When heading off on holiday there are a number of items which cross over from being merely handy, to practical must-haves. Today, we’re going to explore five items which are ultimate essentials to pack for any holiday you’re thinking about going on. Take note. If you head off without any of these, you might soon find yourself in a spot of bother.



Documentation copies

Having just the documents themselves sometimes isn’t enough. While you’ll definitely need these official pieces of information to get about, taking a back-up copy with you is equally as necessary.

Naturally, most countries have a very strict set of entry requirements (listed here by the British government), so you’ll need to check up on which documents you’re going to have to take with you before you go.

Once you have your answer, make sure to print a host of copies just in case the worst does happen and they somehow go missing. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.



Universal adapters

These handy tools have the capability to transform any type of plug socket into one which works with your electrical device. Without a universal adapter, you won’t be able to charge your phone, iPad or laptop.

You can pick these up from any number of hardware outlets, and are unlikely to cost you any more than £25 at the very most. In an age where we are incredibly reliant on technology, a simple gadget like this serves to make a huge difference to our enjoyment levels abroad. The Spectator lists four handy adaptors you’ll want to take on your hols.



Versatile clothing

It’s not just important to remember to take enough clothing to get you through the holiday. For those who care even a little about how they look, considering what types of clothes do and don’t work together is just as crucial.

“I’m not that much of a fashion snob”, I hear you protest. That may be the case, but do you really want to get to the last day of the trip and find all you have left is a luminous yellow t-shirt and salmon pink shorts?

The Secret Traveller suggest avoiding embarrassment by packing block colours that aren’t too bright, and which can be mixed and matched seamlessly with any number of garments.



Basic medical supplies

Carrying a basic first aid kit with you on holiday is advice you’ve been handed down throughout the years – and for good reason. Keeping this essential set of supplies on you at all times will go a long way to preventing disasters from occurring.

The NHS suggests a detailed list of items you can include in your kit you can include in your kit, with some of the most important being:

  • Different sizes of plasters
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Painkillers
  • Eye wash
  • Distilled water

If you or someone you’re travelling with suffers from a more niche condition, you should naturally include items which are specifically made for that purpose.



Waterproof clothing

It doesn’t matter where you’re going; there’s always the chance you could be caught in a downpour. People often think holidays to hot locations like the tropics mean there’s no risk of rain. In reality the opposite is true.

Yes, you’ll probably enjoy a few weeks basking in the sun; but there are always the chances of a tropical storm catching you out. Except, you won’t be caught out – because you’ll be kitted out in your waterproof clothes.

If you want to make sure your next holiday is not a disaster, remember to take all of these essential items with you. Failing to plan your trip could result in a not-so-happy time.


Photo credits – rain.

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