I always travel light. I try to fit all my things needed for a trip into a backpack. Apart from shirts, pants, undergarments and toiletries, there are travel essentials that I find myself bringing in every trip.
The funny thing is that I also have some of these things in my handbag whenever I go out. It is a survival kit of sorts when I am not in the comforts of home.
A shawl serves as a blanket for those trips where I need a little warmth without having to bring a bulky blanket. It can also double as a cover-up in the beach, picnic mat or extra piece of clothing in case there are wardrobe malfunctions. In my case, I use it to cover my arms whenever I get self-conscious wearing sleeveless.
2. Travel documents
Of course, I won’t be able to leave the country without a passport. If it is a domestic travel, I bring any ID.
This is a piece of stretchable cylindrical fabric that can be wrapped around your head. Unlike a hat, the head gear is easy to pack. Sometimes I just wrap it around my wrist so that I can wear it when needed. I use it to protect my head from the sun, wind and draft. On bad hair days, this made me look a little decent. ha!
I have a polarized prescription sunglasses to protect my eyes from the sun’s glare. I have astigmatism so regular off-the-rack sunglasses would not suffice. I use the required lenses for my vision.
I bring my own stash of anti-dizziness pills, paracetamol, loperamide, antacid and pain relievers. I also bring alcohol and betadine. This comes in handy when I do not feel well and there is no pharmacy nearby.
I sometimes travel red eye or on a night bus. My feet need some warmth.
7. Water bottle
I need to hydrate. All the walking and sightseeing often leave me thirsty. If you are like me who converts foreign prices into Philippine peso when traveling, you need to bring water bottle and fill it up with the water from the hotel. I remember having to shell out SGD 3.00 (Php 100) for water when I can easily drink water from tap if only I brought water bottle.
I used to bring ballpen and paper for notes. Now that I own a tablet I do my note taking on the device. I have my ebooks stored there also so I have something to read during those times I am waiting in line or when I am staying in places where there is no television.
Cash is king. As a backup, you can always buy things in case you forget to bring something to your trip.
Not in the pictures above is the one thing I always bring: a camera.
Lately, I am feeling the inconvenience of lugging a big camera around my neck.
A mobile device that can capture quality photos is something I should add to my travel essentials. I have heard good things about OPPO F1s.
Its 16 MP front camera and f/2.0 aperture will hopefully help me become a selfie expert. (There is still hope in me since I am not good at this skill! Ha!)
What I am most interested to try is its 13MP rear camera that guarantees to capture wonderful photos even in low light conditions.
If it can capture awesome night shots, I can only imagine what it can capture during the day. This device would make traveling easier and way more lighter than before. I can enjoy the sights and activities without having that camera weight around my neck. And as a bonus, I get the quality photos I want which I can easily share in real-time. Oh, please be mine soon!
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How about you? What are your travel essentials?
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