There are some items you simply can’t afford to be left without when travelling.
But the chances are, if you’re about to embark on your trip, you’ve already packed the basics such as your clothes, travel documents and your SPF. We won’t go over those again.
But there are some non-essential travel items that, although you may not need them, per se, they will enhance your travel experience without taking up too much space in your suitcase. We’ve put together a shortlist of just three that you shouldn’t be without.
You should always have your phone on you when travelling – it’s useful for communication, navigation, and grabbing a few holiday snaps.
But you may also want to consider bringing a bigger screen too, such as a laptop or tablet. With devices like this, you can write on the go, watch Netflix en route to your destination, or simply while away the hours with solitaire like it’s 2005. You can also use it to catch up with work or focus on your studies if you’re taking an online degree with the likes of ARU Distance Learning .
These portable devices are also a great way to be able to read on the road, and far more convenient that carrying a number of hefty tomes in your suitcase.
This addition to your luggage is perfect for solo travel – just remember to bring a charger! Nobody wants to get caught with a flat battery.
If you’re going travelling and can’t get your favourite snacks abroad, it may be worth bringing a small supply with you.
Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample international delights when you touch down, so you won’t need to bring the contents of your kitchen. But if you’re going on a longer trip, or travelling for work where you might not find much for culinary explanation, having a few comfort foods in easy reach can make things a little easier – or at least spare you from spending a small fortune on food if you’re on a budget.
You should also make snacks a part of your return checklist, as sweet and savoury treats from around the world can make great souvenirs for your family and friends.
If you’re travelling with friends, a pack of cards or travel game is a great way to keep yourselves entertained on days where you don’t feel like getting up to much.
Traditional favourites like Scrabble, Ludo and Monopoly can be easily found in travel format – although be careful with that last one. After all, you don’t want to end up in a row at the airport!
For something a little out of the ordinary, why not try a game with a little adventurous flavour? The Hygge Game, based on the Danish principle of true and simplistic contentment, is lightweight and perfect for connecting with your travel companions.
Whilst none of these items are technically essential, we think they’ll help you make the most of your travel adventures whether you’re flying solo or exploring with friends.