The 12 Items Travelers Always Forget to Pack

10.16.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

Here are some of the most common things travelers forget to put in their suitcase, courtesy of CheapFlights.com, and what to do when you realize your dumb mistake.

It's almost inevitable that you're going to forget something when you're packing for a trip, but save for personal identification, most can be replaced with little irritation or expense.

CheapFlights.com put together a list of some of the most common forgotten items and what to do after you realize they're not in your Samsonite. Phone chargers are always a worry, but unless you're traveling to Antarctica, you can pick up a replacement at most electronics stores or use a temporary one, courtesy of your hotel. Umbrellas are definitely an easy item to forget, especially if you live in the Southwest where precipitation isn't a common concern. Bringing a small one everywhere you travel comes in handy — you can leave one in your bag even when you're home — since buying one on the street or even a drug store can be pricey.

Other items on their list that resonated with us were prescription medications — if you're out of the country, you're kind of screwed (but CheapFlights has some ideas) — and corkscrews and bottle openers. How often have you bought a bottle of wine or a six-pack only to come back to your room and bang your head against the hotel/motel/hostel wall?

Read the full list here.

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