Being that we have been traveling non-stop for almost two years and a half now, we have slowly mastered the art of traveling and how to utilize every inch of our bags and carry-on luggage. Mind you, when I say “mastered the art”, I mean I now no longer stuff everything than I can into one bag. Kidding aside, life on the road teaches you valuable tips and tricks which will make life easier. When we travel, we mainly have all our things in our big backpacks which we would happily chuck into the back of a bus or on a plane. Our carry-on luggage or day bags is something which remains with us at all times. What does it have? Essentials which would get us through long flights, bus rides, or worse, the survival of lost luggage. So without further ado, here are some tips on travel essentials to pack in your carry-on bags.
- Flight tickets (we recommend keeping them on your phone for environment’s sake!)
- Photocopies of your passport and credit cards
- Physical address of where you’re staying
In case anything happens, having photocopies of all your documents in one place is a life saver. Having a written copy of the address you are going to also comes in handy. Sometimes, immigration officers ask for this before entering the country. In case you run out of battery on your phone, this will save you from the awkward “umm….it’s somewhere in here” moment.
This travel health journal has some good advice on traveling with medication and how to check if the medication you are bringing is legal or not.
Apart from bringing your medications, other essentials like contact lenses and eye drops are best kept safe in your carry on. Tom used to carry boxes of contact lenses with him as buying them in another country is just too much of a hassle. Given his high prescription grade, he has to normally order them from the shop and wait until it gets delivered-sometimes, it can take weeks! However, during our recent trip to Europe, he discovered Vision Direct through their Summer campaign. Vision Direct is a company who delivers contact lenses directly to you within two to three days. For those who travel with bad eyesight, you know how much of a relief this is! Their fast delivery all over Europe has saved us a couple of times from having to charades our way through yet another awkward travel situation.
Roll Up Bag with Spare Clothes
My mum always used to tell me to pack a change of clothes (underwear included) in our carry-ons. I never believed her and thought it was one of those “mum things”. Lo and behold, my backpack didn’t make it to Spain during a local flight and somehow ended up in Greece. The lesson of the story? Always do and trust what your mum says.
Another tip to keep in mind is to pack spare clothes that will be based on where you are going. If you’re flying to Norway, there is no point in packing a spare tank top and shorts. I also always bring a travel scarf in case the flight is a bit chilly.
Bag for Valuables
I normally have loads of little pouches or zip locks which contain different things from wipes, a small travel deodorant, and some perfume.When you do pack toiletries, just be mindful of TSA liquid rules which are pretty standard everywhere.
What to bring in your toiletry pouch:
- Travel deodorant
Since space is a luxury for me, I no longer travel with paperback books. Although I love the feeling of reading actual books, they just don’t make sense to lug around. Instead, I always have multiple titles sitting around on my iPad ready for me to read.