Infected with the Wanderlust bug and offices in South Africa and London, travelling is something we do quite a bit. Our top 10 travel essential items that you need for stress-free are:
No explanation needed. This is the most important item in your bag. Check beforehand that you have at least 2 free unstamped pages and your visas are up to date and don’t expire while you are abroad.
Your phone; our travelling desk and trip assistant, is our hero item. It keeps your boarding pass, helps you stay and keep in contact with your beloved ones at home, including your team, providing you with calendar updates and correspondence with the new contacts you will make during your trip. Use apps to make reservations for transport and accommodation, make to do lists and reminders. Having all necessary information at hand is fabulous. Make sure you save a scan of your passport and visas – just in case.
But that’s not it yet! It gives you other important features: A camera to freeze your best travel moments forever, music to entertain you on long flights. Don’t forget the headphones!
- Mobile power station
Take a fully charged ‘emergency’ power pack with you. They are super handy and worth carrying as your next charging point might not be as convenient as you would like.
- Beauty essentials
Your skin needs even more TLC while travelling; change in climate and cabin air can be skin no-nos. Your essentials may include your toothbrush (with a protective cover), hair bands and pins, as well as a hair brush and some cotton buds. Our favourite: Coconut Oil is a great natural skin care all-rounder; use it as a natural makeup remover, hydrate your lips, hair or use it as a body moisturiser. It is an active ingredient we love and use in many of our products and has amazing skin and hair loving benefits.
A hand sanitiser in a travel-friendly size, to keep our hands clean and fresh. If it is scented, the aromatherapy effect of the fragrance can also be calming and refreshing.
Wet wipes are also very useful in many situations to fresh up and clean surfaces.
A small travel first aid kit may include painkillers, medicine for a troubled stomach, insect repellant, sunscreen and some band aids.
- Malée Hydrating Hand Cream
Changes in climate and recycled cabin air dehydrate your skin very quickly, especially your hands and feet. Malée’s Hydrating Hand Cream, rich in skin loving active ingredients, will help moisturise, soothe, smooth and soften your skin. You can also apply it on your feet and massage to achieve better circulation and benefit from the aromatherapeutic effect of our fragrances.
Another multi-purpose travel essential item, a large scarf will help you cover up when it gets chilly at night or on the plane. Use it on the beach or as a blanket for a picnic.
Snacking comes with travelling, so say no to candy, sweets, ice cream and crisps from the kiosk shelves. Take your own (healthy) snacks so you won’t get hungry in between meals. Almonds and coconut water to keep hydrated are great options. Just remember to drink it up before entering the security gate.
- Ear plugs + Sleeping mask
Close your eyes and drift away.
Travelling is always a good time to pick up a new book to read, finish your current book or that magazine issue you have been dying to read, or just review the business presentation.
- Notebook and Pen
If you still love a good hand-written note, or write a travel journal or diary.
Our top tip: record everything that makes your trip unique, make mental notes of the small details and you will thank yourself for the effort.
The pen will always be useful to fill visa and customs with ease.