Packing for an overseas trip can be a monumental task and I know the first time I went overseas on my own I packed many items only to learn they soon became superfluous to my holiday. I did discover 3 items that became essential items that I pack for every trip I now undertake.

No 1 Item – Document/Passport/Wallet organiser

My passport come wallet come document organizer was a fantastic purchase. It allowed me to have all my documents like passport, tickets, booking confirmations, ID cards, credit cards and other important documents all in the one place. It made my life easier having all these in the one easy to access place. It was also a very stylish item and the wrist strap meant it was easy to carry around. I chose a light grey colour so it didn’t stand out and for security, I ensured I knew where my organizer was at all times cause if lost or stolen my whole life would have been chaos.

No 2 Item – Neck pillow


Not the most attractive looking item but the most comfortable. My neck pillow became my best friend on long (and short) trips when I wanted to close my eyes and get some rest. You can’t always lay down on transport and so my pillow supported my neck and stopped my head falling to my shoulder so I didn’t wake up sore, but rested instead. My pillow was easy to inflate, I simply used a few breathes and it was ready for use. It was also easy to deflate and folded up small making it easy to pack in to my hand luggage.

No 3 Item – Travel adapter


Many countries have different prongs to plug in to electricity sockets and having the travel adapters to cover different countries came in handier than I ever imagined. My travel adapters were ideal when it came to using my hair dryer and charging my devices, which as you know, need to be done regularly. The plug I chose was compatible for the UK and also the EU (European Union) which was fantastic during my European travels. The plug also had 2 USB ports which allowed me to charge a number of items at the one time.

No 4 Item – Toiletry Bag


I like to keep all my toiletries together and I found the best toiletry bag ever. It was waterproof and had a number of compartments allowing me to classify all my toiletries making it so easy to find what I needed. As I travelled through the UK and EU I discovered that when you stay in hostels and camping grounds having a toiletry bag that you can hang up on a hook near the shower is a must and luckily the one I look with me had one. I cannot recommend having a good waterproof toiletry bag enough.

All these items are available now in the travel shop

About the author: Sharyn McCullum travelled the world for 4 years. She is now based in Melbourne, Australia.

I would love to hear what was your favourite item/s you packed.


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