After a few extended trips, travelling with different seasons, modes of transport and living out of suitcases you really learn to cherish particular items. Due to luggage restraints learning the art of packing and what is of importance becomes an art. Obviously, comfortable shoes, practical clothes, passport and laptop are also packed, but this list adds a few items/hacks that you might not have thought of. 
Ranging from must-have tech items to beauty lifesavers here is my customised list of items I never travel without!

Items I Never Travel Without

10 Items I Never Travel Without

1. Universal Adapter
Number 1 for a reason, a universal is an essential these days with the amount of tech gadgets we ‘need’ whilst travelling. A universal adapter takes the hassle out of worrying what one you need to take for what country. Extra little tip always carry it with you in your carry-on so just can charge at the airports when you need. If you know you will be charging multiple electronic it might also be an idea to throw in a double adapter!

2. My Citi Bank Card
Prepaid travel cards might seem like the convenient no fuss option, but in my experience, they are more trouble than they are worth.
The Citi Bank Card is a fee free everyday bank account that can be used overseas without any charges attached. I don’t know about you but I’ve been subjected to international transaction fee’s all the way up to $60.00!  The Citibank Cards allows you to use your card at any place that accepts Visa and has no monthly account keeping fees!
Also, unlike prepaid cards, you aren’t required to load on a particular currency.
You can read more about the card here.

3. My Cameras
Although I’m not a professional photographer, heck I’m barely an amateur, my blog still requires photos. I also enjoy taking photos. A lot. For my blog, I use a Sony DSLR ( it’s probably time for an upgrade here), my iPhone and the GoPro for action and water shots.

Update: I have since upgraded to the Lumix G7 Mirrorless, and it is my perfect travel camera! I used it for travel photos, flat lays, and videos. It is incredibly easy to use, compact has a large flip touch screen and some great features like wi-fi and 4k video! Will do a full review soon. I highly recommend this camera!

RELATED: “My Camera Gear”

4. Zip Lock Bags & Laundry Bags
Laundry Bags– I pack my undies and swimwear in one laundry bag so its easy to find in my suitcase and have another to throw my dirty clothes into. Ziplocs have so many uses they protect my belongings from liquid spills, they store plane/day snacks, they can keep wet swimmers or damp clothes away from the fresher items. Ziplocs are just common sense okay. Use them, ask questions later. I have also recently started using packing cubes that make packing a whole lot easier!

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5. Beauty kit + Sleep mask
Okay this one has probably taken the longest to master. I usually go with the Grown Alchemist Travel Kit with a few added favourites. I carry on almost all of my toiletries which means they are under 100 ml, and only bring very minimal make-up. One product I always make sure is handy is a face mist. Try some of my favourites to feel fresh after long flights.
Although I have the products side down, I’m still yet to find a perfect beauty bag (so if you have any recommendations let a girl know)
Sleep is already comprised when it comes to travel, help yourself out and buy a sleep mask. I love Slip Silk Masks because they’re soft, adjustable and are made silk (which have beauty benefits).

Related Post: Travel Beauty Essentials


6. Swiss Army Knife & Flashlight
Look I’m not going to lie I’ve only really added this one recently and it wasn’t actually me but my super efficient boyfriend. There were just so many instances we needed a knife, from cutting limes to just needing something sharp, it’s just really handy to have. You also never know when you’re going to need a flashlight and luckily they are now implemented into our iPhones!

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7. Entertainment
So I’ve always travelled with books, I used to travel with 3 or 4 and swapped them along the way. I now have traded some of them in for technology and use my iPad for iBooks and pocket. (I still like to bring at least 1 hardcopy book). I also travel with my Mac. Always.

8. Portable Charger
I tend to use my phone a lot whilst travelling, answering emails, updating social media, taking photos and my phone also becomes my travel guide and planner. Sadly my phone battery does not agree, so I always carry this portable charger with me to make sure my phone battery lasts an entire day.

9. Wipes, Hand Sanitizers, and Tissues
Travel is dirty business. Wipes don’t only come in handy to rid makeup after your day is done. I use them to ‘wash’ my hands, clean up spills and sometimes they are even needed when there is no toilet paper. These Wipes are god and natural.

10. A Scarf
scarf is not only a scarf but a blanket and a pillow. Why it also doubles as a cover up when entering religious sites or to jazz up an over worn outfit. Pack a scarf. Thank me later.

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Honourable mention: Travel Insurance, I know this is obvious but sometimes people just forget ( I’ve done it eek). I use World Nomds.


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  • good tips! i bring all of those things too! sometimes I also bring under-eye masks for the plane that I will use about an hour before landing to feel extra refreshed!


