If you’re anything like me, you also pack incredibly last minute; delaying it out of a mixture of dread and apprehension at the mere thought of having to decide what to bring and what to leave. Then of course, comes the struggle of trying to fit everything into a tiny backpack or suitcase, realizing you’ve overpacked and having to start the entire process all over again.
To help streamline this dreadful process, I’ve compiled, to the best of my knowledge and experience, two lists of my favourite travel accessories. I’ve tried to separate these according to how important they are to me; however, everybody is different and some of these may or may not be as necessary to you as they are to me. So, here is my (hopefully) helpful guide to get your packing started on the right foot.
Every single trip:
- Quick Dry Towel
Essential no matter where you go, for the beach, for a hostel room, or even for any spilling or caught in the rain emergencies. My personal favourite is the Packtowl, available at MEC.
- Sketchers Go Walks
I adore these shoes, as they feel like tiny little pillows for your feet. They are perfect for long days walking around and visiting, no matter the terrain. An added bonus is that they don’t look too bad, for travel shoes especially.
The ultimate travelers water bottle. I’m not actually sure why it’s so popular, but it is! You can basically get any reusable water bottle, but I like this one, and I love buying stickers as I travel and putting them on the bottle!
- Ziploc and Garbage Bags
Even though plastic bags and non-reusable bags are taking a quick dive into the oblivion, having some garbage bags to make sure that everything you carry in, you carry out, is in my opinion essential. Large Ziploc bags can also be used to store clothes and anything else inside your backpack/suitcase, and protect it from getting wet.
- Travel Camera: Fujifilm FinePix XP130
A travel camera is always a great idea, I personally like the Fujifilm FinePix XP130, since it is shock proof, water proof, and sand/dust/dirt resistant. If you’re like me: a little clumsy and have a tendency to damage the things you own, this one is perfect and will withstand a few bumps and scrapes.
- Sunscreen and Bug Repellent
I don’t really have to enumerate the benefits as these two products, as they should be obvious. No matter where the location, this is always useful. Okay…maybe not Antarctica, but hey, can’t hurt to bring it anyways right? You never know where life may lead you!
- Travel Sized Lotions
I personally need my moisturizer and personal care products. Travel-sized products bought from pharmacies can be overpriced, so a cheaper alternative is to buy reusable plastic containers like the Go Gears, and fill them up with your products at home before leaving.
- Safe Purse/Wallet
A good purse is mandatory for any travelling woman. Something with hidden inner pockets, and a good closing mechanism is ideal, especially in areas more prone to pick pocketing. Some new purses and wallets are now RFID chip safe, so that credit cards within the purse/wallet cannot be copied. There are many, many options, so just do a quick google search and pick the one that best suits you!
- Kobo or Kindle
I adore reading, especially before bed, on the beach, or while travelling from one destination to the other. I think that Kobo’s and Kindles are incredibly practical for travelling. You may not get the same feeling of holding a real book in your hands, or experience that new book smell, but it will be much easier to carry. You can have 100’s of books inside it, and purchase and download more whenever you get wifi. I personally prefer the Kobo, and have been using the same one for 8 years without trouble.
Who can live without music? Certainly not me. So, a good pair of earphones will get you through many a dull moment. If you want to splurge, maybe consider purchasing noise cancelling headphones too, and you can use it to listen to music and block out the sounds of others anytime you want a quick nap.
- Hand Sanitizer
Bathrooms and toilet paper come in many different forms and vary in quality all over the world. Need I say more?
- Yoga Slings Sandals
These comfortable sandals are great for long days walking, and they’re made from recycled yoga mats! However, some people have had varying experiences with these, and don’t necessarily enjoy the feel or find the quality exceptional.
- Good hiking backpack
If you enjoy the great outdoors like me, a good quality hiking backpack is a must-have. I say good quality because, as cute as bags like Jansports are, they have no air ventilation or straps to help with back pain when carrying heavy objects. A 30-litre will do for short day hikes, and doubles as a day pack while visiting.
Along the same lines as the hiking bag, a Camelbak has been a hiking gamechanger for me. The only downside to it is that it is not usable in cold temperatures, as the tube freezes (even with a protector).
- Exoficio Underwear
Once again, a hiking/backpacking/long time spent in wilderness without a shower staple. This is no regular underwear, these underwears are bacteria proof, breathable, smell proof, cute, and comfortable. If you’re off in the wilderness for 1-2 weeks, about 3 pairs of these will do (obviously, this is an extremely subjective matter).
- All-Purpose Soap
This type of soap can be used to wash dishes, do laundry, use as body wash, shampoo, etc. It is highly concentrated, so a very small dose will do, and it will last a long time. I might not recommend this for people travelling in luxury though, as it isn’t exactly the most gentle or best quality hair and body cleaner. However, it is magnificent for weeks spent in the outback.
- Reusable cups and straws
This is one thing that is highly debatable. If travelling for work, or in luxury, then reusable cups and straws are a great idea for your morning coffee. However, they take up space and need to be cleaned. It may be better for the environment, but a water bottle will do for just about anything in most circumstances.
- Portable charger (optional: solar powered)
When constantly on the go and in nature, our charging options are very limited. A portable charger is always a great idea, and a solar powered one very useful for extended periods without electricity.
- Adventure Camera: GoPro
If any of you love adventure that will get your adrenaline pumping, then a GoPro might be perfect for you. It is arguably the sturdiest travel camera on the market, and will take a good beating, and endures any kinds of weather conditions. However, it is ultimately just a fun but expensive toy, and only shoots from a wide lens. Something to think about before investing.
- Ear Plugs and Eye Mask
I don’t really love ear plugs as they don’t work well for me, but everyone else seems to rave about them, especially on public transit such as airplanes. An eye mask is a great compliment for them, too. d
- Toiletry Bag
A bag to carry one’s toiletries in. Not an overly complex idea, and useful for keeping all the small stuff from spilling and getting lost inside a large bag. Cheap ones can be found pretty much everywhere.
- Plug Adaptors
This depends on the country you’re travelling to. I’ve never had to buy or use any, but some people get them, and when they are needed, they are needed.
Did I miss anything? What do you like to bring with you while travelling? Comment below, or connect with us on social media to let us know!
Creator and Writer @ MAP Yoga
RYT-200 Certified Vinyasa and Hatha yoga teacher