15 things to pack for your city break
We asked you guys what your packing essentials are for a trip: what should first-time travellers remember? What’s that lesser known must-have you’ve learnt to add to your list? What space-saving trick do you swear by?
Here are your answers, informed by countless miles and mishaps.
1. A sarong to use as a towel and a curtain; dries fast and takes very little space.” – Betty Heck.
2. “Some duct tape wrapped around a pencil so you don’t have to pack the whole roll.” Why duct tape? “Because it holds the whole universe together.” – Andy Aguirre.
Well, it’s handy for bandaging up exploded luggage, anyway.
3. “A pack of cards” – Bex.
The very best dorm icebreaker: sets off an evening, instigates backpacker bonding and a bit of healthy competition.
4. “Anti-bacterial hand gel” – Laura.
5. “Safety pins” – HI team.
Nifty little item: clasp the zippers of your backpack together to deter thieves, pin that shirt together in place of a lost button, and plenty of other wardrobe malfunctions.
6. “Condoms” – James McCrone.
7. “Zip-lock bags and compression bags” – Lara Reddin.
It might sound as juvenile as sewing your name into your clothes, but trust us – order yourself some Eagle Creek Pack-it Half Cubes to separate clothes items to keep your stuff in check. Freezer bags are cheap and useful for everything from storing your chargers, to keeping your phone dry in the rain.
8. “A plastic coffee thermos” – Alex.
A plastic cup functions as a sunglasses case (I’ve crushed my Raybans whilst travelling, which in turn crushed my heart), a delicate souvenir transporter, an eco-friendly to-go cup, or a decoy for stashing valuables.
9. “A money-belt” – Roylene Everett.
Yeah. The money-belt is back.
10. “A day bag that doesn’t hurt to lug around all day, fits everything you need and looks nice – I’m yet to find one that fits the mould. #help” – Ash McConnell.
What about a satchel? Plenty of space, looks good in any given situation and available in backpack form, just in case those straps rub:
11. “Offline maps saved on my phone” – Jesse Kimmerling.
Hostels are great bases to set you up with local knowledge and directions, but if you’re not planning on racking up the roaming charges, use the hostel WiFi and printscreen some maps before you head off to explore.
12. “Paw Paw ointment” – Sage Hammer.
A multi-purpose balm you can’t travel without: lip balm, skin balm, nail balm, heel balm for those sore city-stomping feet.
13. “Adhesive: once travelling in Germany my shoe sole came up… also a couple of plastic bags.”- Mohan Kumar G
14. “My two cents is an eye mask – you can never predict when someone’s going to turn the lights on in a hostel dorm!” – Julian.
15. “An open mind and a flexible schedule” – Jen Prion.