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So you are all ready for your next adventure! Your suitcase is packed, the tickets are purchased, and you’re feeling like a fearless adventurer. You’ve checked your packing list so many times, you’re pretty confident you have everything! Good for you! It never hurts to check what you have packed for the millionth time, so here is a list of my seven must pack travel items. These are the first things that get chucked into my suitcase or purchased. Each of these things has come in handy for me at some point. So I wanted to share them with you to make sure you never end up on the other side of the world without a travel essential.
1. Your Passport – The Most Essential of all the Travel Items
This probably goes without saying, but if you’re as paranoid as I am it certainly doesn’t hurt to write it at the top of your ‘to pack list’. And then underline it three times in red pen, highlight in yellow, and circle numerous times. Seriously, this is the most important of the seven essential travel items.
DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT.
2. Important Documents
Important documents such as travel itinerary, tickets, and accommodation email confirmations. Your travel itinerary is a must have, obviously, so you know what you are doing and where you are needed to be. I like taking email confirmations of accommodation with me just in case “sorry ma’am but we have no booking under that name”. Um bitch yes you do here’s the proof, boom. Thankfully, a lot of this can now be carried on your phone as PDF documents which is a super weight and space saver!
Yay for technology!
3. Band Aids.
Band aids- Often overlooked and taken out of luggage as an ‘unnecessary’ travel item. However, band aids are THE MOST inconvenient thing to not have when you need them.
FUN STORY TIME: on my first day in London I was so excited to go exploring! I was staying in a room with four
other girls and we were chatting and getting ready for a day of adventure. I reached into my trusty toiletry bag for
my moisturiser….and sliced my finger open on my razor.
“Oh but Maxine why didn’t you have the safety cover thing on?”
Well friend! I had lost that many moons ago while adventuring around Greece and had been playing a fun game of risk with my toiletry bag. A game I had been winning up until that point. So here I am, in this room, blood pouring out of my finger and all I think is “Oh shit, I’m going to have to wander about London looking for a pharmacy while bleeding everywhere.”
Thankfully one of the other girls had enough brains to pack band aids. But only one of the girls. Out of four of us, only one had packed band aids. Not good odds. Not only can bandaids prevent you from bleeding all over your new friends (ew) but they also keep icky germs out. A big must if you are hitting up the shared hostel bathrooms. Click here to stock up!
4. Travel Plug Adaptor – Multiple Travel Items in One!
Travel Plug Adaptor All in One – Skip the multiple plug adaptors taking up room in your luggage and just go for an all in one. Multiple countries all covered in one device? Um yes please. One with multiple sockets is a bonus!
This way you can charge multiple devices and not piss off your hostel buddies by taking up all the plug points! Extra bonus! USB ports. When choosing, make sure you pick a strong adaptor that will survive being thrown around in your luggage. Get yours here!
5. Spare Locks
Spare padlocks for your suitcase because sometimes they just give up. Even the most strongest of lock can sometimes break. Which is a real pain in the ass. Thankfully if you pack multiple locks it won’t matter because you can just replace it. Of course, if you invest in some high grade and super strong locks, you might not encounter this problem for a while! Better safe than sorry. Click here to get prepared!
6. Travel Insurance
Comprehensive full travel insurance. Please for the love of god get travel insurance. The amount of people I hear
about travelling without travel insurance really worries me. Yes I know you “will probably never use it” but if you do need insurance, you’ll be so glad you have it.
I know I just said band aids would be the most inconvenient thing to not have when you need them, but travel insurance would be 100 x times worse not to have. Imagine if I didn’t have travel insurance, and completely cut my finger off?!?!??! What would I have done?!?!?! Ok slight exaggeration but you get my point.
You do not want to be stuck in a foreign country somewhere, in pain, having to wait for a massive amount of money to be wired through before you can get treatment. Or you don’t want to be robbed and have to go home early because, whoops, no travel insurance to partially compensate you.
Get some damn travel insurance.
7. USB Power Bank Charger
A fully charged USB charger for the long flight. There is nothing more soul destroying than your form of entertainment dying halfway through a 10 hour flight. Can you do five hours of listening to your weird neighbour giggle to themselves? Can you cope with five hours of staring out the window? Yeah didn’t think so. Sudoku and word finds get real boring real fast. Plug your device in and keep on being entertained! Thank goodness for that. More than once I have had to read the inflight magazine cover to cover and let me tell you, it is not an exciting read. At all. Thankfully, all that will change next long haul flight, because I will have one of these bad boys! Stay fully charged here.
So there you have it! My top seven must pack / purchase items for travel. Hopefully this list jogged your memory about something you might have forgotten to pack for your next adventure! Do we share some must have items?
What are your must have items for travel? As always, let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe!
I have put together a mini 3 page travel planning printable. This includes a cross off packing list, a page for planning flights and transfers, and a page to write down vital information about your destination. Information such as your embassy location, the time difference, and any cultural differences to be mindful of. This is yours free when you subscribe. So what are you waiting for? Get planning!