Travel Essentials: What do you really need to pack?

Posted by Anton Burton on

Taking some time out to see the world can be an exciting and fun, if not a little daunting, opportunity. It can get easy to get caught up in the planning; there are new places to go, new people to meet, and new experiences to be had. But it is important to make sure you take the right things with you. You don’t want to be dragging heavy suitcases around with you everywhere you go, but equally, you don’t want to leave anything behind that you might need. Make a list, be honest, and narrow it down to the most essential items. Don’t take things out of sentimentality – they will still be there when you return.

There are a few things that you absolutely must take, so, to help you out, we have listed what we think are the most necessary items to pack for your travelling adventures.

  1. Camera

No matter where you are headed on your travels, a camera is something that you must not leave behind. You need to record all the important moments of your trip so that you have them to look back on one day. Also, these pictures will be really useful for making your friends and family back home really jealous. Of course, this is 2016, and you probably just use your smartphone to take pictures these days. But if you don’t want to risk losing your expensive phone, or you intend to downgrade to a basic model for your trip, you will still need a good old fashion lens.


  1. Foreign Currency

Obviously, if you are travelling throughout Europe, then you will only have to exchange your notes for Euros. But if your travels are taking you further afield, or you just don’t like the idea of carrying lots of money around with you, an international bank card could be just what you need. There are a number of options; just do an internet search and find the best one for you. The best bit is that they only allow you to spend what you have, and they can be topped up by anyone, anywhere in the world (great news if you need some help from mum!) And they slip neatly in your back pocket while you are off sightseeing.


  1. Mosquito Repellent and Net

The one thing that can threaten to ruin your trip of a lifetime is those pesky foreign bugs. The ones that like to snack on your blood and leave you with big, red, itchy blotches all over your body. They ruin your skin, they make you uncomfortable, and in certain parts of the world they can even make you ill. Ward off diseases like malaria and zika by stocking up on plenty of repellent, and sleeping with a mosquito net over you. Better safe than sorry!


  1. Travel Sim Card

One of the most wallet-efficient ways of staying in touch while abroad is to buy yourself a cheap, bog standard phone and a travel sim card. You can leave your normal phone safe at home and contact your friends and family for the same flat fee no matter what country you are in. Your mum will still be able to call you wherever you are, and if you happen to lose your phone, it will only be the cheap one, rather than your expensive smartphone.


  1. All-in-one travel plug adaptor

This is probably the most boring item on the list, but boy is it frustrating if you forget it! That camera you’ve taken will eventually run out of charge, as will your phone, your tablet (if you’ve taken one), and any other electrical items you may have convinced yourself that you need. If you are visiting more than one country, an all-in-one adaptor saves you buying many different ones.

Of course, you will also need your passport, flight tickets, and some reading material for your journey. And a few outfits that you can rotate. And then see if you can squeeze all of this into a large backpack rather than a hefty, annoying suitcase. Then you are good to go, ready to enjoy your adventure! Happy travels!

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