Don’t Travel Without These 11 Travel Essentials.

Don’t Travel Without These 11 Travel Essentials.

Hey friends! After years of traveling, I’ve learned a thing or two about travel essentials. This is a list of items that I refuse to travel without. Hopefully you find this useful!


Don’t Travel Without These Travel Essentials


Travel Essentials – Electronics

Phone + Charger – this one is so obvious, I don’t even know why I’m including it. You can’t travel without your phone. It’s inconceivable.  I have an iPhone 6s Plus and it’s permanently attached to my hand, so I always make sure to bring along the charger and the other items I have mentioned right below this because the battery doesn’t last very long lol.  It also helps for quick pictures to upload to Instagram and Snapchat to give my friends serious FOMO. Kidding. But not really 😉

Poweradd 2-Outlet International Travel Charger – This is only $25 on Amazon and IT IS AMAZING. It includes 5 international adapters and is compatible with outlets in North America, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Japan, Africa, the Mid-East, Asia, China, etc. (more than 150 countries worldwide). Unfortunately it’s not compatible with Italy’s 3-prong outlet but literally, everywhere else in the world, you’re golden. This is definitely worth the small price to pay and save you from many dead phones and laptops. Definitely number one on my list of travel essentials.

A Portable Phone Charger – Another one near the very top of my travel essentials list. Whether you’re traveling or not traveling, it’s a LIFESAVER. If you are glued to your phone all the time (such as Moi), you NEED one of this. The one I have linked is only about $13 (or you can buy a colorful one for $15 if that’s your thing) so it’s well worth the small price to pay. I own it in black and it has saved my phone battery many many times. I always have it on me.

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A Kindle –  Personally, I prefer a physical book because I’m old school and love the smell and the feeling. But I also know that they take up a lot of space in your carry-on. You can literally have thousands of books on your Kindle and it takes up hardly any room in your bag. For my upcoming trek across Europe, I’ll be bringing my Kindle along so I can save space in my suitcase for all the goodies I plan on buying lol. If you do bring a Kindle, make sure you have fully charged before you leave and bring along the charger (I use my fiance’s phone charger to charge it so that saves even more space)!

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A Camera + Charger – This is a must-have for me, not only because I’m a travel blogger, but I want pictures to look back upon! I keep a box filled with vacation mementos.. receipts, tickets, and pictures! It’s so much fun going through the box and looking back at all our pictures. I have a Nikon D3300 and I love it so much. You can use any regular point and shoot camera, but a DSLR looks sooo much better. I also got a WIFI adapter attachment so I can upload photos I take on my DSLR straight to Instagram!

Headphones – I neeeeed to listen to music while flying because it really helps calm down my nerves because I am a nervous flyer. I just have the crappy ones that came with my phone so I’m not too concerned with losing them. I also bring along a pair of Bluetooth headphones when I need more noise cancellation.

Laptop + Charger – As a travel blogger, I need a way to work while on trips. So I always make sure to pack my computer and charger in my carry-on.


Travel Essentials – Miscellaneous Items

Copies of All Your Paperwork – Your passport, driver license, itinerary, etc. You don’t want to be in a foreign country and lose your passport and not have any way to expedite the process of getting it replaced. Total trip ruiner. I personally keep copies on my Google Drive so I can access them from a computer AND my phone and I keep paper copies with me that I can store in the safe in the hotel room along with the original copies. Trust me, better safe than sorry.

Travel Insurance – If there’s one thing you shouldn’t travel without – it is travel insurance. We get our insurance through World Nomads and I HIGHLY recommend them.

Tennis Shoes – Obviously when you’re trekking up and down endless roads, you want to have comfortable shoes on. For this very reason (even though I hate the way tennis shoes look on me) I always pack a pair of broken in tennis shoes. It’s very important that they are broken in so they’re even more comfortable, just so you know. The more comfortable the shoes, the longer you can explore – keep that in mind when you want to only pack six-inch heels.

Medications –  Of course, you’ll want to bring along any prescription medicine you have. Make sure you have enough to last you the length of the trip as trying to get refills while away isn’t the easiest thing. You’ll also want to bring along medications such as sleeping aids, pain reliever, Dramamine, and anti-diarrhea medicine.


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Bri is the Harry Potter obsessed founder of Wondering & Wandering. When she's not blogging or traveling, you can usually find her in bed with a good book and a glass of wine.

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11 Comments

  1. June 3, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Great list!! I will also include earplugs very important for me 🙂

    • June 5, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      Yes!! Earplugs are also a must! Hearing the airplane engines freak me out and make me think the plane is going to crash lol

  2. Rosi C
    June 3, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Definitely universal charger. Tissues. Travel diary. Pen. Of course, passport. Enjoy travels

    • June 5, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Thank you! Yes, a travel diary and a pen is a must 🙂 I love taking notes while flying!

  3. Kyla
    June 3, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I’m with you on the book vs kindle. I love holding a real book in my hand, but a kindle is just SO much easier for travel! I always bring a few pens too…for filling out customs forms!!

    • June 5, 2017 / 1:41 pm

      Pens are definitely a must! And as for the book vs. kindle thing, I think I’m going to sneak a couple paperbacks into my carry-on and bring my kindle as a backup 🙂

  4. June 3, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    It’s never crossed my mind that I’d lose my passport hence I always neglect to bring copies of my paperwork although I really should start getting in the habit of doing so. Awesome list and thanks for sharing!

    • June 5, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      And thank you for reading! 🙂

  5. June 5, 2017 / 1:27 pm

    A Kindle is indeed a must have. I must admit it’s been forever since a read a real book. A Kindle is just so handy in so many ways: small, light, tons of books in one. I have an older version, but Brecht has one with backlight. Even more handy!
    Something I always bring with me on my travels is a scarf: can be used as an accessory, blanket, …

    • June 5, 2017 / 1:59 pm

      Scarfs are the best! Instead of bringing a travel pillow, I’ll just pack a blanket scarf 😉

  6. August 16, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Excellent and very helpful post, Bri! I definitely need all of these essentials and chargers play a crucial role here! 😀

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