5 Must-Have Travel Essentials

5 Must-Have Travel Essentials

Globetrotting is great, but the packing process can be such a hassle. With confusing security rules and luggage limits which differ from one agency to another, travelling can be as daunting and frustrating as it can be pleasant. If you’re one of the many people struggling with packing light and packing smart, take a look at the ultimate travel list we prepared below and get ready to become an efficient packer and traveller!

1. Documents

Okay, it may seem absurd to have this listed as a travel must-have, but you’d surprised to find out how many people forget to pack their documents for a trip – and, admit, it must have happened to you too at least once. Moreover, documents do not only apply to your ID or passport, but to all of the relevant documents you may need as well, such as your health insurance card, driving license or McDonald’s coupons. Make sure this is both your first and last step in the packing process.

2. Chargers and adapters

Let’s not lie to ourselves, we are very much dependent on technology even while on the road. Gadgets are a no-need-to-mention must, so we skipped them and cut straight to what keeps them alive during our unpredictable travels. Before you hit the road, make sure you have all the necessary chargers and adapters compatible for the country you’re travelling to. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer, a workaholic or just a social media addict (like all of us are), you will want your gadgets available at all times. Being stuck on a train all night long with your iPad battery dying right before the ending of the episode is no fun. Additionally, you can pack an extension lead and portable charger and make your daily routine on the road significantly easier – and faster!

3. Bluetooth tracker

If you haven’t already heard about the Bluetooth finder, you’re missing out! With this little lifesaver, you will never again waste more than a couple of seconds of your precious time and energy on locating your missing possessions. The way it works is that you purchase a Bluetooth tracker, attach it to your personal belongings and connect it to your phone via Bluetooth. Not only does it help you locate your items at all times with a simple touch, but it works the other way as well – helping you track your phone.

4. Comfy shoes

When it comes to clothing, it basically all comes down to comfortable footwear. Considering the fact that shoes take most of the space in your suitcase or backpack, it is very important to think rationally and practically when choosing which ones to bring and which to wear. Coordinating your footwear highly depends on your destination, but a pair of comfortable sneakers and waterproof boots are usually the safest choices. In order to make the most out of your trip, you need comfortable shoes – so forget about high heels and fancy sandals to match that one outfit you packed for a trip photoshoot, and pack your Chucks and combat boots instead.

5. Sunglasses

And of course, a pair or two of sunglasses – every experienced traveller knows why. Travelling doesn’t leave much time for rest or dressing up, and here is where sunglasses come to the rescue. Trendy sunglasses will cover up any sign of travelling fatigue, or lack of makeup, and help you rock that casual, yet cool on-the-road look with almost zero effort. Moreover, they’ll protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation. It’s clever to wear one pair of sunglasses and pack another one, in case you break or lose one of them.

It doesn’t matter how often you travel, it can still happen that you forget something or overpack. With all the excitement and the hurry to hit the road, we tend to make rookie travelling mistakes. If you’re looking to spare yourself of all the possible oversights and avoid unnecessary stress while travelling, take note of the tips we shared above.

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Written by Marie Nieves

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at several blogs.