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Active Travel Packing Tips

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Travel style is always something completely unique to the individual, but when it comes to preparing for exciting trips, there are some standard rules of thumb that always come in handy for any traveler. If you’re about to embark on a major trip and need some help getting organized, check out a few of our favorite packing tips for active travel below.

If you’ve done any amount of traveling in the past, you no doubt understand the frustration of leaving behind that one key item. So, no matter where your next voyage takes you, be sure to consult this list of common, yet oft-forgotten travel necessities before you head to the airport:

Comfortable shoes

No matter where you’re headed on your next getaway, you’re going to spend a lot of time on your feet. Whether it’s a nature-heavy vacation full of long outdoor excursions, or a leisurely sightseeing trip to Rome, if you forget to pack your sneakers, you’re going to regret it. That’s not to say you shouldn’t bring at least one pair of nice dress shoes. But, on any given trip, when you compare the amount of fancy dinners you’ll be having to the amount of walking from place to place, it’s easy to see why comfy sneakers should be your first priority when it comes to packing shoes.

A Camera

Alan stops to photograph Grinnell Lake

Alan stops to photograph Grinnell Lake in Glacier National Park.

Sure, you have your smartphone, which has a pretty decent camera, but when it comes to taking beautiful, memorable vacation photos, nothing beats the real deal. A good camera will ensure that your vacation pics don’t just end up rotting in the depths of your iPhone photo album. Check out a few of our favorite Travel Photography Gear that we bring along on our trips.

Medications

If you’ve ever gone on a trip and realized you’ve left your medication behind, you know the feeling of absolute panic this can cause, especially during international travel. If you’re on regular medication of any kind, make sure you have a failsafe method for reminding yourself to bring it along. It also helps to have a travel case for your meds to keep them safe, consolidated and compact. Just make sure you also bring some sort of documentation proving that the meds belong to you, just in case.

Motion Sickness Remedies

One of the biggest drags associated with travel is motion sickness. Whether it’s from a bumpy safari drive, a choppy whale watching expedition, or simply the flight that brought you to your dream destination in the first place, motion sickness can suck the fun out of any adventure. That’s why we recommend packing a natural remedy such as Motioneaze, and following these simple motion sickness tips.

Vertigo Remedies

While motion sickness can be a drag, it is relatively easy to prevent and usually passes quickly. Vertigo, on the other hand, can be a much bigger ordeal for travelers. If you suffer from vertigo you’re well aware of how it can stop you in your tracks and utterly derail your life—let alone your vacation. If you’re a vertigo sufferer, don’t take any chances with your travels. Pack a reliable vertigo remedy like Divertigo and leave the spins behind.

Itinerary

There is something to be said for the excitement of a ‘wherever the wind takes me’ kind of vacation. However, while playing fast and loose with your travel plans might open you up to unexpected adventures, it could also mean missing out on some of those must-try experiences you’ve been looking forward to. So make sure to travel with at least some form of organized schedule—but go ahead and leave some room for the unexpected.

Emergency Layer

Antarctica cruise

Donna was thankful for the extra layers on her Half Moon Island excursion while cruising Antarctica.

In the days leading up to your vacation, you probably find yourself checking, double-checking and triple-checking the weather. But even if you think you’re completely prepared for anything your destination’s climate might throw at you, it’s best to pack an emergency layer just in case. You never know when cold weather gear like that extra sweater, raincoat, or pair of gloves might come in handy.

A Good Book

Whether you load up your kindle with digital titles, or just grab that dusty old paperback you’ve been meaning to dive into, we cannot overemphasize the importance of good travel reading. While this seems like a no-brainer, books are one of the items most often left behind by travelers, and unlike toiletries and cosmetics, they are much more difficult to replace once you’ve reached your destination—unless you happen to be fluent in Portuguese, Swahili, or whatever the local language might be.

Carry On

Delsey Quilted Rolling Tote

Donna really loves this light-weight Delsey Quilted Rolling Tote.

This isn’t an item so much as it is a reminder to keep your valuables close. From medications, to personal electronics, to jewelry, if you can’t do without it, don’t put it in your checked bags. The last thing you want to do is start your vacation by losing your most valuable items—on second thought, maybe just leave the jewelry at home altogether. Also, just in case your checked bag does go missing, it’s a good idea to pack at least one change of clothes in your carry on if possible.

Did we miss anything? Make sure to create your own list of must-have items before jetting off on your dream vacation so you can travel with total peace of mind!

Disclosure: Motioneaze has sponsored this article and I have been compensated for my participation.

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