4 packing essentials for your next adventure

You’ve booked the time off work, you’re planning where you want to visit and most importantly, figuring out what to pack.

Wherever you’re going in the world and no matter how long, there are some essential items you can’t do without. Filling your bag with useless tat is one of the biggest mistakes anyone can make on a trip away. As the Secret Traveller blog points out, these items weigh you down and take up much-needed space.

Before to post the article about the Travel equipment of our Sustainable Tour North America Edition here is a list of must-haves for your next adventure. Make sure you draw inspiration from this, and not the ST blog.

1. A good rain jacket

You really can’t underestimate the importance of a solid rain jacket while travelling. Even if you’re travelling in the height of summer, you can get hit by an unexpected shower. It’s good to pick a jacket with GoreTex, the ultimate in waterproof material.

A good rain jacket can also be helpful as a windbreaker if you’re on the beach or a boat, or even used as an alternative picnic blanket. You can enjoy some local delicacies you’ve picked up at the morning market, safe in the knowledge you’re going to stay dry.

2. A first aid kit

With this suggestion, you don’t need to create a huge medical kit to bring with you, but we definitely recommend having the basics. You can make a custom first aid kit by including the items you regularly use such as painkillers, plasters and antiseptic cream. Some things you might want to add to your travel first aid kit are blister plasters, mosquito spray and Tiger Balm to soothe any bug bites.

3. Eye mask and earplugs

If you have a long haul flight ahead of you or maybe some buses and trains, you’ll definitely want something to help you sleep. A good eye mask will block out residual light and help your bloody clock adjust to any new time zones. A set of earplugs, either foam or wax, keeps out any unwanted noise that might startle you awake. If you plan on staying in hostels, particularly in dorm rooms, then these two items are an absolute necessity to help you get a good night’s sleep, ready for a day of adventuring.

4. Skincare

Travelling can wreak havoc on your skin. Not only is it deprived of moisture while flying, but it’s exposed to pollution, different weather and different foods when you travel – all of which can make your skin breakout.

It’s important to prepare for this and either buy travel-size toiletries (remember, you can bring 100ml in your carry-on as long as it’s in a sealed see-through bag) or to have small pots that you can decant some of your trusted staples into. Don’t forget to pack a high factor sun cream – probably the best item you add to your skincare routine wherever you are.