It seems obvious that you need your passport; but what many people don’t realise is that in the event of losing your passport it good to have a photocopy and in terms of visa’s you usually need passport photos (x2 for each one). So just in case it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure to take at least 2 photocopies of your passport and x2 passport photos for every country you’re visiting.
Now the easiest/cheapest way to travel around and between countries is by train or coach, some of which you can obtain tickets prior to traveling. For all tickets (including your initial and return flight) make duplicates just in case you lose/misplace anything.
I advise you get a travel wallet just to help you stay organised and keep everything together in one place (also somewhere to store your travel insurance papers), they are super cheap online so grab a bargain!
Debit/Credit Card & Travel Money
Travel money is great! But sometimes it’s better to have your debit or credit card as a backup; just in case. Good tip: you can often get a better exchange rate using you credit/debit card at the ATM than an exchange shop. Plus just in case you run out of money, you can still survive.
If you are going to take cash with you, it best that you don’t keep it all in one place just in case anything happens, when travelling anything could happen. Easy fix, get 3+ envelope and split the money between them and place them in different areas of you bag/suitcase.
In a lot of countries you’ll be surprised to know that you can still maintain student discount simply by showing you student ID. This can save you up to 50% on museums and travel tickets, as we say in England: Every penny counts!
First Aid/Health Insurance Card
You’d be surprised that there is a chance that you may actually get injured while abroad, especially if you’ve had a bit to many to drink! Most of us aren’t too found of going to the doctors even in our home countries so as a precaution, grab yourself a small toiletry bag (or a freezer bag will do) and put in the basic essentials i.e. (note depending on where you are traveling to, your basic essentials could include other things i.e. Malaria tablets)
Ibuprofen and paracetamol (x2 packs)
Plasters/Bandages (x1 mixed size pack)
Multivitamins (get amount depending on days abroad)
In the case of a more serious situation make sure to get travel health insurance, often time this can be included in a travel insurance policy.
Power Bank & Plug Extensions Cable
This is a no brainer. The average smart phone struggles to make it through the day, and some even struggle to make it through to lunch time. And for those of you taking tablet or laptops this will definitely come in handy. If you don’t have one already then you can pick them up for a little as £5/$5
The thought probably hasn’t crossed you mind however, but an extension cable could save you carrying multiply plug adapters. It’s so simple, instead of having to buy 3 adapters for the same country(s) (these can be a bit pricey) why not just buy 1 for each country and get yourself an extension cable that can hold say 4 plugs. This can save you money and space.
Just in case of an emergency, buy yourself a brick phone. Yes I did say a ‘brick’ phone. This is because contrary to modern times these phones can be your best friends. Considering the fact that most brick phones can actually last a number of days, this could turn out to be super useful if your phone dies and you need to make a call (these phones are built to last). But make sure it’s loaded with your contact otherwise it defeats the whole purpose.
They usually aren’t very expensive, you can get one from around £14+/$20+, but most of us have one lying in our draws at home – so get looking!
Do as much research as possible on which ever country you’re deciding to visit. People often take for granted just how useful an itinerary can be. Set out some time prior to your travel and figure out all the places you want to visit and on what days, try and be realistic about what you can actually achieve on each day. Make sure to take a note pad and pen with you just in case you make any changes or have any ideas while you are on your trip - it's also handy for a lot of random notes you may have as you go along.
While you may not be able to follow your itinerary step by step, it can help budget your time and money, the more research you do, the more you’ll get out of you holiday.
What’s the point in going on holiday if you can’t take picture to show off to your friends on social media, or show your Nan when you get back. Even if you’re not a professional photographer, it’s safe to say that a camera will be miles better than your smart phone. There is really no comparison.
Remember a camera is an investment and you can get some great ones for less than £300/$350 (I will do a post about this at a later date), you don’t always need the latest DSLR or Go Pro. Given the amount of walking you’ll most likely be doing I would advise that you buy a strap or get a camera pouch, that way you need to hold it in your hands 24/7 when taking pictures (and you bound to take a lot). Trust me, you will thank me later.
In case you’re wondering I use the Sony A5000, it retails around £350-£450 but I got it on sale for £240. You can also get it for a good price second hand.
Safety first guys!!! Whether you’re staying a hostel or nice hotel, the best way to keep you stuff safe if to lock them up. Even when you are traveling from city to city try and lock up you bag just as a safety precaution and keep the things that you need easy access to either in a separate small cross body bag or in the side/front pockets.
Some you may not have thought about it but flip flops can come in handy. Whether you are walking around your accommodation or taking a shower. They are really versatile and CHEAP! I practically lived in flip flops when I went across Europe for a month, they were my go to for travel days, sitting on a bus/train/plane in flip flops/sliders were just easy and comfortable.