Are you a yogi who loves to travel? Are you finding yourself frequently jet setting away to new destinations? Or maybe you are a long-term traveller always on the move? We have put together a few quick and easy packing essentials to help you save space and make your time on the move simple and clutter free. We also included some handy ‘Inside travel tips’, these tips have been genuinely composed from some of our very own travel errors. Travelling is a journey and making mistakes is an inevitable part of the experience, we hope these tips will help you somewhere along your way! ♥
1. Universal Travel Adaptor
Don’t make the mistake of buying a conversion adapter for each continent (i.e. one for UK, a separate one for Europe, and a separate one for America). These days you can buy one plug that does it all! So you can unlock and lock to the power conversion you need. And the fact it works in reverse is super handy in case you buy an electronic item (I can guarantee at some point going through duty free sections in airports, you will). In which case you can use the electronic item in any country with your reverse travel adaptor.
Inside Travel Tip: Consider packing a multiple outlet power board (or powerstrip) in case your accommodation doesn’t have plenty of outlets; this makes charging your camera, portable charger, laptop and mobile phone all at the one time possible.
Reading a good book whilst travelling is a great way to relax and kill some downtime at the airport. But, if you are a frequent or long-term traveller, it’s not so practical to carry it around with you. We all get stuck in those scenarios where we haven’t quiet finished our current book and cant leave without packing the next book in the series. Next thing, we are hopelessly rolling clothes and squishing our paperbacks into the bottom of our carry on in an effort to lug that second books around the globe with us. Whilst one is being chewed up in your bag, the other is being soaked by your wet drink bottle or even worse, its drowning in your latte (yes – been there, done that!). This is where kindles are wonderful inventions for travellers; you have a world of stories and knowledge at your fingertips. Keeping it on you for the plane, train, or even a relaxing afternoon somewhere outdoors is made easy as they are fairly durable, slimline and weightless. Think about putting this one on your Christmas wishlist, it’s a great investment!
Inside Travel Tip: Read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for your travel insurance cover very carefully before you buy it. Most travel insurances will not cover stolen phones, laptops, kindles or cameras if they are stolen in a hire car. They also have strict rules about supervising and locking your belongings, and the definition of ‘natural cause’. So, make sure you are 100% clear on the PDS rules and you keep them in mind while your travelling. Having something disastrous happen during travel is stressful. Finding out your insurance will not cover costs of loss or damage really does impact your experiences abroad.
3. Travel Yoga Mat
High quality non-slip mats are great for your everyday practice but they can be heavy and bulky. There are many great yoga mats on the market which are designed for us travelling yogi’s; you will find they are much lighter and more compact for when you are on the move, so if you are frequently jetting away or are continuously travelling, purchasing a lightweight and bulk free travel yoga mat is definitely worth the investment.
Inside Travel Tip: We found a great product review for the latest travel yoga mats currently available on the market. Click here to visit our yogi friends ‘The Yoga Nomads’ page and see their top 5 list for the best travel yoga mats!
4. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can be purchased at most supermarkets or health food stores in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK, America and Canada. One small bottle of coconut oil can replace endless containers and bottles of hair oils and moisturisers for your face and body. Once more, if you are somewhere with a kitchen and need a small amount of cooking oil or decide to cook up a bbq on the beach or at the park– it might save you the extra trip to the supermarket.
Here’s just some of the wonderful things this natural liquid magic can be used for:
→ Cooking (a healthy alternative to regular cooking oils, butters and margaries).
→ Hair moisture, repair and protection (especially good for hot an dry environments)
→ Skin repair and moisturise
→ A natural body scrub (simply combine a small amount with some salt)
→ To aid Nail growth (coconut oil helps nails stay strong and healthy)
Inside Travel Tip: If you are flying only with carry on luggage; you are limited to 100ml so make sure you pour only what you need into a mini travel bottle so you can keep the rest of your coconut oil at home for your next trip.
5. Mini Sewing Kit
We all have our favourite easy care, low maintenance, ‘go with everything’ clothing items! But of course, when you are constantly wearing the same clothes because you have limited packing space, they wear out pretty fast. There’s nothing worse than a splitting seam in your favourite pair of leggings that you specifically packed as a space saving and ‘go with everything’ clothing item. The answer to this problem is to keep a small sewing kit handy. Seams will come loose, clothes will get holes and replacing clothes can get expensive and in some countries, impossible! Seaming a few threads may seem annoying but its actually cheaper, quicker and easier compared to trying to find replacement clothes (especially when it comes to finding the perfect fit for leggings and jeans) .
Inside Travel Tip: If you are flying and not checking in your luggage, take those little pair of scissors out of the kit! They will be confiscated at the airport security gate and this will slow you down or could be the difference between making the flight or missing it.
This Top 5 Travel Essentials for our nomads and yogis is just a start; there is a world of weird and wonderful items that you can purchase or use for frequent and long-term travel. We would love to hear from our readers what they can share on their list of travel essentials? The weirder, the more wonderful ….
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