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