Travel essentials

So, with a mix of trepidation and excitement I am in the final stages of planning for my June trip across Europe.

Ironically, this is supposed to be a ‘spur of the moment’ sort of affair. One of these days I will embark on a real life spur of the moment adventure. (And may subsequently implode)

I’m relatively new to the travelling game, however  have already learnt that there are a few key items that make EVERYTHING a whole lot easier.

Obviously remember passport, tickets, reservations, some form of money (either cash or a travel card/debit card, also tell your bank where/when you are going).

But then also –

  • Watch (because technology can fail you, and telling the time is probably important when travelling) 
  • Penknife (for various reasons)
  • Clip top box (for cheap on the go meals)
  •  Water bottle/flask
  • Wetwipes
  • Lighter (even if you don’t smoke, a useful tool)
  • Waterproof
  • Towel (not essential if staying in a hotel, but if backpacking it may be nicer than a hostel towel. Can alwasy buy one though.)
  • Toothbrush (all other bits can be bought, as can a toothbrush I guess, but its nice to have it to hand just in case)
  • Snacks – if your journey is long.
  • Sweets, of your choice. (a lifesaver for a long travel day – especially if you don’t want to pay airport/station prices)
  • Sketchbook/notebook and pens
  • Medications (even if you don’t take anything; taking some painkillers is never a bad idea) and any associated letters/prescriptions needed
  • A decent back pack
  • Buff (depending on the temperature a thicker/thinner one)
  • money belt
  • (If sofa surfing) sleeping bag/liner
  • (if camping) tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, torch I’m not camping this time, but it was worth a mention.
  • Clothes (this can vary depending on the length/climate, but I always include a pair of comfy joggers and socks, boots if camping, hat/glasses if sunny, gloves/thermals if cold or anywhere in the UK)
  • Electronic items – Phone, Camera, Laptop, kindle, satnav, tablet etc (remember your glasses if you take your laptop, because headaches, ok that’s maybe just me but still)
  • Any charging cables for electronic items you take, a power bank if you have one (plus spare batteries for torches etc)
  • Music/book/some form of entertainment (remember headphones if you want to listen to said music)
  • Loo roll (just a little bit, or a whole roll: better safe than sorry!)

This is mostly just a checklist for myself, but any and all input is always appreciated. I have probably forgotten something.


I have definitely forgotten something.

4 thoughts on “Travel essentials

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      1. Wooo lovely! Odense is a quaint little town! North Sweden seems interesting… let us know what’s there when you come back!
        I’ll be visiting Amsterdam as well, and Italy, Prague, Copenhagen.


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