Below are my top “must haves“ for traveling. The great thing about most of these items is they will last you a lifetime and will be taken with you on all your adventures! I have linked all the products to amazon so you can quickly find exactly what you are looking for. I have done all the grunt work for you and found the best products and the best prices! Simply click on the link and order your travel items for your next trip! So without further ado, find your packing list below!
If you’re looking for travel themed gift ideas, check out my previous post here!
1. Power Bank
This is going to save you while traveling. Whether its during a flight with no plugs, or during a long day away from your wall chargers, a power bank is ALWAYS a good idea. The great thing about this is not only does it charge your iphone and ipad… but I also use mine to charge my GoPro. The powerbank linked below is 20000mAh meaning it should have about 7 full charges in it for your iphone. Make sure this thing is fully charged before you head out and you won’t have to worry about a low battery! The one I linked below is the one I personally use. I love it and I believe it gives you the most bang for your buck.
2. Face Mask and Ear Plugs
Do not under estimate how much these come in handy. Not only for your flight but also if you’re staying in a hostel. I had never used either of these items before my 2 month trip backpacking South America, and I swear I used both of them almost every night and for almost every long bus ride. Also the ones I linked below are so cheap you cannot go wrong.
3. Inflatable Pillow
Yes, yes and more yes. These inflatable pillows are God-sent. Ditch those big, bulky, over priced neck pillows and opt for one of these super comfy inflatable pillows. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve bought neck pillows and ditched them after the plane ride because I didn’t want to lug it around. The beauty with these is that when you’re not using it, simply deflate it and tuck it away where it won’t take up any space! These are amazing for planes, buses, camping, or even using in the hostels if you don’t feel like using their pillow.
4. Travel Document Organizer
There is just no reason why you shouldn’t have one of these. Keep your passport, boarding pass, customs card and any other important travel documents all organized together. I promise these will make your life at the airport so much better and simplistic.
5. Reusable water bottle
Not only are reusable water bottles eco friendly, but they are also wallet friendly. Buying anything at the airport is crazy expensive so take one of those items off your list. Bring the empty water bottle through security and then fill it up at a water fountain once you get across.I chose the Camel Bak water bottle, because I love and trust this brand. I know this water bottle will last!
I love to fly without any makeup on. Give my skin a little break. But when I’m sitting on a long flight I cant help but feel my pores get all clogged up or my face feels a little puffy. Use these Grapefruit face wipes to gives your face a nice refreshing clean and rejuvenation mid flight or as you’re landing. It’s just a small thing, but I now never fly without them. They’ll also come in handy traveling.
7. Lifeproof Phone Case
A life proof phone case really comes in handy while you’re traveling. If you break your phone while you’re in another country… good luck. Not only will having this case protect it from breaking, but its also really nice not having to worry about bringing your phone to the beach or pool. I used this case while I was in Nicaragua and would bring it into the ocean to get some good surfing shots. The life proof case makes the phone completely waterproof which is exactly what you need for an adventurous trip.
8. Packing Cubes
Packing cubes, packing cubes, packing cubes. Trust me, get yourself some friggin packing cubes. These things will change your life. I think I’m going to do a whole post on how to properly pack your bag, and its honestly probably going to revolve all around packing cubes. If you are an organized person then these will make you very happy, and if you’re an unorganized person (like me) then these will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Keep all your different things organized into different cubes; sweaters in one, bottoms in one, undies, bathing suits, accessories…. Ahhhhh its getting me excited just thinking about it. I promise these will make traveling so much nicer. Stay tuned for my post on packing for some extra tips, on how to utilize these best.
9. GoPro HERO4
Ok, so this obviously isn’t just another thing to throw into your Amazon shopping cart. I know that GoPro’s are expensive and not for everyone but I thought I would throw it in there because for ME, it’s a must have. I love being able to take it everywhere and get shots in any sort of conditions without having to worry about the camera getting wrecked. I also looooove making video edits of my trips and I film all of them using my GoPro. (Check out my latest video here to see what I’m talking about). I linked the GoPro Hero4 because it’s the one I have and I love it! It has a screen on the back so you can see what you’re filming and watch any of your recorded videos immediately without having to wait to connect it to your computer. It’s also not the latest one, so it’s a lot more reasonably priced.
