Once you have the flights booked, your accommodation strategized, and a vague idea of itinerary, it’s time to start thinking about your luggage and what you will need to take with you. Of course, all of us want to save our spends for the actual adventure, but there are some things that are worth spending decent money on beforehand to ensure you have a fantastic and safe trip, whilst also being sturdy enough to use time and again. The obvious thing here is to get a decent backpack and learn to pack it well, but what special items can you fill it with to make your trip comfortable, safe and fun?
Never underestimate the importance of good footwear when you are off travelling. Believe me, I have tried climbing a volcano in Reefs, and it is not an experience I am keen to repeat or recommend. There are several brands who specialise in creating hybrid comfortable and stylish footwear that can withstand walking tours and still look good at night. Whilst some things in life are worth being economical with, it is definitely worth spending on securing your feet, they are going to get a good workout on your travels!
Where you’re going to keep your cash and how to look after it are two of the most important considerations. There might be times when you’ll need to carry large amounts of money on you, where you’re heading into jungles, deserts or wilderness. For these times, getting a decent bum bag will serve you well. Skate Hut have some funky designs, including the ‘slim’ range., which can be concealed easily and won’t alter your silhouette.
Some of the most exciting events in our lives can be defined and recalled by the music that accompanied them. Whenever I hear a certain song, I am immediately on the long surfing beach at San Juan Del Sur, on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. Deciding what music to take, and how to listen to it, will mean that you are in control of the soundtrack to your memories. Create some beachy playlists, ones for relaxing and ones for motivation prior to going, when you already have a good internet connection. If you are a sociable music listener, consider getting a wireless speaker to cast your music into the shared areas at hostels and whilst out on the beach.
One of the most space saving and time saving items you can possibly get into your suitcase; a travel towel is a real lifesaver. Made of thin and fast drying cotton, it also packs down, leaving more room in your suitcase for clothes (or rum, take your pick!)