Travel Essentials And Kit Lists – What To Pack!

Having travelled the world for a number of years (in fact we’re still going strong!) we know that one of the most annoying and stressful parts of life on the road is packing…or more to the point – figuring out WHAT to pack!

So we chatted to our blog ambassadors and ask their advice not what they recommend adding to your kit list – after all they live their lives on the road so they really know what they’re talking about…

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Sam – I never go travelling without my iPod (with highly embarrassing songs on), GoPro and Bikini. Obvs chargers and my phone so I can keep in touch with the world too!

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Ally – Adapter, sunglasses that actually protect your eyes from water reflection, extra phone battery, a comfy jumper, +30 sunscreen, good headphones, bottle opener on key ring, extra socks, conditioner ( I am girl, with a lot of time in the water), a sarong ( so it’s a bag, dress, towel, cover, scarf etc…) and everything packed in a dry bag.

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Macca – The Cushtie pillow is one of my favourite items in the world and I can’t travel without one. It’s a cute little travel pillows that’s great for buses, planes and trains.  Also, it straps nicely to the side of any backpack. A Cushtie pillow comes into its own when you need to kip at an airport or train station.

A “Buff” is a fantastic travelling item. It’s a bit like a snood only thinner and lighter. You can use it as a sweat band, a head band, a bracelet, a neck warmer, an eye mask and as a small pouch to carry things in.

You’ll be surprised at how hard it can be to find a plug while travelling (a lot of hostels don’t have em), so take one with you, especially if you’re looking to wet shave your legs or face every other day. Some sink plugs will fit any sink and it’s worth the investment!

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Stephen –  I don’t pack a tremendous amount of clothing at first. Instead, I have a little money set aside to buy a few items along the way. I always wait until I get to affordable countries in order to keep the cost down.

Why do I do this?!

Well because clothes wear out fast on the road. (At least for me.). This reduces the weight of my pack, and lets me look like I am clean!

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Chris – For me my essential items are always melt in your mouth immodium and spare loo roll for obvious reasons – I’ve never had to use them yet *touch wood* but plenty of my travel buddies have been glad I’ve had it to hand!

Other than that it’s mainly my iPhone – I never travel without it.

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Clelia – The most versatile item I have on my backpack is my sarong. I use it for everything. As head cover, scarf, beach towel, beach dress, bed sheet, stole, long skirt (the list could go on forever). I even used to create a “tent” on a bus ride to separate my seat from the others for more privacy.

Tinted sunblock is definitely my top product! I can’t stand the sun on my face anymore (at 36 I’d rather be white than full of wrinkles! This product is amazing!

Travel cubes – I got 3 sets of different sizes and colors. Totally necessary. I love them and now i couldn’t think of anything more useful than this item. I am able to organize my bag in minutes only because of them. 

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Andrea –  A must-have wherever I’m going is my Mophie phone charging case – it gives you over a whole extra full charge for your battery! I can’t tell you how many times it has saved my phone from dying when I need to look up directions or take a photo of an awesome moment.

Another item I always keep with me is an infinity scarf (this one may be too geared towards women, but men can technically wear them too!). Whether you’re simply chilly, having to cover up to visit a temple, or needing a makeshift bag, this type of a scarf is so handy.

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Nick – Aside from clothing (which varies based on region), I mostly tend to pack electronics. This would include my camera and extra batteries, GoPro, laptop, Kindle, iPhone, and Mophie Juice Pack to keep the phone alive. Anything else I might need I can typically buy on the road.

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Dave – I don’t have a packing list. I just travel with a pair of undies and a small sponge!

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Lauren – A year in and I had never worn a money belt, never found a use for duct tape. I’d yet to take a single anti-malarial tablet, never used a padlock and obviously the umbrella had to go.

In my second year of travel, I also was hippie-fied in Southeast Asia and ended up with a wardrobe of hippie pants and singlets and all kinds of backpacking cliches.

And now, for my third year, I denote the theme to be comfort.

After two years of travel, I’m leaning towards comfort and I now carry many things I’ve missed from home. I have even more clothes, I bought a phone. I carry both books and a Kindle. I’m even carrying two dresses and two pairs of jeans.

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Anything you guys recommend packing or leaving at home – we’d love to hear from you!

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