Packing essentials for any trip


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Complete list of travel packing essentials!

There are some packing essentials that for me, no matter the trip (length, destination, style), have to come with me. These are items I have collected over time, and make life so much easier!

I want to share my list with you, so you can add them to your travel packing essential list. Save space, save time and so convenient!

Image of packing essentials on world map - a camera, laptop and currency


2 in 1 international USB charger

This has been a game changer. If you, like many others, have a phone that will not last the day if it is being used for maps and taking photos while you are exploring, then you need a power bank. However, often in hotels or hostels there just aren’t enough plug sockets to charge your phone, camera and power bank at the same time.

Enter the 2 in 1. It has not one by two USB ports for charging, and then at the same time is charging itself to be used as a power bank the next day. Genius. I have a very similar one to this, which is currently out of stock. But this design has been revolutionly for travel!


Buy on Amazon UK here.

International Adaptor

I am forever that person taking the wrong type of adaptor to the wrong country. So this multi use adaptor is a life saver. You can slide the different plugs in and out both depending on where you are, and also what type of plug you want to plug in. Plus, it also has USB ports so you can charge my phone and camera at the same time. It is so useful in addition to be above for charging items like laptop which do require a plug!

(TIP: camera battery chargers, laptops etc often come with an option of UK or European sockets. Always travel with the European one as it takes up less space in your packing!)

Buy on Amazon UK here. 

Charging cables

I don’t know about you, but the iPhone apple cables can be really rubbish rubbish. They split and break after hardly any use, no ideal for packing again and again

This pack of three varying length cables is therefore has been really useful. The shortest one can be used for a power bank, and the longest is fantastic for when the plug is miles from the bed – so often the way in hostels and hotels.

Buy on Amazon UK here. 

Portable Speaker

A mini portable pop up speaker. So small it fits in any hand luggage.  While not the most powerful speaker in the world, it is good enough for by the pool, getting ready for dinner and drinks in the evening. It was the price that really swayed me, I don’t like to take anything away that is too pricey!

Buy on Amazon UK here. 

Camera equipment

Olympus Pen

This little camera is a relatively new addition, and I recommend! My old one was quite big and bulky, so this has been a real treat to pop into my hand luggage. I am still working out all the features, but so far I am really enjoying it!

The Olympus Pen has built in WiFi so you can transfer your photos straight to your phone if you are on the move. It is also mirrorless which means it is smaller and less bulky, perfect for carrying around with you!

Buy on Amazon UK here. 

SD card reader

I have had one of these gadgets for years and it is so useful. With a simple move of putting your SD from your camera into the reader, your photos appear on your iPhone / iPad. Even though my new camera has WiFi capabilities I still find this far easier and more efficient to use. From your phone then upload the cloud or dropbox, to make sure you never lose them!

Buy on Amazon UK here. 

GorillaPod Tripod

This is super useful not only when travelling solo, but also to take on holidays with friends. Useful if  you are exploring alone or if  you want to take a photo together. If you aren’t ready to go down the road of full tripod yet,  this is a good starting place. It has a spirit level so you know the camera is straight and the legs can be bent to grip things. Perfect for the solo travel pic!

Buy on Amazon UK here. 


Silicone bottles

These little guys are great for travelling hand luggage only, and definitely one of my packing essentials. But when I travel with checked in baggage, I also like to take them to save space. Even if I am not restricted to the 100ml size, I like to travel as light as possible. So decant most of my liquids into these to travel.

Buy on Amazon UK here. 

Quick dry towel

These towels are such a packing essential! Mostly useful when staying in hostels, and you don’t want to have to pay extra for a musty towel. They are also really useful on beach breaks, and sometimes even when staying in AirBnB’s.

Buy on Amazon UK here.

Best of the rest!

Eye mask and ear plugs

Not just for when you are staying in hostels. For early morning flights, long haul flights, when the curtains in the hotel aren’t very good, when your room is next to a road, when sharing a hotel room anyone who snores, or if they are loud children around!  The eye mask and ear plugs all the time and could not travel without them.

You can get some great sets on online, such as these:


Buy on Amazon UK here.

Wash and wear laundry bag

The easiest way I have found to keep small items neatly packed, and then separate when they need washing. Mine was a gift from a friend, and it has been invaluable!It saves on space, keeps things tidy, plus is so much better for the environment than using a plastic carrier bag for your washing.

Buy on Amazon UK here.

Water bottle

Never travel anywhere without this my mini water bottle! At 260ml it is the perfect size for travelling and popping in your hand luggage. It fits under the water fountains in airports and also in the back of seat pockets on planes. For long car journeys or beach days, always have this with you! The stainless steel means it is robust and keeps the water cool. Much better and cheaper than buying bottled water.

Buy on Amazon UK here.

Havianas Mini bag

This bag is the perfect size for a purse when travelling. It fits a phone, some cards and money. While it isn’t waterproof because of the zip, it does keep the worst of the sand etc off due to the material. The strap is also really useful; it is easy to wander around on a city break with it looped through my wrist.

Buy it on Amazon UK here.

There it is, a complete list of all the items that make packing and travelling that much easier. What travel packing essentials do you have?

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Looking for more packing essentials? Take a look at these posts:

For a beach break – How to pack for a beach break

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Savannah Bosley April 2, 2019 - 11:48 pm

These are great suggestions!!! Definitely need for any trip!

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders April 3, 2019 - 6:13 am

Thank you! Hope it helps!

World of Lina April 3, 2019 - 9:30 am

Awesome list! These are definitely very important and I’ll keep them in mind for my next trip!

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders April 4, 2019 - 2:06 pm

Hope they help!

Laura April 3, 2019 - 9:45 am

Oh, yes, so many musts on this list! Except the camera – I bought the phone with the best camera exactly so that I wouldn’t need to carry around yet another item all the time.

Laura ||

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders April 4, 2019 - 2:07 pm

Ah yes, always good to have a good phone camera!

Sarah April 4, 2019 - 1:58 pm

Great list. I don’t travel much, but if and when I do, it’s handy to know what the essential items are, so I’m not bring unnecessary stuff and overloading my suitcase.

gianlucafiore April 9, 2019 - 7:21 am

Great list, I second it all, especially the quick dry towel 🙂

Personally I cannot travel anymore without my Swell water bottle and a usb pen full of music. The former saves time and money, other than being nice to the environment, by not having to shop around for water bottles when I arrive and the latter is great to have for when I’m offline but still want to play my music

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders April 9, 2019 - 8:13 am

That’s such a great idea! I have a few Spotify playlists downloaded but if I’m offline for a while, they start to get repetitive! Love the Swell bottle!

Anaïs N. April 12, 2019 - 9:20 am

Great list, thanks for sharing with us!! Xx

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders April 12, 2019 - 12:00 pm

Thanks so much! Hope it helps! 😊

Lukeheywoodstyle April 15, 2019 - 4:46 pm

Such a great read.
I’m going away soon so really helped me!
Thank you ♥

Charlie - Where Charlie Wanders April 15, 2019 - 6:07 pm

Thanks so much! I’m really pleased it helped! 😊


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