By Laura Jemetta
There are so many travel accessories out there, sometimes it can be hard to know what you really need. Here is my list of must-haves for travelling comfortably and well!
I was skeptical about packing cubes to begin with, but now that I have used them, I would never travel without them again. Packing cubes are fabric cubes with zips, that you pack your clothes into before putting them in your suitcase. They lay flat in your luggage, keep your clothes folded nicely and compactly during travel, and they save a lot of room. Packing cubes are great for keeping alike things together; for example, keeping all your tops or pants together, and they are easy to move around when you need to find something quickly. Pick up your own set of packing cubes; even if it’s only three or so, and see how much easier it makes travelling.
A Luggage Tag
This is essential for your luggage. It doesn’t have to be a fancy tag, or an expensive one; it just needs to have space to write your contact details on, so that should you be parted from your luggage, it is identifiable. It helps if your luggage tag is a unique shape or colour, as this makes it a bit easier to find your luggage on the carousel. It is also handy to have a luggage tag on your suitcase in the event that your luggage does get lost; you will need to be able to describe your luggage for the airline, and it helps to have another identifier, like ‘red luggage tag’, to put on the form.
When I travel, my document wallet is the first thing that I organise and pack; I would never travel without one. Documents wallets are an easy way to keep all your travel documents together, and being the person that I am, I find it comforting to have just one thing to reach for in my bag that holds everything I need. Something I know about myself is that I can get frazzled easily in airports, and having a place to keep my boarding passes, passport, visas, as well as my itinerary and insurance documents, really eases my nerves. Again, it doesn’t need to be an expensive leather document wallet, it just needs to be big enough to fit all your documents, and be nice and secure, with a button or zip.
Portable chargers are terrific to just throw in your bag, even if you think you’ll never use it. They don’t take up much space, are inexpensive to buy, and can get you out of a no-charge-situation, fast. Compatible with most phones, portable chargers hold a certain amount of charge, which you can use to give your phone’s battery level a boost – usually between 80-100% extra charge. I have found my portable charger to be a lifesaver to have in my bag for those times during travel when you can’t really charge your phone. Pick one up and pop it in your bag; even if you don’t end up needing it, it will give you some peace of mind that you can charge your phone quickly if you really need to.
There you have it – my travel must-have’s. Let me know below what your must-have travel accessories are – I’d love to know what you can’t travel without!