Pack right: Top 5 Things to Pack for your Trip


In 1979, Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In the story, a universe-traversing alien tells his human friend that the single most important travel item to have with you at all times is:


“A towel, [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors… use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

While you may not plan to spend much time on interplanetary beaches or deserts, a towel is still a useful and versatile item to bring with you on all of your adventures. Here are 5 things to pack for your trip.


Water Bottle

Always bring your own eco-friendly bottle with you when you travel. And, if you’re travelling to a place with questionable water quality, try investing in a purification method like drops, filters, or tablets. You never want to be without water.


Notebook and pen

The best way to remember your trip is to write it down as you go. And there’s no more reliable way than pen and paper. Your days might be so filled that by the end you have forgotten a small detail that you found particularly interesting. Carrying a notebook allows you to jot down notes. It can also come in handy if you need directions or have learned an important tip.


Chargers and adapters

You get to the end of a day exploring a new place when the most picturesque sunset comes into view. You pull out your camera only to discover the battery has died. You never want to miss out on the perfect photo so remember to always pack chargers for your electronic devices. Remember, certain areas of the world uses different plugs and voltage than you’re used to so do a bit of research before you leave and bring an adapter if need be. Also, remember that most places you stay will have limited outlets. So, if you have room, try packing a power bar for all your electronic devices.


ID copies

No one ever goes on vacation expecting to lose anything. But it does happen, so be prepared. Make photocopies of all of your important documents such as your passport, driver licence, insurance forms and pack them in different places from the originals. In case of an emergency, it’s always best to have a back up.


A Towel

If you’re going on daytrips, backpacking or any other number of other types of excursion where you may not have hotel-supplied towels, make sure to pack your own. They can be used as an added layer of warmth in a cool or breezy room; they can act as a headscarf if it gets a little too windy; and rolled up, they can also make for a comfortable, adjustable pillow.


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