Travel essentials for people who’ve thought of everything

Travel essentials for people who’ve thought of everything


No matter how well prepared you think you are to hit the open road and travel in the footsteps of those who’ve been and seen and left positive reviews online, there’s always something that you forgot. You won’t know it until you arrive, of course. But it will happen. Nine times out of ten it’s a phone charger or adaptor. Sometimes it’s your favourite hat. Every now and again it’s your toothbrush. Whatever it is, you’ll kick yourself. We’re going to take a look at a couple of items you can take along that experienced travellers know to take on trips to help save money and space. Whatever you do, add these items to your list, and don’t forget them (famous last words!).


Treat yourself to lightweight travel glasses


Style comes in all shapes and sizes. If you’re the kind of person who prefers thicker frames when it comes to eyeglasses, you could run into issues when travelling. Why? Thick frames are bulky and prone to breaking. You need thin and lightweight frames (see EyeBuyDirect for ideas). Lightweight frames not only suit a more dynamic and on the move look, but by their very nature of being lightweight will survive the potential falls and scrapes that are ever more likely while moving around between A and B (and C and D and E and F, depending on the length of your trip). Lightweight glasses also place less pressure on the bridge of the nose – which is a small but very welcome benefit when you’re planning to wear your glasses for extended periods of time. The same can be said for the weight of the glasses on the ears. The lightweight option is certainly the preferred option by travellers who know all too well the annoyance and pain of indents on the nose after a long day of glasses wearing. 


Printed maps. Seriously.


The first time I went travelling, I took printed maps and a dumb phone (as opposed to a smartphone – dumb phones do not connect to the internet, they can call and text and that’s about it). Phones and over devices are easily lost or stolen. They also depend on batteries, and using them in adverse weather conditions isn’t advised. Printed maps in a plastic cover mean that you will always have access to directions. The other bonus here is that tourist maps feature standout landmarks that aren’t always visible or highlighted on a digital screen. 


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