Whether you’re digital nomad or just a weekend jetsetter, you’re going to need bring the essentials. We’ve written this post to help jog your memory of the things you shouldn’t forget on your next sojourn, so let’s get going!

Universal travel adapters are a must have – Long gone are the days where a different travel adapter is needed for different countries, no more 2-pin, 3-pin and any variation there of as getting hold of a universal adapter is much easier and will save space too. It may come in at a little bit of a higher price than grabbing a specific adapter, but will save space for having to pack multiple, often comes with various USB connectors, and some now even often faster charging at 15, 30, and even 45W too. Pick one up, keep it in the bag, and never be stuck having to look for a last-minute adapter. 

On that note, keep multiple cables too – It’s cheap enough to pick up a few spare USB-C and other vital cables, or spend a little more for the braided and more robust options too, but it’s a great tip to keep a few of these around in a travel pack too. A spare can help out a friend stuck for charging without sacrificing personal use too, it covers any that may have reached their lifespan and break unexpectedly, or just cover those that might be lost along the journey. It’s cheap, and it helps in a pinch.

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A cheap second phone – This one may be particularly important for those who do a lot of work from their mobile device but keeping a cheaper second phone to hand is an essential for some. Something that has less use, holds charge a bit longer, and has access to essential apps for travel and directions – it won’t matter so much if it gets banged up a little as some phones tend to do on the road, and for those looking at a longer stay particularly for working purposes, getting a local SIM card can cut down on costs too as roaming charges look to return for many. A decent phone can be found at a low price, so whilst it is an initial investment, it can help out a lot too.

These are just a few of many and primarily focused on electronics, but the list can be as comprehensive as needed and customized to specific travel destinations as needed, but planning is key and can save a headache later on.

Essentials to pack for a Cruise vacation

If you’re good at finding last minute cruise deals, then the choice to hit the high seas is always a good one. To ensure that your journey is seamless and equipped for every possibility, packing the right essentials becomes crucial. From versatile attire to essential toiletries and practical accessories, carefully curated luggage will make your cruise escapade truly remarkable.

For comfortable lounging and exploring, a mix of casual wear, including T-shirts, shorts, skirts, and comfortable pants, is indispensable. Swimwear is a no-brainer, with at least two options, one for poolside relaxation and the other for water sports or snorkeling excursions. To maintain modesty and style, sarongs, wraps, or light robes are perfect cover-ups.

Formal nights add a touch of elegance and sophistication, so pack a dress or suit that reflects your personal style and makes you feel confident. Outdoor activities, whether sunbathing on the deck or exploring port towns, require hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a light jacket for cooler evenings.

Toiletries are definitely essential for maintaining personal hygiene and comfort. Opt for travel-sized bottles for shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, and other essentials. A basic first aid kit with bandages, pain relievers, allergy medication, and any personal items is crucial for minor mishaps. Sunscreen, with an SPF of 30 or higher, is a must to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays, and insect repellent is recommended for tropical destinations.

Electronics play a vital role in documenting memories and staying connected. A camera, digital or smartphone, is indispensable for capturing the stunning landscapes, captivating moments, and unforgettable experiences. A portable charger ensures your devices stay powered throughout the cruise, while a book or tablet provides entertainment during downtime.

Passport and travel documents are the cornerstone of your cruise adventure. Ensure you have valid travel documents and the necessary documentation for border crossings or visa requirements. Sunglasses and a hat shield your eyes and skin from the sun’s intense glare, while a reusable water bottle promotes hydration and environmental consciousness. Healthy snacks provide energy between meals, especially for those with a packed itinerary. For those seeking undisturbed sleep, earplugs and a sleep mask can create a tranquil environment.

Lauren Sanchez - Author

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