Traveling is a personal experience and the things you will need really depend on what you want to do. If you are going on holiday where you will be doing a bunch of things, I will pack all the necessary things I need at home and not worry too much about my trip. To cut to the chase, here's my list of essentials:
- Shades or sunglasses, don't forget them.
- If you are a swimmer or just to want to make yourself wet in a pool, have a pair of your swimming clothes and goggles.
- A laptop, assuming you don't want to escape the rat race.
- Condoms, assuming you are married and want to have sex with your partner without the risk of making her pregnant.
- A towel, good to have when you are lying somewhere on a beach.
- Novels or books in general. Will help you enjoy long flights where passengers setting next to you are as grumpy as Donald Trump. Do some research on what to read and what's new. It all depends on your interest. (I carry my Kindle all the time).
A flashlight. Good to have when you are out on a beach at night, or travel to an unknown land where you need to find your way around in the dark.
Cash in local currency. And make sure you have some singles. You can do this after you land in your destination.
Research the place before you travel. With that, you are making sure about what to do and where to go.
- Travel documents. Make sure you have them on you at all times. Shit happens, and you never know when.
- Have both the two and three pin plug adapters for your computer or electronic devices. A multi-adapter might be even better.
- Make sure you have your chargers in your handbag or backpack.
- Your credit card. Inform your bank that you are traveling so that they don't block your card when they see a charge from a place in a far away land. At least that's what I need to do in the US.
- A pen and paper.
- Training clothes and shoes. Most hotels will not let you use their facility in flip-flops.
- Last but not least, a nice backpack.