There is no denying that travel is one of the best adventures you can take – the destinations, the cultures, the experience. And preparation and planning is only half the adventure. Our advice? Keep it simple, plan ahead and pack smart!
What you bring (and what you don’t) can often make or break your holiday, and that’s why we’ve come up with our smart travel list for a happier, stress-free holiday. Let’s go…
If you travel frequently, you will have already invested in some comfortable walking shoes. The Guys will easily go for a pair of sneakers and wear them ANYWHERE (except for formal occasions – we hope). For the Gals out there don’t think you can’t be both comfy AND stylish – a quick Google search has thousands of ideas on what shoes to wear from leaving your front door to the airport and back again. We suggest a minimum of three pairs: flip flops or sandals for the beach (preferably something easy to slip-on), a pair of sneakers for walking discovery’s, and a pair of low heel shoes that can go from day to evening wear in a jiffy.
A “Packable” Backpack
By now, it should be a no-brainer to pack a small day-pack or mini-backpack. Benefits are simple. You have easy access to all of your important stuff on-the-go. Passport, cash and credit card, snacks (see below), wrap and spare clothes. Day-packs can be taken as hand luggage on your airplane or used when roaming around your destination to keep your hands free. There are plenty types for travellers to choose from, and most will fold down to be stashed within your suitcase… a bag within a bag, if you will… within a bag! (Kinda like the movie INCEPTION. OK this is getting weird now!)
A Collapsible Water Bottle with Filter
We love these things! Not only will they fit right in your backpack (see above), they can keep you hydrated virtually anywhere. Just fill with water whenever you have the chance and you’re good to go.
Sure, you may already know that you’ll need your toothbrush, toothpaste, and some extra underwear for your trip – but we’ll bet you’ve never considered these essentials to make your life easier. Mini hand sanitiser to keep the germs at bay can double as a quick wipe down for germy surfaces, at a pinch it can be used as an antiseptic (it’s gonna sting!). We especially like the mini-bottles with hooks or clips to latch easily onto your luggage or belt. Wet wipes will also come in extremely handy as face wipes to refresh and cool you down, clean you up and wipe down grimy or sticky surfaces (especially good if you have kids with you and water isn’t readily available).
PRO-TIP: Pack these essentials in your carry-on to freshen up quickly and easily, without rummaging through your big and bulky suitcase.
Sometimes the tiny pack of peanuts and mini diet Coke the flight attendants hand you just won’t cut it. Keep your energy up when you pack your favourite snacks to munch on while you travel, while you wait or when you just need a snack. Airport security will let your snacks pass as long as they’re securely wrapped and non-liquid. We are talking sandwiches, muesli bars, fruits, cheese, nuts, crackers, biscuits, lollies, a good block of chocolate, chips – anything that goes down easy and packs light will do.
The Almighty Dollar
It’s always wise to carry low denomination currency for market stalls, arrival taxis, tips, tour guide gratuities, bus or train fare, whatever you need to help you get through the day in your chosen destination. Always have some cash about you, just in case, because not everyone takes the good old credit card – especially if you are in the jungle wilds of a far-flung country, or at a local market on a tropical island – you don’t want to miss out on those delicious mangoes, or just picked coconuts.
PRO-TIP: We also recommend carrying some US dollars with you, as they are accepted in most countries.
Scarf, Wrap or Sarong
There are a dozen or more uses for a scarf, wrap or sarong. It’s considered the most versatile piece of holiday kit and will be put to good use as you travel! Tie one around your waist to create a beach skirt, keep warm or as a coverup when you use it as a shawl (or blanky, if it’s big enough), as a headscarf to keep the wind, rain, sand, snow from your face, or use it as an additional bag. It could double as a picnic blanket, or maybe even curtains if you feel it’s getting a little bright out – the possibilities are endless!
Sunscreen & Hat
We can’t recommend using sunscreen enough. It can also spell the difference between a golden tan and a red raw sunburn, especially if you’re visiting tropical countries and you’re directly under the sun all the time. Buy a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 or use total blockout if you know you burn! And wear a hat. Not just any hat. One that is going to provide some shade and cover your schnoz, because believe me, with a red nose you will not be a happy bunny.
Make sure you have some form of ID at hand at all times. Put it in your pocket, bag, backpack, wallet, or pouch as this will save a lot of hassle if you can produce it immediately. Just trust us – having your ID handy will save you a lot of time.
Did we miss anything? What other essentials do you think any adventuring traveller should bring with them when venturing forth?
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