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10 Items to Keep in an Emergency Travel Bag

Updated on September 25, 2015

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I travel a lot back and forth to Queensland each year to visit my daughters and their families and regular travel seems to become par for the course for me. I have always kept a travel bag ready to go especially when their babies were due and if I had to leave in a hurry and I keep the contents of my travel bag refreshed as I need it. And on my last trip on the plane I was looking around the cabin as people were loading their bags in the overhead lockers and I began to think about items that I keep for a hurried departure in my travel bag and began to wonder what others might keep in theirs. So I thought I would write a hub about the 10 items I would most likely keep in mine.

Necessities. Apart from my ear plugs I use every time I fly to eliminate painful earache, headphones, phone & computer charge these are next on my list.

  1. Travel shampoo,conditioner and body wash - if space is a problem and these days airlines are extremely strict with luggage weight limit's especially cabin baggage. And you can't find hair products that are suitable in mini packs at the supermarket or hair suppliers. I suggest you use small plastic bottles about 10 to 15 center meters high that can be bought for a couple of dollars in a budget $2 store and can be filled with small amounts of shampoo & conditioner and body wash and that fit easily into a small toiletry bag.
  2. Toothpaste and toothbrush, floss or mouth wash - again keeping to space limits small tubes of toothpaste are usually available in supermarkets so to are dental floss and mouth wash. My toothbrush never fits into my toiletry bag so either buy one when I get there and leave it there or use a brush cover and keep it in my luggage.
  3. Hand wipes or anti bacterial gel hand wash - either or I think are so handy when you travel to keep germs at bay. But also if you eat on the plane they are great to keep hands clean.
  4. Shaver - Needless to say both sexes need them. Single plastics might be lighter and easier to travel with than electric ones and can be easily bought.
  5. Nail file or nail cutters - some airlines are particular about carrying on nail files so looking for some cutters with a file attached is preferable. Nothing worse than breaking a fingernail and not being able to trim or file them down.
  6. Sunscreen lotion, to make sure your skin is protected from the elements.
  7. Bags ie plastic for storing your shoes in your luggage, or wet clothing and a calico bag when you go out shopping so you don't have to take excess plastic.
  8. Medical kit - great to have as you never know when you'll need it. Think: knife nicks, headaches, blisters, etc. Band aids, burn cream, antiseptic spray, pain tablets, medication for indigestion,upset stomach, rash cream are all good to have on hand, so to are a pair of tweezers.
  9. Moisturizer & hand cream - always necessary when heading to a hotter climate to maintain skin balance and moisture.
  10. Sewing Kit - loose threads, buttons popping off, split seems often seem to wait until you are away from home. But can be easily fixed with a sewing kit. Needles, thread, small scissors spare buttons etc can all be a so helpful and save embarrassing moments when travelling.

These are my ideas for an emergency travel bag and I am sure there are some other great ideas out there. Needs vary according to destination and travel purposes but if we are frequent travelers it's always a good idea to keep an emergency travel bag with these and or other items kept ready to go.

What are your two most important travel items?

What would you include?

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Unfortunately I never travel but if I ever do this will be useful. Well done.

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      Anna Sidorova 4 years ago from Russia

      Your list of travel items is very useful. I used to travel a lot before from France to Russia and back to France. I would also add sunglasses although it depends on the season. Oh, and I think had wipes are somewhat more impotant than toothpaste:) Voted up and useful.

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      dinkan53 4 years ago from India

      Very informative. Sharing with friends who travel a lot. Thanks for sharing these useful tips. Rated up and useful. Shared with my followers too.

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      mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice summary of all the important things required.Good hub:)

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      When I used to be on the road all the time, the sewing kit was always in need. Inevitably, a computer bag strap would snag a button on my jacket and off it would pop. I've never complimented myself on any type of sewing ability, but it doesn't take much to sew on a button. I'd also buy an extra cell phone charger and keep it packed. I've forgotten mine more than once, so this definitely came in handy!

      Great Hub!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much Billy, I always seem to be in the air these days...and you might really need these as don't forget you are coming down under one day, right:)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi avorodisa! very nice to meet you...thank you so much for your votes, it is good to be prepared...cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Appreciate your votes and shares dinkan53 & thanks for passing on to your friends...glad to help...cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      mmsu...thanks for stopping by...I always keep my bag prepared to go interstate & it's been a good exercise to give it thought & write it out...cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      That's a great idea for an extra phone charge rcrumple...good thinking...

      thanks for stopping by...cheers

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      mejohnson 4 years ago

      Great idea of buying small bottles to put shampoo and body wash in. Voted up.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      They certainly work for me as I mostly travel with cabin baggage of around 7 kilos and small quantities are a must...thanks for stopping by mejohnson...cheers

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      dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

      Nice list with some really good advice.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much dobo...nice to meet you...cheers

