There are so many things to pack, but where should we start? I always prepare myself with this A-Z list of travel essentials that helps me everywhere I go, any season and for everything. So let’s begin!
Airport kit is so important, perhaps the most important! I have my airport wallet that can fit my passport, cash and identity. I would suggest that you have a photocopy of your ID in every bag and pocket you have, just in case.
Things in my airport kit: Passport, Money (100 USD, local currency, home currency), identity card. Check out my 15 travel gadgets under $100!
As seen in Trevellers Packing Hacks, bikinis are my ultimate essential for travel, be it summer, spring, autumn or winter; budget or luxury.
- Bikinis dry up so fast ✔️
- Take up so little space ✔️
- They work well with many clothes ✔️
- Double some of them up as bras as bikinis come in more designs now ✔️
Camera is definitely something you cannot miss. If you do not have a camera, smartphone works fine. I’m currently using Sony Alpha 7iii and it is so amazing! It’s comparable to a Canon 5D Mark II but only a small fraction of the price. The images are stunning and most of the pictures that you will be seeing are from Sony Alpha. The best part? They’re small, light and look un-fancy, making you less of a target for robbery!
Check out my travel gadgets that I bring around.
Day Bag (Anti-theft)
Day bag is the bag that you use when travelling from sites to sites daily. It should be able to fit a water bottle, your valuables and some other items that you want. In my day bag, I have my camera, water bottle, wallet, sunblock, some hydrating cream and a jacket or scarf.
Like a day bag, this is a smaller bag. However, this bag is waterproof with all the important information. You don’t even need a bag, just get a ziplock pouch with information like your name, address, emergency contact, insurance papers, etc. Make sure it’s waterproof.
Food like Snacks & water
If you are on a backpacking trip especially, food and water are important. I always carry an empty bottle around with me and fill it up when I can. The fountains in Europe have drinkable water, otherwise at restaurants, tap water or purchasing water. Food like energy bars and some candy for sugar to be by your side just in case.
Garment: a set in your bag
Of course, bring clothes. However also put a set of clothes in the bag that you are bringing on the plane. Sometimes plane gets delayed, the lock had an error or something. You wouldn’t want to be walking around the streets naked, do you? For girls, I’d recommend a light dress that takes up no space and is suitable for many occasions.
Hidden wallets: just in case
I cannot emphasise how important multiple wallets are. I split my cash into many wallets and hid them everywhere. Some people hid in shoes, socks, secret compartments of bags, etc. There is this little pouch that you can buy and it is super thin and small. However, you can fit your cash and personal valuable inside and buck it around your waist and wear it under your clothes. That’s a well-hidden pouch that I’d recommend.
International SIM card or card with Internet
SIM Cards are now so cheap wherever you go, especially in Asia. Depending on how long you stay, you can either use roaming or get a card. In Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam, you should get their cards cause it’s cheap and useful. But if you are in places like Singapore for a day for work, it is better to roam, because the internet card is not cheap. It is cheaper to roam than to get the card.
- In Singapore, use the free public wifi everywhere instead. (Wireless@SG)
- In Hong Kong, Philippines & Thailand, they have tourist SIM cards. Cheap and good.
- In Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, etc., the prepaid sim cards are great.
- In UK, get Three. It’s cheap, you can use 4G all around Europe and cheap. £10 a month for 2GB and call time.
- In Europe (non-UK), Lebara is popular, but I prefer T-mobile. It’s cheap and good. Also, use 4G all around Europe.
- In America, Virgin is pretty good.
- In South Africa, Vodaphone is good. It depends on where you are going though. Staying in Western Cape, Vodaphone is great. Check out Virgin too.
Just do it attitude
Other than the physical things, it’s good to prepare yourself mentally. When you do something with the right attitude, you will get the best experience out of it. I keep myself in the “just do it” attitude and just go with the flow. All interesting experiences come from random times when you just do it. Don’t think so much, sometimes just live and let live.
Always keep a list of names and contacts of people you will meet and for emergency purposes. Give a copy to your family and travel partners, just in case.
Luggage is important. Be it a pulling one of just a backpack, you need to make sure you got the right one. I recently got a Rimowa and I’ve been using my Camel luggage for a long time. Unfortunately, my backpack is too big for the small-sized me. It is 65 litres, but I think 50 litres is good enough.
Microfiber towel is small, light and dries so easily. It is one of the best item to bring when you travel. Sometimes your accommodation doesn’t provide towel, or you need a towel after a hike or to put over the pillow to rest your head on. This small and light towel is handy and great for travel.
Watch out for Part II that begins N for Nightlife.
Trevellers is my way to change the world. Through my stories, tips and lessons learnt, I truly hope to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone, see the world and see who you truly are. Travel is more than just taking a selfie. Travel is an adventure, where you can truly become who you are, give you the time to reflect and grow to become the person you’ve always wanted to be.