We’ve all been there! It’s the night before your holiday and your packing – then re packing – then packing again each time trying to shove more into your case or bag which you know is way too small.
Here at SkyParkSecure we felt it was time to end this holiday nightmare so to help you decide on whether or not you should take that extra pair of shoes that you ABSOLUTLEY CAN NOT leave at home we asked the experts what items they just can’t travel without!
Travel Writer & PR Director, Borders of Adventure
“My three staple items are my iPhone, Fuji XT-1 camera and my MacBook Air. Not only to tell my stories, but for quick use of travel and photography apps, capturing memories and always keeping up to date while on the road. With Wi-Fi everywhere, they are always in use!”
Travel Writer, the Travel Hack
“I could never travel without my DSLR camera. It’s a heavy item to lug around but I love the quality of the photos I can capture with it and I like to print them out and keep them as souvenirs. I also like to travel with a comfy but stylish pair of jeans as they seem to fit in with every situation. A bright red lipstick is a must to dress up any outfit and I’m also a secret fan of a selfie stick!”
“Aside from the obvious, there are three travel items I just can’t live without. First up is my padlock. I use it on dorm room lockers all the time, as well as on my backpack when it’s in transit. I keep my key attached to a hair tie around my wrist so I can always find it quickly. Another item I have handy is my phone. I use it as a computer, alarm, music device, GPS and way of keeping in touch with home. One of its most useful functions is an app called White Noise. If I can’t sleep in a noisy room, I listen to a repetitive thunderstorm track. Even at full volume it soothes me to sleep, and all traffic noise, snoring and nearby parties are drowned out. Last but not least is my dry bag. It puts my mind at rest if I need to transport valuables on boats, it’s handy in monsoon weather, and I’ve often used it to store my clothes and towel in when public bathrooms have no hooks or shelves.”
Travel Writer, Hippie in Heels
“I cannot travel with sunglasses! It ruins my day when I forget them. Of course other items are very important like a camera and phone, but I do need my sunnies.”
Creator & Editor of Backpacks & Bunkbeds
“the items I cannot travel without are…
- my passport – essential in most cases, although the UK is great for exploring too
- My iPhone – it’s like a modern day Swiss army knife. Camera, maps, translations
- my credit card – it offers euro travel insurance and helps me earn air miles as I spend
- My better half – because she’d kill me if I didn’t take her with me ;)”
Travel Writer, Vicky Flip Flop Travels
“I couldn’t travel without my iPhone. I recently lost my iPhone 6 while hiking in Lapland. I was devastated. In the next few days everything seemed to go wrong as I couldn’t function without my phone – no maps, no emails, no chat, no online tickets and no music. I was lost!”
Travel Writer, The Vacation Gals
“In answer to your question…I can’t travel without my Eustachi http://www.eustachiunclogsears.com It helps clear my ears when I travel/fly/road trip. (This is coming from a former flight attendant.) And… I love my Embrazio cross body bag: http://embrazio.com/collections/crossbody”
Travel Writer, The Quirky Traveller
“Well, of course my Smartphone, iPad, Canon DSLR camera, batteries and chargers etc. But other things include…
- Travel journal and fountain pen with turquoise ink – I make notes wherever I go and one day will write my memoirs.
- Colorful scarf which I also use as a sarong, skirt, tablecloth, photo backdrop and towel.
- Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream and lip balm. Great for rehydrating on flights and in dry climates.”
Travel Writer, Inside the Travel Lab
“My Iphone! It’s a cheat of an answer because it includes around 100 things instead: maps, hotel bookings, train timetables, photos from home, camera, video, phone (!), books, music for long journeys, apps for airports, and so on and so on and so on! I’m old enough to remember when all of that had to be carried separately – now my bag feels lighter and my shoulders happier.”
Travel Writer, English Mum
“The nature of my job means that I always need to be online, so my trusty iPhone 6s Plus comes everywhere with me. The large screen means it’s great for reading while on a long flight, as well as editing photos. After years of lugging a huge great bag around, I’ve got packing my carry-on bag down to a fine art now. I take a small bag of toiletries, decent over ear headphones, a large bottle of water (you never get enough on planes), a couple of glossy magazines and a large wrap handy for when it inevitably gets cold, and that’s it. I always take a notebook and pen when travelling as I find I need to record the finer details of places I go as these tend to be the ones that disappear from your memory first. I jot down colours, scents and other details that make the final travel article really come alive.”