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10 Essential Travel Items I Can’t Live Without

10 Essential Travel Items

Howdy guys. So, I’ve been travelling for a while now and have managed to get my travel essentials down to just 10. Not bad right? Living out of a suitcase has turned me into a bit of a minimalist and I’m really enjoying the material detachment that comes with it.

It’s quite liberating not having a stack of possessions and parting ways with something I don’t use is no more difficult than choosing a pizza topping (it’s always pepperoni. With pineapple). We’ve even implemented a one-in-one-out policy so if we buy something new, we give something away. 

That said, there are some things which have made this nomadic lifestyle much more comfortable and allowed me to maintain a certain level of ‘routine’.

Clothing and general skincare aside – these are my absolute musts when it comes to travel. 

1. Multivitamins

Constant travel can really mess around with your body. The best way to keep it healthy is to nurture it. I like to do this as soon as I wake up by starting my day with a WelleCo Super Elixir drink. Think of it as your multivitamin, probiotic, brekky smoothie combo. I mix a couple of teaspoons of the Alkalising Greens Formula with some organic coconut water and can basically feel the goodness swimming through my body.

Plus this is Elle Macpherson’s product. She swears by it. She is like 60 and still an absolute smoke show. If I can’t convince you – Elle probably will. 

2. My Luggage

Yes, this is obvious. But I can’t stress enough the importance of good luggage. The better quality, the lighter and more durable it is so it’s worth the investment. Now that I’ve gotten my belongings down to a biggie and a roller, I’m going to make sure my stuff travels well. This Samsonite set is the shiz. 

3. A Kindle

Never thought I’d be a Kindle kinda gal but here we are. And loving it. I’ve constantly got a couple of books on the go and realised quickly that lugging them around with me would get heavy. This Kindle has been a lovely addition to my life and quite frankly – much lighter than many books. Like, have you seen the latest Game of Thrones book?! (I actually haven’t but heard it’s really, really big). 

4. Melatonin Oil

Jet Lag. You can’t live with it, can’t live without it. No, that’s a lie you could totally live without it. But it’s an undeniable part of travelling so to prevent it I do these four yoga moves then stock up on Melatonin Liquid to help me sleep like a bebeh.

5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray

This my face saviour on flights. The rejuvenating mist with aloe, herbs and rosewater keeps my skin feeling lovely and looking dewy on a plane full of dehydrating stagnant air. I’ll use it for a few days apres the flight too as my skin can take a little while to adjust to new climates. 

6. Runners

I know I said no clothing but I’m obsessed with my Nike Free Rn Flyknit runners. They are comfy AF, incredibly lightweight and since all the kids started rocking the runners with jeans look, I too, have decided to get in on the action wearing them like they’re going to go out of fashion. Which they inevitably are. 

7. Reusable Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Here are two great reasons for having your own personalised water bottle that’s non-leaching and toxin-free.

  1. You’ll save the planet from global warming by not endorsing plastic production and reducing single-use waste.
  2. You’ll never have to spend anywhere between $5 – $18 on a bottle of water at the airport, again.

8. Macbook Air

Judge me if you must but I’ve become one of those people obsessed with their Mac. For anyone working remotely or travelling for longer periods, this is the only laptop to go for. I know I was late to the party here, having only converted a year ago but if there are any PCers left out there – stop kidding yourselves and for the love of god, just switch already.

9. A Big Old Scarf

It doesn’t have to be old, or big. But big ol’scarf has a better ring to it than just a scarf. I love a big ol’scarf because it keeps me warm and it doubles up as a pillow for a short haul flight. Or if you’re Lenny Kravtiz it could also double up as a small fort.

10. A Backpack  

I recently made the switch from a handbag to a backpack and couldn’t be happier. I am in love with this saddle Baggu backpack. Rather than lugging my handbag around when exploring new cities, I’ve now got this perfect size, super lightweight and uber cool backpack to house all my belongings*. 

*Technically not all my belongings. It doesn’t fit my laptop but that is why is why I also travel with my boyfriend.  If you’re interested in the Baggu backpack and you have a lappy, make sure you also have something (or someone) to carry the lappy.

What are some things you can’t travel without? I’d love some suggestions…

Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, but it is for products I highly recommend and use myself. 

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  • Alexis @FITnancials
    May 11, 2017 at 3:37 am

    Melatonin has been such a life saver when I’m traveling. I don’t like to use it all the time, but it saves me on nights when I’m in hostels and people are being loud.

    • Monika Pietrowski
      May 11, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      I agree Alexis. It’s not for regular use but much better than taking sleeping tablets.