Travel Diaries 005: My Overseas Carry-On Essentials

I am the worlds biggest stress head when it comes to travelling. I am always so paranoid that I've forgotten something that I find it hard to relax until I've actually reached my destination. To help myself out a bit, I make lists for practically every bag I'm taking with me - hand luggage, suitcase, and toiletry bag. Even though tomorrow will mark my third trip to Japan, I'm still constantly thinking about what I haven't organised or if there's anything I need to do before I leave. 

When traveling overseas I always check my suitcase, so it's really important that I have everything I need in my trusty Game of Thrones carry-on bag. Here are my essentials:

  • Phone: this is an obvious one, but there's a couple of things that you'll need to do to your phone if you're going overseas. Your phone will need to be unlocked so it can be used overseas, and it is essential that you disable anything that will use up data on your phone. Overseas data charges affect millions of people a year, coming home to a bill with thousands of dollars of charges racked up. Only use the internet on your phone if you're using wifi, I can't stress that enough! Lastly, make sure you get an offline maps app to find your way around. For this trip to Japan I'm trying out CityMaps2Go, which will locate your position on the map, and you can even search for locations - all without using the internet!
  • Passport
  • A book: I usually have a couple more in my suitcase, with one to take with me one the plane.
  • Foreign currency: get this in your country of origin, it's so much easier!
  • Guidebook for your destination: I've got the Lonely Planet Japan eBook on my iPad, but am also taking the Tokyo guidebook with me on the plane to make plans on the way.
  • A copy of your itinerary
  • Headphones
  • Lip pencil: I generally don't wear makeup on an overseas flight if it's overnight (and mine leaves Melbourne at 11pm, ugh), so it's good to have something bright to put on your lips to brighten your face up when you arrive.
And a couple more that are not pictured:
  • Sleeping tablets
  • Eye mask
  • Wallet with a credit card: you never know if you'll need extra money, so it's better to be safe than sorry and bring a credit card with you just in case. Don't forget to let your bank know before you go, otherwise they might suspend your account if they notice strange activity.
  • Lip balm
  • Camera
  • iPod and iPad
  • Glasses
  • Bottle of water: purchased at the airport after you've gone through security, of course.

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