  • Victoria Virlan

    Good tips and great pictures. I enjoyed reading your post !

  • Robin Rue

    I don’t leave the US, so I don’t need a universal adapter, but I ALWAYS have my portable phone charger with me. Always.

  • Alli Smith

    I travel with my macbook pro and a backup laptop. I was in another country once and had several sponsored posts due while I was there. My brand new (at the time) Mac froze and I finally had to use the manager of the resort’s computer. Never again. Also, Ziplock freezer bags for all my toiletries. And my Kindle paperwhite – the Kindle Fire stays home because of the glare when trying to read on the beach.

  • Paula Schuck

    I never travel without Ziploc bags in varying sizes. They’re great for protecting against spills and for carrying little items.

  • J-Man and MillerBug

    There are great travel tips! We travel a lot here and for sure I would not go with out my battery charger and my camera!

  • Pam W

    I always bring a scarf too! They’re so versatile and great to have in case of any unexpected temperature changes.

  • Love this list! I always travel with flip flops and tennis shoes plus my computer and phone, I am hoping to get more traveling this summer in so my list may grow more.

  • Eloise Maoudj-Riley

    I have to say I love the photos! I also love the list, sounds like everything I’d bring!

  • These are super great tips to share about what you never travel without, perfect!

  • Gwen Mulholland

    This is a great list and I would never have thought to bring a scarf. I am going to remember that one because you are right it does have so many uses and would come in handy.

  • Good list. I did not know all these perks that Citi card offers! BTW, your pictures are amazing..

  • Nice list! Zip-lock bags are so handy. I must get around to packing a Swiss army knife next time, I always forget. A scarf is my backpacking essential!

  • These are good! I agree to all and I pretty much carry everything you listed xx

  • I also carry reusable shopping bags- I have a couple of nylon ones that fold up. I use them all the time. For shopping, a beach bag, lots of things.

  • These are all great suggestions of things to pack. You only forget a universal charger while traveling once, then you learn your lesson! haha

  • Tom Stevenson

    Good list, although as a guy, I don’t see the need for wipes and hand sanitiser. I actually quite like getting a bit dirty. Swiss army knife is the ultimate item to have no doubt! A padlock is also quite handy for locking up your valuables in hostels etc.

  • Together with universal adapter I always have an extension lead too so I can plug my gadgets at the same time

  • sarah martin

    I have packing cubes and put everything in a cube. Makes it so easy to find anything without untidying the whole bag. If you need a shirt it’s in the cube with all the others. job done!

  • This post is so full of good information! There are a few of these I wouldn’t have thought of, since I’ve not done much international travelling. Thanks!

  • Some of your travel essentials are also my travel essentials like the beauty kit hahaha… But the things I cannot really go without are shawl, sunblock, phone, and charger.

  • Stephanie Pass

    What great tips! I frequently take many of things with me when I travel. I never thought about a scarf, but what a great idea!

  • Ashley Whipple

    Awesome tips! I love the ziploc baggie ideas. They are so useful for all kinds of things.

  • I travel a lot and you shared wonderful list through this post!! I found this post really helpful for me!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ashley

    Those are all great things to bring. I always forget to bring a laundry bag. A universal charger would be so good, I need to get one. How would this list change when packing with children?

  • Great tips and thanks for sharing. They are useful for someone like me who also likes to travel.

  • Ajaya Kumar Rout

    A great list of travel essentials and very informative for the travellers.I personally carry a travel diary and a map always with me.

  • Daniel Rodriguez

    Great list, I always go with a sarong, it’s useful for chilly bus rides, as a bed sheet, as a towel or even as a pillow 😛

  • Sharon

    Yes very good essentials list Kayla ,also love your photos

  • Wee Gypsy Girl

    Your photos are beautiful! I love having a scarf with me when I travel. So handy!

  • I couldn’t agree more with ziplock bags and a scarf but I have never had a universal charger last more than a month! I can’t seem to find a decent one, so I’ve got an old school collection of a bunch of little individual ones!

  • Evelyn

    I most definitely need the bags! And I agree completely with hand sanitizer and/or wipes. SO handy to have!

  • sanketdhume

    haha! I’m pretty sure I’ve got a list of items I SIMPLY must carry, but never quite got down to actually making one. I think books/kindle and my Macbook sit right at the top of that list. I’m a spoiled digital baby like that! I also can’t do without my grooming kit (far too metrosexual for a backpacker, I know) HA!

  • Veronica Pototska

    Kayla, I realize that I miss out so many important items when I travel! For example a scarf – that is such a great one to have, especially for the girls. But! I do have many ziplock bags that I use to pack my clothes in. I really like photography in your blog!

