Travelling is always an exciting and fulfilling experience, but first you have to pack before you can go — and this can be a daunting task, to say the least.
Whether you’re taking a quick flight to Europe or heading further afield, having the right travel essentials can make all the difference in ensuring a comfortable and stress-free trip.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you 5 must-have travel essentials that should be on your packing list for your journey. From practical items that will help you stay organised to nifty gadgets that will enhance your travel experience, these essentials will make sure you have everything you need to make the most of your next adventure.
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1. Twelve South AirFly Pro
First things first, I have to tell you about this handy bit of tech that’s ideal for long-haul plane journeys. Enter the Twelve South AirFly Pro, which allows you to connect your wireless headphones to the in-flight entertainment system with no bother.
Gone are the days when you’d have to use the naff headsets provided. Now you can use this Bluetooth adaptor* to pair your Bose, AirPods or whatever you have so you can watch the airline’s movies and TV shows or listen to music through the comfort of your own headphones.
The bonus is that it comes in a soft fabric pouch and is easy to pack, tucking up nice and small in your airplane bag. I used mine for the first time on my flight to Dubai and it was game-changing!
The coolest little travel companion, Pocketalk helps you speak to the locals or other travellers while you’re on holiday by serving as your own personal translator. It utilises the best translation engines from around the world to convert 82 languages at the click of a button.
Pocketalk* even has a text-to-translate camera that instantly recognises and translates text and pictures. In other words, being confused over a menu or road sign in a different language is a thing of the past!
The good news is that you don’t need WiFi to be able to use this gadget. It comes with a complementary 2-year mobile data plan that covers over 130 countries. I can’t wait to use mine for my upcoming trip to Paris!
3. Hail Your Hair Hairdryer
As a keen traveller, I’m always looking to lighten my baggage so that my suitcase stays under the airline’s allowance and doesn’t cost me excess fees. (Well, aren’t we all?)
Instead of taking your chunky, heavy hairdryer that takes up valuable real estate in your travel bag, you can now take the Hail Your Hair Hairdryer. This travel-friendly alternative to the standard hairdryer is lightweight and quiet, using a high-speed brushless motor that is 20% quieter than its competitors.
Owned by Gary Douglas, the co-founder of ghd, the Hail Your Hair brand is all about using next-level technology that looks after your hair. This hairdryer has an ergonomic airflow design to dry the hair at wind speed and not just with heat. This protects hair’s natural protein, which is super useful on holiday when your tresses are contending with extreme heat, cold and/or pools or oceans.
4. Eono Packing Cubes
Struggling to fit everything in your suitcase? Packing cubes are a no-brainer for any type of traveller, and I swear by the Eono 8 Pcs* wherever I go.
Not only are these packing cubes made of tear-resistant nylon, but they’re also light, waterproof and come in an array of sizes for all your must have travel essentials. They help you to keep everything organised (I use one cube per clothing category, i.e. tops) with minimal fuss while maximising your space. I mean, you can fit so much into just one cube!
Choose from 12 different colours and never have to worry about your suitcase not closing again.
5. HCFGS Electronics Accessories Organiser
Lastly, while we’re on the subject of organising your packing, don’t you just hate it when various cables get tangled up in everything? I do, which is why this HCFGS Accessories Organiser* is wonderful.
Store all your electronic accessories in one place, from power cords to memory cards, headphones to chargers, to prevent items from getting lost elsewhere in your travel bag. It’s also a handy way of grabbing whatever you need at a moment’s notice — like in the airport security queue.
Made from high-quality, shockproof Oxford fabric, this case will ensure that your cables are well protected. It has anti-skid elastic straps and zippered mesh pockets to separate items and keep them where they should be for the entirety of your journey.
Final Thoughts on These Must Have Travel Essentials
Packing for a trip can be overwhelming, but having these must have travel essentials can make a huge difference in ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable trip. With these 5 must-have items in your bag, you’ll be able to focus on creating unforgettable memories and making the most of your time away from home.