Emily’s travel tips and essentials

Emily Sophia Riley Gomez, Senior Contributor

Everyone either is a traveler, knows a traveler, or wants to be a traveler.  The world offers us a diverse amount of beautiful scenery that everyone should at least see once in their life. While travelling itself is seems easy, there are a lot of important components that are necessary to help ensure a seamless trip. Luckily, I am here to bring you all your travel essentials, needs, and extra tips. 

When packing for your travels it is always good to pack light. While you may accidentally over pack, try to maintain your essentials in your suitcase; if you are going to a reasonably cold place, do not waste space packing for the warmth and vice versa. However, always make sure to bring a jacket and long pair of pants in case certain areas are a little cold. The rest of your suitcase should be filled with everyday needs such as underwear, socks, pants, t-shirts, and a couple of nicer items of clothing. 

It is always good to bring medicines such as Tylenol and Advil in the smaller containers so you can easily slip them in your pocket, purse, or wallet and carry them with you everywhere you go. Most companies will make “travel size” products which are more efficient to bring on your trip and will save you space. Always bring a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen to ensure your eyes and skins safety from the sun – yes, even if you are going somewhere cold).  An underrated but very important item to bring with you is a portable charger. This will ensure that your cellular device will be charged everywhere you go, and you will be able to make phone calls in case of an emergency.

If you are travelling to a country where you do not speak the language, it is always important to become associated with the language you will be around. Make sure to learn basic words like hello, goodbye, thank you, excuse me, and some basic questions like “Where is the bathroom?,” “Where can I find this?” and whatever else you believe is important. Make sure when you are out to bring $50-$100 in cash and only one credit card and one form of ID in case anything gets lost or stolen. To ensure that you get the full experience in your vacation, make sure to communicate with the citizens of the place your visit, because that’s where the true culture and art is found. 

These are just a few tips and essentials that will help you have an amazing and successful trip that you will remember for a lifetime. Now get out there and go see the world!