You do not want to be that person constantly panicking about what’s packed for a travel and what’s not! Making a list of items to be carried with you for a travel may look like an assignment you do not want to start with. Although take it from me (a helpless traveller hopelessly in love with travelling) that making a list helps, heaps. Without further ado, I’d like to pen down my “rough” and extremely superficial travel essentials’ list for those of you that could use it: –
i) All my gadgets & chargers (adapters and the works) – don’t we all know that our gadgets sense that we’re travelling and sometimes play with us by draining themselves out jlt!
ii) Passport/visas – because you have to play the immigration game to get overseas
iii) Travel insurance – this is critical as nobody wants to lose items or time and not receive anything back as compensation
iv) Currencies/money – have this sorted before you board your transportation to your destination
v) Medicines/drugs – health matters. Period.
vi) Toiletries & makeup – you always get complimentary toiletries in most hotels, however carrying a few personal items is recommended
vii) Moisturiser for the night – staying in air-conditioned hotels shall take no toll on your skin if you moisturise well
viii) Summer clothes for Holland or whichever your destination country is – because it’s not winter everywhere do you hear me Australia!! (Do not forget gym clothes and shoes if you’re like me.)
ix) Footwear – do not overdo this
x) Dry shampoo – for the luxury of getting your hair styled in a jiffy
xi) Blow dryer – given that the ones from the hotel might not be as good as you expect it to be
xii) A backpack or a large bag – to help you dump the things you need on the go (and still have room for more)
xiii) Headphones – because even I like to think that I’m a movie star and I got some real BGM adding to my pump
Of course, each of the above points has at least 5-10 sub categories (not divulging all that yet!). It truly helps plenty when you have listed all that you want to take along with you in a book or your cell phone and check them off as and when you’ve packed them. This is an organised approach and don’t we all know the benefits of starting a journey that way! Make sure to also carry essentials-for-life list along with you when you’re starting out and in the destination and have it with you till you get back. Because nobody deserves to lose items (or peace of mind) over missing goods. Hold on to the travel essentials list for your dear life and use it.
Planning is Everything
I normally Google the hell out of the place I’m about to visit and do as much research as I can before getting there that when I do, it’s such a deja vu! I’ve realised with time and experience that planning your travel (before you even start packing) lays the foundation for the success of your travel. Plan the budget, plan the duration, plan the accommodation, plan the food (especially if you eat select food items etc.), plan the places you simply have to visit or the things you have to do no matter the mosquito bites all over your body, plan for the best and the worst case scenarios – I am dead serious about this point. You just never know what might come your way (however, planning well in advance helps avoid such situations or at least be mentally prepped). Therefore, dear reader get yourself ready like you’re moving to Mars (okay, maybe not that much but my point remains!). Planning realistically is, however, the most critical factor. Be easy on yourself, take a day or two off (the markets, the people and the monuments ain’t going nowhere) because your body will appreciate that.
Travel tips to travel like a pro
I always make sure I eat really lightly and cut out all coffee, tea and alcohol in the 24 hr lead up to a flight. These all really dehydrate and the flight itself extremely dehydrates so this is the best way to stay hydrated. I drink a lot of water. Generally, a flight from Australia to anywhere overseas is anywhere between a 5 hour and 24 hours so you have to be prepared. I travel with a good set of headphones, I download a new book on my laptop and make sure everything is charged. The first thing I do when I get on a flight is, remove all makeup and use a heavy moisturiser and slather pawpaw on my lips. I stick to vegetarian and mostly stay away from anything heavily carby and I don’t eat any sugar. Lastly, make sure you customise your travel essentials list based on the culture, climate and the duration of your trip. Minimalism is key if you want to travel light.
Have a safe & colourful journey when you do!
Lots of ❤️ from Holland