Danielle McCarthy

Travel Insurance

6 important travel items you might not have packed

6 important travel items you might not have packed

Think you’re ready to go? Check your suitcase – you’ve probably forgotten these.

1. Extra memory card/ hard drive

It’s amazing how quickly your memory card will fill up with all those holiday happy snaps. Take a spare one with you so you don't have to delete any photos as you go. If you don't have a second memory card, you can download the snaps onto a hard drive instead.

2. Scented fabric softener sheets

On a long trip, even clean clothes in your suitcase can start to feel a little…unfresh. Stick a couple scented fabric softener sheets in your bag and your clothes will feel like new for the whole trip. They are also great for removing static, so you can give that skirt or shirt a quick rub to stop it clinging to you.

3. Stain remover pen

You rarely have access to laundry facilities when you’re travelling, so a simply coffee or wine stain can mean a ruined shirt as it has to sit for the rest of your trip. Bring along a simple stain remover pen and you can attack the stain straight away. Give it a quick rinse and you’re good to go.

4. Corkscrew/bottle opener

There is nothing more annoying than planning to drink that nice bottle or wine or a few beers on the hotel balcony and then discovering you have no way of opening them. A waiter’s friend type opener is an essential addition to your suitcase for those budget friendly pre-dinner drinks. Just make sure you don’t put it in your carry on for flying.

5. Reusable shopping bag

What’s a holiday without a little shopping? You don't want to end up with a huge pile of plastic bags at the end of your trip, so take a foldable, reusable shopping bag with you and then bring it along on all of your shopping expeditions. The environment will thank you as well.

6. Extra chargers

Every traveller has left a phone or laptop charger behind in a hotel room. It’s easy to do in the rush of last morning packing and you often don’t realise until you arrive at your next destination. It can be tricky and expensive to find a new charger on short notice, so always bring a spare.

What’s the biggest thing you’ve forgotten on a trip?

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