by Fareeha Umair @DastaanWorld
Travelling can be a daunting experience for the inexperienced globetrotter. If you are one, chances are your luggage is bulging with stuff you don’t really need. I mean, do you really need to bring your entire sock collection or your special pillow?
However, there are some incredibly useful items that should be part of your travel itinerary. Here are 5 unique travel essentials which can make your trip easier to manage:
1. A Power Strip
If you travel for the ‘gram or even if you want to update your Facebook status during your travels, you need rechargeable devices. Unfortunately, few hotel rooms have more than one outlet. So you can charge either your phone or your tablet at any given time. If the lamps are connected to the outlet as well, you might as well leave those gadgets behind.
Frustrating, right? Not unless you bring a power strip with you. This handy portable device can turn one outlet into several. Look for one that comes with in-built USB ports so you can charge multiple devices.
2. An Eye Mask
Trust me, you are going to need this in your purse or hold-all during your travels. You can’t ask the lights on the subway or train to be turned off just because you can’t sleep with them on!
The solution? An eye mask that blocks all light so you can get some much needed shuteye en route to your destination. Get one that blocks out those glaring lights, and places gentle pressure on your eyes without blocking circulation.
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3. Portable Clothesline
Travelling is not cheap. You should, therefore, seriously consider reducing unnecessary expenses. One such expense is laundry. Your hotel will do it for you but you can save that money, and spend it elsewhere. If and when you do wash your own clothes, use a portable clothesline to dry them instead of draping wet laundry on pristine sheets.
One of several travel essentials which people don’t often consider, a portable clothesline is compact and easy to pack. Your luggage won’t get tangled up in it, and it will come in particularly handy if you are in a small hotel that does not offer laundry facilities.
4. Powdered Detergent
Make sure you pack detergent as well. Take travel-sized packs if possible, even if you will have a lot of laundry. However, if you want to travel light, don’t want to argue at Customs or want to save money, just buy detergent after you land at your destination.
A 250 to 400 gram bag will be sufficient for your needs. It should last you throughout your trip, and you won’t have much left at the end of your travels. If you plan on hotel hopping, opt for smaller bags so you don’t lug around extra weight.
5. An Extra Backpack
Chances are you carry more stuff than is necessary during your travels. It’s a mistake made by most travelers. Better to be safe than sorry, eh? While you may have everything you need (and more), your regular backpack can only carry so much.
A good idea is to bring along a separate backpack which you can stow away in a suitcase. It’s a better solution than trying to stuff those souvenirs in an already full bag. Plus, you can always carry it separately to reduce some of the weight.
There are other things which you should pack as well but these travel essentials should be at the top of your list for a worry-free trip.