Since I’ve been traveling internationally about once a month since moving overseas, learning the hard way has taught me to prepare for the worst. I recommend that everyone put a mini emergency kit together to leave in their carry on bag for all travels. Here’s what I’ve included so far:
Headache medicine. I won’t get into how far my headache medicine from other countries collection extends, but it sucks to wake up with a hangover or sick and have to navigate yourself to a pharmacy in an unfamiliar place and hope they have what you are looking for. Cough drops aren’t a bad idea either.
Face wipes and single use tooth brushes. The best things after a long flight to help you feel human again! And there was the time our hotel in Belgium lost its water supply for a whole day and these things saved us.
Spare soap/shampoo/conditioner. In case the hotel doesn’t have any! You never know.
A pack able towel. Same reason as above.
A spare pen. Mostly for when I forget to bring one to fill out my UK landing card, but it comes in handy at other times as well.
A bottle opener. Because I’m not as skilled as the guy I saw on the train who could open bottles with a safety pin.
Hand sanitizer Because public toilets are sometimes a necessity. And sometimes really disgusting.
Any suggestions for additions? What won’t you travel without?