My 10 essential travel items

25th September 2014

My essential travel items

I entered a travel competition last week in which I had to share my best travel hack. Unfortunately, I was only informed of this competition just days before I won, so I didn’t really stand a chance at winning.

Instead of sharing my travel hack here (it was just about last minute holidays) I though I would share my list of essential items that I won’t travel without.

1. A good camera

Capturing all those memorable moments on camera is so important to me, and having a good quality camera can make all the difference. And I’m not saying that a good camera has to be a DSLR. There are plenty of great compact digital cameras on the market, but you should know to avoid the cheap ones.

Believe me, there is nothing worse that returning from your holiday and realising that your photos have all messed up because of your cheap camera. A decent camera is a worth while investment.

2. Quality sunglasses

No, not £2 sunglasses from Primark. While they may come with a much more desirable price tag they will not protect your eyes like a high quality pair will. UV rays can cause eye problems such as cataracts, and can also lead to skin damage around the eyes.

Wearing cheap sunglasses is like going into the sun and wearing factor 1 sun cream. Protect your eyes like you’d protect your skin.

3. Baby wipes

Bare with me on this one. Baby wipes are unbelievably useful when you are on your travels.

When I mentioned that baby wipes were a part of my daily skin care routine a few people thought I’d lost my mind. Baby wipes aren’t just for babies.

Sun cream leaks in your bag? Makeup explodes in your suitcase? Spilt a sticky drink in your hotel room? Baby wipes to the rescue!

4. First aid essentials

Nobody wants to make a trek to the pharmacy on holiday, so I always make sure I take everything I might need just in case. Plasters, antiseptic cream, pain killers, etc. It’s best to be prepared.

Also, I like to make sure that I’m well stocked up on prescription medication. This is obviously a lot harder to get a hold of when you are abroad, so I always make sure I have more than enough.

5. Electrical adaptors & chargers

Good old Britain having different electrical connections to everywhere else in Europe. I always have to pack a travel adaptor when leaving the country.

A friend once shared a travel tip with me in relation to travel adaptors. They told me to buy just one and then to take a 4 way extension block so that you can have 4 items in use with just one adaptor. Brilliant idea, but I’m not sure how safe this really is.

And don’t forget your chargers! There’s no good taking your phone, tablet, camera, e-book reader, etc, if you can’t use them.

6. A notebook and pen

I’m an old fashioned girl at heart, and I always take a notebook and pen with me on my travels. You never know when you might need to write down important information.

For me, I like to be able write down any blogging ideas when they pop into my head no matter where I am.

7. Books (especially my Kindle)

This use to be “a book” sure to weight restrictions, but thanks to e-book readers we are now able to take our entire book library with all over the world.

If I know I’m going to be spending a long time on a flight or sitting on a beach then a book is a must. I always get more reading done in a one week than I will do for the rest of the year.

8. Comfortable shoes

I will always go for practicality over style, so 9 times out of 10 I will fly in my Converse so that I always have a comfortable pair of shoes just in case.

9. A scarf

The weather may be glorious where I am flying to, but I always take a scarf because sometimes I need it for other reasons. If you plan on visiting any religious buildings (like when I went in St Mark’s Basilica) you will need to cover your shoulders, and this is when a scarf comes in handy.

10. A good friend

This isn’t really an item, I know, but for me it’s essential.

I’ve never travelled alone before, and while I assume it’s all fun and games at first, you must get incredibly lonely. I love having someone there to share the good times and the bad times.

What are your essential travel items?

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  1. A good camera must come with a good SD card! I remembered having a cheap SD card before and my pictures were lost a few times *o*. So don’t go cheap on memory either! Ray Ban sunglasses are the best ;).

    Wipes are really useful!! Especially when you’re in places where there are no sinks either D:. And you can never do wrong with a notebook and pen.

    My essential travel items consists of bringing my “beauty” pouch with some simple creams, toothbrush/paste, and the basics. I haven’t traveled for so long I don’t really have a list ;~;

  2. Cat

    A good camera is a definite must for me! Like you, I also bring first aid essentials, sunglasses, and e-books (except on my iPad mini instead of a Kindle). I also bring a portable charger with me now, which is useful when you’re out and about.

    I didn’t think about baby wipes, but those are a good idea! I also find it handy to have a small umbrella with me :)

    • Holly

      I some times take an umbrella with me, but I’m usually off to somewhere where the weather is guaranteed to be nice. But if I’m off on a city break then I do take an umbrella and a pack-a-mac.

  3. Kirsten

    Great list. I love to travel and usually have a list of things that comes with me every time I even go an hour away lol. I need to get a new camera though, my next big purchase for myself hopefully.

    I laughed when I read baby wipes. I do not go anywhere without them. I have a small pack in my purse, some on my desk at work, some in the house and some in the car. And I have NO kids lol. I just love how quick and easy they are. I try to get biodegradable ones.

  4. Sasha

    I’m a very routine-loving and sedentary-life loving woman, so travelling is not high on my priorities from the start but, when I do, I agree with you on some of the things you listed.

    1) The camera :: people today love to take photos with their iPhones, but for me nothing beats a good camera;
    2) Baby wipes :: I agree with every single word you say about those;
    3) Notepad and pen :: they never get low on battery;
    4) First-aid :: you hope nothing happens, but better safe than sorry;
    5) Books :: Even more old-fashioned than you in this, as I love old paper books.

    If I have to travel, those are among the first things going into my suitcase.

    • Holly

      I always take my iPhone with me on trips but I’m always disappointed with the camera quality. I guess I’m just so use to my DSLR now that I wouldn’t want to be without it.

  5. Rhiannon

    I couldn’t disagree more with #10, you should really try travelling alone – it is SOOO much better! I feel sorry for the weird couples or groups who ignore all the opportunities surrounding them just to fit in with each other. It’s a bit like eating only at McDonalds instead of taking the time to bother to find a great local place! Sure, you might end up hanging out with someone strange just because they’re in the same hostel as you but that’s part of life, you have to learn to get on with strangers and people you don’t like. Unlike travelling where you can just leave, you might end up working with people like that ;) so it’s good practice! You forgot the most essential item though, multiple cards plus telling your bank/s you’re away before you leave to stop them stopping all your cards; IT HAPPENS!!

    • Holly

      I can totally understand your point of view, but I actually have a disability that affects my mobility which is one of the biggest reasons why I don’t travel alone. :| I need that extra support from someone. If I could travel along I would completely give it a go, but life is just not like that. :/

      Also, my relationship with my boyfriend isn’t perhaps like most relationships. We are definitely more interested in our surroundings than what’s going on between us. Our independence has always been strong.

      I get on well with strangers and I’ve found that you don’t have to be on your own to meet new people. :)

      Multiple cards is a good tip but I actually only have one card, so that’s me screwed, haha!