9 Things Travellers Forget to Pack

We’re not perfect – even the most meticulous packers can forget to pack essential travel items. It’s almost inevitable. Hopefully you’ll realise what you forgot at the airport, because then you’re in luck! Birmingham Airport boasts many options for shopping and grabbing those last-minute necessities.

As long as you’ve remembered to bring your passport and boarding pass, you can buy anything else you need at the airport.

1. Toiletries

When considering what to pack for a trip, toiletries are generally high up on the list. But people often freshen up before long-haul flights, leaving their toothpaste and toothbrush out to pack last – then forget to do so. If this happens to be you, stop by our Boots store to pick up any toiletries you need.

2. Electronic chargers

Chargers, chargers, chargers! Perhaps if you say the word enough times, you’ll remember to pack your charger next time. Whether you’re travelling for business or a family holiday, you’ll need your devices charged to stay in touch with your friends and family, use Google Maps or capture moments from your trip. Grab a charger at Dixons Travel.

3. Power adaptors

A power adaptor can easily slip your mind when you’re running out the door. Until you arrive at the airport, have a eureka moment, and realise that you really need one to charge your devices in foreign countries! Good news - you can buy power adaptors at the airport from Boots.

4. Umbrella & raincoat

The weather can change in an instant. Whether it’s summer or winter at your holiday destination, go armed with a sturdy umbrella and raincoat to protect yourself and your luggage from the rain. Pick up an umbrella from Boots or treat yourself to a raincoat from Superdry.

5. Sunscreen

Sunscreen is vital. No matter where you’re holidaying, you always need to wear it. (One of the easiest ways people get sunburnt is on cloudy or windy days when it might not feel as hot.) If you’ve forgotten to pack sunblock or need a higher SPF, pick some up from Boots before boarding your flight.

6. Sunglasses

No holiday is complete without your most important accessory – sunglasses! If you forgot to pack yours, stop by Eyelove, where you can choose from a wide selection of brands, including Ray Ban, Gucci and French Connection. Not only will you look great, but you can also hide the effects of a long-haul flight or shield your eyes from the holiday sun.

7. Snacks

Snacks are a must while you travel. If you’re flying on a budget airline, they might not be included. And even if they are, who knows if they’ll have your favourite nibbles? Protein bars, dried fruit and nuts and many other snacks can be easily purchased from Spar or Marks & Spencer.

8. Compression socks

Compression socks? Yes, really. Besides the fact that no one likes swollen feet, these stockings help increase circulation and reduce the risk of swelling, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and clotting on long-haul flights. Head to Boots for a range of compression tights and socks.

9. Book

You’re on your way to the airport and it hits you: you left your book on your bedside table. Uh oh! A good book is an absolute necessity while travelling. But not to worry, you can locate the book you were reading or purchase a different one at the WHSmith Books or Pocket Shop We Love Booooks stores.

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