Unexpected Essentials to Pack for Your Overseas Trip

Planning a trip overseas is a daunting task, from booking airfare and hotel stays to dealing with different languages, currencies, times zones, and cultures. That’s why you should plan as much as you can in advance, including your packing list.

Here are some unexpected essentials to include in your suitcase when packing for a trip overseas:

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter has protein, fat, and sugar, which are your basic nutritional needs. It doesn’t spoil, and it tastes good on fresh fruit or bread. Peanut butter is a comfort food that tastes like home. Bring it with you, because it’s unlikely you’ll find it in the grocery stores in other countries.

Pack your favorite jar of peanut butter or a non-perishable snack like granola bars, crackers, or trail mix. These snacks make those long plane, train, and automobile rides much more bearable.


Grab your favorite pair of sneakers, and you’re all set, right? Wrong. In Hong Kong, a restaurants often refuse to serve patrons because they are wearing sneakers. Some hotels in Europe don’t allow you to wear flip-flops in the lobby. Give yourself some options because you don’t want to have to buy shoes at your destination.

Shoes purchased in European or Asian shoes might look like your favorite Nikes or Timberlands, but they might not hold up after a 10-mile walk through the cobblestone streets of Denmark or London. You don’t want to fall or break an ankle. However, if that happens, you can use a trusted company like MedjetAssist to arrange transportation to a medical facility.


Make sure you know what type of weather you’ll encounter on your travels. If you are going to several places where the climates may differ, find a thick jacket with layers that can withstand many temperatures and keep you dry, too.


While traveling it’s wonderful to experience local cuisine. Adventurous eating can be a highlight of traveling. However, you might find your stomach upset by unfamiliar food. Be sure to bring some of your trusted gastrointestinal prevention along. Otherwise you might find yourself having an uncomfortable vacation. Even if you have an iron stomach, acid eats through iron. Your stomach won’t withstand everything you throw at it. With a little pre- and post-noshing medication as needed, you and your stomach can enjoy the cuisine of any region.

U.S. Dollars

If you enjoy the art of bargaining, you might be surprised to learn that you’ll get a better deal if you have U.S. dollars–especially in some parts of Asia. In Vietnam, you’ll find that many retail shops and restaurants display prices in dollars. Make sure you carry some, but not too many, or you might find a local kid picking your pocket and running off with your dollars.

By putting these often-overlooked items on your packing list, you can ensure that your trip is more comfortable — allowing you to focus on the destination and the adventure.


What to Pack for a trip to Costa Rica?

I am super excited. A new addition to the bucket list. I had no idea about Costa Rica. I mean, yeah, it’s a country in the tiny narrow section of Central America. It has great beaches. It’s like any other Central America country. Right? Nope. I was so wrong and am moving Costa Rica up to the top of the list. I am just a plane ticket and one perfectly packed suitcase away from this “Rich Coast” vacation.

El Ocotal, Costa Rica

Located on the north-east coast, El Ocotal, Costa Rica is small beach town with a large beach resort on Ocotal Bay. To enjoy the beauty of this country, I will definitely pack my bathing suit. Costa Rica is known for its beautiful beaches and none are more beautiful than the ones on the Pacific Ocean side of the Spanish-influenced country.

Fortuna, Costa Rica

The interior of Costa Rica is just as fascinating. It’s full of rich tropical rain forest, mountains, and waterfalls. I packed my hiking shoes to traverse the forest and find one of these pockets of tranquility in Fortuna, Costa Rica. Fortuna borders the Volcan Arenal National Park. The 29,000-acre park is two volcanos side by side, both dormant for several thousand years. The park offers several hiking trails carved in the lava fields and forest of the park.


Volcan Arenal – Image courtesy of Cindy Baker via Trover.com

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Further down the west coast is another beautiful beach town called Tamarindo, Costa. The city is a popular tourist destination for Costa Ricans on holiday. I need to pack my surfboard for my visit to Tamarindo. It has some of the best waves on the West coast. Waves reach up to 12 feet in November and December. Once I wear myself out from a day of surfing, I can’t wait to sit back on my surfboard, relax, and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Tamarindo Beach – Image courtesy of Garrett Britton via Trover.com

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is a national park near the urban area of Quepos. The scenery is some of the most breath-taking in the world. The 682 hectares is home to several birds, wildlife, and plants, but its most interesting residences are the three different species of monkeys. The beach is considered one of the top 25 beaches in the world, so I will make sure and pack my sunscreen. I’ll be spending a lot of time hanging out on the white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio Park.


Image provided by Erika Calvert via Trover.com.

Papagayo, Costa Rica

Located on a peninsula that jets out into the Gulf of Papagayo is Papagayo, Costa Rico. This area of Costa Rica has some of the most amazing resorts. The rich and romantic seek out Papagoya Peninsula for their getaways. I packed my riding boots because I want to see this part of Costa Rica on horseback. Guided tours wind through the hills and valleys and if I’m lucky, I find one of those beautiful waterfalls the country is known for.

Have you been to Costa Rica? 


The Unforgettables: What You Need to Pack for a Trip to Arizona

For a world traveler, I am a notoriously bad packer. I over pack and curse my sore muscles and inconvenient baggage fees even before my trip starts. One of the things that helps is to make a list of the activities I plan to take part in and pack accordingly.

Arizona is another bucket list region I have spent time in, but I need to do a revisit because it has so much to offer. From the beautiful scenery to the physical activities and cool Wild West history, it makes for a packing challenge that, with some planning, I think I can conquer.

Phoenix, Arizona

A start in Phoenix, Arizona, is a must, not just because it’s the biggest city. It is a diverse city with access to amazing activities without getting too outside the comforts of modern life. It has so much including shopping, if you forget something, but I would make sure I pack my best golf clothes for this leg of the trip. Phoenix and its suburbs have some of the most beautiful golf courses in the United States. To play your best, you have to look your best, so pack the collared polos and coordinated shoes to spend the day at the links in Phoenix.

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona, is the spot where you can enjoy the outdoors. The beautiful terrain offers hiking trails for people of all skill levels. Most of the trails are easy to follow and offer the most breathtaking views imaginable. If you plan a visit to Sedona, make sure you pack your hiking boots. They are called hiking boots for a reason, and you will enjoy the experience if you pack these staples for your outdoor adventure.

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Tucson, Arizona

You would be hard-pressed to find a place in Arizona that doesn’t have a beautiful sunset, but Tucson, Arizona, has the best. There’s something about the desert and the way it reflects off the sun in this city up in the mountains. It will be over all too quickly, so make sure you pack a camera to enjoy the beautiful sky with all its colors long after the sun has gone down.

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Prescott, Arizona

You may be ready to shed the signs of the town and rough it for a while. Pack your camping gear and check out Watson Lake in Prescott, Arizona. Watson Lake offers campgrounds, hiking, horseback riding, and boat rental. It’s a well-known destination for Arizonans, who flock to Watson Lake during the summer months when it’s sweltering in the city. Visit during the fall and winter for pleasant temperatures in the off-season, too.

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Yuma, Arizona

To add a little history to my Arizona adventure, I have to make a stop in Yuma, Arizona, to visit the Yuma Territorial Prison. This working prison was under continuous construction from 1875 to 1909. It housed several notorious criminals, including women. The original structure stands today, so pack your ball and chain and see how criminals lived in the late 1800s.

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