You’ve saved your money, booked your ticket and checked your passport. You’re now ready to leave all the stresses of home behind and embrace your inner traveller by picking up your backpack and heading off into the sunset. Preparation is important and you need to plan ahead in order to have a memorable time. But what you pack might smoothe the journey. To get you up and running, here are ten things you simply must have on your travels.
1. Quick Dry Travel Towel
Hopefully on your travels you’ll come across plenty of pristine blue seas and opportunities for a dip in the pool. The fact that you will likely be on the move quite often and need to pack a lot of stuff in a small space means you’ll need a good travel towel which is quick drying, light weight and folds up small. Antibacterial moistened towels are easily portable and can be invaluable when soap and water is not to hand – it’s worth packing both.
2. 2 Way radio
If you’re travelling with a buddy and indulging in plenty of adventures out and about around the world, a digital two way radio will not only help you share the good times, but ensure you will never get separated or left behind. Look for long battery life and a rugged design.
If those cold winter nights upon your return are getting you down, warm yourself up with a trip down memory lane by taking a look back at your favourite snaps. The big question is whether to risk taking a more expensive camera that will get you better shots or a cheaper model that wouldn’t be the greatest loss if it is stolen or broken.
4. Insect repellent
A must, especially if travelling around Asia or South America. Make sure you get all the appropriate injections before you set off (go see your doctor for all the information you need) and then go belt and braces with a decent insect repellent to ensure you stay safe and avoid any uncomfortable bites. The higher the DEET level, the more protection you will have.
5. International SIM card
A must if you want to stay in touch with your loved ones at home without racking up a phone bill in the thousands. Of course, Skype is always an option and is a good cheap alternative, but when an internet café is nowhere to be seen, a good international SIM card will allow you to travel the earth and ring home without costing the earth.
There’s no better way to encapsulate your trip each and every day than by keeping a journal of your adventures. Sure to be a treasure you will flick through fondly for years to come, for the ultimate traveller’s companion invest in a quality Moleskin notebook.
7. Travel wash
Hopefully if you’re having a good enough time you will work up quite a sweat, which is where travel wash will come in handy.
It is easy to fall into the habit of taking your clothes to a local laundrette but save yourself some money by doing it yourself.
8. Money belt
One of the most difficult things about travelling is knowing you have all your possessions in one bag. You can protect against this by storing your belongings safely and investing in a good quality lock, but for reassurance that you won’t be stranded in a foreign country with no money or passport, take a money belt.
9. Ear plugs
Hopefully you’ll do plenty of partying while you’re away but when it is time to shut the noise out a set of earplugs can be invaluable. After all, you may want the party in the bar next door to stop, but it is unlikely everyone else will.
10. An open mind!
Not so much something you can take in your backpack but probably the most valuable tool at your disposal, above all the creature comforts and aids you take with you, make sure you open yourself up to adventure and have the time of your life!