Travel Essentials: 10 Items I Never Travel without

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!


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Number 1 for a reason, a universal is essential these days with the number of tech travel gadgets we ‘need’ whilst travelling. A universal adapter takes the hassle out of worrying about what one you need to take for what country. Extra little tip always have 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 or even a power board.

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.

Editors Tip: Find the best credit card for you! Perhaps one with good frequent flyer points!

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, the 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!

Editors Tip: A duffle bag is great for carrying your camera gear, for carry on luggage and for those shorter trips. They are incredibly lightweight and fit so much!

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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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. Long flights are all about clean skincare, keeping your face feeling clean and fresh with natural products, not weighed down from layers of makeup. One product I always make sure is handy is a face mist. Try some of my favourites to feel fresh after long flights.

Once you have the products side down, You need to find the perfect toiletries bag! One that fits everything, but isn’t too big! These smaller beauty bags are perfect for the gents and have multiple compartments.

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 of silk (which have beauty benefits).

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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!

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 iPadfor 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.

Travel is dirty business. I always pack a packet in my first aid kit. 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 good and natural.

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 overworn outfit. Pack a scarf. Thank me later.

Jaipur, India

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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