Top Packing Tips part two

13 December 2011

I'm back with part two of my packing tips. Here you’ll find the types of extras that make their way into my bags.

Packing Essentials

  • Address list and list of important contacts or numbers
  • Backpack, suitcase, sports bag (something to pack everything in)
  • Paper or Notebook
  • Passport (check the validity- you need at least six months from date of return)
  • Pencils, Pens
  • Tickets and itinerary (airline, train, bus etc.)
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance


  • ATM card (Maestro or Cirrus logos on the back are most widely accepted)
  • Calculator or currency converter
  • Cash in the local currency of your arrival destination
  • Credit card (Visa or Mastercard are most widely accepted)
  • Money belt (You can't be too safe in some places)

First Aid Kit

I like to travel with a mini first aid kit to tide me over in case of an emergency and there being no pharmacy for miles. Or if there is a language barrier (I remember once asking for headache tablets in a pharmacy in Beijing - let's just say it didn't work out that well).

So I like to have the following in my little 'ouch pouch':

  • Plasters (when you do a lot of walking you could end up with a blister or two)
  • Anti- diarrhoea tablets  like imodium (just in case - nothing ruins a holiday quicker than a case of the 'runs')
  • Insect and/or mosquito repellent
  • Medicines/prescription Drugs   (have a copy of your prescription with you)
  • Motion sickness tablets if you suffer from this
  • Generic pain tablets (for headaches)
  • Replacement/rehydration salts sachets (in case you get a runny tummy - you need to reydrate quickly)
  • Small scissors and tweezers (don't keep this in your hand luggage though)
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Proof of necessary vaccinations (e.g. yellow fever, typhoid etc)


These are some of the other items that generally accompany me on my travels:


  • Books or E-books on your Kindle or E-book reader (these are great space and weight savers)
  • Camera- Spare flash cards or memory for the digital variety
  • Chewing gum or mints - Especially if you are flying chewing something will help your ears unblock as you start the descent
  • Combo or key locks (it is wise to get yourself a set of TSA locks that the security people in the US can unlock – you won’t have any broken locks)
  • Electrical adapter, charger and plug converter for all your electronics
  • Guidebooks and phrase books/dictionaries (nowadays most smartphones allow you to download a host of apps that can replace these)
  • Inflatable travel pillow
  • International driving license
  • Student Identification Card - For discounts worldwide
  • iPod/iPad
  • Photocopies of important documents in case they are stolen (very important – At Flight Centre we suggest that you leave a copy with a friend or family member back home)
  • Ziplock  bags