20 Essential Travel Items You Cannot Forget to Pack

So you’re about to embark on your new adventure, you look to your backpack and you’re not sure if you’ve packed everything you need. Worry not! I’m here to help you! Here are 20 things to never leave home without:

1. Day Backpack

It’s like your regular travel backpack, but smaller. Ideal to carry a bottle of water, some food and small items like sunglasses when you’re out and about and don’t want to lug around a huge bag.

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2. Passport

The one and only item you cannot forget! Well, to put it simply: Without it, you won’t leave the country!

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3. Credit Cards

Probably number two on the most “wanted” list. Unless you prefer carrying lots of cash or traveler’s cheques with you all the time, credit and debit cards are the best option.

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