Excited to travel tomorrow and sitting to pack up all you need? Guess what, these few minutes of packing up can actually tell loads about how your holiday’s going to be. Whether you’re trekking in Manali or backpacking on a waterfalls trail in the South, a few mundane items might never escape from you even when you’re away from your regular life.
By now, you may have guessed a few of these ‘must-haves’, but read on to find a surprising list of ordinary items that you may hate yourself for if you didn’t have them in your bag while you’re packing travel essentials for an adventure trip.
This is one widget mountaineering and trekking enthusiasts swear by. You would even require it if you’re backpacking solo, and it goes without saying that a headlamp in your rucksack actually defines how much of a passionate traveller you really are.
2. High Capacity Memory Cards and Tablets
Obviously you’re going to click pictures throughout the time, so you know how important memory devices can be. Alternatively, you can also load your phones with heavy duty memory cards as well. Not just for storing pictures or clicking selfies, tabs/smartphones can help you complete any emergency work if the need be, just make sure that you have scanned copies of your travel documents loaded on them.
3. Registered Cloud Accounts on Smartphones
It’s possible that you run out of ways to store your images while having a time of your life on your holiday. So the best thing you can do is have a high-speed data device like a data card or a 4G SIM with which you can save up your pictures on cloud accounts.
4. Power Banks
Hiking expeditions or mountain trails, whatever you’re backpacking for effectively means that you don’t have access to charging points on your trip for long periods of time. So it goes without saying that you have to carry 1-2 power banks to keep yourself connected to the real world. Check out the ones by Xiomi for Android phones and Fibrionic for iPhones.
5. Bug spray
Whether you are a solo traveller or a groupie, your travel destinations may take you anywhere between a forest and a meadow. Unfortunately, being close to nature means bugs, mites and flies could be around you at any given point of time. Eliminate this menace by carrying a full bottle of a bug spray that you can rigorously use during your camping nights and forest trails.
6. ID Cards and Documents Folder
Obviously you will have various documents, tickets, passes and permission letters to carry along with you. You might require medical documents to tag into the same file. Not only should you have a backup set as well as scanned copies to avoid any delays but also keep them in a separate document organizer so that you aren’t in a middle of chaos when you need to furnish them during your vacation.
7. Lens cleaning solution
DSLR lenses do have a cover and you would be carefully placing them back after the photographing sprees but using a lens cleaning solution is very important for the life of the lens. Just remember to use it only when there’s visible amount of dirt on your lens.
8. A Personal Supplies Bag
These trivial things just don’t ever occur to the mind while packing up, but have the effects of keeping you snug, clean and pleasant throughout your journey. So don’t miss to take a long lasting deodorant spray, dental kit, pain reliever spray, hand sanitizer, aspirin and band aids as the bare minimum. A handy bag with separate spaces for each of these mundane items makes these easier to carry along, so buy one before you shell out a ransom at the airport shops.
9. Extra Pair of Shoes and an extra bag
You know how difficult it can be if you had just one pair of shoes to live by. Then imagine the mayhem you’d create if you were off trekking and your shoe gave out. Manage your luggage using a self-compressing bag that could almost take up a fist-size of space. Keep one in your bag to save you from buying an extra luggage bag onward the trip. A minimum of two pairs of shoes and a self-compressing bag in your rucksack will relieve you off the guilt while shopping in local markets!
10. Number Locks
It won’t always be the case that you would be living in 5-star hotels with state-of-the-art security arrangements. You may have to live in shared rooms, motels and public waiting rooms too. Add to that the menace of storing micro-sized keys. Number locks relieve a hell of stress by only requiring one-time code configuration.
Keep calm and start packing up for the trip you’ve been waiting for!