As you can tell from my other travel themed posts (check out my "A City on a Dime" series for more tips), I have done a lot of traveling In my 23 years, which also means that I've gathered a mental list of many must have items for travel!
I've been to many different countries on different parts of the globe. I've traveled for work and for pleasure. I need travel to be happy with my life; I have a nomadic soul and my wallet hates it!
In my travels, I've had lots of trial and error with packing, booking and budgeting. I make these mistakes so you don't have to. Here's a quick list of must haves to pack for your next trip!
I have a really cute little passport holder - it protects the passport and can help prevent you from losing it. I like the ones with a combined wallet... two birds, one stone!
BAG FOR TOILETRIES
Your toiletry bag needs to be waterproof and all your liquids should go in it! This is non-negotiable. Nothing sucks more than your shampoo or lotion breaking in your bag.
I have an Instax Instant Polaroid camera, but you can pick up a cheap disposable camera at most drug stores or grocery stores. Get the film developed when you get back and have lots of instant memories! This can help you save battery on your cell phone, which you may need for GPS or other uses. Or, ya know, you can just use your phone.
Bring a bag that either sits well on your shoulders, or has strong wheels. Make sure your bag is totally comfortable to carry for long periods of time!
A LOCAL BUS PASS
Try local public transportation! You'll see more of the location and you'll get the true feeling of what it's like to be a local. It's way cheaper than cabs, too, and usually easy to navigate.
CASH IN THE DESTINATION'S CURRENCY
If you're going to a foreign country, bring money that's already in the currency. It's one less thing to stress about when you land. You can order currency from most local banks.
This has saved my life during long travel days! Bring one just in case you use up all your cell phone battery.
A SAFE PLACE FOR MONEY
A good wallet or a fanny pack is what will make all the difference! Keep that money safe--you'll need it for souvenirs.
You can buy a wall charger brick with USB on Amazon in the outlet that you'll need it for (if you're in a foreign country, there may be different outlets). It's better for your phone than using a converter with your regular brick.
Don't forget a detail! Keep a travel journal on paper or online like us :)
Bring a solid, physical map! You never know when you'll lose reception or not be able to use your cell phone data.
EMPTY WATER BOTTLE
I always travel with an empty water bottle! Why, you ask? I fill it on the other side of security once I land! A plane is the last place you want to be dehydrated.
PICK POCKET-PROOF BAG
In some high population tourist cities, pick pockets run rampant. Bring a cross-shoulder bag that you can keep right on your hip in front of you. Also: don't put your phone in your back pockets!
GOOD WALKING SHOES
Most likely, you'll be doing a lot of walking. Don't kill your feet and miss out on a good time!
BASIC MEDICINE / MINI FIRST AID
I always bring activated charcoal, Advil and basic cleaning wipes on my travel journeys. Never be unprepared if you feel sick... that's no fun!
Which of these tips did you find the most helpful? Have a tip to add? Leave it in the comments!
BLOGGER: EMMA CRANE
Emma is a part-time contributor at FashionablyFrank.com, bringing her love for travel and exploration. Since graduating from The Evergreen State College (Washington) in 2013 and living in London, England for almost 1.5 years, she is now a flight attendant with Alaska Airlines. In her spare time, she enjoys embroidery, travel + breakfast food.