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Before heading off on our travels we wanted to make sure we were prepared and had all the accessories we would need to make life easier for ourselves. We researched from other travellers and bloggers and equipped ourselves with backpacks full of our only belongings for the next year or so. Eight months down the line we have learnt what has come in really handy and other things that we really haven’t needed. I have compiled below our ultimate, must have ten travel essentials that I think you should really consider taking for your own journeys.
You can also read my full packing list here!
1. Kindle/Ebook Reader – £119.99
Although nothing quite compares to the experience of reading an actual book, whilst you are travelling you really don’t want to be lugging around heavy books on your back. So buying a Kindle or another Ebook reader is essential! You can download any number of books you want, which gives you the option to pick any genre which takes your fancy at the time. Also, the books are often much cheaper on a Kindle than if you were buying a physical copy, so even a great bonus for your travel fund! Even if you aren’t a big reader, you will most likely be spending hours and hours travelling from place to place, which will at some point inspire you to start reading. If you aren’t yet convinced by these gadgets, you can’t deny they are perfect for travel. And you can always grow your actual book collection when you get home! I also like to keep track of what I have read on Goodreads. It is a website that you can enter what books you have read and any you have in mind to read in the future. As I find with my Kindle it is a little harder to keep track.
2. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones – £289
If you have ever stepped foot on a plane, you will know the usual in-ear headphones just don’t really cut it when wanting to listen to music or watch a film. I have only recently entered into the world of noise cancelling headphones, and now I don’t know how I ever managed without them. The ones I have are the Bose QuietComfort 15 Headphones, which aren’t available anymore. The new versions are these Bose QuietComfort 35, which are now wireless, so even more handy! They block out almost all the droning of the plane, and you can watch films without having to crank up the volume really loud. I even wear them when I try to sleep to block out noises around me. They also have spongy ear cushions which make them comfortable to wear for hours, unlike in-ear headphones which I usually have to take out after an hour or so.
3. Packing Cubes – £24.99
Packing cubes have completely changed my travel experience, and I think most people have caught onto how much they can save time and effort when packing and unpacking your luggage. Backpacking involves constant travel from place to place and with that comes the hassle of repacking your bag every single time! Packing cubes like these ones allow you to organise your belongings into sections so things are easy to find and don’t get lost in the mound of stuff in your bag. Also if you fold clothes in your cubes a certain way so that you can see everything clearly, it can save lots of time when getting ready!
Even though we like to use the towels that sometimes are included with a room, not all accommodation offers towels for free. And you don’t really want to have to stand around and air-dry after a shower, so be prepared for this situation by taking a microfibre towel. They are ideal for travel as even my extra large one folds up really small, and they dry you pretty well. Although not quite as well as a normal towel! They are also great to have if you are heading to the beach or a waterfall, so you won’t need to worry about getting your hotel towel dirty.
5. Google Photos – FREE
Whilst you are travelling, you will most likely be taking hundreds of photos a day. Photos that you will want to keep forever and look back on when old and grey. So it is important to keep a copy of them in a place that you can access from anywhere, in case your phone gets lost or stolen. We use Google Photos for this, it gives you unlimited free storage. And it also gives you the option to share albums with friends and family, our parents really enjoyed being kept up to date with our adventures! Whilst we also carry an external hard drive where we keep another back up of our photos, it gives us the peace of mind to know that we have a copy online where they can’t get lost.
When travelling we are always relying on our phones to find out things such as where our hostel is, booking a Grab taxi or getting directions. Therefore it is vital that we always have our phones charged, I think we would definitely be a bit panicked without them! This power bank can give six full charges, so you won’t need to worry if you can’t get to a plug socket. We always make sure to re-charge our power bank if we have used it as soon as we get to our destination so that we are always prepared.
7. Extension lead – £5 – £10
If like us, you like to travel with lots of gadgets then you will know how frustrating it is trying to charge them all! This is why an extension lead is essential. We use one with four power outlets like this one here so we can have multiple things charging at once. This way you only need one plug adapter, and don’t have to worry if your room only has one plug socket. And you can even leave your chargers plugged into your extension lead when packing up your bag so you don’t have to set it all up again when moving location.
With all of those gadgets that need charging by your trusty extension lead, you will of course need a travel adapter to be able to use the plug sockets! With a universal adapter like the one I mentioned above you won’t need to worry about carrying around a different adapter for every country you are heading to. Plus it takes up much less space carrying just one!
I have only recently realised that USB chargers exist, and they make so much sense! Most chargers that come with gadgets these days are made up of a USB cable connected to a plug, so get rid of the plug part and you are left with a tiny lead. You can buy USB chargers that come with four outlets, so you can charge four things connected by USB at the same time with just one plug! Genius!
If you think you might be spending time on a beach, or taking a boat tour, a dry bag will definitely put your mind at ease. You won’t be worrying about your things getting wet as they will be safely stashed away in your fail safe dry bag. You can get them in varying sizes from 5L to 30L, we opted for the 20L so we could fit in all our supplies for a beach day. They also roll up pretty small so won’t take up too much space in your backpack.
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