Packing for your next trip often causes dilemmas. We tend to bring random and unnecessary items so as to feel secured we have what we need, but most of the time we forget the ones we actually need. This is often the case for novice travelers.
I have listed down the top ten essentials to help you prep and gear up for your next adventure. Check them out!
1. Travel Pillow
Long haul travel can be a bitch. Unbearable sore necks and back pains will keep you uncomfortable during your overnight trips where you need every precious time to sleep. Go get yourself a neck cushion.
2. Dri-fit shirts and shorts
There are reasons why athletes, specifically runners, love functional clothing like Dri-fit. But what exactly is it? Dri-fit clothing is light, cool, and comfortable. These three factors are what makes them essential for outdoor activities.
What’s more, Dri-fit shirts push moisture and sweat away from your skin, ensuring that the fabric touching your body is dry and frictionless. So unless you want to look like a middle-aged person in a sauna, go get yourself Dri-fit clothes.
3. Travelling bag
Look up the words “travelling bag” on Google and you will see there are literally thousands of travelling bag variants out there. From mere backpacks to transforming duffel bags, it is important to choose a luggage that will fit your travel needs.
However, I personally believe that all great travel bags should have these fundamental characteristics: light, easy to carry, durable, most importantly, it must have sufficient capacity.
4. Smartphone, sports camera, and portable charger
Shout out to the millennials out there! No but seriously, in today’s day and age, these three gadgets are definitely necessary. Without a travel cam, how else are you going to document that wild bus ride, the majestic and breath-taking mountaintop view, or even the time you were challenged to jump off that cliff into pristine blue waters?
Moreover, smartphones can also serve as a great navigator, personal assistant (e.g. Siri or Google), and you can even use it as a security system. Just remember to fill up your portable chargers so you can keep going.
5. Waterproof bluetooth speaker and earphones
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."
As a music lover, I honestly cannot imagine travelling without my favorite playlist. I listen to different types of songs depending on what kind of place I’m traveling to. For example, I have jazz music playing when I’m inside my Uber on my way to a neon-lit night out.
Listening to music is a great way to pass time or to set the mood, so don’t forget to bring some waterproof speakers and a pair of earphones.
6. Sunglasses and travel sandals
Did you know that squinting and wrinkling your eyebrows can actually worsen your mood? This is why I think sunglasses are so great. Not only does it allow you to enjoy the view, but it also prevents you from being grumpy and stuff.
Next, wear some sandals! Shoes are great and all but sand and small rocks can get stuck in them so if you’re enjoying a warm day on the beach or doing some hiking, this type of footwear is a must-have.
7. Dental and first-aid kit
Nothing spoils an exciting trip more than a nasty injury. Smart travelers always bring a small pack of dental and first-aid kits wherever they go. These kits should have the following items:
- Over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol, anti-diarrheal medicines, cough medicines, and antacids.
- Prescription medicines that you regularly take (if you have any).
- Bandages, gauze, rubbing alcohol, and a small pair of scissors.
Dental kits are also necessary for keeping your mouth clean and healthy. You never know when you’ll bump into a cute stranger. *wink*
8. Toilet paper, tissues, and wet wipes
By now you should already know that nature’s call cannot be put on hold. When you gotta go, you just gotta go. So whatever you do, don’t forget to bring tissues, toilet paper, and some wet wipes. Aside from that, these things can also be used to get rid of dirt and mud that you’ll encounter nearly everywhere.
9. Sunscreen lotion
If you want to look like the Red Skull, then go ahead and skip this item. Otherwise, go grab a small bottle of sunscreen. Which one should you get? It depends on your skin type and your travel destination. Just make sure that it is water resistant, protects you from UVA and UVB rays, and has a 30 SPF or higher.
While some people prefer to go solo, traveling with a friend (or a group of friends) is one way to level up the fun. Travel buddies are irreplaceable must-haves. Friends can make you smile, laugh, and cry with their stories. They can provide the company that you need whenever you feel lonely. And they’ll take some awesome Instagram-able photos of you! As with any journey, who you travel with can be more important than your destination. So go out there and have fun!
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