One blurry line separates an appropriately-packed traveller from an under-packed traveller and an overpacked traveller. Balance is a fine art. It may take you time to figure out what you like and need, and that’s okay, but in the meantime, here are 10 things you can be sure you’ll always use.
- Packing cubes
The soul of convenience, packing cubes help you gather similar items like underwear, swimsuits and socks, so you can find them without having to empty your entire suitcase. Imagine the envy you’ll evoke in your co-travellers when they see you don’t have to re-pack from hotel to hotel.
Most affordably-priced headphones these days are robust, and the more expensive they are, the hardier they tend to be. It’s worth springing for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for the plane ride.
- Multi-country power adaptor
Multi-country journeys may require multiple adaptors. Don’t carry three if you can carry three in one.
- In-flight minis
Little luxuries make flying much more comfortable. You can’t take more than 100 millilitres per substance on a plane, but with an arsenal of minis, you can carry comforts like perfume, roll-on deodorant, lip balm, wet wipes and mints.
If there’s any way to get a good night’s sleep in economy, it’s a neck pillow. They’re light, soft, compact and cheap.
- First aid kit
Better to have it and not need it than the other way around.
- Travel wallet
When you’re a visitor in another country, it’s essential you keep your documents in one place and easily accessible. A travel wallet has space for credit cards, flight and hotel itineraries, your passport and a pen to fill in those pesky landing cards.
- Travel journal
If nothing else, a travel journal is a singular boredom-beater during those inevitable airport and metro waits. Remember details, restaurants, faces, names. Documenting your trip is not essential in the same way a first aid kit is essential, but when you think about the purpose of travel, it really doesn’t serve the worldly explorer to not carry a diary of some form or another.
- A library of useful smartphone apps
We’ve got a complete guide to disaster-proof apps over here. Must-haves include XE Currency, TripAdvisor, Uber, and TripIt.
- Travel insurance
Don’t let a delayed flight or unexpected medical costs ruin your trip. Compare providers and tailor a cover package based on what you need.