As someone who takes a couple of trips each year, you would think that I’d have the packing thing down to a fine art. Thankfully, most of the time I get it right and I rarely leave something important behind. Phew!
There are a few things that I simply cannot travel without so I’m sharing these goodies with you in the hope that some or all of these will come in handy for your next journey.
- Universal adaptors – if you travel often it’s worth investing in one or two of these that include outlets for any country.
- Portable battery recharge pack – you never know where a day will take you so extra power will ensure you have charge in your phone or camera for photos or using wifi.
- Headphones and airline jack adaptor – some airlines require a two-pronged adaptor if you want to use your own headphones on the flight. Noise cancelling headphones are expensive but well worth it.
- Camera and phone – turn off the cellular data and use free wifi. Switch to flight mode when you’re not browsing so you can still use the camera and apps.
- Offline apps – keep your research handy with apps that don’t always need the internet including guide books, local maps, currency converter and weather updates. Sites like Trip Advisor and booking.com are good for eating / sleeping recommendations. I also use the iPhone ‘notes’ app for jotting things down when I’m on the go.
- Bluetooth keyboard – as one who writes every day, these Logitech magnetic wireless iPad keyboards are a must for me.
- Cleaning wipes / hand sanitiser – you may not always have access to a bathroom or napkins so these will be helpful around meal times.
- Lip balm – air conditioning can be dry on your skin so to avoid chapped lips, keep your kissers moist with a lip balm. I like the natural lip salves by Delicious Skin.
- Insect repellent – don’t get eaten my mosquitoes, pack a natural spray or patch to keep deter all the tiny biters.
- Sun cream / tinted moisturiser – it’s possible to get burnt, even during cloud cover so lather your skin (including your face) with protection from the sun.
- Tissues / nasal spray – an unexpected runny nose can result from being in and out of different temperatures. A small pack of tissues will always come in handy.
- Take care in the air – soluble health boost tablets and eye mist spray will help you stay fresh when you’re on long flights.
- Electrolyte tablets and vitamin sachets – keep your energy up by replenishing your system when you’ve been in the heat for extended periods. Products like Hydralyte and Vital Greens are great for this.
- Water bottle – fill up where possible (make sure the water is clean) and reduce buying plastic.
- Sturdy walking shoes – thongs or flip-flops aren’t always going to cut it so make sure you’ve got comfortable shoes with a decent, non-slip sole. My faithful Birkenstocks go with me everywhere.
- Small ziplock bags – these are great for separating different currencies, especially when you’re visiting more than one country.
- Reusable carry bag – reduce the amount of plastic bags / rubbish you accumulate and use your own. I was given a colourful loqi bag as a gift and it’s super handy for travel.
- Plastic poncho / umbrella – the weather can take a turn at any time and it’s good to be prepared so you stay dry during a downpour.
- Scarf / pashmina – these have so many uses: cover from the sun, a blanket when you’re on a bus or train, head cover, it’s also good for covering shoulders when visiting religious sites.
Share the love, friends. What travel goodies do you always pack?
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