When you’re going on a trip, packing your bags properly can be a chore. Most often, you may tend to forget the essentials you’ll need on your trip, only to realize that its missing when you need it the most. 

Packing is a skill that can help you avoid inconvenient situations on your trip. Furthermore, packing a few must-have travel essentials will ensure that you’re well-prepared for anything that comes up on your trip. 

In this article, we discuss the top must-have travel essentials that you should always bring with you when you travel. 

1. Portable Charger

If you’re going on a trip, you’re obviously looking forward to taking beautiful Instagram-worthy pictures that document your experience, and the worst thing that can happen is your phone running out of juice just while you’re out and about exploring the city. You also don’t want your phone to stop working when you’re figuring out directions or waiting for an important call. To ensure that your phone never runs out of battery, invest in a portable charger. Portable chargers are easy to pack, don’t take up much space in your travel bag, and are sure to come handy during your travels.

2. Headlamps 

As a traveler, you are likely to visit several places that doesn’t have ample lighting or natural light. This is especially true if you’re an adventure traveler. When you’re traveling to remote parts of the world, you’re likely to face electricity outages. Trekking in the wilderness or simply visiting unexplored natural settings can be inconvenient without a pair of headlamps – after all, you don’t want to be stuck in the dark. These headlamps are practical, allow you to keep your hands free, and can illumine even the darkest spots on your hiking trails. 

3. Travel Adapter 

When you’re traveling with your electronic gadgets, you have to keep in mind that the sockets in different places are designed differently. This is especially applicable if you’re traveling to several countries as different countries have different plug designs. This makes the travel adapter a must-have essential in your backpack. A travel adapter can plug your device in any socket design. While buying one, make sure to choose an adapter that can work for several plug designs. 

Since countries like the US and Canada allow only dual voltage devices while you’re traveling, you may also want to carry a convertor. A convertor can convert the energy flow flowing through it to match your device. 

4. Sunscreen 

Sunscreen is one of the most essential items to carry, especially when you’re vacationing in nature. Whether you’re trekking in the outdoors the entire day or taking Insta-worthy photos in a breathtakingly scenic location, the direct sunlight can damage your skin within a few hours. Therefore, it’s important to carry sunscreen whenever you’re travelling. 

5. Medicines

Carrying a small first aid kit with essentials like band-aids, painkillers, multi-vitamins, and energy drink mixes is important for any traveler. You never know when you may need any of these things. Painkillers and allergy tablets come in handy when you’re having a headache, stomach ache or any allergic reactions. Carrying your daily dose of multi-vitamins is a sure way of keeping fit throughout your trip and a few packs of energy drink mixes will make sure you stay hydrated throughout your trip. 

6. Walking Shoes 

If you plan to do a lot of walking on your trip, carrying a pair of walking shoes can make your sightseeing experience more comfortable and pleasant. If you’re going hiking, make sure to pack a pair of sturdy, comfortable hiking shoes that’s waterproof and provides a good grip and traction. If your hiking boots are bulky, wear them to the airport to save space in your backpack. 

7. Water Bottle 

Most travel backpacks have a water compartments for keeping your water bottle. Carrying a reusable, good-quality water bottle will ensure that you’re always well hydrated. It’s also an economic and eco-friendly option since you won’t have to consciously buy packaged water during your travels. 


Packing for your trips in an organized manner requires a degree of skill. When packing for your trip you may remember to keep essentials like toiletries, medicines, clothes, snacks, and your passport. However, most of you may not consider carrying items like portable chargers, adapters, or walking shoes for your trip that are equally important for any travels. From charging your phones on-the-go to using your computer in a café, these essentials will make your travels smooth and comfortable.