Wherever you go there are definitely some items that you should have in your bag or suitcase to make your trip run more smoothly. I have gone through the trouble of suffering in the rain with a dead phone and blisters on my feet so you don’t have to.
- Packing Cubes
Whoever came up with this idea deserves a medal. “I don’t know, how DO you fit ten shirts in one tight little zipped up compartment?” Beats me. It’s magic. It’s the stuff of wizards. If you are someone that tends to over-pack on trips, these are for you. If you are going on an extended trip, these are for you. If you want to have more room for goodies in your bag, theses are for you. Basically, if you are going on a trip anywhere, these are for you. However, I’ve noticed they can be a bit pricey. But I was a little sneaky sneaky and got mine from Amazon and they are GREAT. 3 for $30, worth it. Just roll up as many items as you can fit in each cube and still zip it closed and you are good to go. I got 4 pairs of pants and 4 pairs of shorts into just ONE of these bad boys.
- Rain jacket
I realize that this seems trivial but what a difference it makes. Flashback to two years ago in Italy when I thought I didn’t need to bring a rain jacket for the summer… ha ha ha joke’s on me. IT POURED FOR DAYS. So now when people ask for me any packing advice I always tell them to bring some sort of rain jacket. Even a light one. I have a thin one from The North Face that I absolutely love (see link below) which is good if it rains when you are somewhere tropical or warm. However, I have also included a link to a similar jacket that I have for rain in colder weather. Not a hefty price to pay for being comfortable your entire trip.
- Good shoes
This is quite possibly the most important item of your travelling life. Whatever other pairs of shoes that you bring… fine. BUT, make sure you have good walking or hiking shoes. AND make sure you break them in before your trip or you will lose layer upon layer of skin on your feet and you will want to keel over and die. I have already gone through this FOR you, you don’t need to do it as well. I would recommend either some sort of running shoe with a good fit and arch (I have an old pair of Nikes that I love) OR some sort of hiking boot that will provide better protection against injury and the elements. Hiking boots will require a lot more time to break in but I prefer them because I have a tendency to sprain my ankle from doing absolutely nothing. You can expect to pay quite a bit for hiking boots but they are definitely worth the investment.
I recently bought a pair of UGG hiking boots (I know, surprising right?) after discovering a fellow traveler on Instagram who swore by them. They’re amazing. I will include the link below. I love these boots for two reasons. One, it is very hard to find hiking boots that are not incredibly masculine. I already have a masculine build so I don’t need any help in that department, thank you. These boots make me feel less like Paul Bunyan and more like Lara Croft. Two, they have THREE ways of protecting your foot/ankle. A zipper, laces and buckles across the ankle. Thank you, UGG.
- Portable charger
I feel like this is something people often forget. These are relatively cheap for the service that they provide. Sometimes we are out taking photos all day and before we know it it’s 3 pm and we have 10% battery left. These can fit conveniently in any bag and they usually hold up to 5 hours of battery life at a time. You can get them at lots of places for around $15 to $20.
- A backpack
I find that this isn’t talked about much and it’s so important! This is going to be on your back for almost all of your trip, it had better be good. I opt for a pack that’s small enough to use as a day pack but large enough to last me for the weekend. I love my North Face Borealis so much so that The North Face didn’t even pay me to write this. I have heard good things about Patagonia and Osprey but the Borealis is the perfect size, it has a bunch of pockets and it’s much more moderately priced than the others. See link below.
With these travel items you should be guaranteed to have a more comfortable and worry-free trip, wherever you’re going!