8 Essential Items You Need for Travel

8 Essential Items You Need For Travel

So, you are ready to travel, the dates are booked. But what are the 8 essential items you need for travel?

As soon as you mention this to friends, you are inundated with so much advice. It’s all helpful, but how do you wade through all this new information.

We have found these 8 Essentials Items You Need for Travel will add safety, comfort and enhance your travel experience.

  • Mini Smoke Alarm
  • RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Blocker
  • Listerine 80ml
  • Dylon Travel Wash
  • Ear Plugs
  • Silk Sleeping Liner
  • Camera and accessories (batteries and memory cards)
  • International Power Adapter with USB charger
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1.    Mini Smoke Alarm by Cavius

8 essential items you need for travel
Cavius Mini Smoke Alarm – peace of mind for a good nights sleep

We believe a smoke alarm is an important item to pack. You will be surprised how many Hotels, Airbnb and Hostels you stay at, have no smoke alarm installed. Go check now!  Check out our article on Why Your Hotel Room May Not be Safe.

For your peace of mind, we suggest carrying a portable, mini smoke alarm. The Cavius Mini Smoke Alarm is easy to install and has a 10 year battery life. Their website is very informative with plenty of product information, click this link to learn more ➡ Cavius Website.

You can purchase the alarm through Amazon UK, by clicking on this link ➡ Cavius Amazon or you can purchase the First Alert model (as shown below) from Amazon US by clicking on this picture below.

This alarm is really easy to use. Terry just attaches blutack to the base and sticks it to the ceiling.

A big thank you to our friend Nic who gifted one of these to us before we started travelling.


2. RFID (Radio Identification) Blocker

8 essential items you need for travel
Travelon Anti Theft Bag

With passports and visa cards now containing chips, the possibility of your information being illegally skimmed is more prevalent.

As a traveller it is wise to ensure your personal data is secure.

We chose a Travelon Anti-Theft Carrying Case with an RFID blocker contained in two places within the bag. If you click on the Amazon photo below, this link will take you directly to a selection of bags.

We also purchased a Card Guard (available at airports) to place behind our credit cards to prevent card data from being illegally scanned.  You can also purchase the Go Travel Card Guard through Amazon, by clicking on the Amazon Card Guard photo below.

8 essential items you need for travel
Go Travel Card Guard

3. Camera with extra battery and memory cards

So many times, we see photos documenting the travel adventure on social media and we feel so disappointed for the traveller – the quality of the photos is poor. Yes, cell phone cameras are very good, and editing may help, but the quality of a photo needs the best platform – a camera.

8 essential items you need for travel
Sony DSC-HX90V

Sony DSC-HX90V is the camera we highly recommend for quality photos:

  • Small enough to fit in your pocket
  • An amazing Zoom Lense
  • WiFi for Photo downloads
  • Geo tagging to identify the location where you took the photo
  • Reasonable price
  • Great quality images

Terry has had a passion for photography over the years. It started back in High School, as his way of skipping class to work on the school newspaper. The punt paid off as Terry had a role selling camera equipment in London some years later.

While we do own an DSLR, the Sony DSC-HX90V is our preferred choice of travel camera as it is so light. Memories are important, and for us, photographs are our souvenirs.

Remember to purchase a second battery and memory cards. This Amazon link below will take you directly to this reliable and pocket size camera we use.

4. International Power Adapter with USB

Why-oh-why is there not one universal power plug for all countries – if there was, it would have made things so much easier.

Travel Inspira Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Power Plug – gosh just don’t have a few drinks when you need to repeat the name! This adapter has the added feature of a multi USB ports for cell phones, a must when travelling.

8 essential items you need for travel
Travel Inspira Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Power Plug

You can purchase the adapter through Amazon by clicking on the photo shown below. This link will take you directly to the product.


5.    Silk Sleeping Liner

8 essential items you need for travel
Kathmandu Sleeping Bag Liner Silk

When we were travelling through Asia the temperatures were consistently over 35 degrees during the day, and not much cooler at night. Even a standard bedsheet was too hot to have over our bodies, but a silk liner was just right.  Packing a silk sleeping liner provides:

  • An assurance of cleanliness while sleeping
  • A cooler option to use in warmer climates
  • A hygienic option when in an overnight train or bus
  • A chastity bag (just kidding)

We use the Kathmandu Silk Liner as it packs to the size of a pair of medium socks. It fits easily into a small bag and is readily available when needed.

