Last minute packing. We’ve all been there. You’ve not had the time or, if you’re like us, you’ve just left it too late. Suddenly your trip is hours away and you haven’t even started. A quick Google can help with the basics, but what about some of the less obvious things we so often leave behind and wish we hadn’t? Here’s our list of the five forgettable travel items we always make sure we’ve packed..
1. Flat pack plastic bottle
This one is great for three reasons. The first being that they’re environmentally friendly. This is important wherever you are, but particularly when visiting some Asian countries, where the extreme use and dumping of plastic is having devastating effect on the environment. Secondly, many guest houses, Air BnBs and hostels provide jugs and cups of water for guests to use, rather than bottled water. Your flat pack bottle means you can top up and your first bottle of water of the day is free! Thirdly, they take up almost no space and are really cheap! Ours were a couple of pounds from Sports Direct a few years ago and we wouldn’t be without them when traveling now.
2. Emergency snacks
This might seem obvious or even unnecessary, since the likelihood is you are usually going to be surrounded by great food, but we find there are always times when we arrive super late at a hostel or a bus journey takes longer than expected and there’s nothing around to eat. When this happens, there’s no better sight than that packet of nuts, dried fruit or haribo hiding at the bottom of your bag. Personally, we would pick something small to save space and sugary to keep that blood sugar up (although we’d avoid chocolate in hot countries, for obvious reasons!), but whatever you choose, just try to resist until it’s really needed!
3. Portable charger
So you only have 1% phone battery, your night bus has dropped you at 5am in a foreign city, you don’t have directions to the hostel you’ve booked, and you’re panicking; a portable charger might just be your saviour. They’re fairly cheap, easily transportable in your hand luggage and are a lifesaver if and when you’re in a sticky situation. Have a look online at reviews to see which one best suits your needs, but we would highly recommend the one that we have (Anker Power Core 10,000). It’s small, light and can charge an iPhone up to four, full charges!
4. Plastic bags
We seriously don’t think you can have too many of these; they fold to nothing and reusing them is environmentally friendly. Their list of uses is endless; dirty laundry, muddy shoes after a trek, or maybe you’ve bought too many toiletries for your wash bag and you don’t want your aftersun bursting all over your clothes. For us, these are a travel essential and most people have hundreds lying around from their supermarket shops. Make sure you grab a couple and shove them in your case on your way out the door..
5. Multi-charging plug
We’ve stayed at many a place where there’s only one available plug socket. Rather than fight your travel buddy over who gets to charge their camera overnight, why not take a multi charging plug. Even if you’re alone, it will allow you to charge multiple electrical items at once. Again, they’re super cheap, easy to find and it’s not an issue if space is limited!
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