A decent backpack
A quality, comfortable backpack is essential – never underestimate the amount of time you’ll spend with this on your back.
On my first world trip I made the mistake of using a VERY old hand-me down rucksack – it was far too big for me, cut into my shoulders and hurt my back (see left photo). I dreaded every moment of lugging it around and I well and truly learnt my lesson – it is worth spending that little bit extra on something you will use every single day.
I highly recommend the Berghaus Ridgeway – I purchased this for my second travel adventure and it gave me zero problems. It’s got plenty of exterior pockets to help stay organised, an adjustable BIOFIT back system to create a personalised fit for your body, a pre curved hip belt and padded straps. There’s a reason this is one of the most popular backpacks with travellers – it’s super comfy and practical.
Purchase for just £76.40 (saving £27.60) on Amazon here.
If you’re planning on spending more than 2 weeks away, taking a gigantic beach towel just isn’t practical – they take up loads of room and take ages to dry. I recommend this ‘Little Bodhi’ travel towel. It’s absorbent, fast drying, very light and takes up very little room. It comes in a nice range of colours too.
Purchase for just £9.99 (saving £7) on Amazon here.
A true essential – these pesky critters are EVERYWHERE. A repellent will protect you from painful, itchy insect bites. Some countries have a much higher risk of tropical diseases (malaria, dengue, yellow fever etc) so it really is worth making sure you’re carrying a bottle at all times. I found the most popular brands like Deet and Jungle Formula to be a little too pungent and they seemed to really irritate my skin. Avon Skin So Soft was my repellent of choice – it smells good (yes really!), doesn’t dry out the skin and mosquitos seems to find it disgusting, so it ticks all boxes.
Purchase for just £4.85 on Amazon here.
Paw Paw Cream
A friend recommended this little tube of magic to me – Paw paw ointment. this stuff really is miracle balm. It works on cuts, burns, bites, bruises – you name it. It even cures chapped lips and dry skin.
Purchase for just £6.25 on Amazon here.
Antibacterial Hand gel
Hand-washing facilities aren’t always available and in some cases, proper toilets! Keeping your hands clean to ensure you don’t pick up any nasty bugs is a big must.
Portable power charger
This is something I didn’t bring away with me and wish I had – finding a power socket just isn’t always possible. Need to make an emergency phone call? Phone has died? This little portable device by Poweradd will come in handy.
Purchase for just £7.99 on Amazon here.
Sweating profusely whilst on public transport in South-East Asia? Can’t escape the sunshine and need a quick cool down? This little mini fan is a god send if you’re visiting sweaty, close the equator countries. During our first night in our campervan in Australia, temperatures reached 40 degrees and we began to quite literally, cook. The item we ‘probably won’t use’ was dug out the rucksack – this tiny bundle of joy suppressed heat-induced panic attacks. Bliss. This E-More mini USB fan is perfect.
Purchase for just £7.99 on Amazon here.
Ahhh, the heavenly neck pillow. Whether you’ve got a killer 18 hour coach journey across Australia or a painfully long overnight flight, this trusty neck pillow will be put to good use. After waking up too many nights with a painful crick-neck, I gave in and purchased this one at the airport. It boasts a soft velour cover and memory foam filling. Ultra-comfy!
Purchase for just £6.95 (saving £7) on Amazon here.
A good night’s sleep isn’t always guaranteed – screaming babies on aeroplanes, snoring backpackers in shared hostel rooms and sirens in the city – all sorts of irritating sounds can keep you up at night. These squidgy Howard Light earplugs saved me plenty of times and are super comfy.
Purchase 20 pairs for just £3.60 on Amazon here.
If you’re anything like me and find yourself constantly patting down your pockets for your phone or purse/wallet, it’s worth considering purchasing a money belt. This waterproof Mountflow moneybelt one sits comfortable under your midsection and is hidden from view – the two pouches provide the perfect space for money, travel documents and loose change.
Purchase for just £11.99 on Amazon here.