Going traveling is always exciting, whether you’re a seasoned traveller or its your first trip but there’s always the travel essentials to take on holiday that should definitely be packed no matter what.
- Important Travel Essentials
- Get Your Vaccinations
- Travel Insurance
- Good Quality Backpack
- Wash Bag
- Toilet Paper
- Good Quality Shoes
- Unlocked Mobile phone
- Universal Plug Adapter
- Power Bank
- Good Quality Towel
- Sun Screen
- Diarrhoea Treatment
- Mosquito Repellent
- Locks For Your Luggage
- Wrapping Up
Important Travel Essentials
While budgets for travellers can variety from traveller to traveller, here’s a list of travel essentials that should definitely be packed no matter what.
Get Your Vaccinations
When travelling to South East Asia, Africa, South America or somewhere exotic, check with your local doctor is there any injections required before you go.
It’s important for some of these vaccinations that you don’t leave this till the last minute. Go to your local doctor at least 2 months before you a leaving.
This is useful if something goes wrong such as bags go missing, flight delays or medical expenses. Make sure you have travel insurance that covers your full range of activities e.g. scuba diving.
Check that it does cover your phone been stolen as a lot don’t cover this.
Good Quality Backpack
Invest in a good quality backpack especially if you are going to be travelling for a few months.
I used the above backpack I got from Amazon and it lasted me the 5 months backpacking and is still in good shape.
You need to make sure the harness on the pack is going support the weight you’re carrying. The weight should be supported on your hips rather than your shoulders.
Amazon sell bargain priced backpacks but it could be better to go to your local store and actually try on the backpacks, to see how it fits.
Bring a decent waterproof wash bag for all your toiletries is invaluable.
That is durable enough to stop any leakage getting in to the rest of your luggage if your shampoo or soap decides to explode while in transit.
The toilets are not always the best when traveling. The public toilets are used by everyone and there are not regularly maintained.
Expect to be shocked. Remember, to always begin a toilet roll with you everywhere.
Put one in your backpack or travel bag, in case of emergency.
Good Quality Shoes
Bring the right shoes for travels. If planning on doing a lot of walking or hiking, a pair of durable closed-toe shoes will ensure that your feet remain blister-free and protected from the elements.
Unlocked Mobile phone
Bring an unlocked phone, there is tourist SIM cards available in must countries and are generally cheap in countries like Thailand.
This is much cheaper for data, Google maps and making calls home than using your personal phone.
Universal Plug Adapter
Bring a good quality universal plug on your travels is a definitely on the travel essentials checklist. Buy one plug adapter that can be used worldwide just makes sense.
I got a universal adaptor from eBay and it burned out during my trip.
Invest in a good quality universal plug before you go rather than trying to find a store along the way.
You can it a good quality adapter on Amazon for about $8. Its surprising difficult to find one when abroad.
When traveling, I use my phone a lot for taking photos and most importantly google maps. I have been stuck with my phone running out of power.
Power banks have become an essential travel item. You can get excellent cheap power banks from Amazon.
Good Quality Towel
Bring a towel as not all hotels or hostels will provide towels free of charge. So a super lightweight and non-bulky option might be a good idea.
Bring a quick dry travel towel which is get for is drying off.
I am stating the obvious here but I am guilty of this. Buying sun screen abroad is a lot more expensive than buying before you go.
There’s nothing worse that getting burned.
This is something you are more than likely you are going to experience. This can happen from drinking non-bottled water or simply eating something you’re not used to.
It’s worthwhile to bring along travel remedies to speed up the recovery process.
From experience mosquito repellent is essential. Mosquito bites affect everyone differently, for some people a bite has no real effect but for others like me a bite is usually puffy and severely itchy.
This can really make your holiday miserable if you get a few bites and then you have to contend with the scratching and general irritation for the up to a week.
Spray yourself liberally in mossy spray every day.
This comes in usefully when filling out immigration forms on the plane before you land, which saves you time doing it when you get into the airport.
Noting that must of these pens in the airport where the immigration forms don’t work. Keep a pen on hand, in your carry-on bag.
Locks For Your Luggage
I consider locks for your luggage as a must.
While it is important to keep your bags firmly zipped shut but also having it locked stops you been robbed from an opportunistic robber.
Finally, there are plenty of other great packing tips and lists around on the Web. Like any trip, you’ll get the most out of it by learning and planning all you can before you arrive.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the Travel Essentials has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.