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What to Take for Exotic / Remote Travel

Fashionable woman traveling in tropical country

Most of us are experienced travelers in the sense that we know to downsize our toiletries and not to pack five pairs of shoes for a three-day weekend.  We know what to take for skiing and what to take for the beach.  But what do we pack for a more exotic trip?  What are some of the necessities to bring if you are headed to a non-traditional location?

Here are a few quick items that you might consider for your next exotic trip:

  • A point-it book could come in handy if you are trekking through an area with a significant language barrier. It basically contains thousands of pictures of things you might need; you can simply point.
  • Biodegradable toilet paper would certainly come in handy. Enough said.
  • Layers are an essential clothing choice when you are unsure about the climate.
  • Scarves are a great lightweight addition to your packing wardrobe. You never know when an indoor museum might be chilly or a beautiful old cathedral would prefer you to cover your head and arms before entering.
  • Eating utensils could come in handy when you least expect it. Make sure that whichever ones you opt to bring will comply with your airline’s restrictions.
  • Don’t forget a travel towel and travel washcloth. These are not as universally provided as you might think, and they are surprising versatile when you are on the road.
  • When I am traveling to my parents’ house in northern Colorado, I know that I can find the basics either in their bathroom or at a nearby drugstore. But if you are headed to unknown locations, make sure to pack a first aid kit, including a universal topical treatment such as Tiger Balm.

Let me know what else you would add!

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