You've got your underwear, socks, passport and a couple of outfits. Perhaps you've managed to squeeze in the kitchen sink somewhere in the. 'Just in case'. We all know someone like this. Am I right? Yet I bet hardly anyone considers these 3 non-essential essentials when it comes to travelling:
1. Travel mug:
I can't go anywhere without a travel mug. I'm more inclined to ditch a change of clothes in my luggage just to fit my travel mug in. Why this seemingly non-essential item? It's so incredibly versatile and comes in handy at the most unlikely of times, and in the most unexpected places. First of all, you can make coffee and tea on the go, and everyone knows that I LOVE my long black espresso! It's also a general cup for drinking, a bowl, a mixer (make sure it has a sealable lid), storage container, fragile goods protector, short term fridge/cooler, the list goes on. One basic cup, a million and one uses.
2. Google Drive or Dropbox:
So you don't actually take this with you, but your cloud drive is always technically 'with you'. I use both to back up all my essential travel documents and other important material. You don't need a smartphone or tablet to access them, just as long as you can eventually get to a location that has Internet, then you'll be able to access them off the web. Having a backup printouts of all your documents, are not going to save you if your bag is stolen. However, you can't steal something on the cloud ( well, unless of course you're a data hacker).
3. A spare foldable bag
Especially when it comes to backpacking, taking only one bag is the ideal, but when it comes to moving about, having to carry EVERYTHING on you is a massive pain in the ass. Whinge no more, just throw in one of those foldable enviro bags or something of the like. These are brilliant. They're about the size of a wallet, if not smaller, and they unclip, transforming that tiny bit of material into a fully functioning bag that you can use for your day to day journeys.
Let me know what you think of my unorthodox 3 essential items, and share some of your own below as well!
Photo by Kira Laktionov
Presented by Thomas Grainger