Have you ever had one of those “oh crap, I wish I had packed ___” moments? I think it’s safe to say we all have! Avoid those moments by always having some lifesaver items on hand! Whether you’re going to another country or just another town, there are a few essential items that you can pack to make sure you have a great trip. Add these items to your purse or your carry-on and you’ll be prepared for any situation!

Travel Document Holder

These pouches are so handy! They have a space for your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, cash, a pen and any other documents like a hotel confirmation or itinerary. With this, you can stay super organized and know that all of your essentials are in one place. They’re also very compact so they fit easily into a purse or small bag.

Sewing Kit

I know I know. You may be thinking, what?! I can’t sew. However, you never know when you might need to patch up a hole that developed on your shirt or sew on a button to your jacket. Keep a small sewing kit with you to have the essentials on hand at all times. Plus, most come with scissors and a safety pin which are always handy supplies to have just in case a situation calls for them!

Travel Toothbrush

And don’t forget the travel toothpaste! Got a stubborn piece of food stuck between your teeth? Just had garlic for dinner? Run into the bathroom and quickly brush your teeth to look, feel and smell fresh. A must-have for dates or business meetings over dinner. And you can totally snatch these from hotels or during your dentist visit.

Chargers are Lifesaver Items

Let’s face it: we’re addicted to our devices. Therefore, we are addicted to our chargers. Forgetting your phone or laptop charger is terrible. If you keep an extra in your bag at all times, you’ll always have a back-up! It’s also really helpful to have a universal adapter plug that will let you plug anything into foreign electrical outlets that don’t match up with yours. Because believe it or not, outlets are not the same in every country!

Pain Medications

Having pain medicine in your bag might just save your day, or the day of the person next to you who just asked if you have any Advil. Headaches, cramps, aches and pains can come on very quickly and with no warning. Keep a bottle or at least a small supply of pain medications on hand for any of these painful emergencies. While you’re at it, be sure you keep all of your other medications on hand while traveling. It’s an easy thing to forget, so double check those off your list!

Rain Poncho

Rain, rain, go away. If it starts raining, your trip doesn’t have to end! If you have a rain poncho, you can keep enjoying whatever it is you were doing without the hassle of an umbrella. It allows you to keep both hands free to snap pictures or hold your bags. And it keeps you and your clothes dry! They come in handy little pouches too so they won’t take up too much space.

Fingertip Towels

Having a small towel with you can be really beneficial. You can use it to wipe off dirty seats or benches and to keep your face and hands clean. Isn’t it the worst when you wash your hands and face in a public bathroom only to find out that there aren’t paper towels? Unique situations like this are sure to happen when traveling to different areas, so bringing along a smaller and more versatile towel that you can use to clean, wipe, and quickly wash can be super beneficial! It’s also great to have if you’re working out on-the-go and need a towel to clean up afterwards.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo can be a lifesaver if you can’t get to a shower one day. This is a fairly new, but popular item in the beauty world and people swear by it. All you have to do it spray it onto your scalp and massage it in and it’s like you just took a shower! For those days when you need to look presentable, but have no time to make it happen. Other beauty essentials include makeup remover, mascara, deodorant and a razor. Just a few items that might come in handy!

Travel across the country or across the street. You’ll be prepared for anything.