7 Travel Essentials Needed When Travelling

When it comes to packing our belongings for a getaway, we are so keen to pack many things into our checked luggage, cabin luggage and even our cabin bags and pouches (Ladies I’m looking at you mainly) in order for us to maximise our enjoyment and have the necessities to get through all the days of the excursion. (e.g. portable devices, clothes, shoes, snacks, bathroom accessories etc.).
It’s incredibly tempting, we book the flights and accommodation, the time to jet away (or board a train or ferry if we’re taking another mode of transport) is nigh, the excitement takes over and the next thing we’re packing anything and everything like we’re moving to Uni like a grown-up Andy from Toy Story.
But somehow at times there are items that we’ve had to leave behind when we’re at the airport pre-boarding because of weight restrictions or were considered a hazard, or had to pay for that one checked luggage that’s over the limit should we decide to take them with us.
Some of those items we end up not using during the trip and in hindsight we would say to ourselves that we didn’t need them in the first place.
The first time traveller or the travel veteran can overlook the most important resources and concentrate too much on how we’re going to fit an extra pair or trainers or get our bottle of eau de toilette/fragrance through airport security. Before we accommodate such things, let’s take care of the basics first:

1. Passport

This is so obvious. Frankly it’s the elephant in the room some travel bloggers seemingly look pass when they compile their own essentials list and it’s surprising. I mean how else are you meant to travel abroad if you don’t have a valid passport it is the key to getting through the boarding gates, getting pass security checks. This really needs no further explanation.
Also in addition to your actual passport make sure you photocopy of your passport and leave one photocopy at home and take one with you to have all your bases covered.

2. Debit Card

I’ve put this in here because it can serve as a good alternative to your pre-paid travel card or the cash you’ve got in hand when abroad.
Most importantly if you consider exploring this alternative it’s best you check with your bank whether they have fees for purchases and withdrawals from your debit card. Also, just be wary roughly of the currency exchange when you’re using it to make a purchase or making cash withdrawals from the ATMs, which may or may not charge mind you.

3. Travel Adapter

This has become more crucial than ever as the amount of electronics that we pack away into our luggage is more than ever, and will probably continue to grow in numbers with the way technology has evolved within that period and how hard-wired we are to our smart phones and portable devices.
For the travel newbie or those living under a rock, the last thing you want is for the first exploration around the city or town you’re residing in being for a power adapter, because you didn’t know sockets on the walls and plug extensions are different in other countries. All whilst the battery life of your smartphones is on the drop!
So yeah, something that needs to be avoided at almost all costs. Before travelling always make sure you check that the adapter you’re purchasing is compatible for that particular country.
I’d try and compliment an adapter with a plug extension from home as well; Plug the extension into your adapter and plug the latter into the wall socket and you’re good to go!

4. Paracetamol

Anything that helps to attending to your medical needs should be an unquestioned important resource to lock into your luggage. There’s the chance you get a bit airsick and catch a headache, or you might catch it when you’re going through the pre-boarding procedure (e.g. check-in, security checks luggage packing if needed or gotten a few major bumps and have to endure considerable physical pain, not to mention that long day out sightseeing and constantly being on the move.
Enter: Paracetamol. Just a packet of them would often do. If you’re going abroad then it’s best for health and practical reasons that you buy the paracetamol you’re familiar with from your local pharmacy or supermarket as it’s highly unlikely they’ll be available.

5. Portable Charger

Like with travel adapters, a portable charger wouldn’t be something that would feature on the list if it was compiled 15-20 years ago. Again a portable charger being on the list is a near foregone conclusion.
A portable charger can be considered your 2nd companion to your smartphone, which is the chief companion for one. A reliable one can be purchased for roughly around £10 and the majority, if not all, are enough to slot into a coat pocket with ease (don’t be charging it in the rain though). Most of them are also compatible with both Android and iPhone devices. Normally a power bank with up to a power out of 10000mAh or more is ideal for a powerful smartphone.
It came in real handy for my day trips to Brussels and Paris. Having this essential is very convenient as it removes the need for you to stress yourself finding a public place to plug your main charger and power up the goods.
I have a Kmashi 10000mAh Dual USB power bank that I got from Amazon last summer and I’ve not regretted my decision one bit.

