10 Travel Items to Make Your Next Trip So Much Easier

As South Africans, we love to travel, and it's easy to see why. With our stunning country being the perfect destination for local tourism, it's no wonder we enjoy exploring other parts of the world. 

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However, as much as we love travel, packing can be a tedious task. The good news is that there are many travel items that can help make the packing process and journey easier.

So if you’ve been wondering, how do I start packing for a trip? Or what are the best packing hacks? We’ve compiled a list of 10 essential travel items for South African travellers, that will make your next holiday much more enjoyable. 

1. Packing Method: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

The 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 packing method is a useful technique for travellers who struggle with overpacking. This method involves packing, 5 shirts, 4 pants, 3 dresses/skirts, 2 shoes and 1 hat/gadget. This will help keep your luggage to a minimum and ensure you only pack what you need. 

2. Travel Pillow and Blanket

As much as we love travelling, long haul flights can be exhausting. A travel pillow and blanket can help make the journey more comfortable and help you get some rest. These can range from inflatable neck pillows to heated blankets, depending on your preference. 

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3. Power Bank

A power bank is essential for travellers, especially in the age of technology. It’s important to keep your phone charged, especially when travelling to new destinations. A power bank can also charge other devices like cameras or tablets. 

4. Foldable Backpack

A foldable backpack is another great travel item. It takes up minimal space in your luggage and can be used when exploring new places. A foldable backpack is lightweight, easy to pack, and perfect for carrying essential items like water and snacks. 

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5. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are a game-changer when it comes to organisation. These small compartments can help separate your clothes and make packing and unpacking a breeze. They also make it easier to find what you need without having to dig through your entire luggage. 

6. Dry Bags

Dry bags are perfect for adventurous travellers who enjoy water activities like snorkelling, kayaking, and rafting. These waterproof bags are designed to keep your belongings dry, and they come in different sizes to accommodate your needs. 

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7. Universal Adapter

When travelling overseas, a universal adapter is essential. This allows you to charge your electronic devices and use your hairdryer without any worries. Look for one that can be used in multiple countries. 

8. Travel Wallet

A travel wallet is perfect for keeping all your travel documents organised. This includes your passport, boarding pass, and travel insurance. Keeping everything in one place will make the check-in process much easier. 

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9. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Noise cancelling headphones block out ambient noise, which can be useful, especially during long-haul flights. They also help reduce stress and create a more enjoyable travelling experience. 

10. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is an essential item for any traveller. It’s important to have basic medication and emergency equipment readily available. This includes items like plasters, painkillers, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Do note, you may need to pack this in your checked luggage, especially if you’ve included clippers or nail scissors. 

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Packing for your next trip does not have to be overwhelming. With these ten travel items, you can ensure that your next holiday is stress-free and enjoyable. Remember to pack light, stay organised and keep your travel documents safe. We hope you found this post helpful in preparing for your next adventure. Happy travels! 

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