Travelling the globe is so fun. Seeing new places, meeting new people, trying new things… However, it can really suck if you forget to pack the essentials (not including clothes. I’d kinda hope you’d remember that).
I’ve travelled a lot and visited lots of exciting places, but! I have been one to get all the way to the airport and realise I’ve forgotten my passport (thankfully my flight wasn’t until the morning). I’ve also forgotten my phone charger. That wasn’t a happy time. Don’t judge, please.
So I decided I needed to make a list of the key essentials when travelling so I could enjoy my trip and capture all my exciting moments.
1. Travel Insurance
Now I know lots of people give this a miss on holiday, however, this is something I never leave the country without sorting. Here in the UK, we’re lucky enough to have a free health service however many other countries apply fees for theirs. Depending on what happens and where you are, you can be slammed with an almighty bill if not properly prepared.
There are a number of sites which compare different travel insurance options so you can get the right deal for you.
2. Mobile Phone
Now I know many people would say this was a given. After all, the majority of us carry our phones everywhere. They’re like little electronic babies.
Having your phone on holiday has so many benefits including being able to call someone in the event of an emergency. And, due to the technology improvements to the mobile phone cameras, you can always be on point for an Instagram selfie.
3. Portable Charger
Don’t make the same errors I did and take your phone charger only. When you’re out all day snapping pics and telling your friends how much fun you’re having, you’ll be surprised by how quickly your juice can go down.
I always carry a power pack with me. You can buy them in lots of different sizes and styles and you simply connect your phone USB to the power pack for instant charging.
Here are some options for you:
There will always be a point when travelling, that headphones come in handy. Whether you’re backpacking through the rainforest and need to drown out the sound of all the animals waiting to get you alone (that’s a joke), or a parent, needing a little bit of adult time. Or your kids need something to stimulate them before they go full crazy on the plane. Always.Carry.Headphones.
When we travel, my son has a pair of old-school “cover the ears” type headphones so he can catch up on the latest Mario and Luigi episode on Netflix. Both my husband and I have a pair of airpods. Now before you roll your eyes (I say that because I did the exact same thing when my husband came home with them), they are life changing. No longer do you need to worry about wires, airpods connect directly to your iPhone through Bluetooth. This means I’m constantly on the go listening to podcasts, playlists and my Netflix shows. Life-changing.
5. Plug adaptor with USB ports
Ok, so you get to the hotel and there is only one plug socket. That has happened to me and I was like WTF?!. Now, this may be fine when travelling light, but if you have a lot of equipment that you know will need to be charged overnight or while you’re out, one socket is just not going to work.
Did you know you can buy plug adaptors with built-in USB sockets? This means that you can charge multiple pieces of equipment on the go.
Here are some options for you:
So, in addition to my phone, I always make sure I carry my Sony DSC WX500. My phone is so useful for quick, off the cuff pictures that I hadn’t planned for. However, when making a conscious decision to visit a certain location, you can’t beat having your camera with you. Personally, I love the quality of image capture on the camera and depending on what you’re shooting, there are multiple modes to add my own personal touch to each of the shots.
These little cameras are so useful as they can be packaged away in small little bags that take up next to no room at all.
7. Comfy Shoes
Ok, so this is the one I’ve learnt the hard way. No matter where you visit, there’s always going to be someone you want to investigate. Sandals are probably not going to be the best option if on your feet for hours on end and shoes that have no support or cushion are also a no go.
My husband will tell you that until recently, I was an absolute nightmare with shoes. I went for style over substance and we’d end up having to find a local supermarket or pharmacy so I could bandage up my feet (not a good look).
For me though, I struggle to find shoes that are 100% comfortable so it has taken me some time to find the perfect ones. For me, Nike Airs do the job and well. There’s honestly nothing worse than spending a day in agony just from putting on the wrong shoe.
8. Hair Dryer & Straighteners
So this is more of a vanity item. I cannot go anywhere without these. Firstly, I’ve never had a good experience with hotel hair dryers and secondly, my hair is like Monica’s from Friends when she goes to Barbados. The humidity of hot countries turns my hair into one big massive mess. Whilst I can cope in the day (I usually chuck it up on a bobble), I like to look and feel good in the evenings when we go out for dinner.
Now I normally take a travel size pair with me to cut down on space. Here are a couple of options:
Hope that’s been helpful for you.