Spring is (almost) officially upon us, and with that in mind, as the weather gets warmer and the days are starting to get longer, most of us will be thinking about one thing and one thing only – travelling!
When we think of travelling, we immediately imagine impressive views, sunrises/sunsets and exploring location after location; then reality sets in, and we have the dreaded task of packing (and planning what to pack!)
With that in mind, here are our 5 essentials for any traveller to take on their next adventure;
For anyone wanting to catch those early sunrises, the most important item has to be reusable coffee tumblers, a game-changer for all caffeine addicts and the early morning risers. Everyone needs a morning coffee, but another benefit of ensuring you pack your coffee tumblers will be when you stop at the end of the day and can have a hot cup of tea to relax and unwind!
The portable power bank is definitely one to add to your priority list. Of course, it’s great to put your phones away and take in your surroundings without a screen in site but having a portable power bank to charge the technology you may be taking just in case of an emergency is a must. If you like capturing your memories on a camera, nothing is worse than seeing that little red dot flashing away, telling you you need more charge!
Taking a reusable water bottle travelling with you is practical for staying hydrated on the go and saving you money. There will be many places dotted around with water fountain taps that you can stop at and utilise for free. You could also pop into some local cafes for a top-up of water. Not only can they be used for water, but you could also fill yours with any drink of choice without the fear of it leaking all over your backpack, ultimately ruining your belongings and your trip! Another benefit of using a reusable water bottle is that you help save the planet; reusable water bottles are eco-friendly. They will cause a lot less damage to our environment than those single-use plastic ones!
A wash bag should be the first thing you put in your backpack, including all of your hygienic products and medications (just in case you need them). Being overly prepared for any situation is best, and you will be grateful you are if an emergency does happen! Now we know that dragging around heavy bottles and full-sized items can be impractical, especially when you only use the products occasionally during your trip. We recommend stopping off at your local supermarket or beauty store, where you will find an array of travel-sized goods to bring with you. Here are some must-have suggestions to pack in your wash bag for your next trip: wet wipes, anti-bac, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, perfume, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, tissue, pain killers, antiseptic spray and plasters.
And finally, you can’t go on a trip without comfortable footwear. Nothing will be more irritating than wanting to go and see new places with your friends and family but feeling uncomfortable the whole journey. Getting sore feet as soon as you start walking will limit your trip, and the reason for this will be that you don’t have stable, quality shoes. Invest in a pair of trainers or boots that will support the long hours on your feet exploring new cities and walks in the countryside – you will thank me later!
Remember, being safe and comfortable is the key to a successful trip full of fun adventures. Only take items you think are necessary and will impact your travels. Pack light and practical but most importantly, make great memories and have fun!