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10 Commonly Forgotten Travel Items

Have you ever gotten off the plane, and entered your hotel room, only to realize that you forgot that one thing you swore you wouldn’t forget? Trust me, we’ve all been there! We’re all human and packing faux-pas’ are going to happen! Do yourself a favour and if you’re going to forget anything, make sure it’s something that’s easily accessible wherever you’re traveling. Here’s a list of 10 commonly forgotten travel items!

10 Commonly Forgotten Travel Items


One of the most versatile, yet stylish items that you can bring with you when traveling is a scarf! Not only can it be used as an accessory around your neck, but it can also be used as a bathing suit cover-up, skirt, blanket on the plane or head accessory. For example, going to the Vatican in 40-degree summer heat still requires modest attire — simply use your lightweight scarf to cover up!

Hotel Door Lock

Many times when travelling to new destinations we worry about our safety, especially if you’re solo traveling! With some horror stories surfacing around the internet, having this compact lock will help take care of some of those worries. It easily fits in any luggage and only takes a few minutes to install to provide you with maximum safety during your stay.

Dry Shampoo

We all know the feeling of getting off of a long flight and having to wait a few hours before checking in to our accommodation. This is where dry shampoo comes to the rescue! This will help you look and feel fresh, and is a great way to extend your hair styling — who wants to style their hair on vacation?!

Packable Rain Jacket

Have you ever packed an umbrella in your suitcase? Neither have I! Not only is this jacket easy to fit in your suitcase, but will also fit in your day backpack. This will save you from constantly checking the forecast, without worrying about saving space!

First-Aid Kit

Medication is one of those things that are very difficult to purchase when away from home. I’d strongly recommend making a little kit with your most used medication (prescription or not), including band-aids, disinfectant and kleenex. Keep this kit directly in your luggage when you unpack that way you will never forget it for next time!

Versatile Shoes

When travelling, we want to bring items for all situations, such as the beach, a hike, dinner in the city or an adventure in the forest. Unfortunately, we don’t have space for all these footwear options! This is where versatile footwear comes into play! Instead of bringing five pairs of shoes each with a different purpose, bring two — one comfortable pair of sneakers for any hiking/walking, as well as a cute sandal that can be worn for daytime strolls or out to dinner!

Anti-theft Purse/Wallet

Who doesn’t love having one less thing to worry about on vacation?! Having an anti-theft purse or wallet (with RFID slots and pockets) will allow you to enjoy the sights and experiences without having to worry that someone’s stealing your information.

Reusable Water Bottle

While we’re usually enjoying wining and dining, something we often forget about is keeping ourselves hydrated! Hydration (as we all know), is super important and will allow us to enjoy our vacation to the fullest extent. If you’re worried about having to carry a bulky bottle, opt for a more travel-friendly, collapsible version!


It is a personal mission of mine to read as many books as I can when I’m on holiday. Unfortunately, I never have enough room in my luggage for them all. Also, sometimes you bring a book on vacation and once you get there, you want to read something totally different! Getting an e-reader completely changed the way I travel and allows me to read more — book lovers, you won’t regret it

Journal + Pen 

Being fully present during our travels can be hard to do. Journaling is a great way to reflect on your experiences at the end of the day (or prepare for the day if you’re a morning writer!). Not to mention how fun it is to re-live the memories by reading your past entries!

10 Commonly Forgotten Travel Items

Written by: Sacha Vincent-Toskin

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