Hi Frugalistas! Anyone who travels regularly will have their own list of “must take” items that they won’t leave home without. Here are the things I can’t live without on the road (in no particular order):
1. A microfibre towel from a camping shop. Even though I never backpack I always take a microfibre towel with me. They come in handy in so many situations and take up almost no space or weight. I use them as a beach towel, as a picnic rug, a wrap if I get caught in a draught on the train or even as a towel if the hotel towels are a bit skimpy or I want to towel dry some washing for it to dry quicker.
2. A thermal top (unless I’m going somewhere where I know the weather will be reliably and consistently warm. I use this as an alternative to a fleece or thick jumper (sweater). It takes up far less room in my bag, and can be layered under thinner long sleeved tops and shirts.
3. A guidebook I love and trust. I rarely take the whole guidebook with me unless I know I am going to use most, if not all of it. Instead I photocopy the pages I want, or tear out the sections of the book I need for my itinerary. I do carry a Kindle download on my iPad, but rely on hardcopies when I’m out and about for security reasons. I feel very passionately about buying the right guidebook for me and spend a lot of effort in my research finding just the right one. I believe it’s really important to find the guidebook that suits you, the way you like to travel and that fits in with your personal travel philosophy. I travel mainly in Europe and also seek out specialist books for the activities I like to do, such as market guides, walking tours etc
4. A small wallet. If you are like me you have so much stuff in your wallet that are essential (or not!) to your daily life, but which are of limited or no use when you are travelling overseas. I decant the limited things I need to take into a much smaller wallet, so it is easy to keep track of my credit cards etc. I also like to take a brightly coloured wallet so I can always see it clearly in my bag at a glance to avoid rummaging.
5. Tinted moisturiser with built in sunscreen. Not necessarily one for the guys, but for me this is a must have. I love products that multitask to put in my little plastic bag of liquids (I only ever do one carry on bag, and never check luggage). A tinted moisturiser with SPF does triple duty and I use it every day regardless of where I am going.
Of course, I take more than this, like a camera, mobile phone, reading material etc as we all do, but these are things that are not necessarily on everyone’s packing list that I can’t live without!
What are your “must haves” when travelling?