Whether you just started exploring the world or are an experienced globe trotter, it’s quite handy to keep a checklist of travel essentials before you pack up for your expedition. Here is a list of 10 essential items you must add to your backpack whether you are traveling for work or leisure.
1) Waist Pack
Waist pack, belt bag, fanny pack, no matter what name you call it by, having one can make it easy to keep everything important – from passport and travel cards to money – handy. The bag also makes it more convenient to store all of your essentials in a single place where they can be easily accessed.
2) Lightweight jacket
Unpredictable rain can take the fun out of any trip. It is wise to stay equipped with a packable jacket in your backpack. One of the best options is to get a three-in-one jacket. This versatile outerwear has two layers and can be worn in three different ways depending on the weather.
3) Travel Pillow
If your journey includes a lot of transit time, turn it into quality sleep time with a travel pillow. Travel pillows come in unique shapes that allow you to find a comfortable sleeping position whether you are on a flight, car, or just about anywhere. If you are short on storage space, consider buying an inflatable travel pillow.
4) Eye Mask and Earplugs
Speaking of sleep, it can be hard to get enough of it, especially if you are a light sleeper. There is always a flickering light, wailing baby, or other distractions pulling you away from getting some shut-eye time. An eye mask along with a pair of earplugs makes it easy to shut out the external distractions and sleep like a baby.
5) Refillable Water Bottle
It’s vital to stay hydrated when hitting the road as you are likely to get dehydrated faster. If you are in a remote location without a proper drinking water distribution system, don’t forget to refill the bottles every time you leave the hotel. This will save you from having to pay an unreasonable amount of money for bottled water or resort to drinking water of questionable quality.
6) Travel Adaptor
The last thing you want when traveling is to end up with a dying battery as you helplessly stare into the mismatched socket. As there are no universal standards for plugs and sockets, a universal travel adaptor is the best thing you can have as you’re traveling internationally. Also get adaptors that have multiple ports built, so that you don’t have to charge one device at a time.
7) Portable Battery Pack
Yes, we have already packed a universal travel adaptor to make sure that our gadgets do not run out of power. But if you are planning for long sessions in locations without a power supply, make sure to add a portable power bank to your checklist. These devices come in different sizes so you might want to buy something large enough to power all your gadgets – mobile phones, tablets, cameras, and more.
8) Packing Cubes
No more wading through and unpacking the whole luggage just find your favorite undies at the bottom. With packing cubes it is almost like having a sorted wardrobe inside your travel bag. The best part is that packing cubes are quite cheap and can be brought in sets of three, six, or nine packs.
9) Books or Ebooks
Books are one of the best travel companions for solo journeys that involve a lot of transit. If you are going to spend a few hours on a plane or a ship, why waste the time staring into the vacuum? It could be anything from a James Patterson cheap paperback that you want to read for the third time or a travel guide about your destinations. And finally, if you are the kind of person who loves to hop from book to book, it might be worth carrying your ebook reader along.
10) Skincare products
Traveling is no reason to abandon your skincare routine. In fact, it might be wise to double down on skincare as you embark upon a journey. A bottle of sunscreen, a moisturizing cream that suits your skin type, a tube of face cleanser, and a pack of wet wipes is enough to get you started. These products will save you from chapped lips, flaking skin, and other conditions that arise when exposed to exotic and extreme weather conditions.
Of course, you will need to add or remove items to this to make it perfect for your journey. Take some time to go through the items listed above and see what works for you. Happy Packing!
Melody D is a promotional marketing strategist, product expert, and blog writer at ShirtsBargain – an online store for wholesale blank t-shirts. Having 8+ years of experience in the apparel industry, she follows the trends with a sense of passion and finds joy in sharing her fascination with the rest of the world.