Travelling Essentials That Make Your Life Easier
Whether you’re a seasoned-pro traveller or just someone who is starting out on their first adventure, there are some essential items that you should consider taking with you before you begin. I’ve tried to come up with items that from personal experience have made travelling for me a lot more fun and enjoyable. Feel free to leave your own opinions in the comments below!
So, the essentials. Since Travelling can be a very broad term, you need to first consider the type of travelling and where you’re going. For example, if you’re camping in winter, you don’t want to leave behind your military wool blanket and if you’re visiting sunny Portugal in 30+ degrees heat, you won’t want to forget your UV protected sun tan lotion.
Once you’ve figured out where you’re going and how you’re planning on travelling, you then need to consider your budget. The cost of items vary greatly from whoever you buy it from, but more often than not, the higher cost the item, the more premium quality it is. Skimping out on a couple of quid could be the difference between a great trip or a rubbish one.
Honestly, the blanket is king. It’s an essential travel item because it can apply to all occaisions. If you’re flying long-haul, a blanket is great to keep you warm when the temperature starts to dip. If you’re going camping, a wool winter blanket is perfect for keeping you insulated and snuggy. They are cheap and come in many different styles and patterns if that’s something that you think about when travelling. You can buy them in many different sizes too, so they’re great if you have a lot of bags and don’t want to weighed down.
A metal or steel flask is an essential item I recommend. If you’re travelling for long hours by foot, bike or even car, with very little chance of stopping for hours, having a metal flask will be the saving grace you’ve always needed. Because it’s made of metal, it keeps the water cooler for longer, which is great if you’re hiking in soaring temperatures. They’re sturdy too, so the flask won’t break and ruin anything else you’re carrying. Finally, you can get ones which have a decent size to them, which means you can bring enough for really long journeys.
You don’t want to go anywhere without a hiking backpack. They’re essential to travelling because you can literally be a mobile house with one. They have plenty of storage space for items like sleeping bags, cooking utensils and water flasks and they are very sturdy in that they will support heavy loads. A backpack doesn’t have to be just for hiking either; travelling by budget airlines these days means you can only bring on one bag. A hiking bag is perfect as it’s not too big that you’ll get in trouble and it’s easy to carry around and store on the plane.