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Compass T r av el TRAVEL TO-GO Smart travelers keep their essentials packed and ready to go 365 days a year. Here’s a quick refresher for a few things you need to keep handy in case adventure calls and wants to meet you across the globe. TEXT BY ESTRELLITA S. SIBILA VALID PASSPORT There’s simply no way you can meet adventure on the pink sands of Harbour Island (and you can forget about hanging with it and the penguins in Patagonia) if you don’t have a passport. Surprisingly, about 2/3 of Americans don’t have one which means that they are passing up opportunities to explore beyond the U.S. border. There were 121,512,341 valid U.S. Passports in circulation in 2014 — you’d better hope you’re one of them so you don’t get left behind. 46 GROOMING ESSENTIALS It’s easy to leave behind your toothbrush or your shaver if you’re rushing to pack your things before jetting across The Atlantic. Keep an exclusive travel toiletry bag with your favorites ready to grab-and- go. Shampoo, conditioner, a hairbrush, a shave kit, deodorant, baby powder, body lotion, baby wipes and anti-bacterial soap cover your basics, but things like sunblock and insect repellent can also make the trip that much more comfortable. FIRST AID A sense of adventure takes you deep into the blue oceans of the Adriatic Sea, high into the mountains of the Swiss Alps and even into the dense rainforests of Brazil and Belize. With these new landscapes come unexpected ailments like altitude sickness, motion sickness from choppy seas or a full-body rash from hiking in the bush. Make sure to have plenty of allergy & pain meds packed so you don’t have to tap out longer than you have to. TACTICAL GEAR A really memorable trip requires you to engage your explorer curiosity while being resourceful — and prepared. Yes, the proper electricity converter is a must for overseas travel, but be sure to also pack a wine bottle opener, rubber bands, safety pins and a water purifier so you don’t have to worry about finding them when you land. Check what TSA allows before you depart to ensure that you and your essential wares can make it past security without a hitch.