With so many places to explore, one of the most important things to consider when you travel is what gadgets and gizmos you need to travel well and yet travel stylishly.
And while you can’t go past a capsule wardrobe to help you get the most out of your clothing, outside of your wardrobe there’re lots of other essentials to consider that will come in handy time and time again when you’re out and about.
A Handy Day Bag
Get yourself a bag that you’re not afraid to squash or get wet during your travels, ideally made of wrinkle-resistant material.
A multi-purpose day bag with zips that you can wear across your body is key to safely store your wallet and passport around while you traverse flea markets. There are larger options if you prefer a bag to also hold your camera, tablet or bottle of water.
Probably the most versatile piece of clothing you can have when travelling, a light scarf is great to shield yourself from the sun or to help stave off little chills. This is also very handy as a “modesty scarf” if you are visiting religious or holy sites.
I never really thought I’d ever recommend Crocs on my blog – but hey, when you’re pounding the pavement in a foreign city for hours it’s time to acknowledge that comfort needs to come before fashion…..
But before you get too carried away and strap on your fave sneakers, I have another option for you! These colourful canvas numbers from Crocs makes for a perfect cross between comfort and style.
Your feet will thank you for it and you’ll thank me when you don’t cringe looking back at your travel photos because you will still look tres chic! 🙂
Groovy Water Bottle
I nearly died when I saw this cute little water bottle. Yes, it ticks all the things you expect from reusable water vessels these days – BPA free, cruelty-free, enviro friendly.
But the thing that really got me was its’ shape. Why didn’t we think of this before??
Water bottles don’t have to be round! They can be flat and square! Which means they fit oh-so-nicely in your day bag. No bulges, no awkward bottles hitting you in the hips as you walk.
While the price tag is not cheap, it will make you the envy of everyone in your tour group – so go on and be uber groovy!
Wrinkle Free Clothing
When it comes to travelling I get a bit obsessed with Metalicus. Mela Purdi also has the same effect but is a little higher in price point, but both brands offer a range of easy to wear clothing that requires minimal care or ironing!!
Their range is largely designed to layer so you can accommodate different seasons if you’re travelling the globe and is generally quite forgiving so you can have all the pasta in Italy and not feel guilty!
A Stash Of Your Favourite Tea
As someone who gets crabby without a cup of tea, I have found it incredibly helpful to carry a stash of my favourite leaves with me.
It brings some of the comforts of home when I travel and avoids me having to hunt down supermarkets in the dead of the night to buy tea and / or avoid having to drink horrible, nasty brews.
Currently, I am throwing back cups of these, with one by my side as I type – it’s a mellow, berry take on green tea and smells divine!
Universal Wall Adapter
Dull to think about? Yes. Infinitely practical? Yes.
Your charging woes vanish and your luggage reduced when you pack one of these universal babies so that no matter what country you’re in, you won’t be caught out.
Because you never know when you need a little journal to jot something important down.
Your favourite meal, a beautiful travel memory, your Air BnB address or the email address of your travel fling 🙂 You just never know…
While a little indulgent when it comes to luggage weight, I always pack a couple of these candles whenever I travel.
It’s all part of the romance of being away on holiday – drinking exotic wines, sampling local delights and breathing in a luxurious scent to help relax you, no matter where you are.
Snap Lock Bags
You don’t realise how much you need these when you travel until you do!
Here’re just some of the amazing ways these bags can save your bacon when you are travelling:
- To separate the dirty clothes from the clean
- Waterproof storage for your passport
- Instant, see-through storage for small accessories
- To hold your tea bags
- Keep and store medication and prescriptions
- For shampoo / other liquids that might leak and ruin your luggage
So there we go – my top 10 travel essentials! As always the key is to enjoy, take it all in, be safe and take happy snaps.
If you have other travel essential ideas to share, go right for it and hit me up with it in the comments area below!