To make your vacation trip a memorable one for all the right reasons, it helps to have some little items to ease your way. The things you will require depend on the type of trip you are going on – whether it is by car or by plane, or whether you are going on a backpacking adventure.
Backpacking is a trip like no other, and if you are going to get the most out of what can be a wonderful adventure, then you will need some particular items with you. When you go backpacking, you have to accept that it is not going to be the most luxurious of trips, but there is no point in being uncomfortable. One essential is a travel pillow, meaning you will be able to sleep anywhere in relative comfort. To help you sleep even better, ear plugs and an eye mask are other useful additions to your backpack. Backpacking trips frequently involve stays in hostel dorms, and an eye mask and ear plugs mean you will not hear or see your fellow dorm occupants.
A reusable plastic bottle is another little essential for a backpacking trip – or for any other kind of trip for that matter. Staying hydrated is essential when you are on the move. In a similar vein, invest in a thermos and you will be able to make your own coffee, tea, or soup, and do so at a fraction of the price you would spend on the same items in a shop, café, or restaurant.
If you are going to be traveling for a significant period of time – and this also applies to trips other than backpacking – then buy a clothes organizer so that you can find everything easily.
Other essentials for a backpacking trip include a padlock to keep your possessions safe and a rain poncho you keep yourself dry. Do not forget toilet paper and tissues because on a backpacking trip they might not be readily available. When you are living out of hotels or hostels for a period of time, you will soon become frustrated searching through your backpack or suitcase for clothes, so a clothes organizer is a must-have.
Taking a flight
Flying has its own unique challenges in terms of what you will need to bring with you. Whether you are flying short-haul or long-haul, a useful item to have before you leave for the airport is a small weighing scale to ensure your luggage complies with the allowances of the airline(s) you will be flying with. The last thing you want is to arrive at check-in to find your bags exceed the allowance and you have to either repack or pay extra, adding unwanted stress to the situation.
Keeping yourself entertained on a flight is another priority, so ensure you bring your tablet or music player. Noise reduction earphones are a must-have so that you can listen to music or watch a downloaded movie or television show in peace.
Taking the car
What you need for a journey by car will depend on whether you are traveling solo or with a group. The average car typically has plenty of storage space for a solo traveler.
If you want extra car storage space, then there are any number of ways of getting it, from roof racks to in-car storage solutions. The great thing about something like a purse pouch is that it offers extra space and security by keeping your possessions, such as your phone and wallet, from falling onto the floor of your vehicle, where you will have difficulty being able to reach them. Keeping your possessions secure in your car is important because the last thing you want to do is have to reach down for them while you are driving.
If you are traveling with your family and have young children, then you will want to keep them entertained on what may be a long journey. Make sure they have books or hand-held game consoles to distract them from being bored on the road. Another little helper that children will appreciate is their own small bag. It gives them a sense of responsibility and makes them feel that they are on the trip in their own capacity and are not merely tagging along with their parent(s).
As the saying goes, sometimes it is the little things that can make all the difference, and when it comes to planning a journey, the little things can go a long way to making your trip