  • I agree about the sleep mask – totally essential. So are earplugs for me!


    Definitely agree with all of these! Traveling light is always great, but it’s so hard to fit everything! Love all the photos as well.

  • Juliana Wynkoop

    I agree with so many of these! Especially the ziplock bags..these things have saved me from countless leaks! Also scarves have become my favorite essential as well. They are so versatile!

  • I also can’t imagine traveling without my camera! Nice idea with this scarf 🙂

  • Nikki Celine

    I love this post! I am obsessed with zip bags, I always take loads when I travel 🙂 Excellent tip about the scarf, so practical and versatile it’s going on my travel check list.

  • We have a really similar list! But I always forget my flashlight!

  • Great list! I have a quite similar one. 🙂 And absolutely gorgeous pictures. 🙂

  • Bernard Tan

    Awesome list! I wouldnt travel without proper deodorant especially in Asia, it is extremely warm and you tend to sweat like crazy. I hate the feeling of being sticky.

  • I’m just finding your site through the travel bloggers support Facebook group. I love it already! I can’t wait to read more 🙂

  • Sleep is already comprised when it comes to travel, help yourself out and buy a sleep mask. —- OMG! This is also one of my must-haves especially when I climb mountains. This really helps me sleep. Good to know that we have something in common. 🙂

    I would always bring with me a reef friendly sunblock whenever I go, so that I can help out protecting our reefs. I dont know if its available in your end but we have it here in Cebu, Philippines.

    Jeane Louise [viajaracebuana]

  • Cai

    Something I would like to add on the list. Cable Extension. There are some hotels, hostels that only have few sockets where you can charge, the worst is, its far from your bed. Hahaha. No 1 reminds me of my visit to HK. When I’m about to charge, i just said wtf! The socket is different. Hahaha

  • Kaja

    Fantastic tips! I totally agree with almost all of these! For the entertainment I always take a book, real, paper book. I think it’s much more relaxing to hold a printed one, don’t you think so? Also I love doing some yoga on a beach (muy usual destinations (: ) and to meditate in the morning so often I take some stuff to make me feel even more relaxed during my vacation.

  • Miriam

    I feel with you! Great tips! I would never go without money/credit card and a phone… all the rest is somehow recoverable anyway great tips 🙂
    Miriam from

  • All great ideas! Ziploc bags have to be the most underrated travel accessory! I always travel with a bunch of extras. Scarf is hugely helpful in Southeast Asia! -Evanne

  • Danielle Markley

    This is a fantastic list and I also pack most of these items. But I’m glad you mentioned the credit card because I hadn’t found an easy fee-free card yet and I’ll be all over Europe this summer!

    • Yes definitely look into it Danielle, its really good! And where abouts in Europe? How exciting! I cant wait to go back! x

  • Shiv Blogs

    I can imagine myself traveling without a camera though!

    • Whoops I take 3 ! I love capturing my travels 🙂

  • Ahammed

    More than above said list i used to carry a small first aid kit with me 🙂

    • Oh yes! A first aid kit is very important, I usually at least have some bandaids, savlon and panda with me!

  • Earth’s Attractions

    While reading your list, I realized I have pretty much the same “must” things in my travel bag. I also have cash – local currency – as I realized over the years that there are sometimes glitches with card readers in various countries or that are numerous places that only accept cash payments – and I include here several museums I visited, so not only small shops as one may imagine 🙂

    • Yes you are so right! I have actually been homeless in Milan after my card would not be read by any ATMS! So important to a least carry some cash!

  • Oh my gosh, I was reading this and thinking “yes this is also what I pack” or “I use that too!” You have such awesome recommendations here. Totally agree with the Citibank card – it is a lifesaver for withdrawing cash from overseas ATMS. Definitely not a laughable list, but a really great and thorough one! Nice job!

    • Oh a fellow citibank lover haha! Love that! They really are the only way to go- I’ve converted so many people! x

  • I agree with everything on your list! and I have to say, your pictures are gorgeous!

    • Thank you so much beautiful! x

  • The Lavish Nomad

    Totally love the images! They are so beautiful. Your pictures make me want to visit Hong Kong now.

  • Racquel Hardie

    Are Swiss Army Knives actually allowed through Airport Security?! Whatt?
    Awesome post! x

  • I agree with all of these. It’s funny because I never would have packed a flashlight but now that I have one on my phone, I use that damn thing ALL. THE. TIME.

    My portable charger has been a game changer too. We love camping and purchasing one meant that our “flashlights” last a little longer out in the wilderness! Great list.

  • Lynn Jung

    My universal adapter is starting to break down on me and I’m legit SHOOK lmao, especially since I’m in Europe until September. Whoops.