This is the time of year when families travel to visit friends and relatives near and far. When taking a road trip, it is easy to throw a bug-out-bag and extra food and clothing into the trunk of your car but what if you are traveling by air?
Not only do you have those pesky baggage weight limits to deal with, but you also have the scrutiny and probing eyes of the TSA to avoid, not to mention their sticky fingers. (ever see the you tube video of the lost iPad?). These days, you can never be too sure what will happen if someone decides to label you as a prepper.
Regardless of where you go, you should include some basic preps in your carry-on or in your check-through luggage so that no matter what, you will be prepared to deal with bumps along your journey.
Here in list form, and in no particular order, is a list of vacation and travel preparedness items to take along on your next trip.
– A wise traveler not only carries a passport, but also a photocopy of the passport and well as a scanned version on a laptop, CD, or flash drive. Its also useful to have something stored on a secure cloud server.
– Your healthcare insurance or Medicare card.
-Your international driver’s license, proof of insurance and the 24 hour claims number for your insurance company.
– Two credits cards (in case one gets lost or is stolen) along with the customer service numbers for the credit card companies written down and stored someplace other than your wallet.
– A list of emergency contacts, include telephone numbers and email addresses.
– A prepaid long distance card for making calls when there is no cell phone service or when the calls will be too expensive due to roaming charges.
– Funds in the local currency (if you are traveling out of the country).
– Prescription medications sorted into daily packets with at least 3 days over and above the number of days you plan to be gone.
– An emergency first aid kit including bandages, pain medication, instant hot packs, antibiotics, antibiotic ointment, an anti-diarrheal and anything else that you commonly use.
– Travel tissues and a travel sized roll of TP (you would be surprised at how often this “essential” will come in handy.)
– Hand sanitizer plus sanitizer wipes.
– A mini, LED flashlight and possibly an LED headlamp as well.
– Pocket knife or Swiss Army style knife. (must be in checked in luggage).
– Water purification tabs for ensuring safe, drinkable water if supplies at your destination are compromised.
– Mylar emergency blankets.
– Your cell phone charger or a USB cable to use as a charging cable along with a BATTERY BANK.
– Key passwords to access email accounts and online financial data.
– A metal single wall water bottle that can also be used for boiling.
There is nothing remarkable about this list and, as a matter of fact, it is fairly mundane and undoubtedly includes things you routinely pack along as a matter of course. Still, if there is just one item you have overlooked – and you need that item – you will be happy to have it along to help you out of a jam or to make your journey more secure.
Stay safe and keep prepared