Don’t let an emergency while traveling catch you unprepared. Make sure you are prepared by including these 10 things when you pack for traveling with your family.
That old saying of what can go wrong usually can go wrong, it can be especially difficult when you are far from home and unprepared. Here are some things you can include when you pack for traveling with your family to be prepared for if SHTF. So you can be ready for anything life can throw your way when all you want to do is enjoy your trip.
Whenever you are planning your next trip, you always want things to go as planned. You are always left anxious that you are going to forget something important or be unprepared for some unplanned situation. Be it forgetting your passport, sunglasses, swimsuit, sunscreen, or any number of items. This is your vacation after all! You have spent months planning, and anticipating really enjoying life and making memories. The last thing you want to do is worry, that some unforeseen thing could ruin it.
Always plan on the unexpected!
The problems that can arise are as innumerable as the sands of the sea, and they do happen, from anything from being stranded on a cruise ship to having to survive a week in snow packed vehicle (Hint: A tub of Peanut Butter won’t freeze), or even living through being pinned by a dislodged boulder on a canyon wall.
Our Own WCS (WORST CASE SCENARIO)
For us, we experienced one such time, that you can read about here, and find out how we survived several weeks with a few feet of snow without access to a store and water supply on a remote Villa in Greece.
1. First Aid Kit
Whether in your car or your suitcase a First Aid Kit is a must. There is no better way to always be prepared, than to have one for any medical emergency. Be it sprains, cuts, sunburns--you’ll never need to fear or panic knowing that if something happens you will be prepared.
2. Portable Battery
Your phone is the greatest thing you have with you while you travel. It’s your phone, access your emails and calendar, it can take pictures with its camera, helps you book rides with Uber or you find a place to stay with Airbnb. The last thing you want is for it to die, especially if you are outside away from your apartment. It can be even more problematic if you are in a different country, that Starbucks isn’t going to accommodate you, with plugs that are different than your own. Your best bet to resolve any potential problems that might arise from a dead battery on your phone is to carry around a fully charged portable battery charger.
There is nothing worse than being left in the dark, whether is literal or metaphorical. Even the smallest amount of light in pitch darkness will help you navigate around to find what you need while searching in the dark, that way you are never left in the dark.
4. Sewing Kit
This might seem odd, considering if you just bought a new summer wardrobe, but if you have kids, they are notoriously accident prone. The last thing you want to worry about is a wardrobe malfunction. Either from a missing button on your shirt, a broken seam on a swimsuit or you embarrassingly split the backside of your shorts while jumping on a trampoline (true story).
5. Screwdriver Set
The last thing you want to have to worry about while trying to enjoy your trip is losing a lens on your glasses or losing a wheel on your luggage due to missing screw. Whether it's for your phone, luggage, or your glasses, a screwdriver set will help you fix those small problems from being big ones, so nothing will slow you down or stop from enjoying your trip.
6. Hand Crank Self Powered AM/FM Radio with Flashlight
For those times when the lights go out and/or need information or want to simply listen to music while waiting for the power to come back on, plus there is no need to worry about batteries.
7. Multi Tool Kit
It might seem a little bit unnecessary, but having traveled to some really nice, and not so nice places, despite what was shown on their site, it might be a good idea to pack one. Whether its tightening to pry open a jammed lock, filing down rough edges, cutting loose threads or cords, or whatever might be unexpectedly thrown your way. The last thing you want is for a little thing to cause you big problems.
8. Utility Work Gloves
So your not planning to work on your vacation, good. Just remember the wise words of Edna Mode of The Incredibles, “Darling. Luck favors the prepared.” You never know if you will need to move your wife’s heavy luggage, build a campfire or keep your hands warm in a freak cold storm. Save yourself some blister hands if disaster might strike.
9. Plastic Zipper Bags
Whether you are trying to pass through Airport Security or want to take pictures while rafting on a river or sea and need a safe place to keep your camera phone. The usefulness of something so simple cannot be diminished to protect your valuable and easily damaged electronics.
10. Card Games
Regardless of where whether it is an emergency or not, if you find yourself waiting in an airport for hours on end or if you have time to kill in your hotel room, a quick and easy game cannot be downplayed to help entertain during the quiet times or waiting out a bad situation.
A favorite card game of ours is Cover Your Assets.
If there is was only one thing the Boys Scouts taught me, it was always be prepared. So, regardless if you ever have to use them or not, and hopefully you won’t. Nothing is more rewarding than to rise to any situation and have the right tools to do so. Here are some things we packed, and recommend, to always be ready for the worst case scenarios, so you can have some peace of mind and a little more worry free trips, so you can enjoy your well-deserved vacation.
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