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My Advice on What To Pack

Before I left for my trip I must have looked at about 20 websites that listed hundreds of things that you could take on holiday.  Here is my recommendation for what to take - with nice pictures to look at!




  • A specially designed-for-travel towel (available at hiking shops - my personal favourite is Countryside) is a real space saver and not too awkward to use.
  • Clothes packing system by Eagle Creek.  This is intended only for keeping a few dress shirts flat, but it works just as well for keeping everything in.  I carried my entire wardrobe in this little pack which made choosing clothes and rooting around in my backpack much easier.
  • One hoodie.  For cool evenings, going up mountains, use in conjunction with an umbrella in the rain etc. 




Summery/ Daytime things

    • A bag for daytime use
    • A foldable hat
    • A pair of sunglasses in a nice hard case
    • Pair of flipflops or other shoes for when it's too hot for your trainers
    • A little battery-operated fan







Toiletries you will only need when at the hostel/hotel

  • Razor
  • Make-up
  • Little Compact Mirror
  • Dental Floss
  • Tweasers (good for splinters too)
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush (with case is a good idea)
  • Shampoo
  • Shower Gel
  • Moisturiser








Day Toiletries
    • Face/hand wipes
    • Trainer freshner
    • After sun
    • Sun cream
    • Deoderant
    • Body spray
    • Foot spray
    • Shower cap (didn't fit in my other bag :o))








  • Travel washing line (intertwined elastic with bungee hooks)
  • Travel washing detergent (decanted, here)
  • Travel basin plug (youth hostels don't have plugs in sinks to prevent flooding - you must take your own if you want to hand wash clothes)
  • Small sewing kit: white cotton, black cotton, needles, safety pins.  If you don't want to take a sewing kit, take the saftey pins at least.



    • Document folder to keep souvenirs pristine
    • Plastic plate (makes a sandwich feel like a proper meal)
    • Child-sized cutlery
    • Plastic container
    • Water "bladder" (collapses when emptied)
    • Umbrella (instead of coat)




I worked in a pharmacy for a while and think I have come up with the perfect Travel First Aid Kit
  • Scissors
  • Surgical tape
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plaster strip
  • Wound dressing
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Blister plasters (I recommend Compeed)
  • Calamine and Glycerine cream (for stings, rashes etc.)
  • Travel tablets
  • Allergy tablets
  • Decongestant tablets
  • Menthol crystals
  • Nasal inhaler
  • Sore throat sweeties
  • Ear plugs (very important!)
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Sleeping tablets
  • Caffeine tablets
  • Anti-Diarrhoea tablets
  • Rehydration treatment
  • Any prescription medicine (take a photocopy of your prescription as a precaution)
  • Any things that might make you feel more comfortable: eyewash, eardrops, laxatives (funny travel diets...)




Combination lock padlock. 
Most youth hostels have lockers but not all.  This came in handy many times; both for using on a cupboard and for locking the rucksack to the bed (just in case..) where lockers weren't provided.