Things you will forget to pack when you travel

It’s easier to not forget what to pack when you have a checklist, right? It feels like you just have to remember when you’ve put everything down in an organizer app or a beautiful little bullet journal.

If only it were that simple. Even when you’ve done your best to prepare in advance, there are certain items you’ll keep forgetting to add to your checklist, such as these below.

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USB and phone chargers

You’ll remember your tablet, cell phone and camera, but chances are that you’ll forget one or more chargers to each device. Take a precaution to pack universal USB chargers, or bundle your cords in an organizer.

Hair dryer

It’s not that air drying your hair is so bad. It just takes forever, especially when you have sites to see and places to be.

You’ll have remembered your curling iron, brush and other hair care products, but the hair dryer will likely give you the slip in your suitcase.

Socks and underwear

You need underwear. So, it’s unlikely you’ll forget about it right? Wrong.

Remember to consider the clothes you’re bringing, and coordinate your underwear in advance. Otherwise, after you arrive, you’ll find mismatched socks or a strapless bra missing you need for that cute dress.

Bathroom products

How many bathroom products do you usually pack for a trip? For most people, the answer is a lot. So, it’s easy to forget toothpaste when you bring your toothbrush.

To not forget shampoo when packing conditioner, get a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner. Try to minimize your products, and pack the most vital items first. Guys, don’t forget the shaving oil when you pack the razor. Ladies, be sure to double-check when Aunt Flo is coming to visit, and plan accordingly.

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Small towel

Why pack more towels, when the hotel will have towels? Well, that may not necessarily be the case. Your room or vacation rental may forget to provide that amenity, or you will need more than what’s provided.

Small, fingertip towels help in a pinch when you need to clean dusty surfaces, wipe spilled liquids on the go or need an extra washcloth for your face. It’s an easy to pack, just-in-case utility towel.

Wine or bottle openers

You’re enjoying your vacation and happen upon this beautiful vineyard. After a superb wine tasting, you have to buy a bottle to enjoy later.

However, there is no wine bottle opener to be found. So, you end up DIY opening the bottle with a screwdriver, which is awkward but fortunately works. You really don’t want to risk breaking that bottle and wasting wine. Pack a wine and bottle opener for impromptu wine or beer.

Glasses or eye contacts

You’re wearing them. How could you forget your glasses or contacts?

Well, you set them down while double-checking last-minute items you may have forgotten. Perhaps you bring your contacts and forget to pack your contact solution. It’s easy to pack books and not your reading classes. It may be time to invest in one of those hokey, nerdy eyeglasses necklace chains.

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Rain gear

Either you don’t check the weather, or you checked it too early. Of course, you don’t back rain gear, and it ends up hailing on your getaway. It’s like nature has a vendetta against you.

Travel umbrellas and ponchos are lightweight, small items that fit comfortably into your suitcase. Fortunately, if you do forget this item, it’s easy to find while on your trip.

Prescription medicine

Small items are often missed when packing, and it’s especially awful when needing to refill forgotten prescription medicine. Due to insurance and international laws, some prescriptions cannot be filled while abroad. However, the consulate should be able to help you if you can’t get information otherwise.

Make sure to pack a copy of your prescription information, as given by your doctor. Always pack your prescriptions on your carry on, instead of your checked baggage.


Like laying your glasses down, you may lay down the keys to your house or vacation rental, and leave them on your way to your destination. Don’t get locked out! Attach your keys to your jeans, or track your keys with an app.

Chances are, while packing, you’ll forget the most obvious and essential items. From phone chargers to your keys, the smallest items are at risk.

Slow down. Look at the places you often leave items before you head out for your trip.

Double check your check list, and remember to be informed about how to replace or refill important items, such as prescription medicine.

Kacey Mya HeadshotAbout the author: Kacey Mya Bradley is a regular contributor to and a lifestyle blogger for “The Drifter Collective.” Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression. Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Find & Follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest!

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