Kathmandu offers so many great products for the traveller that are versatile, light and easily packed. Click this link for access to their online store ➡  Kathmandu Store


6.    Listerine 80ml

8 essential items you need for travel
Listerine – more than just a mouthwash

You may wonder why we have this on our list. While Terry worked with Johnson & Johnson it was pointed out Listerine started out as an antiseptic. So, it was a “no brainer” item to pack, with many more uses than just as a mouthwash. Checkout Mommysavers for 22 Unique Uses for Listerine. 

Also, at various times, you will have scratches or cuts to deal with, so carrying a small pack of waterproof plasters provides a quick solution to cover the wound.  When you are travelling through areas of high humidity, the waterproofing provides a vital level of protection.


7.    EarPlugs

8 essential items you need for travel
Ear plugs can help you have a better sleep

Sleeping can be difficult when travelling. Changing time zones, a different bed in a variety of hotels, sleeping on a bus or train, and snoring or noisy people nearby.  We have found Ear Plugs can help overcome some of those challenges.

We buy a pack of disposable earplugs to have with us when travelling. Blocking out the noise, we find, settles our minds to ensure we awake refreshed for the next day of exploring.


8.    Dylon Travel Wash

One reason we are able to travel light, is packing our 75ml Dylon Travel Wash. It is so small, it even fits in our hand luggage.

With hotels charging a per item fee for laundry, Dylon Travel Wash is an essential item for us, to keep our “essentials” clean and fresh.

A big thank you to our friend Catherine who gifted one of these to us before we started travelling.

Also Consider:

Cloud Storage – One Drive / Drop Box / Google Drive               

Travelling away from home and without your computer, the next best thing is Cloud Storage. When documents are needed quickly, Cloud Storage is the answer for the modern traveller.

  1. Copies of passports and visas
  2. Insurance Cover Policy
  3. Photos (yes, we have a tonne of them)
  4. Drivers Licence (remember to copy both sides)
  5. Qualifications (for work aboard)

Cloud Storage will be your easy access to important documents especially in cases of theft. It is also a great idea to forward copies to family members in case of emergencies.

This list could be endless …

This list could be endless, but we have found these 8 essential items you need for travel, helps us enjoy our travel adventure.

No doubt you will find your own items essential to your travel needs.

For Maura is always travelling with Neutrogena 85+ sunblock to keep her looking beautiful. For Terry, travelling with a small hair trimmer, keeps him looking his best.

What is your essential item you always pack for travelling?

Leave a reply in the comments below.

Happy and safe travels from TravelKiwis.


  1. Fran McHale says:

    Hi Maura Terry,
    Loving the advise and tips. Very helpful and sound. the smoke alarm a great reminder in view of current events in London and Hawaii.
    Just a couple of extra tips for mouth care especially being the nurse in the family. Along with the Listerine ( excellent choice ) especially in humidity mouth ulcers can be an issue carrying a small tube of BONJELLA a soothing jell for the mouth with antiseptic properties. then for cold-sores a small tube of ZOVIRAX a cream place on the lips when you first feel the tingle it should then not blush into the full sore. Lastly as we all know dental pain it the worst pain next to giving birth ( so I’m told !!!) any way it’s very sore and expensive, until you can get the dental treatment you seek from a reputable source of your choice to numb the pain, I suggest investing in a small bottle of OIL OF CLOVES placed on a cotton stick, applied directly on the affected tooth. This will be SORE however you will soon be comfortable and virtually pain free. This is by no means a treatment it is symptom management and you must at your earliest convenience seek a dentist’s advise. DISCLAIMER: As with all of these suggestions please read the packaging first and if you are allergic to any of the contents DO NOT USE.
    Loving your news must catch up soon have loads to fill you in with take care happy travels.
    Lots of love Fran xxx

    • Terry&Maura says:

      Thanks Fran for these extras tips. We do carry a bottle of Oil of Cloves purchased from the Spice Gardens in Kerela, Southern India. It’s great as a tooth whitener too.

  2. Daniel McKenna says:

    The silk liner is a good idea. I remember quite a few hotels in Asia having only a duvet with no top sheet so it was very hot.

  3. Tammy says:

    Being married to a retired fireman, the portable smoke alarm is perfect for traveling. Great list and I do use most of these items. The ear plugs are a life saver sometimes.

  4. Alexis says:

    A mini smoke alarm?! I had no idea there was such a thing! I’m surprised that some Airbnb’s don’t have that piece of equipment already installed.

  5. Clem says:

    Very informative, never thought of that! I always have an international adapter and some oral cleansing product (not necessarily the listerine). But will definitely look into the others. The travelog Antitheft bag, wouldnt that count as an additional item when you check in?

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