We’ve all read those articles. Ones that supposedly are here to tell you how to make your travel life so much easier. So much lighter. So much more like the life that you left at home. Whether you are off on a two week or two year journey there are always a few vital items to leave at home.
As someone with over 15 years of travel experience I’d like to think that I have my shit together and know what to pack, when to pack it and how to pack it. Now in my travel life time I’ve made some fairly big travel packing blunders. James will never let me forget that time we backpacked around Europe and I had around 3-kilos of books and a commercial hair dryer. Hello 5 kilos of crap that I really didn’t need. Oh and then there was that one time that I flew to the Philippines for a fam trip and was really enjoying my comfortable sports bra that I wear for flying only to arrive in Singapore for a quick lay over, to the horrific reality that I hadn’t packed a regular bra. One plain ol’ style bra to be worn with the dresses and tees that I had packed. Thankfully Changi Airport is it’s own little cosmos of shops and I was able to pick up a bra from Uniqlo. Crisis averted.
There are a few items that I just can’t bring myself to take along on our travels.
Nothing screams I’m a scare tourist and I have money then a money belt/bag. Whether you’re buying a beer at the airport pub or haggling in the markets for a $1 tee shirt these are just awkward to use. You have to feel up your stomach, under your shirt, fiddle around with your precious money and then try hand it over. All while not giving the general public a nipple flash or dropping wads of cash on the ground.
If you want to have a secret stash of cash try getting an actual money belt. A belt that has a hidden pocket for a few pristine notes.
Zip Off Pants
These are hideous to look at and hideous to wear. There’s a few issues I have with zip off pants mainly being the square unlady like shape. And then there’s the zips. They bite at your legs, they get stuck on themselves and then they break. And before you know it you’ve lost the left leg and now you have hideous pant-shorts rubbing you the wrong way and one cold knee.
Full Size Pillow
This I something I see a LOT when I’m working at the airport. People waddling around carrying a full size pillow. I get it – travel in itself is uncomfortable. You want to be refreshed and ready to go when you are at your destination so you grab old faithful. Here’s a few issues that people never consider
Plane seats are small. Unless you’re flying at the pointy end of the plane in which case they’ll gvive you a pillow. You are taking up precious real estate on the plane with your pillow. Which means you miss out of that teeny tiny bit of space.
Bacteria- we know that planes are full of stinky people with stinky bacteria. Let’s not even consider what your pillow has to go through to get to your final destination – airports, bathrooms, taxis
A better option? A travel pillow! I love my Thermarest pillow. It’s foam filled and squishes down small enough to easy fit into my carry on pack and easy to use on the plane. It certainly isn’t as luxurious or comfortable as my at home pillow but it certainly does a good job of helping me get a good nights sleep.
A Travel Journal
Sorry to my lovely friend Amanda! I’ve tried a few times and after day three I’m so entrenched in my adventure that I forget to write all about my adventures. Live life in the moment I say. I do always carry a small notebook which comes in handy when people tell me interesting facts, places to go to, hotel bookings etc. I also carry an old school sudoku book to entertain me. Other then my literacy laziness I also don’t want the hassle that a travel journal can bring. In recent times there has been significant media coverage on people being refused entry to certain countries based on their diary. The trail of thought being that these individuals are going to overstay tourist visas based on diary notes and journal entries. Last day of work entries. Final farewell drinks. Now I get it – you’re really excited about going on this next chapter in your life. You are A-type personality and have all the notes, diary bookings and basically your entire life is sorted. Your now ex-boss appreciates this. Heck I appreciate this. Border control people don’t quite appreciate this.
Yup you can go stick the selfie stick right.. There’s nothing quite like being on a plane and being whacked in the head with a selfie stick. Or at an ancient temple enjoying the ambience and the selfie stick brigade barge on by waving their plastic flags of shame. There’s a perfectly good reason why so many places are banning selfie sticks. They are dangerous!
I confess I’m a travel blogger who does not own a selfie stick.
So there we have it. The five things you will never find me lugging around an airport with. Or on any adventure.
Top Five Things I Never Travel Without
Have you got a silly item that you travel with and wished you didn’t?? Let us know in the comments below.
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