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How To Avoid The Most Common Travel Disasters

As much as we love traveling, it does come with its own set of potential disasters. Luckily, we’ve learned from our blunders and are passing our knowledge on, so hopefully we can help someone avoid our past mistakes. Make sure to follow these tips to avoid any travel disasters so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest!


CALPAK Luka carry on with quick access pocket

CALPAK Luka Carry On Luggage in Black with quick access pocket.

Make copies of your passport/ID and put them in different areas of your luggage.

Your ID is the #1 most important thing to keep tabs on when you’re traveling. The best thing you can do to avoid a disaster is to make a copy (or a few copies) of your ID/Passport and stash them in different bags that you are bringing. As soon as you get to your destination, put your passport somewhere safe but don’t forget to grab it before you check out!

CALPAK Luka Carry On Luggage in Black with quick access pocket.

packing CALPAK Luka duffel

CALPAK Luka Duffel in Bronze works as a lightweight carry-on bag.

Pack your valuables, medications, and an outfit or two in your carry-on.

Everyone’s travel nightmare is waiting at baggage claim and realizing that your bag did not make it to your destination. The best way to keep this from becoming a full-blown disaster is to pack your most important items in your carry-on. This includes valuables, medications, and anything you may need the first day or two of your trip. Having a change of clothing in your carry on can be a huge relief if you need to live without your checked bag for a few days.

CALPAK Luka Duffel in Bronze works as a lightweight carry-on bag.

choosing travel insurance

Travel health insurance will cover your medical expenses for the length of your trip.

Get travel health insurance so you can go to the hospital anywhere when you’re traveling.

Travel health insurance is actually very affordable and is something that when you need it, you REALLY need it. There are a lot of different options, so do your research into what fits best for your trip. Your current healthcare provider may even offer coverage, so that is usually a good place to start!

Travel health insurance will cover your medical expenses for the length of your trip.

how to download google maps area

Google Maps allows to have access to data even when you are offline.

Download your Google Maps area to save your data.

A really cool feature on Google Maps is that you can download a map area to have access to while you are not connected to data or wifi. This can be a huge help if you are in an area with bad service, or if you don’t want to pay for an international data plan.

Google Maps allows to have access to data even when you are offline.

travel vaccine

Talk to your doctor or nurse about what vaccines are needed for your trip.

Research if you need vaccinations before your trip.

If you are traveling outside of your home country, make sure you do your research and figure out if you need to get any vaccinations before your trip. Make sure to plan ahead–you usually need to get vaccinations about 1 month before your departure date.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about what vaccines are needed for your trip.

medications to have while travelling

Prepare all the necessary medications for the trip.

Bring different medications for any situation.

You never want to have to take time out of your trip to visit a pharmacy–especially if you’re already feeling a bit less-than-your-best. We recommend bringing some staples like ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol, fiber packets, probiotics, antihistamine, melatonin, etc.

Prepare all the necessary medications for the trip.

CALPAK travel wallet is perfect to keep your cash and cards

CALPAK Travel Wallet in Sand color   is perfect to hold your cash and cards.

Place some spare money in different pockets or bags.

It’s always a good idea to have some extra cash stashed in another bag or pocket. Incase a bag gets misplaced, having a spare stash can really save you. It’s also smart to leave most of your cash in your hotel safe (if one is available) and only bring what you need for the day!

CALPAK Travel Wallet in Sand color is perfect to hold your cash and cards.

electric converters and power strip

When you’re traveling with tech, it’s smart to invest in a converter and power strip.

Bring converters if necessary (or bring one converter + a power strip).

Don’t forget to pack a couple of converters so you can plug in all of your electronic devices! A really good tip we picked up from Lindsey Harrod’s Packed Up is to bring one converter and a power strip so you can just plug everything in without having to pack a ton of converters! We all know how valuable outlet space can be in a hotel.

When you’re traveling with tech, it’s smart to invest in a converter and power strip.

CALPAK pink luggage tag with portable charger inside

CALPAK Power Luggage Tag in Shimmer Pink will keep your devices charged .

Always bring a portable charger.

Having a portable charger can really come in handy on long travel days. Since so many tickets are digital nowadays, you really don’t want to be stuck in a line with your phone at 3%. Our Power Luggage Tag will keep you charged, and conveniently attaches to your bag so it’s never misplaced!

CALPAK Power Luggage Tag in Shimmer Pink will keep your devices charged.

melatonin for restful night's sleep

Melatonin helps to have a restful sleep after a long journey.

Bring earplugs & melatonin.

Between the plane and sleeping in a new place, it’s always a good idea to pack earplugs and some melatonin. You want to be getting a restful night’s sleep so you can fully enjoy your trip. The melatonin should help you adjust to a new time zone!

Melatonin helps to have a restful sleep after a long journey.

This article is for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that it features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice. The views expressed in this article are the views of the expert and do not necessarily represent the views of CALPAK.

Images courtesy of: Pfizer, Hum Nutrition, GSK, P&G, Bayer, Foval, and OLLY.


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