Whether you are a seasoned globetrotter or planning your first solo trip, it’s always helpful to have a list of the travel essentials you may want to pack and carry for your vacation—an ultimate travel checklist that covers everything from travel must-haves to a list of toiletries, travel blanket kit and adjustable eye mask for good night’s rest and so much more.
Once you have planned and packed your outfits, it’s time to focus on the other essential things—particularly those items you absolutely can’t forget on your trip.
1. Travel pillow
Whether you are traveling by train, plane, or bus, this makes an ultimate travel companion. These travel pillows help to support the neck and chin, ensuring better posture and by making sleep easier. Most of these travel pillows can be attached to your handbag while some flatten out for easy storage.
You can either pick the conventional U-shaped travel pillow which quite versatile or go for one that allows you to most closely recreate your sleeping position (stomach, side, or back sleeper) in a limited space while traveling.
2. Noise-Cancelling Headphones
If you want to mute your noisy neighbors on a crowded flight, a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones is a must-have while traveling. They are best for back sleepers, or side sleepers who like to listen to their favorite music for a while before falling asleep.
If you are a serious traveler seeking the noise-canceling power for a night of sound sleep, don’t hesitate to drop a pretty penny for high-end headphones, as these may be worth it (also have excellent sound quality). However, make sure to consider comfort and battery life when choosing a model.
3. Travel Blanket
Having a small, lightweight travel blanket on hand is useful in a variety of scenarios. You can snuggle up in the blanket and keep warm and cozy during your long-haul flight. It will also be useful if you have delays or find yourself waiting around a drafty airport or train station.
In case you are in an unfamiliar hotel room or crammed in the middle berth of train or bus, an ultralight travel blanket will not only provide you with added comfort and warmth but also have you dreaming big in no time.
You can also go for buying a travel blanket kit comprising of cozy pillows, blankets, and eye mask — perfect for your overnight journeys and sudden adventure camping plans.
4. Portable Phone Charger
Not every airline and train provide USB slots or points for charging your devices, so if you want to watch a feature-length movie or enjoy a web series while traveling, make sure to pack a portable phone charger.
In case you are planning an adventurous camping trip, this traveling essential item is a must.
5. Eye Mask
People are biologically wired to sleep in the dark which becomes quite difficult while traveling. However, you can dim the light from the midnight sun (or your co-passenger’s excessively bright iPad) with an adjustable eye mask.
For a truly next-level descent into sleep, you can try a little light therapy. There are some eye masks available in the market which lull you into a calmer and deep relaxation state by calming down your beta brain waves.
6. Compression socks
If you are going to be sitting on a train, bus, or airplane seat for long hours, you may want to change into a pair of compression socks or tights to aid blood circulation in your legs. This will reduce the risk of swelling in your feet and help to prevent more serious problems of sitting for long hours, like blood clots.
Be careful about the size of the compression socks or tights you are buying. Ideally, it should be gentle on your calves, but if they feel too tight, strangled, or painful, then certainly you got the wrong size. Make sure to get it exchanged immediately else it will cause more harm to you than good.
7. Travel Wallet
While out on a trip especially international, you are likely to bring along more than your everyday wallet can hold — multiple kinds of currencies, driving license, tickets and other travel documents, hotel key cards, credit cards. Hence, it is very important to stay organized and buy a functional wallet that holds everything in one central location.
If nothing else, don’t forget to get a passport cover to keep your most important travel document safe while traveling overseas.
8. Slipper Slides
These are must-have for any trip, stick them in your backpack or suitcase.
You can easily slip them on to run to the washroom or get up and stretch your legs on a long-haul flight. Also, they are super handy if you are staying at a friend’s home or Airbnb hotel that does not allow shoes in.
For any scenario where you don’t wish to be wearing your headphones but would still like to drown out the noise and annoyance around you, get a set of earplugs. Compact for convenience, it’s noise-canceling aspect is also great.
10. Disposable Face Washcloths
This is a must-have item if you are visiting hot countries or places. Nothing will cool you off like a little cold water splashed onto a washcloth.
You can also use them to wipe down your seat, tray table, and anything else you are touching on the bus, train or airplane so that you can avoid catching some sort of sickness.
11. First Aid Kit
Medical facilities might not be readily available in all places during your travels. Hence, it is wise to bring a first aid kit with you on trips— especially on extended vacations.
Carrying a medical kit that has everything you need to treat minor illnesses and antiseptics for any minor bumps and scratches will keep you safe throughout the journey. Make sure to keep all the essential items including prescription and medication for your specific health conditions.
With these must-pack travel items in your backpack, you’ll be ready for anything your trip throws at you — noisy traveling neighbors, less-than-ideal weather, and so much more.