Here is an article I wrote for Dandelion Moms!
Here is a list of items I have compiled after years of traveling mishaps and now always carry in my purse and highly recommend for all traveling moms (those with babies and toddlers will have many more items to add!):
- Antibacterial Ointment – like Polysporin
- Antibacterial Wipes and/or gel
- Small Swiss Army Knife – so useful! Comes with a small blade, scissors, tweezers, nail file, tiny screwdriver, and toothpick (make sure to put into checked baggage on flights!)
- Tape – you can find a mini roll or regular size that will be very useful! I promise!
- Nail file – if don’t have a Swiss army knife
- Lip balm
- Travel sewing kit
- Bug Spray or cream (seasonal)
- After Bite bug/jellyfish cream (seasonal)
- Compeed Blister Strips
- Extra contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Safety pins, bobby pins, hair ties, rubber bands – these all have come in very handy over the years for fixing/holding together unexpected items when there is no store around!
- Small rope, string, or shoe laces
- Small attachable hook – to fasten to your purse/bag to hold loose house keys, luggage keys,etc.
- Medicines in tablet form (or chewables for kids) – Tylenol, Advil, Immodium AD, Gas X, Pepto Bismol
- Small notepad
- Pencil and pens
- Sunscreen – I carry a small stick balm for faces and mini suncream everywhere I go
- Lightweight cloth or plastic bag to carry extra items gathered or purchased throughout the day
- Strong plastic bag to carry for car rides, trains, buses – in case of motion sickness
- Bottle of water
- Extra SD card
- Extra camera battery – charged
- Phone SIM card in local country if staying awhile – can buy them easily and without a phone plan – just top them up as you go!
- Hotel/Apartment address and phone number – to give to taxi or to ask for directions
- Local guide/map
- Local emergency phone numbers – ambulance, fire, police, tourist police
- Health insurance/travel insurance cards or policy information
- “In Case of Emergency” contact name and phone number
- Embassy or consulate phone number in local city
- Business cards – to give to new friends along the way!
- CASH!! Have enough to get by for a few days just in case banks are closed, ATM’s don’t work, etc.
- ATM/Credit cards – 2 or more – just in case there is a problem with one or more
- Passport copies (I leave our passports at hotel/apartment)
- Driver’s license/ID card
- Kids’ entertainment – books, pens, paper, ipod, etc. depending on ages of kids
After my mom’s purse was slashed open on the metro in Paris (losing her wallet!), I now use one that is slash-proof, waterproof, and identity-theft proof! It is reinforced with steel mesh, has zipper locks, and is lightweight and comfortable. It has a water bottle slot on the side and many other useful features. I highly recommend the Pacsafe bags and accessories for anyone traveling through areas where theft and pick-pocketing are an issue.
These are just the items I carry with me everyday in my purse. There are also many more important ones that I never leave for a trip without – they just don’t all fit in my purse! That list will be coming soon!
HAVE I MISSED ANYTHING? WHAT ITEMS DO YOU CARRY WHILE TRAVELING? PLEASE SHARE THEM WITH US!