10. GoPro Floating Hand Grip
If you’re planning on bringing your GoPro into the water, do yourself a favour and get this floaty stick. The GoPro does NOT float on its own, and you do not wanna lose this thing at the bottom of the ocean. It’s a small investment but a must have if you’re using your GoPro for fun water adventures.
11. GoPro Selfie Stick / Tripod
Yes selfie sticks are lame. But when you’ve got a GoPro attached to it and its because you’re making a sick edit and not to take selfies… then its fine. This stick is what you need. The bending arm allows you to get different angels without the stick being shown in the video. It also doubles as a tripod so you can set it up if you want to film something you’re doing without holding it, or for taking dope time lapses.
12. Quick Drying Micro Fiber Towel
These things are so clutch for backpacking. They’re small and compress really nicely unlike regular towels, but the best part is they are fast drying and don’t get smelly!! These are perfect if you are on the go or are staying at hostels. The one linked below is the one I have, I liked it because it came with a little travel pouch!
People in Toronto laugh at me because of my obsession with headlamps. They are so friggin handy and I honestly bring mine everywhere now. I use it camping all the time, whether looking around the campsite or playing cards in the tent, its super handy. I would also use it if I was in the hostel late at night when people were sleeping, either looking for something or packing/unpacking. Its just nice to have it hands free and have the light concentrated to just where you are looking. They also really come in handy if you do any multi-day treks.
14. Sleeping Bag Liner
Ok full disclosure, I haven’t used one of these before. For one, I’m not super worried about germs and secondly, my bag is normally so full that this item just gets left out. BUT if you have the space and you want a little extra assurance that you’re sleeping somewhere clean then this is for you! They’re pretty much just a really thin liner that goes either in your sleeping bag or you can sleep in under the sheets of your bed. These are great if you’re renting a sleeping bag or just staying at a hostel and are looking for some extra protection against other people’s germs.
15. Money Belt
Money belts are good for extra cash and credit cards. You still want to have a wallet with your daily cash and your everyday credit card. I honestly never normally wear a money belt. The only time I would wear mine is on any overnight buses. I would put my passport, extra cash and credit cards in there just in case… but I’m going to write a post on how to protect your stuff on overnight buses so stay tuned for that.
You’ll want this for using lockers at hostels, or even sometimes public pools or beaches will have lockers where you can lock your stuff. Make sure you get a combination lock not a key lock… you do not want to deal with loosing your keys and having all your important stuff locked in a locker. It’ll be really hard to prove to someone that the locker belongs to you and convince them to cut your lock. Just avoid the whole thing by getting a combination lock. A lot of backpacks also have zippers that can lock together to its good for that as well.
17. Universal Adapter
This adapter is great. Gives you everything you need in one. I also really like that it has USB ports. Get one good universal adapter and never worry about it again.
18. First Aid Kit
Hopefully I don’t need to explain this one to you. Get yourself a first aid kit.
19. Travel Laundry Soap
More often than not, you’ll find somewhere to do your laundry. But sometimes you forget to plan out which places will have laundry and which places won’t. So for moments like those, make sure you have laundry soap! This will allow you to quickly clean your clothes in a sink if need be! I’ve also been to hostels that have laundry facilities but don’t have any laundry soap for purchase so these will also come in handy in a situation like that!
20. Canadian Luggage Tags
You need luggage tags. When you travel as often as I do you’ll know, your luggage is going to get lost at some point. There’s no avoiding it. So why do you need Canadian tags? Because people friggin LOVE Canadians. I had Canadian tags on my luggage, my big backpack and my day pack and I swear I made about 70% more friends because of it. It’s a great way to meet fellow Canadians, and also, international travelers just love Canadians and will definitely come over and strike up a conversation when they see your tag. Side story….. I was on an airplane once struggling to get my bag in the overhead bin and some guy goes “oh let me help you” and when I said thanks he responded with “well you’re Canadian so I know you would have done the same for me, otherwise I wouldn’t have offered to help”. Now, he was proooooobably just joking around, but maybe not…. Trust me it helps to have people know you’re Canadian.
If you have any must have travel items that I didn’t list, please let me know in the comments! I always love to find new things to add to my packing list!!