When I first book my holiday, no matter how far in advance, there is one part I cannot wait to get to… the packing! Regardless of where I am off to, there are always a few necessities that I take with me that work all over the world (sorry guys may appeal to the ladies more than you!!):
- Layerable clothes – this comes in handy in the very unpredictable climates. If you are heading to a summer destination, kimonos or shawls are a great option to layer. Also comes in handy when heading into temples and churches where you need to cover your shoulders.
- Sports bra – You never know when this might come in handy. Getting a loose one without padding comes in handy in the shared gender dorm rooms so you can essentially go bra-less without feeling like you are out for the world to see.
- Undies – This one seems like a no brainer, but I wanted to give you a handy hint, for how long you are away, bring an extra 2 or 3 pairs. You never know what can happen, you may leave them behind, lose them or someone may even steal them from the communal laundry!
- Shoes – On every trip I make sure I pack both of these: thongs (great for beach and those communal hostel showers) and trainers (comfy walking shoes and make for great shoes to wear out in clubbing nights, no sore feet from dancing and walking home!)
- BB Cream – This for me is my foundation but for the ladies who like a full face each morning, use this as a lighter weight option, especially in very humid places! Get one that has SPF as well to help keep you safe from the sun
- Waterproof mascara – Great for those day clubs with pools are water based activities.
- Coco-butter – This is must for dry climates! The weather can be really tough on skin and after swimming in high salty water your skin can be left really dry (plus it helps moisturise the tan!)
- Dry Shampoo – some times there will be days (and places) that you just won’t be able to shower or want to wash your hair all the time, this can combat that!
- Wet wipes – This goes hand in hand with the above option… if you are in rural places that have limits on running water, this can help the feeling of freshness without a shower.
- Pillow case – This may seem like a weird one, but if you aren’t planning on staying in resorts, this will come in handy for those, less desirable looking pillows.
- Backpack – If you haven’t gotten on the backpack train, then all get on it! This is great not only for stuffing everything in for hand luggage on the plane, but great for day trips to fill with snacks, water bottles and change of clothes!
- Hand Towel – I always take a small hand towel with me as an extra precaution for things like day trips out to waterfalls, avoiding dodgey hostel towels.
- Book/cards/colouring book – Any activity really to keep you distracted on a long plane ride or keep you busy in the sun while you work on your tan. Cards are also a great conversation starter in hostel rooms!
“Take only memories, leave only footsteps”