Everyone has their travel essentials. The things they absolutely need with them on a journey to make them feel complete. I decided to make my own list of stuff I like to have with me. And when I say essentials, this list can definitely vary, depending on the location I travel to. For example, I want to go to Cairo, but I would never take my Macbook Pro with me. Too many things could happen. But I would take it to Paris.
My camera is my life. I have trekked it across Europe three times now, and it’s my baby. Photography is one of my major loves in life, so I try to take my Canon 7D with me everywhere I go. Any traveller knows that a camera is definitely essential to any journey.
- Macbook Pro
As I am trying to blog about all my experiences in live-time, I think having a laptop with you is important. When I bought my Macbook, it probably wasn’t the smartest choice to buy the 17-inch version, as it is HUGE and really a hassle to carry around. But the bigger screen means I can edit photos and video and actually see what I’m doing. Also, blogging will be a cinch with a laptop to type on.
I think it’s good to disconnect from the world when you travel, but as I am in PR and am a blogger with a social media presence, I know how important things like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter can be when on the road. Finding wifi with just a phone will be difficult, but I will be getting a UK sim card when I’m in London, and hopefully my travels will allow me to capture some selfies with my phone camera that I can’t get with my large DSLR (ever try to take a selfie with a DSLR? It’s not easy).
Obviously you need your passport. You can’t go into a foreign country without one. Keep your passport safe and sound and protect it with your life!
While you don’t have to have paper or coin currency to travel nowadays (most places take an American credit or debit card with a fee), having physical money in your hands is important, since a lot of places only take cash. Plus, foreign money is really fun to have and examine, and if you have any leftover, it makes a nice souvenir!
- Travel Journal
When your computer runs out of battery, or for the places you don’t feel safe bringing laptop, you need a travel journal of some sort. Being able to write down stuff that inspires you, or drawing tiny sketches of cool things you see is such a gift. Having a notebook to write in is so important. It becomes a document of your journey and can be something you look back on in the future.
Scarves are crazy useful. They keep your neck warm, cover up potential hickeys, can be used as a hood, you can wrap stuff up in them; the possibilities are endless, as cliche as that sounds. Scarves are the best fashion accessory, as well as something that can be used for many different purposes.
You never know when the sun will magically come out and then blind you as you try to experience a new place. It’s always good to protect your eyes from sunlight, even when it’s not even super sunny out. A cute pair will get you through, and for $5, if you lose them, it’s not even a big deal.
Having somewhere to keep your things when you’re not using them is highly important. Backpacks or large purses are a great way to store your stuff, and getting a cute, but efficient bag will not only add to your look, but safely store your goods.
- Little Black Dress
When in doubt, wear a LBD. They’re cute, timeless and look good no matter what time of the year. Black hides stains, and can be re-worn without obviousness, day after day. You seriously can’t go wrong with a black dress. They look good on everyone and will work well in every country.
Other than being good for rain-wear, boots are fashionable and usually pretty sturdy. If you buy a good pair, they’ll last you all over your travels. They keep your feet dry, warm and secure and look cute. They are comfortable and a classic look for any location.
Coats should be an obvious thing to not include on this list, but for countries where it’s a bit warmer, or when you want to go out for the day without a huge jacket, a cardigan is the best thing to cover up with. It allows you to class up your look a bit, especially if you’re going into a religious site and need to have your arms covered. Cardigans go with almost every outfit, and always look great.
And that’s my list! Obviously there are a million more things I would travel with and would pack, but these are the main things and are the items I will have in my bag. Good luck on your own travels and with what you decide to bring!