From Cambodia to Norway: 4 Things a Tourist Needs in Every Country

From Cambodia to Norway: 4 Things a Tourist Needs in Every Country

Getting ready for a trip, thinking about the list of essentials, playing in your head all the force majeure scenarios that can happen in another city or country. It’s all exciting and time-consuming. And even with careful preparation, sometimes you still manage to forget something. Here are six basic categories of things a traveler will need, no matter where this person goes.

Documents and Money 

You can get over the fact that you didn’t bring your toothbrush or your favorite beach shorts, but documents and money should never be forgotten. To avoid this unpleasant situation, it is worth keeping them in one place – a purse, a folder, a case. As for documents, you must have a passport. 

If you plan to use the car sharing service, do not forget to take your driver’s license. You may also need an insurance policy for traveling abroad, which must be taken out and paid for in advance. With medical insurance, you’ll get emergency care if there is an accident – poisoning, bruising or other unpleasantness. When traveling to another country, you should take both a bank card and cash. It’s worth warning your bank in advance that you will be using their card abroad. An employee will clarify the location and dates of the trip, and set a withdrawal limit.

Gadgets and Equipment 

For a short trip, it’s enough to take with you only a smartphone. It’s worthwhile to download apps in advance, which will make life far from home easier. For example, download maps to your navigator so that you can navigate in unfamiliar areas, even without the Internet, or games from to play when you’re bored.

Don’t forget to take a charger and a power bank. If you plan to constantly take pictures and shoot video, an external hard drive is a good addition to the memory of a smartphone or SLR. Many people take a tablet or laptop to watch TV shows during a long flight. Along with them do not forget to bring a charger and headphones, so as not to disturb the neighbors. Most equipment – hair dryer, kettle, iron – are available in hotels. So it doesn’t make sense to take them with you. 

Clothing and Shoes 

To make a single list of clothing and footwear for all trips is simply impossible, but the basic principles are still better to consider. First of all, the closet depends on the climate of the country in which you’re going. Whether you’re taking warm clothes or light summer clothes, pick a few pieces. If it’s a long trip, try to make sure that the clothes successfully combine with each other as many times as possible – this is called a capsule closet. 

When traveling to a warm country, it’s worth taking at least one blouse and pants. In Cambodia, they will definitely come in handy. Despite the hot climate, you can easily find places to freeze – in a cab or any institution with air conditioning. Underwear and socks are better to take for every day. For a beach vacation, don’t forget swim trunks and a hat to protect you from the sun. 

It is worth a more detailed approach to the choice of shoes. It must be comfortable – better if it is a proven pair of sneakers, sandals or boots. When traveling you often have to walk a lot, so it is important that the shoes do not chafe and suited to the weather. If you’re going to the UAE, be sure to take flip-flops. The sand will be a hell of a test for bare feet. 

Household Items 

To ensure your own comfort while traveling, you need to think about which household items will definitely not gather dust in your suitcase. Some hygiene products are better to take from home, so as not to spend money to buy them in another country. For example, comb, toothbrush, deodorant, cotton swabs and disks. 

If you’re going to the tropics, bring mosquito repellent or buy it as soon as you arrive. Not only will it save you from pesky insects, but also protect you from possible diseases like malaria or Dengue fever. Be sure to take sunscreen in hot countries – the lighter the skin, the higher the SPF must be. 

In Norway, lip balm would be a good idea at any time of year. Aggressive UV rays, wind and temperature changes will quickly dry out thin skin. In Europe, on the contrary, you’re more likely to need an umbrella. Liquid hygiene products – shampoo, conditioner, creams, shower gel – can be taken in portions, pouring them into small cosmetic containers. You will probably not be able to carry sharp objects on the plane, so it is better to buy them on the spot.