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7 TRavel essentials that will make travelling easy
If you’re anything like me (a last-minute superstar) you’ll get to the night before your travels begin and have a bit of a flap on, worrying about what to pack and what you need for your trip away. Have no fear - I have put together 7 Travel Essentials that you will most definitely need. Here we go...
1) Your Passport
If you forget this, you can forget going to another country. I keep mine in a different ‘safe place’ each time... and I can never remember where. To make my life easier I put my passport in a cute and eye catchingly bright passport wallet as to not miss it in the cupboards! Here’s the one I’ve got below, but there’s loads of different ones on amazon for a decent price that will jazz up the boring passport look and help you find it in the black hole of Calcutta that may be one of your cupboards or drawers.
2) Travel Documents
All your hotel details, flight and transfer details are a must to carry with you when travelling. Unless you like to throw caution into the the wind and wing it. But not me. I like to know where I'm staying at least 48 hours in advance. Most bookings are made online now, including with airlines, and therefore alot of tickets and confirmations are electronic. I always make sure I print a copy of everything off - just incase. For example when we visited the Maldives, everything was manual. Not an electronic scanner in sight until we landed back into the UK. Save yourself some hassle at check in desks and just print things off. We all know technology is great....until it decides not to work. If you have a funky travel wallet, this will help you keep everything organised and neat and tidy in your hand luggage. This is the one I use
3) A Decent Hand Bag
If you're nipping on a short haul flight, chances are you may just take a cabin sized suitcase. Most airlines now let you take a cabin bag and a handbag too. If I am going on a short trip for one or two nights I always take my bumbag (or fannypack, whatever tickles your pickle). So many people have taken the mick out of me for my bumbag, but whose laughing really when I'm rolling hands free around the city and they've got to lug a bag on their back or shoulders?! Asos have a really good selection of trendy bumbags, and I also think these are the safer option of bag to take exploring with you and it is strapped to your waist, right where you can see it and all your belongings. Another alternative is to take a cross body bag. With both of these items, pesky old pick-pocket theives are going to have a harder job robbing your handbag than they would if you had a traditional over shoulder bag. I rest my case with the bumbag persuiasion.
4) A decent Wash Bag
Ideally, one that isn't going to fall to bits while in your suitcase and drown your clothes in Coco Chanel. Again, if youre nipping on a shorthaul, make sure all your liquids are kept in a see through plastic wash bag and stick them on the top of your case for ease. You will be asked at airport security before hand to remove them and send them through the scanner by their big self, so get a step ahead and save yourself the hassle and sort it all out at home. No one likes being stuck behind you in the security line.
5) Travel Adaptors And Chargers
When travelling out of the UK, the last thing you want to happen whilst your taking your pictures for the 'gram is for your phone or camera to die. It's even worse when you don't have a travel adaptor and you cant recharge your batteries! To be completely honest, while I am travelling I do tend to leave my phone in the hotel or villa, but I would be lost on holiday without my camera to capture the memories. Some places do run on UK plug sockets, but alot of places don't. Do some research before you visit the resort and find out what mains socket adaptor you will need. If you cant find what youre looking for, send the hotel a little email and they will be able to tell you exactly what they have. If you are a frequent traveller, it may be worth purchasing a worldwide travel adaptor, like the one below:
6) Travel Insurance and Vacinations
Always, always, have travel insurance. No matter how insignificant you might think the trip is, you never know what can happen. I took out an annual premium travel insurance from holidayextras.com which covers for anything and everything you could even think of claiming for including lost luggage and stolen passports. It also covers for as many trips to all different countries worldwide in that year. Most travel policies require you to be up to date on your recommended vaccinations for the country you are travelling to before they will assist you in a medical claim, so ensure you have a little trip to see your GP before travelling abroad, especially to tropical destinations.
7) Research the Weather
I am the worst person for assuming that whenever I get on a flight, I am going to land somewhere hotter than England. Usually I am right, but sometimes I am wrong, and this usually means that my clothing choice is wrong too. Last time I was in Berlin (at Christmas BTW!) I didnt even pack a coat. What an idiot! They say you learn from your mistakes - it's taken me a while - but I think I've cracked it now. I religiously keep an eye on the weather in the place I am travelling to up to two weeks before I depart to ensure I do not make any fashion faux pas again. As much as it might pain you to pack a coat instead of a bikini - do it, or you'll just be freezing and feel like a silly sausage your whole trip. If you are travelling to a more luxurious destination, just check on the evening meal dresscode. Some places do require men to wear long trousers and closed toe shoes, and ladies to have their shoulders covered, don't get caught short on this because you may get fed up of ordering room service by the end of your holiday!