10 Must-Haves in Your Travel Bag

by Esther Adeniji
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Packing list for travel

Packing for a trip can sometimes prove to be a tedious task. Especially when the journey is not one you planned. No matter the nature of the trip; be it a business trip, vacation, adventure, etc. You need to have some travel items in your bag by creating a packing list for travel.

These travel items will help make your journey and stay easy in your destination. In this article, you will find out the 10 items to pack when traveling to any location as a Nigerian.

10 Items to Include in your Packing List for Travel

  1. Mobile phone charger/Power bank

Apart from having a mobile phone, or laptop in your travel bag, a mobile charger and power bank should be on top of your list of travel items. These two gadgets are essential especially if you are planning to visit any location in Nigeria. You cannot guarantee to get a spare charger for your mobile devices or laptop. Ensure you pack your charger safely in your bag.

A power bank will also come in handy during a power outage at your destination. If you are visiting a remote location, a power bank is very important to have because some remote locations do not have a steady electricity supply.

  1. Towel

Another item to put on the top priority of your packing list for travel is a towel. Understandably, a towel might occupy a lot of space in your travel bag, you can get a short or light towel instead. If you are going to be staying at a hotel or a guest house, you might be given a towel but it is not always advisable for you to use a hotel towel. If you have a skin condition or you easily get skin infections by sharing items with strangers, you should consider coming along with your towel.

  1. Headphones/earpiece

Among the items to pack when traveling is a headphone or an earpiece. This item is usually needed when you are embarking on a long trip. Using the headphone/earpiece will allow you to enjoy your privacy. Traveling in Nigeria can sometimes be noisy, especially when you are traveling by road. The best way to avoid this uncomfortable condition is by using headphones. Listening to music helps make the trip less stressful.

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  1. Toiletries

Toiletries are the top items you should never forget when traveling in Nigeria. Items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouth wash, soap, body cream, eye mask, shaving cream, shaving stick, underwear, sanitary pads or tampons, sun cream, etc. are all important items to pack when traveling.

Toiletries might be available at your destination though, but they often come at an extra cost. It is therefore important to ensure you have the necessary toiletries you need to be packed in your travel bag before heading out for the trip.

  1. Valid Identification/receipts

For your safety and security, you must have a government-approved valid means of identification with you while on a trip. A valid means of identification is a necessity that should be on your packing list for travel.

For international trips, you should ensure you have a national passport or national ID card with you. If you are traveling within Nigeria, ensure you have a National ID card, driver’s license, voter’s card, vehicle documents, and receipts of gadgets with you.

In most cases, you might be stopped by securing operatives for the inspection while on a road trip. The best way to avoid wasting time is to have the needed documentation with you.

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  1. Mosquito repellent

One item that should not be missing in your packing list for travel is a mosquito repellent or in some cases, a mosquito net. Not to worry, this item is only needed when you are traveling to locations across Nigeria or locations outside Nigeria where malaria is prominent.

Mosquito are insects that can be found all over Nigeria, and they are prone to cause malaria which is a disease that can get worse when not properly treated. To prevent having malaria, ensure you travel with items that can help prevent the disease. Items like mosquito sprays, mosquito nets, mosquito repellent cream, etc. should be included in your travel bag.

  1. Cash/ATM card

The last thing that should happen to you on a trip is not taking enough money with you. Even if you are not planning on spending money at your destination, ensure you have money with you in case of unexpected expenses.

Cash or an ATM card should be included in your packing list for travel. You might be expected to pay for some extra services at your destination. Cash is often preferred because not all locations have ATM services.

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  1. Sunshade/face cap

A sunshade or face cap should be included in your travel items if you are planning on going outside during your trip. These items will help protect your eyes from the sun. In most destinations, you can get this item at your arrival but it might cost more. So ensure you get it before you travel to avoid spending the extra money to get them.

  1. Painkillers/medications.

Traveling can be a stressful activity most times. Especially when it involves long distances or going through rough routes. The best way to keep your health in check while at it is by ensuring you include painkillers or med in your travel bag.

Painkillers help reduce stress or body pains encountered in the journey. If you are on medications before embarking on the journey, ensure you do not forget to take them with you. Not all med can be found in all locations, especially in remote locations, pack your med in your traveling bag.

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  1. Torch

A torch with a durable battery is a necessary travel item to have before engaging on a trip. In a situation where there is a power outage in your lodge, you will need to have an alternative source of power in which a torch is the best option. You can go with a solar torch which will only require you to charge it during the day and use it at night. Apart from using this travel item in the room, it should also be with you whenever you step outside at night for easy navigation.

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Esther Adeniji
I haven’t found an easier and more convenient way to express myself than writing. I chose this path because I believe that a writers pen or as it is in this tech age, tablet is still powerful enough to change the world. Apart from being a writer, I am also a digital marketer.

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