There are no hard and fast rules on what you need to bring when traveling, but aside from the basic necessities like clothes and underwear (duh!), there are a few things that prove to be must-haves on any adventure.
Here is a compilation of 8 travel essentials that can help make your trip a stress-free and memorable one.
Small case for your travel documents and emergency cash.
A small thin pouch or a cute Passport Wallet to store all your important documents (like your tickets, travel itinerary, passport, ID and some extra cash) can make quite a difference when traveling. Placing them inside a single case not only keeps them more organized and easier to carry around, but it can also save you time when you need to whip out your documents for the airport check-in counter or hotel reception.
Portable charger or power bank.
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Let’s face it. Most of us can’t live without our gadgets and that means they're definitely coming with us on any trip. A portable charger or power bank ensures that your devices don’t run out of juice, especially when you’re out and don’t have easy access to a power outlet. Pro tip: make sure you have the right adapter to plug any devices you might have into local outlets.
Sealed bag for your toiletries.
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You’ve got to keep those little bottles of lotion, perfume and toothpaste inside a ziplock or well-sealed bag, lest they explode inside your luggage while in transit. You don’t want to spend the first few hours of your trip cleaning up a mess in your brand new Sushiverse Duffel Bag.
Moisturizing sun protection.
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Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, chances are you’re going to be outdoors at some point during your trip. It’s always a good idea to keep yourself protected from sun or windburns by applying moisturizing sunscreen and a healthy dab of SPF lip balm before starting each day. Seriously, don't forget about your lips—many people forget that your lips can get sunburnt too!
A camera—be it your smartphone, a point-and-shoot or an SLR camera.
The memories of a fantastic trip last a long time, but they last even longer if there are pictures to go with it. Don’t forget to snap photos during your trip to preserve the excitement you felt while traveling. Keep your camera within reach in a handy case or around your neck on a camera strap, like the Punchdrunk Panda Shutterbug camera strap. Make sure to print out a few when you get home too—they'll surely help satisfy the travel itch the next time it hits.
Mini first-aid kit with over-the-counter medicine.
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Getting sick or feeling ill during your vacation can be a big downer. It’s better to be prepared than to scramble to find a pharmacy during your trip, especially if you don't speak the language. Pack a small first aid kit that includes bandages, tissue and over-the-counter meds like aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol, antihistamine, anti-diarrheal medicine, anti-motion sickness tablets and anything else you think you might need. Of course, if you have prescription medication that you take regularly, pack that too! Make sure to bring them with you in your carry-on bag.
Bring a blanket scarf.
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Many frequent travelers consider the blanket scarf a travel essential because it can be used in many different ways. A scarf, or even a sarong, can function as a blanket, cover up, beach mat and, of course, a cool accessory.
Extra bag for sightseeing or doing “touristy” activities.
If you’re on holiday, you’ll probably just leave your luggage at your hostel and spend most of your time exploring popular tourist spots or trying out the local cuisine. Really, all you need once you get there is a light bag for your cash and essentials. You can use something like our Punchdrunk Panda Backpack Series, which can transform from a backpack into a cross body bag, shoulder bag, or a hand bag to suit your needs.
These are just a few things that we think should be on your packing list for your trip. Of course, travel must-haves can be subjective, especially if you're traveling to locations with vastly different climates. Along with this, every traveler has something unique they can't live without.
The important thing, though, is to also bring an open mind and a positive attitude on your trip. Sometimes you may encounter a few bumps, like a delayed flight or a forgotten item, but instead of stressing over the small stuff, make the best of things and enjoy the experience!
What are your travel must-haves? Tell us in the comments!