I’ve tried and tested these items in the jungles of Borneo and East Africa, as well as cities and airports across the globe. Every time you pack I recommend you reach for this handy guide of travel essentials.

1.Β The one thing you can’t do without

Get travel insurance. Even if you are healthy, have never been ill, mugged, had a traffic accident or had any cancelled flights EVER it still could happen to you.

2. Become multi-lingual instantly

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Until Google’s version of the Babel fish is released, the next best thing is the ‘Point it Book’. If you need the toilet urgently or are completely hangry, this collection of pictures is your saviour. Super useful.

3. Sweet dreams

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I’ve just got my head on this and I’m a total convert, it’s like sleeping on a perfect cloud. I’ll be taking this travel pillow with me everywhere, it’s an absolute knockout.

4. Blackout bliss

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To accompany the pillow of wonderfulness, this eye mask is brilliant at blocking out the light. Perfect for disco naps, airport layovers and overnight buses.

5. No more noise

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I’ve been working on using mindfulness to reduce the irritation of repetitive noises, but these handy earplugs also help enormously. Bung in, drop out, drift off.


6. Wet wet wet

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A very wise book once said ‘A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have’. I don’t disagree and this travel version is both lightweight and super absorbent. Yay.

7. Scrubbing up well

new_shampoo_bar_be_cruelty_free_solid_shot_1.jpgNot only do these solid shampoos and conditioners work really well, they also eliminate liquid spills inside your case and reduce unnecessary packaging, as the little tins are reusable. Triple bonus!

8.Β  Smelling of roses

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It’s so useful to have a laundry soap bar with you, and this one also removes stains. Fill the sink and ten minutes later, your smalls are clean again. Dry and enjoy. Awesome.


9. The secret to repelling mosquitoes

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Yep. It’s baby oil! Cheap, easily available and doesn’t destroy clothes. After using a similar product which repelled sand flies (and those guys are super persistent, annoying and itchy) I tested out baby oil. A good layer really helps, as they cannot penetrate their proboscis between my slippy skin cells. No more bites for me. Added bonus: lovely shiny soft skin πŸ™‚

10. The best sandals ever

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I’ve worn Havaianas with a fully loaded backpack in a hot and humid African city and had no problems, which is saying something. They don’t rub and last for ages, total bargain. I will never buy any other flip flops.

11. The most versatile piece of cloth


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It’s a neck scarf, headband, face mask, headband, a multitude of useful uses… my current Buff was a gift from the fabulous Natron 100 festival. Great for dusty road trips, hot sunny weather and sweaty activities.

12. What time is it, Mr. Wolf?

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You can’t go wrong with this classic, in fact, I often get compliments on mine. A Casio watch is retro chic and yet cheap, perfect for keeping time but doesn’t attract thieves. It also features an alarm and timer, as well as being splash proof. Woop.

13. Mo money, mo problems

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Thieves love handbags and backpacks and some will even drag you to snatch one. It’s so much easier to have everything in a money belt.Β  You can also protect your valuables with a bra pocket, great for festivals and local markets. (Top tip: carry some old expired cards in a little wallet you can give to thieves if cornered).

14. Run, Annie, run

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There’s nothing worse than blisters stopping me from having fun. I mean, these boots were made for walking, right? Compeed plasters are the solution, they stay on and cushion the wound, letting it heal whilst you carry on travelling. Just brilliant, a revolutionary product.

15. Exercise everywhere

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Instead of lugging around a mat, these little gloves and socks are a lightweight alternative. Yoga Paws mean I can practice Pilates wherever I wish. Hurrah!

16. Travel plug

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It’s essential to be able to charge my electronics on trips, but I don’t want lots of space taken up with multi-plugs. This one is nice, compact and will adapt to any prong shape. Awesome.

17. Documents

Take photocopies of all your documents, including passport, driving licence, travel itinerary and insurance details. Keep them separate from the originals. If everything gets stolen, you should have these handy to help with replacements.

18. Fake valuables

Bring old credit cards and phones in a dummy purse. Useful to give up to thieves in an emergency.

19. Fix it kit

When things break when you are travelling it can be super annoying. So it’s handy if you are going somewhere a bit remote to have a mini fix it kit with you.

  • A pair of scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Duct tape
  • Needle and threads
  • Safety pins


20. Online Group Support

I love the GoWonder Community, it is a supportive community for women who travel with more than 50,000 members globally and their website has a library of resources to help you prepare for your next trip. Β Super useful!

Do you have any travel essentials? Please let me know in the comments!

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