20 Travel Essentials You Must Own This Summer
Summer is upon us again which means it’s time to dust off your plane tickets, hit an amazing spot and soak in some Sun in a faraway exotic location.
To facilitate your travels, we, at the Partytrail have compiled a list of 20 essential items that you must possess for a successful summer vacation.
A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Camera.
As a traveler, relying on your memory banks is not enough for you to recall all the potentially wonderful moments you will have on your journey.
A DSLR is a great way to capture those moments to share with your family and friends when you return from your trip.
During the summer months, temperatures can rise to dangerous levels and one must make sure they are properly protected from the ultra violet rays that have been given way by less cloudy skies.
Apart from the short-term effects of UV exposure of burns from the UV radiation and heat, longer term effects like Skin cancer can be prevented by applying Sunscreen always while traveling.
Comfortable Sole Pads
The whole point of traveling is exploring whatever destination you choose to the maximum extent that you can.
This will involve quite some walking. Attaching a pair of sole pads to your shoes can reduce the pain of your soles reciprocating the force you exert on them as you walk the streets. Sole Pads like Dr. Scholls will absorb some of that force and reduce the amount of pain your feet have to endure.
A Portable Battery
We cannot recommend one of these enough, for a couple of hundred dollars or less, you can store up to 8 hours of battery life on a mobile battery.
This way no matter where you are taken by the off-beaten path, you will find you never run out of battery life on your electronic devices.
Offline Travel Maps: Apps like “HERE” make it possible for you to never get lost again when you travel. Simply go to your app store and download the country map for whatever country you are visiting, and using Global Positioning System (GPS) you get turn by turn directions on your phone even without a wireless connection. This is ideal if you don’t intend on getting a sim card when you travel abroad.
A Neck Pillow
These have been around for a while and are not going anywhere soon. They are great for those times when you are waiting at the airport for your plane, or sleeping on your flight. Avoid a stiff neck and make sure you pack one in your suitcase.
A water proof camera
What is a summer vacation if you don’t indulge in some water sports or get into the water. Your vacation memories don’t have to end on dry land make sure you get a water proof camera before heading out on your summer travels. This way you get to relive your vacation through your picture both on dry land and in water.
There are so many of these on the market that it would be madness not to get one. These are great for listening to better quality sounds on the plane. Tuning out rowdy travelers at the airport, or listening to some relaxing music if you ever catch some time to reflect during your travels.
A Passport Holder
Invest in a passport holder to protect your passport from damage and also to hold anything from extra cash to your credit cards. If you are an avid traveler, this is would prove exceedingly useful in protecting your travel documents from the wear and tear of constant travel.
This one is a no-brainer, make sure you carry one large enough for all your essentials. However, if you want to be savvy about which suit case you should buy, there are tons of new generation luggage manufacturers that are pushing the envelope when it comes to making suitcases.
Give them a try and you will find traveling a much more pleasant experience.
Sun Glasses: Sunnies as the Austrialians call them are great for protecting your eyes from UV rays. Our recommendation is that you get inexpensive ones as these get lost easily.
An E-Reader or Tablet
In our opinion, a laptop might be too heavy and slow you down as you travel from location to location. Packing an E-reader or tablet is a great way to stay connected or read a novel while on the road.
A Selfie Stick
This is a great accessory to have if you want to avoid having to use sign language to gesture to the locals that you need your photo taken. They can also be modified to fit onto your GoPro if you have one and thus act as a handle for filming or taking pictures underwater.
A hat is great for adding an extra layer of protection from UV rays but they also add a level of cool to your summer repertoire.
Locks For Luggage
Once at your hotel, hostel or rented apartment, it is generally a good idea to lock your luggage with a combination lock that way you can keep your items protected or give intending thieves a barrier to overcome were they to get their hands on your luggage.
A Current Converter
Different countries have different voltage ratings, it is a good idea to buy a one in all converter. That way you don’t have to keep buying new converters for each country to you go to.
Wireless Key Locator
This is a good idea for your passport if it has a case that comes with a key chain or for your keys. Using one of these devices, if you were to lose your item within a certain distance, your smart phone can help you locate it using Bluetooth technology.
Depending on your location, it is advisable to have medicine like Immodium, Ibuprofen and the like in your luggage, these can serve as first aid until you can be taken to a hospital for further treatment.
If you have a blog, of you just like to keep note of interesting events on the trail. It would be a great idea to buy a journal where you can take and keep notes while you travel.
An Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
Chances are you will need these to filter out light and noise during your travels. These are a win win if you have hostel mates that are noisy or don’t bother turning off the lights while you are asleep.