Six Things to Bring When Traveling Locally

There is a Chinese proverb, “It is better to travel ten thousand miles than to read ten thousand books.” You face new challenges every time travel, even locally. It demands care and due diligence. From avoiding car accidents, to subway incidents, it’s important to safeguard against harm and keep yourself as safe as possible.

Here is a list of 7 things that you should make sure to always pack with you when traveling, even on short errands.

Personal ID

In many western countries, the Driver’s License is considered official personal identification. If you do not want to get into any trouble, you should have your Personal ID with you at all times.

List of Emergency Contacts

You need an emergency contact list in your pocket, so that police, your friends or family can be informed in case of an accident and you are unable to communicate for yourself.

Mobile Device, Chargers and Battery Packs

Some people forget their mobile phones at home, especially when rushing out the door. You should never do this and avoid it as much as possible. A mobile phone can help contact your loved ones immediately in case of emergency. You can contact police, ask for immediate health assistance or call some friend when in need.

Sometimes your mobile device runs out of battery, while you’re out. Maybe you forgot to charge it, or an app completely drains it without you knowing. Having your mobile device charger handy could help avoid a bad situation.

In case you misplace your phone charger, consider bringing a portable battery pack instead. They are lightweight and some can charge your device in a relatively short amount of time.


In today’s world, carrying physical cash is no longer the norm. Credit cards, Apple Pay and PayPal have taken over as methods of payments due to their convenience, but consider having spare cash in your wallet. Some places are cash-only, and this will help avoid hassles.

First Aid Kit

At its best, travel provides fun, company, entertainment, knowledge and a lot of exposure to new experiences. At its worst, it may be nastier than anything you have ever faced.

There are a lot of people who have bruises, injuries, fractures and even permanent disabilities. If you are an adventurous person, and you love outdoor activities like hiking, camping and skiing, you should always keep a first aid kit with you.

Swiss Army Knife and Compass

A Swiss Army Knife contains lots of tools that could be useful while traveling short distances. While a good camping knife helps you cook and prepare meals, it can also provide self-defense.

Having a compass is always very useful while you are hiking or in an area where there are not many people to ask directions from. There are plenty of apps that can also simulate a compass, pointing True North.

While we cannot always guarantee safe travel when you are out and about, these tips can help make the journey safe and as pleasant as possible. What are some tips you follow when running errands? Let us know in the Comments below.

We wish you very happy travels!