My Travel Essentials That I Couldn’t Leave Behind

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There are so many eventualities to prepare for when travelling. Whenever I’m packing for time away, my mind whirrs through “what if this happens? “what if that happens?” “but what about this? Or that?” and I end up feeling like I have to break down what I need into boxes so I can tackle them one at a time.

So much goes into a good trip, from where/when/how you book it, to the essentials that you just can’t leave home without! Today, I wanted to compile a list of items that I would consider ‘essentials’ when travelling, whether you’re going domestically or internationally.

For this list, I’ve tried to combine a mix of things from comfy travel attire (like that awesome cashmere wrap to use both as a blanket on the plane and a scarf), some apps to download for pre-planning (Kayak) and also while you’re on your journeys (Google Maps/Translate, Like a Local) and some helpful bits and bobs to make your time jet-setting as painless as it should be (TSA approved travel padlock, suitcase wrap and GPS tracking pads for your essentials!)

I’d love to know what you’d consider an essential when travelling! Make sure to leave it in the comments below! My favourite has to be the portable charger! When Scott and I are exploring, we’re almost always using Google Maps to get from Point A to B, and then other apps like Trip Advisor and Yelp to figure out where we want to eat! Because of this, I rely on my phone constantly and try to have it charged up for as long as I can get!

My Travel Essentials

Tile Mate GPS Finder
Canon G7X Mark 2
ASOS Dreamer Sleep Eye Mask & Bag
BLEU DE CHANEL  Refillable Travel Spray 3 x 20ml
Luggage Tag and Passport Set
Google Translate
Kånken Backpack
Like a Local App
Personalised Luggage Straps
Manfroto Pixi
Travel Buddy Security Padlock – 4-Dial Combination Travel Suitcase Luggage Bag Code Lock (Black) x 2
Eastpak Dokit Holdall Weekend Bag 37L
AmazonBasics Packing Cubes – Small, Medium, Large, and Slim (4-Piece Set), Red
Revolut Banking Cards
Poweradd Slim2 5000mAh Portable Charger Power Bank with Auto Detect Technology for iPhones, iPods, Samsung Galaxy series Phones (Lightning Cable Not Included) – Black
Compression Socks for Men & Women (Patented) Best Graduated Athletic Fit for Running, Nurses, Shin Splints, Flight Travel, & Maternity Pregnancy. Boost Stamina, Circulation, & Recovery. Free EGuide
Aesop Travel Kit
Ultra-thin Handheld Portable Fan – Black with White – Mobile phone size mini travel fan – USB Rechargeable Fan
Beats Noise Cancelling Headphones
Anker PowerCore 10000, One of the Smallest and Lightest 10000mAh External Batteries, Ultra-Compact, High-speed Charging Technology Power Bank for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and More
The Body Shop Shea Body Mist
Google Maps
RFID Wallet
John Lewis Cashmere Large Travel Wrap, Cream
Philips OneBlade Hybrid Trimmer

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  • Didier Young

    OMG I always stress out before a trip cause I always feel like I’ll forget to pack some stuff! Thank you for sharing this list! I’ll definitely be checking it out when I travel next!


    • I was literally the exact same! I ended up making a list on the iPhone Reminders app that I could tick off every time that I was packing so I wouldn’t forget any essentials! Especially when I’m packing for work, I always gloss over my essentials and end up missing things off! I’m so glad you appreciate the list! Happy Monday!

  • Kim

    I am loving all these suggestions! I just got packing cubes for my recent trip and it was amazing! I felt so much more organized and prepared with them. It really made a difference. And you should look at my favorite traveling app called Here. Dan and I like to plug in the coordinates for all our destinations before our trip and rely on the GPS from that app! If you download the country maps, you don’t need to use wifi or data! It’s great for us because we don’t have an international data plan.

    Simply Lovebirds

    • That sounds amazing, I’ll definitely check out Here! Thanks for the great suggestion Kim, I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!