This isn’t a big list, but it is one with a purpose behind it. Don’t take too much with you, only the things that are really helpful. I use all these travel essentials regularly and we take them with us everywhere we go. Whether you are traveling to winter or the tropic, mountain or the beach, these are the things to take that will make traveling easier.
A regular towel will take up almost a third of your backpack. These special travel towels are really compact and they work just fine. We carry 5 towels and all our swimming gear and a small shoulder bag, whenever we go swimming we just whip out that bag and we are good to go.
Water isn’t just a travel essential, it’s a life essential, I keep a few of these handy and when we find good water, I just top them up. And when we aren’t using them, we fold them away to nothing. Just fill the bottles when you need them, e.g. in countries with drinkable tap water. Do I need to mention how much money you will save?
There is nothing better to get your bag in order. Packing Cubes are super light and you can separate your things in the different cubes. T-shirts in one, jeans in the other, etc. Everything is sorted like in a closet!
I have a couple of power boards, one that can take any kind of plug and some adapters for them. I prefer to take country-specific ones and not the multi-adapter types as I find they are more robust.
I also carry a charger that has 4 USB ports, we can all plug in! and a few spare chargers as well, In case one of us is away and needs a charger. The most important is that I can use this configuration in any country.
We use a couple of mini backpacks that crumple up to almost nothing, they are convenient to carry in a backpack too and whip out when you need an extra bag. They are easier to carry around than a normal travel laundry bag too.
we use the same bags for the shopping and canvas shoulder bags too, you can find these in our online store. It’s a great way to do your bit for the environment too… Take a travel shopping bag that you can compress to the size of a bottle of 50 ml.
Trust me on this, it will be like the headlight torch, you will use it way more often than you think. You can strap it onto the outside of your backpack. a compact sleeping bag is especially useful when you e.g. need to take an overnight train or bus.
I carry a compressible feather jacket too, I don’t use it a lot, except when I do! They aren’t the most stylish attire, but when you need to get warm and didn’t think to take your regular jacket, style doesn’t matter! Being comfortable. no matter if you are in a bus, car, plane or train, you will be glad to have something to keep you warm that is so light and compact you forget you are carrying it.
I don’t go anywhere without our First Aid kit. It’s important to be prepared for any kind of situation. I would say hopefully you won’t need it, but we use ours all the time and it almost feels like a family member…
Take a lightweight tripod with you. we have a couple, a regular one and a Gorillapod one. we use them all the time. If you don’t take lots of pics, you could skip this one, but if you are anything like us, take both! you will thank me.
For smaller cameras, I recommend the Joby Gorillapod with flexible legs and magnets. You can simply attach it to a street lamp, a fence, or set it up on uneven ground… It’s just amazing. For bigger cameras, with more weight, I recommend the Leightweight Tripod.
A Norjews Sewing Kit is small, light, cheap, very useful and high on my list of travel essentials. If a button falls off your shirt, a hemline breaks, you just need a safety pin to get out a splinter, scissors to cut anything… do you get the idea? If you are on your own, just a tiny one will suffice, if you’re a family with kids, get a good one.
Using these travel essentials will make a difference in the way you travel. Not only will your bags be more organized and lighter, but you’ll have everything you need with you and more relaxed when you have the stuff you need on hand. Enjoy your adventures and maybe we will see you on the road!