15 Essential Travel Items You need for your next trip

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When packing for a trip, it can be hard to determine the essential travel items you need. There are certain essentials you need on every trip. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a three-day vacation or a three-month cruise around the world. These are items you should always remember to pack. Create a packing list with all these essentials.

Here are some essential travel items you will definitely need for your next trip;

Power Bank

Invest in a power bank that can charge your phone or tablet to full capacity. Having a power bank is an essential travel item. You don’t need your phone running out of charge just after you’ve requested an uber. Our world nowadays revolves around our smartphones. So it’s very essential to always have a phone with power so as to maneuver.

 Copies Of Your Travel Documents

You should always ensure you have copies of your travel documents, especially if you’re traveling to a foreign country. The important travel documents include; a passport, identification card, hotel reservation, travel insurance, bank cards, visa, and any other important documents you may need. Have hard copies of your documents and softcopies on email and on your phone at all times. You may lose your documents or they may get stolen.

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First Aid Kit

One of the essential travel items you should always have is a first aid kit. Accidents happen when traveling so first aid kits come in handy. A travel first aid kit should have bandaids, painkillers, Common cold relief pills, Immodium, antiseptic cream, and any other medication you may require when traveling. The first aid kit should just be for quick relief and minor illnesses. For more serious medical conditions, visit the doctor.

Comfortable Travel Outfit

When traveling, make sure you’re comfortable. You don’t want to be in skinny jeans and heels while traveling. Comfortable shoes are also very essential when traveling. Feet have a tendency to expand when you travel for long distances. Invest in some nice comfortable sneakers when traveling.

Reusable Water Bottle

If you get dehydrated when traveling, you might want to carry a reusable water bottle. Traveling gets you dehydrated and you will need to hydrate with some water. A reusable water bottle comes in handy especially at the airport since they don’t allow water bottles. Carry an empty water bottle and refill it at the airport.

Sleep Mask

Having sleep masks is very essential when traveling. You might need to sleep on the airplane without all the distractions. Hotel suites are also not well known to have blackout curtains. A sleep mask will come in handy if light affects you when you’re sleeping. You don’t want to travel to a beach and be up by 6 AM because the sun is already up.

Face Masks

With the pandemic happening you want to carry extra masks. Pack extra masks in your bag for the entire trip. You don’t want to catch something while you’re on vacation. You will also not be allowed in the airport and hotel without a mask. Always pack extra masks than you need for your trip.

Hand Sanitizers & Wet Wipes

One of the essential travel items to have in your suitcase is some alcoholic wet wipes and hand sanitizers. Traveling can get dirty and a tap may not always be available to wash your hands. Alcoholic wet wipes will help get rid of any germs and bacteria you may have collected while traveling.


One of the toiletries you should always have when traveling is tissue. Sometimes the public toilets may not have tissue and shaking is not very hygienic. Toiletries can be a bit tricky to pack because of the mess that can happen because of spillage. However, if you have sensitive skin, it’s essential to pack your lotion in travel-friendly containers. Essentials to have in you toiletry bag are tissues, sunscreen, face mist, makeup, lip balm, moisturizer, mini hairspray, hand lotion and any other toiletries you require.

Travel Adapter

If you’re traveling internationally, you might want to invest in a travel adapter for your chargers. Different countries have different plugs and different voltages. You don’t want to not be able to charge your phone, laptop, or camera because your plug just won’t fit into the socket. Some countries also have power surges so you can invest in an adapter with a power surge protector or just carry both. The last thing you want is to fry your electronics in a foreign country.

Noise Cancelling Earbuds

These are a great investment if you’re taking public means of transport to your destination. Could be a flight, a bus or a tour van. Noise cancellation earbuds or headphones go a long way in blocking out any noise you might find unpleasant.


Entertainment is a must-have when you’re traveling long distance. Always make sure you have some source of entertainment to keep you occupied when traveling. Could be a Bluetooth speaker, a kindle, a hard copy book, a tablet, a laptop, or just a phone to listen to some podcasts. A Bluetooth speaker comes in handy when you get to your travel destination. At times you just want to walk while listening to your favorite music on loud.

A Pillowcase

This may not be essential for everyone but it should be. A pillowcase you carry from home can help you sleep at night if you find it difficult to sleep on the first night in hotels. The familiar smell and a glass of wine can lull you to sleep. It can also come in handy if you have natural hair and you’re trying to protect your edges from the cotton bedsheets at the hotel.

Money & Bank Cards

When traveling you definitely need money in one form or the other. If you’re traveling internationally, you can exchange your money at your local currency exchange bureau. However, don’t convert all your money into foreign cash. For safety purposes, you can do it in small doses when you get to your destination. If you’re using a bank card whether a credit card or a debit card, make sure it’s whitelisted in the country you’re visiting. Call your bank and inform them you will be traveling to a certain country for a certain period of time. This will help you avoid any inconveniences.

Packing Cubes

Parking cubes are a lifesaver when traveling and are a definite must-have. They help keep everything organized and in its place. They also help you save on space in your travel bag or suitcase.

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