A lot goes into getting ready for a trip and I’d like to make your life a little easier if I can! Here are my top travel essentials…
These bags are super handy, allowing you to sort your luggage into different compartments and compress them down into your case or backpack. They are especially useful on longer trips where you have to cram multiple items of clothing, ranging from small to large, into your bag. When travelling between multiple destinations I like to organise different ‘groups’ into separate cubes for different parts of the trip such as swimwear and cold weather clothing.
Whether travelling near or far, a microfibre travel towel is an essential piece of kit. No more smelly wet towels being shoved into your case, as these dry so fast they’ll be ready by the time you’ve put your clothes on post shower! They dry best when hung outdoors on a line, and also pack up extremely small so won’t take up too much packing space.
Osprey is my no.1 bag brand, they don’t just do excellent large backpacking bags, their day packs are just as good. A classic and breathable lightweight design makes for a brilliant combination, with separate sections in the main compartment allowing you keep muddy trainers away from your clothes. There’s a pocket for valuables or essentials at the front, and two slots for drinks bottles, which all combine to make this a great option for people on the move.
An absolute must in my opinion for long haul flights and overnight bus journeys, I don’t think I could live without my travel pillow. There are so many varieties out there but a memory foam one is my personal choice and the Cabeau Evolution Memory Foam Pillow is rated pretty high.
Don’t get caught out on at the airport with a non-TSA lock as they may well cut your bag open when it heads to the hold! These nifty devices allow your bag to be opened, checked and closed by airport staff with no disruption. They also ensure your luggage is protected when it’s away from you, for example in a hostel while you’re out and about. I use them on all my cases or bags when I travel.
One issue that I used to find a constant hassle was travelling with jewellery. I would end up with knotted necklaces and lost rings, and find myself rummaging at the bottom of my bag for earrings. A small jewellery case will help you organise those essentials and keep them safe on your travels. You can thank me later!
A universal travel adapter is one of the most useful items you can take with you in a long multi-country trip where you could be visiting different regions or continents that have different plugs.
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