Packing for a trip away is pretty exciting, so you can be forgiven for forgetting a few essentials whilst you’re daydreaming about all of the fun stuff you’ll be filling your days with. Whether its sunnier climates, adventures over mountains or treks in the snow; these top 5 essentials should be with you wherever you go.
First Aid Kit
Accidents can happen any time and anywhere, so its always a good idea to be prepared for any kind of mishap; especially when your family are concerned. From a kids pavement graze to something a bit more serious, a well-equipped first aid kit will be a welcome addition when you need it, and peace of mind when you don’t. With everything that could happen while you’re on your travels, it’s a great addition to your luggage and won’t occupy much space. So whether you’re climbing mountains, trekking across rugged terrain, or simply enjoying a relaxing beach break with the kids, a first aid kit it an essential that nobody should be without.
For most people, the first thing they think about when they know they’re travelling back home, is their pillow. You can’t beat the comfort of a familiar pillow, so whey not take that comfort with you when you travel. An inflatable pillow may not sound like the most appealing choice, but with a brushed cover and your own pillowcase, they have certainly come a long way since the travel pillows of years gone by. While comfort is at the core of their design these days, travel pillows are also designed to be compact and easy to transport. Even if you don’t end up using it, it’s worth stowing away for those ‘just in case’ moments and a potentially uncomfortable flight.
Packing for a trip can be a stressful affair, but finding that you’ve occupied all of your space without allowing for the towels, is the tip of the iceberg. Towels steal a huge chunk of your luggage space but they are essential on any trip away from home. However, where in the rule book does it say that your favourite fluffy bathroom towel has to be the one? Try out an alternative that’s designed with compact packing in mind. A trek towel is a great option thanks to its thinner fabric but it’s also a practical choice thanks to a host of technical features. Super absorbent, quick drying and with antibacterial properties, it's a wonder why you don’t see more of them on the beach.
Arriving at your destination to find that your shampoo, conditioner and shower gel have emptied themselves across the entire contents of your luggage, has got to be a bit of a buzz-kill. But its easy to avoid such a mishap by ensuring that you’ve got your wet products packed away safely and securely. You could double-bag your bottles in plastic bags but it’s not ideal; instead why not try a good travel canister that’s designed with performance and clean clothes in mind. Look for features such as durable fabrics, internal pockets and maximum space with minimal size and you’ve got all the boxes ticked.
It's pretty hard to find a ‘one size fits all’ option when it comes to luggage, and sometimes you just have to settle with what you have when it comes to travel bags. But if you’re planning on a few days out while on your travels, then having a rucksack is essential. Not everyone wants to use a rucksack at the airport though, and packing on can be a bit of a space nightmare. Packable backpacks are the answer to that problem and provide a lightweight and compact alternative to a rigid bag. Durable fabrics, strong straps and secure closures are not compromised with leading brands either.