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Making Sure You’re Prepared For Your Trip



As a frequent traveler, I’ve got my routine down pat when it comes to packing for a trip. However, even I have forgotten things from time to time because I’m in a rush.

On this trip, I forgot my ChapStick. Not a huge deal, but I hate chapped lips..

On my last trip, I forgot my dress socks and was forced to rock white athletic socks with black shoes! Talk about a fashion faux pas!

So how do you make sure you’ve got everything you need?

Make a list!

The best course of action is to make a list a week before you’re traveling, because inevitably you’re going to remember something you forgot to put on your list a few days afterwards.’

Keep frequently used travel items pre-packed and ready to go. I have a toiletry bag that’s got a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, and other travel necessities. Buy a set of travel size toiletries, and keep them packed in a shaving bag. This way, you’ll never forget anything!

Use one of those pill cases (the ones old people use for their meds), and load them up with any medicine you might need while away. I stock mine with Tylenol, ibuprofen, Pepto, Immodium, Benedryl, and Tums.

It seems crazy, but you’ll end up spending a fortune at a hotel gift shop if you need any of these items. Again, it’s pre-packed and ready to go, so you can’t forget anything.

Lastly, make sure you have your cell phone charger before you leave, because the last thing you want is a dead phone with no way to charge it!

Follow these simple tips, and your next trip should be worry-free!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, the definitive men's lifestyle blog, and he's one of the biggest car enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."



  1. Rahsaan

    June 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Is that bag pictured above an “overnight” bag type that’ll fit in the overhead bin?

  2. CJ

    June 24, 2011 at 8:42 am

    It’s hard to say from the angle of the picture, but I have a similar bag that I use for short trips that fits just fine in the overhead compartment. The biggest problem with air travel these days is that EVERYONE has carry-ons, and by the time you board the plane there’s no overhead space left for your stuff. 🙁

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