Have you read these posts? The one’s that tell you all about the things you already know? Well I am going to do one as well, just in case some of really don’t know. But I’ll also do one better and I will tell you 5 things that we need to travel with. You may be quite surprised.
But first -
5 Things YOU Need To Travel
You ain’t going very far without your passport. Well not entirely true if you are discovering your own home country you will be able to do quite a lot. But if you want to try new cultures and visit the wonders of the world you are going to need your government to put a photo in a book and have it stamped every time you enter and leave a new country.
2. Computer/Smart Phone
In this day in age staying in touch is done with these devices. Booking flights is easiest with these things. Watching movies, reading books, listening to music. All done with these things. We recommend you bring one, the other or both. We love our computer for all of the above, but the smart phone is also great for maps when out and about and, guess what? You can even use it for good old-fashioned phonecall, if you are a SIM card collector like us. Oh, and don’t forget the chargers. Click for pricing on a MacBook Air or iPhone.
Can’t get very far travelling without taking a photo. Who would believe you went? Whether you go for a high tech DSLR or a cheaper point-and-shoot, you know you will have this thing attached to you everyday as long as you travel. And in our family we don’t eat until husband takes a snap of the plate first.
There is not many people who walk onto a plane without some kind of bag holding their stuff, except maybe a businessman. Whether you decide on a backpack or a suitcase, checked or carry-on everyone needs a bag or two (or three).
5. Bank cards, debit cards, credit cards, cash, Paypal, bitcoin (some kind of money)
Most of us don’t have the ability to travel without some kind of finances (it would be nice if we could!). Whether your preferred weapon is a credit card, or a regular savings account with a debit card, or just cold hard cash, you need to bring some kind of enchanted trinket to help you pay for your next meal, bus ticket, plane ride.
And now, drumroll please…
5 Things WE Need To Travel
We don’t travel without it, except that time the nasty British security guy stole it at the airport (because Marmite sucks). For breakfast toast, or lunchtime sandwiches, Vegemite is a little piece of home that we choose to take with us everywhere. And now you can get it in plastic squeezable tubes so the glass doesn’t break in your bag and spread that black oozy goodness over all your belongings.
2. Dry Hair Shampoo
Travelling can mean your hair goes unwashed for days, but that doesn’t need to look like it. I don’t go anywhere without my dry shampoo. For a quick fix up top, it’s a lifesaver.
3. Teddy & Monkey
Our kids love their stuffed bedtime toys and there have been emotionally scarring moments when Teddy and Monkey were lost during our travels. We have since found a new Teddy and Monkey. They are squeezed every night (not just by Josh) and, just like Vegemite, bring a little bit of home and a big dose of security with us wherever we go.
4. External Hard-drive
Parents spend a lot of nights at home when the kids are sleeping. In foreign countries this can be a tiresome boredom, but not for us. Our external hard drive holds a plethora of movies and music that could keep us occupied for years… If there wasn’t other things to do in the evenings. ;) Of course it's also storage to the valuable photos we hold.
5. Kindles For All
Other than my husband, whose choice of poison is the iPad, my kids and I need our Kindles. The kids need one for long airplane rides or rainy days and I need mine because I cannot go to sleep without reading. To have a multitude of books at your fingertips without even adding baggage weight is this century’s most marvellous modern device. And now even the kids can have coloured books on their Kindle Fires that can be read to them when they are in the mood.
And there you have it. Hopefully you’ll find this is another handy luggage post that will have you leaving the familiar shores of your homeland with just a bag, a teddy and some Vegemite. Oh, and the other 7 things.