Traveling all over the globe does not necessarily mean we don’t miss home. In fact, some of the items we have in our luggage is a piece of home. These are “essentials”. Those items bring a sense of comfort whenever we are on our journey.
If though those are essentials, you can live without those, you just may not be happy about it. There are a few things that you do need to have with you, no matter where you go. Let’s take a look.
Choose your luggage wisely
Whether you ’re an intermittent traveler, a globetrotter or a backpacker you need to consider your main luggage or backpack as an essential. Think of it as your very own home. See it as your very own personal space that houses every possession you have while you are away from your home sweet home.
It should be as sturdy as it can get and have enough space for your current item and possibly souvenirs. Make sure it is also waterproof because the weather can be pretty unpredictable.
Stow away important documents in the most protected pocket in the bag like your passport, money, visa and especially your insurance certificate. It is important to have insurance coverage because the traveling life is full of surprises, pleasant and unpleasant. If your trip get canceled or delayed, you don’t need to panic because help is just an email or phone call away.
Plan this piece carefully because some airlines limit the type of luggage you have. Smart luggage is often banned, even though they’re pretty amazing. Make sure that it is easy to manage too. The last thing you want when you land is to be lost, trying to find where to go, and have a piece of luggage that doesn’t want to cooperate.
Smartphone with a good batter and camera
It should not necessarily be a smartphone, but it could be any electronic gadget that can allow you to communicate with the world. It could be your laptop, tablet, smartwatch or digital camera. This is an essential item, not just because you can show off your travels on social media. If you are traveling somewhere new, you will want something with a GPS. A phone comes in handy because you can Google your destination, or find a nearby restaurant, or find your hotel. The battery life is important because it does no good if its dead. You may want to invest in a new phone before you travel. Also, if you have Netflix, you can use it while your travel.
We all have preference in clothes, styling, and whatnot, especially in our personal toiletry items. You can use those provided by our hotel, but you won’t know if they are compatible with your skin until you’ve tried it. No one wants a big bad acne breakout while in the city. Those breakouts will last a lifetime on Instagram.
Sun and water, particularly the pool and ocean are terrible for your hair. You will most likely want to bring your own, heavy-duty conditioner to nourish your hair. Don’t forget your lotion. If its bad for your hair, it’s probably bad for your skin.
Sunglasses are must-have travel item. It may seem simple but think about the last time you sat around a pool or on the beach. The sun reflecting off the water is brutal for your eyes. Did you know your eyes can even get sunburnt? Yes, they can.
Also, they can protect your eyes from the wind. If you’ve ever been somewhere really windy, you probably remember how your hair ended up in your face. Sunglasses will fix that.
A first aid kit is a must. You may not be familiar with the language to buy medication for a headache. What happens when you scrape your leg while hiking? You will need medication and bandages. This kit should also include insect repellant and even anti-itch cream in case you do get bitten.