal massager that vibrates to promote relaxation, and some come with heating or cooling functions. Whichever you pick, a neck pillow is highly recommended. Also, neck pillows don’t technically count as extra luggage and can be easily secured to your carry-on!
Masks, Masks, and Extra Masks
COVID-19 is still ongoing, and one of the best ways to protect yourself (and others) is by wearing a mask.
Planes, airports, and some countries have even made wearing masks mandatory. To avoid any trouble, bring a mask – in fact, bring extra! Traveling, sometimes with its spontaneous nature, makes us susceptible to losing things, so it never hurts to be prepared. Take this as an opportunity to use some of those fancy reusable masks, too.
Have you ever arrived at your destination after a long flight, only to find that your luggage is a huge mess and you can’t find what you’re looking for? This is where packing cubes can become a life saver. Packing cubes are designed to fit perfectly into most luggage's and help keep everything neat and organized. They’re super customizable and chic, too!
When you’re traveling, there are more items than usual that you’ll need to carry around. Some of these items include your passport, copy of travel insurance, vaccination card, or international driving licenses. It’s nearly impossible to fit these into a standard wallet, so consider getting a travel wallet!
Travel wallets are very popular and are designed to keep almost all of your essentials locked into one little, foldable wallet. Some even include special compartments for extra protection for your passport or other documents!
Ensure you take all necessary documents whenever you travel! This may require various forms of photo ID, COVID-19 documents, passport, or others. Make a checklist of all the necessary documents you’ll need on your trip, and remember that if you’re going to a foreign country, the checklist will likely look longer.
Luggage tags are always smart to have on your bags, providing your contact information in case the bag gets lost. What’s even better, though, is a smart tracker! They act very similar to traditional tags except come with a unique tracking code. Once you set up the code in an app, you can personally track down the luggage according to the guidance right from your phone!
Power Bank, Portable HotSpot, and Other Tech
Lastly, here are some final things that might make you more comfortable on your next trip:
- Portable charger/power bank
- Universal USB and/or charging cords
- Selfie sticks
- Portable HotSpots
Be sure to start your packing list for your 2022 trip!