As I start to plan my next adventure I find myself concerned with questions I wasn’t before – like what are some travel must-haves?
Maybe it’s because this is the first trip I’m taking without a set itinerary. I know which country I’m visiting, but I don’t know where I’m staying, what I’m eating, or how I’m traveling.
And maybe it’s because I don’t speak the language. I’ve dealt with this before, but it’s been a while.
Or maybe it’s because I feel a lot of pressure. I swipe through instagram and see these gorgeous photos and wonder do I have the ability to capture the beauty I’m about to see? Will it actually be that beautiful or is it all photoshop?
But above all, I think a lot of the nerves come from the fact that this is my first backpacking trip and to be honest… I have no idea what or how to pack.
So in hopes of getting some of that trepidation out of my system, and yours, I have listed my 5 travel must-haves for any trip (in no particular order).
1. Playing Cards
I bring playing cards with me everywhere I go. Not only are they a great way to meet other people, but they will keep you occupied for whatever down-time you might have. Whether that’s at the airport, on long bus rides, or when checking into your hostel or hotel, cards always come in handy.
I have both a Nikon D3000 and a GoPro HERO5 Black. I always bring them with me. The beauty of both is that you can take different types of photos. Not to mention the GoPro is waterproof and takes videos.
Because I am a travel and food allergy writer, I usually bring my computer with me. That means I need that charger. But let’s say you’re not a work/vacation-er and just want to bring your camera and phone. You can NOT forget those chargers. Not only do you need the chargers, but you might need to bring adaptors, depending on what country you travel to.
I’d be negligent not to mention this one, right? BRING ENOUGH MEDS. I repeat: bring enough medication. You never know what will happen, no matter how prepared you are. So it is critical you bring enough epinephrine (I bring 4 epipens) and Benadryl (I bring enough to tranquilize a horse… a few times over). And if you’re anything like me, you’ll need to bring enough Advair and inhalers to last. Also – and yes, I know they aren’t technically meds – but bring your allergy cards!
Additionally, you should bring a more normal emergency kit. I always bring band aids, gauze, antibacterial ointment, anti-diarrheal pills, and allergy pills like Claritin.
5. Hand Sanitizer
If my mother is reading this I guarantee she’s saying I told you so, both in her head and out loud. But yes, mother does know best on this one. Hand sanitizer or wet wipes are a must-bring for me. This is because I never know where I’m going to be and because it’s important for me, as an allergic traveler, to keep any allergens away. Antibacterial hand sanitizer can also be used to wipe down seats, tables, and obviously hands, so it’s something I always, always travel with.
In addition to these 5 must-brings for any trip, it is monumentally critical to get yourself travel insurance. Disclose to the company your allergies and get the appropriate plan to protect yourself. It might be more expense, but I promise it’s more than worth it.