My 10 essential travel items
25th September 2014
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?