6. Travel Insurance

This is definitely in my personal top 3 list: Travel Insurance.
There have been countless stories about luggage going missing when travellers have gone to the baggage claim area and haven’t see any trace of your personal bags circling on the conveyor belt, they’ve left their luggage on the train cos they were deep in conversation with their friends (I know one girl that it happened to and she was in tears – her passport was in that very luggage she left behind too!) or they’ve been pickpocketed in Europe (highly unlikely if you exercise extreme caution but possible), or they’ve sustained a serious injury from an accident that’s confined them to the national hospital.
What I like about most is that the travel insurance can simply be downloaded onto your phone rather than be carried as a piece of paper around you in your pockets. Plus it’s insanely cheap as you can find a very good deal for only £5. Yes. You have 20/20 vision. You’re reading correctly. A fiver. CompareTheMarket.com has been my go to website if I want to compare packages with one another.

7. Other Proof Of ID

A passport is too valuable to be carried around everywhere you go. Having another form of ID (e.g. driving license, citizenship card etc.) can come in handy when it comes to security and identity checks for entrances to museums and other tourist sites, or renting a car to use for your days of sightseeing and getting around in a certain area you’re exploring.

Final Word – What’s your travel essentials?

Okay now we have packed the essentials – we can pack whatever we want now (still pack efficiently though lol). It’s funny how a small booklet and mini cards can shape how our holidays pan out.
As always, if there’s any other essentials that you think I’ve missed out list them in the comments section below and share your thoughts on what’s been discussed.
Till the next time, see you soon wanderlusters 🙂
Johnny | The Travel Connoisseur 😉


Johnny is a 23-year old solo traveller and travel blogger with a craving to know the world better and make the small world bigger!



  1. April 15, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    My main travel essential is always a book/my kindle if I’m off on holiday anywhere and my iPod for long journeys! I also agree that Travel Insurance is so important I don’t know how anybody can go on holiday and have peace of mind without it! Great post!
    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com

    • April 16, 2018 / 12:07 pm

      Thank you. It was a bit of a hard one to do tbh because there are so many other items out there that are just as important in their own way. Really had to give this post a good thought
      Johnny | The Travel Connoisseur

  2. April 16, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    I don’t travel overseas very often but these are some good tips to keep in mind for when I do! I still need to go renew my passport, it’s been expired since 2011 lol.

  3. April 17, 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Yep, I bring all of these (minus the paracetamol) ..and deffo my headphones , don’t think I can go without them😊

  4. April 17, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Hey interesting you put paracetamol on your list. Its not something I classify essential unless its something you regularly take for arthritis or sustained pain. I only say cos in some countries regardless of what the medicine is you need a doctors note with you. It varies from country to country (most do think paracetamol is harmless) but for example Saudi requires a prescription/ doctor’s note accompanying any med. Just depends on where you are going. Most airlines have a painkiller of some sort in their medicine kit and it can always be bought at the airport. I just would always check first what country I’m going to and if I want to avoid any hassle regarding carrying any medicines without a note.

    • April 18, 2018 / 10:05 am

      Thanks for the input T. Thats very interesting to hear and it’s true, different countries do have certain rules and regulations towards medications you bring with you. Good point about always checking before you check, better to be safe than sorry!

  5. May 8, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Great list of essentials – readers should also remember that you need 6 months at least on your passport when you travel.
    Also check you have any needed visas 😊

    • May 9, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Yhis is all so true! Cheers for the extra advice 🙂

  6. August 3, 2018 / 8:13 am

    That’s a very simply put and easily explained checklist we must say. Passport with visa right 😉 We would add some cash, either in dollars or local currency as sometimes when you’ve got to take visa on arrival or if there is a challenge with debit card, handy cash is helpful! And carrying a copy of all original documents we have found to be useful.

  7. August 3, 2018 / 8:23 am

    Portable chargers are a life saver. So many long days traveling and it was so much easier to just plug into my charger instead of fighting for an outlet at the airport.

  8. Kylee Hayes
    August 3, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Great list! A lot of people don’t bother to check their passports ahead of time, and that is so important since many countries won’t allow you in unless you have 6 months or more left on it before expiry! I always bring a sarong as well, good for hot travel days to get your head out of the sun, or a mini blanket when travelling in cold airports or buses.

    • August 9, 2018 / 10:05 am

      That’s so very true. Oh I’ve never heard of a sarong, sounds like it’s an all-season piece and it’s something I’ll try and look into. Thanks for sharing

  9. resrutt
    August 3, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Great guide! Will use it next time I hit the road!

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