As lovers of travel, we all have our “must haves” for clothing, electronics and toiletries which will vary from person to person. In my own experience as a solo female backpacker, I would consider the below items as my essential travel items:
1. Dry Shampoo
This has to be my most used item when I travel. Whether my hair is in need of a slight pick-me-up before heading out for the evening or an early morning bus ride with not so stellar hair, this is my absolute go to item. A few quick sprays, brush strokes and a flip of the hair, you are ready to go. No one can tell you’ve spent hours at the grimy bus terminal waiting for the super delayed bus! I use
Batiste Dry Shampoo for Medium and Brunette and take it with me on every trip.
2. Packing Cubes
A great solution to saving space and being organized. These cubes saved me so much time from the continuous unpack and repack cycle that I usually go through that results in clothes so wrinkly that they are beyond recognition. I purchased mine from Amazon and they were inexpensive. I wish discovered these sooner!
3. Sunnie Brook Hair Towel
It’s true, my best friend knows me best and gifted me with my most utilized item – the SB Hair Towel. It is multi-functional, takes up such little space and made from 100% Turkish Cotton. Use it as many ways as you want: blanket, beach towel, sarong, table cloth, scarf, etc. Given my hair is a sponge, this super absorbent and quick drying towel is perfect for a water baby like me.
4. Baby Wipes (Travel Pack Size)
Inexpensive, moist and will save you in almost every situation. Sometimes, you may even come out as the hero! Baby wipes are a quick and easy fix to remove make up, clean your hands, freshen you up on a hot day, and of course, a good substitute for TP/kleenex. Never leave your hostel without it..
5. First-Aid Kit
Let’s be practical, and keep it simple. Ziplock bag with anti-inflammatory gel/cream, hydrogen peroxide (travel size), gauze, medical tape, travel meds (gravol, pepto, advil), perscription meds (if applicable) and band-aids. I realize many out there in internet land would contest this point and it seems like a lot of stuff to take. I speak from experience, given that I’m completely accident prone and injure myself at least once every trip. Non-prescription meds toss them in one bottle to save space. Everything else that was listed have been used more than once on either myself or other backpackers. Pharmacies are present and can vary in cost but I found that it is pretty handy to have around.