Travelling is one of the most exhilarating, awe inspiring and mind opening things a person can do. It allows you to experience other cultures, climates and customs whilst creating memories that will be truly unforgettable. However, proper planning and preparation are essential to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime. Here we’ve put together a checklist of essential items, clothing and some handy hints and tips to help you plan your next adventure.
- Daysacks - You'll most likely pack your gear inside a suitcase or large rucksack, however you should make sure you also bring along a smaller daypack so you can carry what you need on days out.
- Camera - When travelling you'll create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Make sure they really are unforgettable by taking photos to look back on in years to come.
- Travel pillows - It goes without saying that travelling requires a lot of, well, travel! Make sure you’re comfortable on planes, coaches and trains with one of our lightweight, compact pillows.
- Eye mask and ear plugs - An absolute travel essential! Travelling takes a lot out of you so you're going to need your beauty sleep. Block out the noisy roads, revellers and crying babies with a pair of earplugs, and block out the light with an eye mask.
- Maps - Planning is essential when travelling. Avoid wandering around aimlessly and missing out on some amazing experiences by taking a map or travel guide.
- Document organiser- Boarding passes, passports, hotel booking forms - travel requires a lot of paperwork so keep it organised and handy with a document organiser.
- Travel sized toiletries - If you’re travelling via plane and only taking carry on luggage then make sure any liquids you bring are within the allowed size limits.
- Suncream - The last thing you want is painful/itchy sunburn when travelling.
- Mosquito repellent - Whether it's a spray, coil, candle or net, make sure you keep those nasty little bugs away.
- Travel towels- We have a great range of packable travel towels.
- First aid kit - You'll want to avoid a trip to the doctors at all cost. So if you can self-medicate any ailments, make sure you have the necessary first aid kit to do so.
- Universal plug adapter – Stay connected to your loved ones and keep your phone, MP3 player, tablet or camera charged in your hotel room with a universal plug adapter.
- Padlock - Keep your suitcase secure from thieves, but accessible for airport security with a TSA approved padlock.
- Purification tablets - The water is unsafe to drink in many countries, so be on the safe side and take a pack of purification tablets on your travels.
- Money belt - When out and about the safest place to keep your money is in a money belt tucked away under your shirt.
- Packable umbrella - We have a range of packable umbrellas that are ideal for travel to keep you prepared for a turn in the weather.
- Travel games - When boredom sets in, make sure you are able to entertain yourself without having to rely on your battery powered devices.
- Breathable, moisture wicking t-shirts/shirts – The last thing you want is to be sticky and sweaty in cotton; stay dry and comfortable with a moisture wicking shirt or tee.
- Anti-insect clothing - We have a range of clothing with built-in mosquito repellent treatment, including the Craghoppers NosiLife range, just in case a spray isn’t enough.
- Trousers, shorts and capris – Or a combination of the lot with some zip off trousers.
- Packable rain coat or poncho - Because it’s highly likely you'll need some waterproof protection.
- Swim suit/swimming shorts - Whether it's for sunbathing or swimming, it goes without saying that swimwear is a travel essential.
- Comfortable walking shoes - We've got a huge range for you to take a look at.
- Sandals - A must have for trips to the beach.
- Hat - For protection against the sun.
- Night clothes and dressy shoes – So you can look smart on nights out.
- Sunglasses - Stylish eyewear for protection.
- Check whether you need to pay for a visa on arrival
- Learn emergency and taxi phone numbers
- Make sure you have all the vaccinations you need before travelling to your destination.
- Research potential scams that are prevalent at your destination. For example in many countries with a lot of mopeds on the road there are a large amount of incidents involving criminals riding past and snatching bags from pedestrians on the pavement.
- Make sure any taxis you get in are legitimate. Metred taxis are usually the most trustworthy.
- Mosquitoes hate citrus, citrus shower gel is a cheap way to keep mosquitoes at bay.
- Bring clothing to cover shoulders and legs if you intend to enter any religious temples.
- Learn a few key local phrases. Just a simple "hello" and "thank you" can help you go a long way.
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