Traveler’s Regret: 12 Must-Have Items You Overlooked in Your Packing List

Packing a suitcase is both an exciting and stressful experience, especially if you’re trying to fit a lot into one bag. No matter how meticulous you are, it’s normal to forget essential things occasionally. According to a popular online forum discussion, these are the vital items you forgot to pack but now wish you had.

1. Socks

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We think we can buy them anywhere, right? Wrong! Most online users who forgot to pack socks had difficulty purchasing them at their destination. It’s best to always leave them in a ziplock bag in your travel suitcase. The last time I forgot to carry socks, I had to wash the single pair I wore every night for the first week of my two-week trip, only to realize in the last two days that a shop was around the corner. I just never noticed it, and no one pointed it out.

2. Medication

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Have you needed Imodium when your stomach acts up because you’re trying new cuisines or nausea tablets when you feel a bit off? A travel expert notes, “I forgot my medication and had an upset stomach for days. No pharmacy was nearby, and I had to deal with it for several nights. It was a horrible experience. Carry your medication.”

3. Facecloths

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This is one of the few items most people think they will find in their destination bathrooms. However, countless travelers admitted that it’s the most critical item they forgot to pack and didn’t find in their hotel rooms. It sure took away from their shower time!

4. Flip Flops

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Those who participated in this online discussion agreed that flip-flops are mandatory but easy to forget. They come in handy when you’ve been traveling all day and want to kick back or when you’re tired of your boots and sneakers. One user specifically said, “Flip flops are always a saver, especially after long days! “

5. A Power Bank

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Imagine this scenario: the plane leaves in thirty minutes, and you must process your boarding pass to catch it. Your phone is at a 5% charge. Before you know it, it shuts down, and you forget your power bank at home. To avoid hairy situations like this, ensure your power bank is fully charged and packed.

6. A SIM Card Poker

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It seems like a small and insignificant item, but it’s essential if you’ll be changing SIM cards. If you’re anything like me and constantly forget to pack yours, you’ll be stranded as you can’t go around asking other travelers if they carried one. You’ll likely have to start looking for a phone seller for assistance. Talk about inconvenience!

7. An Extra Pair of Glasses

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A travel blogger shared her experience: “I can’t see beyond my nose without my glasses. They broke on a trip, and I was a country away from my optician. It was a stressful experience.” She would have powered through just fine had she remembered to pack an extra pair of glasses.

8. Nail Clippers

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Dirty fingernails are a no-no. We probably think nails would never grow during our vacation, but they do. You could also get dirty nails when enjoying nature during your trip. Don’t forget your nail clippers, as they will be helpful.

9. Chapstick

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You want to protect against chapping! We all deal with dry lips occasionally, which can be unpleasant during travel. To avoid this, don’t forget your chapstick so you are not battling with moisture loss.

10. Waterproof Bag

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You want to keep things like your wallet, power bank, batteries, and camera safe and away from moisture. You don’t want to drop your phone in the water while taking a tropical vacation. A waterproof bag will ensure all your essential items are safe.

11. A Universal Charger

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There are different types of charging cables, and you don’t know which one you will find at your destination. Should you forget it, you may have to stay with your phone off if you can’t charge it or will have to go around looking for a compatible charger.

12. Bug Spray

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A traveler visiting Scotland says, “I’ve been here for a week and can’t find my favorite bug spray anywhere. I’ve gone to outdoor stores, supermarkets, pharmacies, and elsewhere!” Looks like this is one essential you don’t want to forget!

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10 Major US Cities That Offer Quick Access to Nature’s Beauty

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Who doesn’t like going on a relaxing (or strenuous, depending on your preference) hike that isn’t far from the middle of a bustling city? Millions of Americans hike at least once yearly, and most live close to bigger towns offering nearby trails just out of city limits. Recently, experienced hikers met in an online discussion to reveal the best U.S. cities that provide the quickest access to excellent hikes.

America’s Top 15 Hauntingly Creepy Destinations Would You Visit?

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Spooky spots have left the sweat-drenching scenes of nightmares; they now live on some eerie streets of America, sending shivers down the spine of adventurers who dare step foot on their soil. From abandoned asylums screaming that you steer clear of the knobs of their doors to haunting lighthouses remembered for the darkness they hold, tales of paranormal activities bind the land of the free, and an internet fandom of the dark vets these destinations as the creepiest of them all.

12 Famous American Small Towns That You Can Visit Today

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When we think of small American towns, specific images come to mind. Do you picture a place like the fictional towns of Stars Hollow, Cabot Cove, or Mayberry? It’s undeniable that little towns across the US have the wholesome, nostalgic, peaceful qualities we imagine. But smaller cities are more varied than we might think. Contributors on an online forum shared some of the most famous, and the choices may surprise you.

10 Expert Travel Hacks for Solo Female Tourists

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Traveling solo is challenging, especially for females. While the thrill of exploring a new place is exhilarating, there are plenty of tips and tricks savvy travelers swear by. Recently, solo female travelers met in an online discussion, put their heads together, and came up with a list of the essential travel hacks for any woman embarking on a solo adventure of a lifetime.

11 Tips for Staying Calm and Collected While Flying

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For millions of travelers worldwide, flying is the opposite of a calm and peaceful experience. Flight anxiety is real, and sometimes it can be crippling, especially during turbulence. However, hope is not lost! Recently, frequent fliers met in an online discussion to reveal the best tips and strategies for staying calm during your next flight.

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