In an earlier post, we discussed our travel packing tips. the post concentrated on tips and tricks for making the most of your luggage allowance. In this post, I'm going to show you you what our travel essentials are because we travel quite a lot. We always want to be prepared, so there are many things that we always take. Some of the items we take so that we can blog on the go whilst other items are for all travelers.
We love travelling but we also want to ensure that we have everything we need when we are away from home. This article will cover the gadgets we take with us but it won't cover the likes of clothing and shoes as that requires a post all of its own. So let's delve into our travel essentials.
Travel Essentials - the list
The item that's vital especially when travelling to multiple destinations is a portable charger. The one we use supports multiple charging cycles thanks to its 30,000 mah size. It's a little bit chunky but easily fits into my handbag I use an iPhone 7 and I found this charger fully charges my phone in about an hour. For holidays with only one destination I don't always take it but it was invaluable during our Italy trip as we covered 10 destinations in 14 days so we were quite often on the road I highly advise getting your hands on one if you travel a lot.
Another item that I always take on our Surface Pro. I can't tell you how much we love this bit of kit. Surface Pro's are a tablet and a laptop all-in-one with a compact size and they're very light. Whilst travelling, especially when flying I use the tablet feature to watch movies and at the destination we use the laptop feature to blog on the go. It has a 12.3 inch screen size and you can purchase a stylus to write notes or draw.
I was a MacBook user and I never thought anything would take me away from Mac but this laptops has. it It's blazing fast, can handle all of my memory intensive applications like Photoshop and fits in my handbag easily. It's also a tablet that runs Windows 10 and I carry it everywhere these days even whilst commuting to work. I work full time so I try and grab every possible moment to do a spot of blogging and I have a 45 minute commute daily each way so this comes in handy.
So many of the hotels we have stayed at haven't had ironing facilities so I find that packing and carrying a travel iron comes in very handy. I don't want to be walking around a beautiful city wearing a creased dress. They are very cheap now and ours cost less than £15. So if you travel to a lot of places without ironing facilities and you wear items of clothing that crease easily having a travel iron is very useful
No travel essentials list would be complete without talking about mobile phones. My iPhone 7 not only has a great camera but it's also handy when you're trying to find your way around a new city. Google Maps is probably my most used app whilst abroad. Before each trip we plan our itinerary and create a Google map for our journey. We are both with the three network so we get free data and phone calls abroad, I love my contract. I get get 30 GB of Internet per month and I pay £11 per month.
We've had many digital cameras over the past couple of years, our last one was a DSLR but now we're on the hunt for something more lightweight. One camera that's been heavily recommended is the Sony RX100 series. Many travel bloggers use it as it's small in size but it has a ton of features. It's also doesn't require separate lenses as it is a point and shoot so I think that will be our next purchase. Another good choice is the Sony Alpha range which is a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses. you buy the lenses separately. I've had a Sony Alpha before and if it is a brilliant little camera. If video is more your thing, then you can't go wrong with a GoPro. It's a nifty little action camera and it records amazing video. Some versions even do 4k.
Perfect for when you're lying on the beach or travelling by train or air and want to read a book to while away the hours. Kindle's are much more useful than paper versions and many books are cheaper on Kindle. I actually recommend Amazon Prime's Kindle Unlimited service as you just pay a low monthly rate and they have loads of free books available for download for no extra charge.
So there you have the travel essentials we use whilst travelling. What are your must have essentials for when you travel, let us know in the comments!