Travel is good. Not many will question this statement, true as it is. It provides different experiences to different individuals and is often the essence of life to many individuals. Different types of people engage in travel for their own purposes and we are here to give attention to long-term travelers. Long-term can be easily translated to residents of the road – these are people who find stability in movement and exploring. As a salute to such inspiring individuals, here is a list of essential items for travel that every such traveler will be familiar with.
There is no stressing on the importance of a comfortable dress code – after all, a foreign place is no home and you are always on your feet, literally speaking. Suit your attire to the immediate climate you’re exposed to and account for comfort and flexibility. Even more important is your shoes. A strong and durable pair of shoes definitely makes it to the front of the checklist.
Always travel light and include an efficient backpack – it should be comfortable to carry around and include enough space for the many essentials you have. You may find waterproof backpacks for laptop on amazon. It is the closest aspect that will feel like a constant, serving multiple uses such as being a pillow on rough patches, your weary and used wardrobe and pockets of many useful things.
Toiletries are important as it is but sunscreen takes the priority seat here. We don’t need to stress the importance, given the number on articles online, so carry a strong brand that has enough SPF to carry you through a storm. Try to keep a trusty brand on yourself because attempting to buy it locally can turn out to be a disaster if they don’t suit your needs or are simply not strong enough for your travels. Cut the costs and trouble and carry bottles, especially for some beach frolicking.
A functioning mobile
An infrequent traveler will resort to plans that cover the country/ countries they are traveling to, but this can turn out pretty expensive for an average long-term traveler looking for budget exploring. This brings the next alternative – purchasing an alternate SIM locally. It can serve your needs for any emergency international calls, your local needs of calling and routing maps, finding out key information about the city you’re in and helping in passing time during traveling.
An eye mask and ear plug drive the unnecessary distractions away. A long-term traveler must, and does, value their wink time. It is of absolute importance that they catch up on their necessary snooze time in order to fully utilize the time they spend on the road and indulging in local sights. It also functions effectively on airplanes, overnight buses and overcrowded hostels/dorms with frequent disturbances.
As every travel blog/website/enthusiast will chime in, chargers are absolutely crucial. Make sure you carry a universal USB cable that plugs in for all your devices, except maybe your laptop. Carry spare wires for the quick and over-charging phase for everything together. Get yourself adaptors suitable for the country you travel to (or get a handy 2 pin that mostly goes everywhere) or get a USB convertor that works just as well.
Cover up, again
Sweaters, scarves, sunglasses, raincoats – all of these assist any traveler in the vagaries of the climate. They protect you from all the natural elements and provide unexpected happiness during other times as well. For example, a scarf isn’t simply for covering up, but as a change of attire, a pillow case and even for an impromptu picnic on the grass. Get yourself those folding raincoats that form little squares when not in use.
Use a packing cube or a simple cloth material that can take all your possessions like jeans, shirts, skirts and any unused materials. Dump your laundry in as well and compartmentalize so that you can find what you need within a short span of time. Compress clothes and make space for other amenities; keep everything together so that you don’t have to search around the place.
A simple piece of rope can literally change your life. High in utility and lack of inconvenience, a sturdy rope hangs by your backpack while managing to provide a space for your wet clothes, simply hanging clothes or even air-drying those clothes that are not fresh but don’t require a wash either (us homely people are also very familiar with this conundrum). You can also use it as a handy divider to give yourself some privacy in public spaces of rest. You can use it for tying stuff; do try to use ones with hook that provide better rip capabilities.
Let your periods not be a period towards your travel dreams. A menstrual cup goes a long way in being an economical, eco-friendly and highly suitable method instead of running around and trying to stock up on pads in highly compromising and inconvenient situations. It lasts for long periods of time also, so say goodbye to consistently changing them. Many brands offer good options and while it takes time to get comfortable, the step is worth the change.
Get those reusable plastic covers or eco-friendly options like jute that are sturdy and durable. You will not regret storing these for a rainy day as there is always a reason to carry things around, beach and shopping trips or even a temporary and cleanable surface for eating food. It isn’t a surprise at all; every home owner will swear by having a reusable tote bag for emergencies.
This becomes important when you have to camp in questionable areas that do not offer even bedding, much less a sheet to cover yourselves with. A version with a liner will solve this as well. Places of residence may lack in less touristy areas and you will really value a sleeping bag at the time. You can also use this if you question the hygiene standards of wherever you stay; try to get a less bulky version for easier carrying around.
A good storage place – digital
A lot of travelling translates to a lot of memories. There is only so much a memory card, two or a million can carry around. This is where an external hard drive becomes extremely useful and a good back-up option for all those photos. It can be quite expensive for 1 TB hard drives, but it is worth the investment.
As we said before, toiletries and methods of maintaining hygiene come only second after comfortable attire. Laundry soaps are very important in this case. Washing, cleaning and other laundry facilities are hard to come by and the other alternative of winging it will be an inconvenience, if not for you at least for your travel mates. Try to maintain bar versions of all you need, like a shampoo, conditioner and face wash take up less space, are more economical and eco-friendly options. Stock it up when you are in cities where these products are more easily available.
Good electronics – a Kindle?
Good quality makes for a long-term investment with viable returns. For example, a Kindle especially makes for good reading and companionship (even though it can’t take the place of a well-read, dog-eared worn book, we know). Most guides and books are downloadable on Kindle with good lighting that allows you to read whenever and wherever in the mood.