Read this list and never forget your essentials when you go on vacation again!
Who Invented the Suitcase?
Who invented suitcases? Well, as much as you might think that’s a bit of a silly question (because we’re essentially asking who invented the box), there is an answer. It was Bernard D Sadow, in 1972. Presumably, travelers prior to this time had to juggle their belongings between destinations, in a complicated series of mesmerizing knee-ups and elbow flicks.
There’s Never Enough Room For All You Need
Whatever the case, many of us have reason to take umbrage with Mr. Sadow’s design. Not that wheeled luggage isn’t appreciated. But there must have been something about the dimensions of those original wheeled Sadows that led the travel industry to believe we had room enough within the confines of those fledging suitcases to warrant fixed rules and regulations over travel allowance forevermore.
In brief, there’s never enough room and I blame Bernard.
If like everyone else in the world, you find that your suitcase is only apt to transport two pairs of origami folded jeans and a truly minuscule travel-sized bag of toiletries, you can let yourself off the hook a bit when it comes to forgotten essentials – when you have to choose between taking a spare pair of evening shoes or taking underwear, the chances of considering space for something like a bottle opener are slim.
Don’t Forget to Pack These Essentials
That’s why we’re going to suggest starting with these often forgotten essentials and piling the clothes on top…you can do this.
Portable Phone Charger
There’s no getting away from the fact that no matter how brand-new your model of phone, your battery is going to go flat, fast. They all do. They always have. They probably always will. The reasons vary, but when you’re traveling, you will want photos. Lots and lots of photos. That means your battery life is going to be up against it. Take a portable charger and snap away – and why not turn your favorites into canvas picture prints.
Ziplock Bags Are The Future of Travel
Ziplock bags cover a multitude of sins. Dirty, smelly clothes? No-else need know. Wet socks from the rain? No need to contaminate your dry stuff. Half-eaten breakfast bar? You get the idea. There’s almost never a day spent traveling when you won’t appreciate a ziplock bag.
Hard Copies of Travel Documents
Many people choose to use their phone as their only – and digital – the source of travel documentation. Now. The world has gone digital, but pickpockets are as analog as they ever were. When your phone goes missing with your handful of loose change, you will be left with few options for travel. Always keep a printed version of your travel documents somewhere safe.
That’s it for this installment, folks. Chargers, zip locks, and printed travel docs. You’ll be fine.
More Travel Tips
As you travel, here are some more of my essential tips and hacks.