Travel Essentials

8 Things You Must Have When Traveling Abroad 

 

Exploring the world is everyone’s dream. Ask anyone around if they like traveling, everyone does. And I’m confident nobody will say otherwise.

As fun as traveling can be, many people have sob stories to tell about their first or old traveling experiences. Well, there are two causes of a bad experience, the first is an unplanned trip and the second is the lack of travel essentials.

That’s true, guys. One thing everyone craves when away from home is comfort. Why do you miss home when you’re away? It isn’t the walls you miss or the furniture. It’s the comfort of your home that makes you homesick.

To avoid such inconveniences, I’m here with a list of travel essentials, things you must-have when traveling abroad. Have a look:

Travel Itinerary 

It’s essential to have a travel itinerary when traveling abroad. Having a planned trip will ensure that you stay on the safer side. It’s one to make sure that you don’t come across any hurdles or problems.

Besides that, please be sure to have all your travel documents in check. Keep your visa, air tickets, identity card, and health insurance card in your hand-carry so that you have them at your disposal whenever they’re required.

Toiletries

Travel toiletries
Travel toiletries

People often rely on the shampoo, toothpaste, and shower gel provided by the hotels. For your information, they’re all samples. In fact, they’re low-quality samples. Thus, it’s always recommended to carry your own toiletries wherever you go.

Take a small-sized ziplock bag and add all the hygiene essentials you need to it. From shampoo and shower gel to toothbrush brush, toothpaste, and shaving set, you must have all your toiletries. The same goes for skincare products. For example, if you’re going to a tropical area, you must have a sunblock lotion.

A Pair of Headphones 

Travel Headphones 
Travel Headphones

Whether it’s a domestic trip or an international trip, music is an integral part of traveling. It’s one thing that can make your traveling time more comfortable and relaxing. Therefore, you must not forget to keep your headphones in your backpack or purse.

I prefer noise-canceling headphones whenever flying from one place to another. They make sure I don’t get to hear the unwanted noises in the plane, which are quite irritating, to be honest. I was recently going over the Raycon wireless earbud reviews and guess what? They have all the features one needs, so I ordered one for myself immediately. You should check it, too.

Outdoor Equipment 

Outdoor camping
Outdoor camping

For anyone who’s an outdoor enthusiast, I recommend carrying the essential outdoor equipment. Outdoor activities are pocket-friendly on their own, the renting of outdoor equipment makes them expensive.

It is precisely why you should carry the required outdoor equipment if you plan to indulge in outdoor activities such as camping, mountain climbing, hunting, hiking, fishing, or more. Since I’m a camping enthusiast, I usually carry my waterproof tent, sleeping bags, trekking poles, and a mini camping generator with me whenever I travel abroad.

A Pair of Flip-Flops 

Travel Essentials
Travel Essentials

Another travel essential that most people forget is a pair of flip-flops. Having flip-flops will ensure that you get a homely environment in the hotel or wherever you stay. It’s especially helpful for those who are traveling to tropical areas and plan to spend their days at the beach.

I remember I forgot to pack my flip-flops when going to Ibiza. Well, it cost me both money and fun as I couldn’t go to the beach the first day because of my shoes. Secondly, I had to buy a new pair of flip-flops, which cost me double the actual amount as it was a tourist market.

EU Adapters 

EU Adapters 
EU Adapters

I’m sure you know how appliances made in different countries differ from each other. For example, European appliances run on 220 volts while American appliances are 110 volts. Similarly, plugs and outlets are different everywhere.

An EU adapter is a small-sized device that allows British-style plus to fit into American outlets or middle eastern outlets that take two flat prongs. Hence, it’s wise to carry an EU adapter whenever traveling abroad so that you can safely charge your smartphone or other gadgets and appliances.

Additional Towels

Travel Essentials
Travel Essentials

Ranking seventh, you need to have additional towels when traveling abroad. The philosophy behind it is more or less similar to that behind toiletries. The towels in hotels, although sanitized, are still not as clean as your personal towel.

The reason is simple! They’re used by all the guests staying at the hotel. So if you have sensitive skin or in case you happen to have skin allergies, you must pack additional towels for your and your family’s use. It is a measure for your hygiene; hence, it’s mandatory.

Packing Cubes 

Packing Cubes
Packing Cubes

Last but not least, please purchase packing cubes before you start packing for your trip. One of the biggest issues I’ve faced so far is organizing my luggage. I’ve lost a number of things due to not packing my luggage properly as I’m not a very organized person.

But I’m done with that habit after the losses I’ve faced. I now organize my luggage properly. I make sure I have everything in place, so I use packing cubes while packing my clothes and other stuff. It helps me find anything I need within a few minutes or merely seconds.

The Takeaway 

Apart from the things mentioned above, many other things are helpful when traveling abroad. They include multi-port cables, a compact-sized camera, a travel backpack, a pair of waterproof shoes, a first aid kit, a portable umbrella, phone chargers, swimsuits, and more.

The list of things I’ve shared above will help make your trip a lot more comfortable, which is the primary goal. Rest assured, a trip going a little wrong isn’t the biggest issue ever. I wish you well, my friends!

 

 

by Vlaicu Sorin

Traveler, trying to be a photography, hostel lover , backpacker, beer hunter. In search for the perfect place.