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Since I always brush my teeth right before leaving home, I would usually put my toothbrush back in the rack rather than in my travel bag. I started buying toothbrush multi-packs so that I would never be without one on a trip. Plus I'd have extras for other family members who would also forget theirs! Useful hub.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      This was great, carter! We always keep an emergency bag packed. We like to take impromptu road trips just for the sheer enjoyment of it. Like last weekend, we decided at 10am to head to Yellowstone National Park. Hubby threw the bag in the truck and off we went. :) When we get back, I unpack the bag and repack it with stuff we'll need the next time (clean clothes, etc). I know that if we ever have an emergency, we'll be ready to roll. Great hub with a lot of useful information!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Your Cousins for your input& so nice to meet you...great idea about multiple tooth brushes, can't go without our brush for sure...cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hello TToombso8 my funny friend...how's that horse going? behaving himself is he??:) thanks for dropping by & for your input...so many of us travel regularly or head away for a weekend and great to have a bag packed & ready to go, yeah...man I'd love to see Yellowstone one day, such an amazing park...cheers

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      This is a great list! I used to fly to QLD and back too. Once I put a sticky tape in my hand luggage (for work, of course, not what you thought =) in case if you thought, that is=))) So Security guys removed it, promising to give it back when I return LOL Weird stuff happens. =)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for coming over for a visit BeyondMax & glad you liked my list...what the heck did the security guards think you were going to do with that tape???Lol so weird hey!! cheers

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      nice list Carter..used to bring that all when i travel except for sewing kit..mybe next time..you'll never know!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for stopping by unknown...it's always good to be prepared if travel is frequent...you have a good day...cheers

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      mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Lots of good information here. Air travel now has so many restrictions you must be careful what goes in that travel bag.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you so much Mike ( our best story writer!! :) I'm honored that you've dropped by...oh & btw I love the cafe, such a cool story...am working my way through 1 by 1...cheers

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much for dropping in dobo700... Appreciate your comment...

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I had a feeling you were writing this from outside the U.S. because half of the things you mentioned, such as the liquids, would never be allowed on U.S. airlines. Nevertheless, voting this Up and Useful.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Yep I am from Sydney down under and our regulations aren't nearly as strict as the US...thank you for dropping by and taking the time to vote...cheers

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      There were a few years before daughter was born when my husband was prone to come home and say, "pack your bags, let's go to . . ." I didn't have a travel bag packed the way you do (except when it was close to time to go to hospital for daughter's birth), but I did have a list of all the things I needed to pack for both myself and my husband for these occasions and they re infinitely helpful to make sure nothing important is forgotten.

      Very wise to have your bag packed and ready to go and for emergencies. Voted you up and useful! Will share.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Au fait, my friend for stopping by and your input & votes & share, really do appreciate it...it is so helpful to have a list, or bag packed ready to go if flying a lot so things that are needed aren't forgotten as sometimes at the other end items can be quite expensive...will drop by you again soon...cheers

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      Monty Hamilton 4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Nice work! A very good guide. Thanks!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you so much for your comment Life as a Blog...cheers

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi carter. I'm taking notes as I read this. What a great idea. For anyone who travels frequently this is great tip. We have family all over the country and have on occasion had to make a quick exit and this would have come in handy. We'll be prepared next time. Great job. Voting up, sharing, etc....

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your comments Bill and I trust you have a most fantastic time again in our beloved country...do think of me while you are drinking vino and eating a plate full of anti pasta in some fantastic rustic out of the way place that will make for a great hub...cheers

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      This sounds like an excellent kit to have ready if you will be traveling by car or other ground transportation. I would not include any size scissors, metal nail file or penknife in a kit I were carrying on a plane. Even though these items are extremely useful, I'm pretty sure they would be confiscated. A little sewing kit is a great item to have along - I've used mine more than once to reattach loose buttons! I also make sure I have my phone and ipod charger...

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Stephanie for your great comments and yes of course we can only take things that airlines approve of...thanks for dropping by...cheers

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Toothpaste would definitely win! Dirty hands I can deal with, but I'm obsessed with brushing my teeth =)

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thank you Natasha, appreciate you dropping by...yep I get the teeth thing:) can't do without clean teeth...cheers

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      freecampingaussie 4 years ago from Southern Spain

      Great hub especially as we are traveling right now ! My husband had his nail clippers taken off him in Sydney - Don't know what they thought he was going to do with them ! My toothpaste was taken off me in Darwin and thrown away as well as a deodorant in Singapore !

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi freecampingaussie, good to meet you, now that is hilarious!! Nail clippers you dangerous thing you:)... Glad you found my hub useful!!

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      Oscar Jones 3 years ago from Alabama

      Hi.. time for me to weigh in.. for men, include these. deodorant, comb or brush, extra change of socks and undies, calculator, felt tip marker, note pad, and alleve. don't ask me why, but if you are on the go, make sure you have the things you use regular. lots more I could add. hehe

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for your input Oscarlites..it's good to think about and include the things you use the most..I have to admit I do all of my note keeping and calculating on my phone these days so no longer think about a note pad,pen or calculator but great ideas to include for men deodorant, comb & extra socks and undies:) am always open to include more ideas..cheers

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      They are indeed very useful for the traveler. I being a constant traveler have them all except the sewing kit. Perhaps its time to make a little adjustment now that I have realized it after reading your hub. Up for this one!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks JPSO138 always good to be prepared if you are frequent flyer..

      Cheers

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great list of items...I'd add snacks to the bag, because you never know when you might get hungry. Nuts, cereal bars or just some crackers will be enough for me. Oh and bottled water :)

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      Mary 2 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for dropping by Sunshine.. great idea to add some snacks & water for sure..

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