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Travelling & Itinerary: 7 Vital Things to Pack Before Leaving

 When it comes to travelling, there is a lot that goes into the trip. Not only do you have to plan out your entire itinerary, but then comes the hard part, which is packing for the trip. Some people believe all they need is clothes and toiletries, while others feel they need to pack as if they are never coming back home. While it is important to pack light, there are 7 key things you'll need to pack or have ready before you depart on your journey.

Print outs of all travel documents

Even in a world where everything is technological, the reality is that at times internet systems can go down, and things temporarily have to revert to the 20th century. So even if plane tickets, hotel confirmations, admissions to museums, and other important documents are easy to pull on your smartphone, you will always want to make sure you have printouts of these just in case. These do not take up a lot of space in your luggage, and having extra verification can be important if there is something wrong with a system. It is important to have printouts of all your travel documents including your visa, as these can serve as backup in case of any electronic malfunctions. With iVisa.com, you can easily track your Italy Schengen visa processing time and have peace of mind knowing when you can expect to receive your visa.

Car Insurance

Although this is not something you pack, it's important that if you plan to utilize a rental car during your trip, that you are protected. Rental companies may provide some level of insurance, but it is not comprehensive enough if you get into a major accident. 

Therefore, it's important to always have your comprehensive car insurance policy on hand and that your policy covers any kind of property damage that may occur to the car. Not having this could spoil your trip with a huge out-of-pocket cost.


In today's world, pretty much everything is a digital currency, with credit cards being considered the safest way to travel. However, this doesn't mean you should not have cash on hand, especially if you are out on the road. Also, as mentioned, sometimes technology systems go down, and they can't charge your card. So never trust someone who says they will write your card number down to pay for something. 

Also, occasionally there will be establishments that don't accept credit, so if you want that gift or water bottle, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Water Bottle

You should never assume that on a trip, that water will always be easily accessible, especially if you plan a lot of outdoor excursions. Therefore to be safe, make sure you pack a reusable water bottle. You won't be able to have it filled through TSA, but once past security or after you land, you can fill it up and have it with you for the trip. 

It is never a guarantee there will be a place nearby that you can pick up a water bottle, and having a reusable water bottle can also save a lot of money on your trip.

Extra Socks and Underwear

When they pack clothes, most people assume that they would need one set of clothes per day they are on vacation. But unfortunately, things happen, and you will want to be prepared. While shirts and pants might be reused, to ensure comfort, you should always pack extra socks and underwear. 

A rule of thumb is that for every 3-4 days that you plan to be away, you should pack one extra pair of socks and underwear for your trip. The last thing you want is to be out in the rain and have no clean clothes for your plane ride back.


Sticking on the theme of rain, one of the most forgotten things people tend to pack are towels. Unfortunately, while hotels generally provide towels, most hotels prohibit removing towels from rooms for personal use outside of the property. So while you might not expect the hotel police to open an investigation for a missing towel, it may be better practice to bring your own for whatever reason.

Travel Wallet

The reality is that when you travel, there will be a lot more important things to carry than your credit cards and cash in your wallet. You will be carrying your passport, confirmation documents, itineraries, and hotel key cards that quite often won't be able to fit in your pocket. 

In addition, when you travel to a foreign area, you may not be familiar with crime, should not leave things in a hotel, and the last thing you want when travelling is to have your purse stolen with all your documents. Therefore it's recommended you invest in a travel wallet so that all of your important valuables are on you and safe from nearly everything.

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