Although I love organising trips and planning all my travels, I’m probably one of the most unorganised people EVER. Either that or no matter how much organising I do, SOMETHING goes wrong.
Even though I’m very unorganised and forgetful, there are still a set number of things that I make sure I do before every single trip I take. I find that ensuring I always have these things organised or packed and ready go, most of the time all other problems will fix themselves.
With that in mind, here are the essential things you need before you travel:
Your Own Personal Standard Travel Essentials
Okay so this first point may be cheating a *little* bit, but everyone has their own personal travel essentials, right?
Whether it’s your favourite perfume, your go-to travel makeup or your favourite pyjamas to pack when you travel - ensuring these are the first things you pack will mean you never forget them! If they’re things you only use whilst travelling, you could always store them in your suitcase once you’ve unpacked it.
Universal Plugs and Chargers
Depending on where you travel, the plug sockets will be completely different. Whilst it’s useful to have lots of different adapters, you can now buy handy universal travel adapters that are easily converted, no matter what country you’re in.
A Decent Set Of Luggage
Whilst it may be tempting to buy a cheap suitcase before you travel, the truth is you get what you pay for and before you know it, your suitcase is falling apart and spilling your belongings as it goes around the airport carousel (may or may not have happened to me).
Investing in a good-quality suitcase for hold luggage, a sturdy backpack for day to day travel and a carry on case shorter breaks is essential if you’re going to be travelling on a regular basis. If you only travel once or twice a year, you may be able to get away with spending a little less. For an amazing hand luggage case, The Travel Hack case is highly recommended.
When I first started travelling I didn’t think I needed travel insurance as the likelihood of something bad happening was super small. A couple of years later I lost my passport in Palma De Mallorca airport, resulting in at least £600 worth of costs. If I had travel insurance, however, I would have been able to claim everything back.
If you’re looking for travel insurance that covers pre-existing medical conditions, then I’d recommend visiting the All Clear website.
A First Aid Kit
If you’re anything like me you’ll be incredibly unorganised AND clumsy. No matter where I go I always seem to injure myself in one way or another, so I try to ensure that I have a fully stocked first aid kit in my suitcase or hand luggage. I tend to make sure it has plasters, antiseptic wipes, a couple of bandages and a range of different tablets and medications. For me, antihistamines are essential when travelling so I always put extra into my first aid kit!
A Good-Quality Camera or Smart Phone
Taking Instaworthy shots while travelling is something most people want to do, so ensuring you have a good quality camera is a good idea. If you don’t have a camera to take photos experiment with taking photos on your phone - sometimes they can be just as good.
Most Importantly, A Sense Of Adventure
One of the most important things you should have whilst you travel is a sense of adventure. Without it, you may find you’re missing that extra something.
What do you consider essential for travel?