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Traveling Essentials: What You Need to Pack for a Stress-Free Trip

Traveling sure requires a lot of planning—deciding on where to go, budgeting for the trip, and packing everything you need, to name a few. 

Packing can especially be taxing, you have to decide what to bring, worry about overpacking, and make sure that everything is packed safely.

Packing can be especially be taxing, you have to decide what to bring, worry about overpacking, and make sure that everything is packed safely.

So, here’s the list of all the traveling essentials you need; guaranteed to make your trip much more convenient with no luggage overload. Check out everything you need in the below!

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Traveling Essentials for a Stress-Free Trip

To know exactly what to bring, you can start by dividing the items into three categories: things that will stay in your luggage, things to carry around all the time, and things that add comfort and convenience.

These Will Stay in Your Luggage

1. Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes


These things work like magic. They’ll keep your clothes and shoes organized, therefore making you easy to unpacking your belongings.

It’s best to divide each cube into different categories. For example, plan your daily outfits for the duration of your trip and put them in one cube.

Alternatively, you can simply divide them by types: casualwear, fancy clothing, stay-in clothing, and so on.

2. Toiletries



Since hygiene is essential to your health and well-being, packing basic toiletries is a must.

While hotels often comes with a soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and even toothpaste, these products don’t always suit your skin type.

So be sure to bring toiletries that fit your preference. Bring along other basic hygiene products such as deodorants, a brush, a moisturizer, and a facial cleanser to keep you always well prepared and you don’t have to get new ones.

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3. Carry-On Bag

When you traveling, you will have to hop from one destination to another. Bringing luggage only will definitely be inconvenient—the size is too big, and it’ll be difficult to fetch what you need quickly.

That’s why bringing at least one carry-on bag is one of the most important traveling essentials there is. This way, you can bring all your essential items around and store them safely in one place.

You can choose the ideal carry-on bag according to your plans. If you plan to go outdoors with a lot of walking, it’s best to bring a backpack.

But if you plan to visit museums or go cafe-hopping, you can settle with the simple purse or tote bag.

4. ID and Documents

Traveling Essentials

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You can’t really travel without these, especially when it comes if you’re planning to go abroad. Be sure to check that you have your ID and the needed documents with you, including tickets or special permits.

5. Travel Insurance

You can never predict what might happen. To put your mind at ease, make sure you own travel insurance before going on a trip.

This will be extremely helpful in cases of emergencies, such as an accident or if you ever fell ill during the trip.

You can opt for short-term health insurance policies. Carry your health insurance identification card and a claim form during your travels.

Read Also: Uh-Oh, What to Do If You Get Sick While Traveling

6. Tissues and Wet Wipes

Tissues and Wet Wipes


Who knows when you’re gonna make a mess, or have a bad case of runny nose? As a mitigation, it’s important to always bring tissues and wet wipes on your person.

This way, you can quickly clean up any mess or spill then easily dispose of it. You won’t have to worry about walking around with an embarrassingly notable stain on your shirt.

7. Water and Snacks

Water and Snacks

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Rather than risking getting hangry on the road, pack water and snacks in advance. This is especially convenient for short-haul flights or when you’re waiting in line.

Bringing snacks ensures that you’ll always have an energy source to rely, and bringing water helps you stay hydrated throughout the day.

You’d want to avoid salty snacks though, since those can make you thirsty quickly.

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8. Medications

If you have an ongoing condition that requires medication, be sure to bring them with you.

However, it can be more cautious if you’re planning to go abroad. Some countries consider certain medicines as illegal narcotics, so be sure to do your research before going.

It doesn’t mean that you can’t bring your medications with you; you just have to prepare the proper paperwork to be allowed to carry your prescribed medicines.

9. Bug Repellant

Bug Repellant

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Bug repellant is especially important if you’re traveling outdoors or somewhere tropical.

Many bugs will swarm onto you, so be sure to use bug repellant to avoid them. Some bugs even carry local diseases that you definitely don’t want to have.

Opt for travel-size lotions or sprays for ease of use. They also fit in any bag easily.

10. Sunscreen



Whether you go indoors or outdoors, sunscreen is a travel essential you should always carry. 

Sunscreen is one of the best and easiest ways to protect your skin’s appearance and health. Furthermore, sunscreen can even help prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging.

11. Cash

Even though we live in a modern cashless society, it doesn’t mean we should completely rely on technology for daily transactions.

When traveling, you’re likely to go to places that don’t accept cashless payment methods—especially authentic destinations, like food stalls or other hidden gems.

In case of an emergency, having cash on hand can help you settle everything quickly.

Nice to Have, Adding More Comfort and Convenience

12. Neck Pillow

neck pillow


This item will give you full comfort if you’re on the road for a long time.

You can catch up on some sleep, or simply just have something comfortable to lean on while watching your favorite series on the road.

In any case, it’s a must-have comfort item for your travels.

13. Extension Cord and Universal Plug Adapter

Sometimes you’ll encounter not enough power sockets for your many electronic devices. Instead of having to charge everything one by one, you can bring an extension cord with you.

If you’re traveling abroad, bring a universal plug adapter. This will come in handy since the power sockets differ in every country.

14. Portable Powerbank

Portable Powerbank


Running out of battery while you’re on the road? Well, you won’t have to worry about that if you have a portable powerbank with you.

With this, you can conveniently charge your phone at any time and any place. No more having to rely on finding a power socket.

15. Earphones or Headphones

Earphones or Headphones


You’ll never get bored if you have earphones or headphones on hand.

For better comfort, you can opt for noise-canceling ones. That way, you can tune out any loud noises and simply enjoy music in bliss.

16. A Pair of Travel Blanket and Pillow

A Pair of Travel Blanket and Pillow


To ensure your comfort during extended road trips or lengthier stays in chilly airports, simply unzip the pillow and extract the blanket if you feel cold.

Afterward, neatly fold it back into the sleeve to transform it into a pillow. Additionally, it conveniently attaches to your carry-on with the help of clips.

17. Foldable Water Bottle

Foldable Water Bottle


Foldable water bottles offer practical advantages for people on the move, providing easy storage and portability with their collapsible design.

In essence, the benefits of foldable water bottles extend beyond convenience, embodying environmental consciousness and adaptability to various lifestyles.

18. Portable Fan

Portable Fan


A portable fan becomes a valuable travel companion, offering a host of benefits to enhance comfort on the go.

Whether waiting at airports, exploring tourist attractions, or enduring warm climates, the convenience and relief provided by a portable fan make it an essential travel accessory.

Read Also: 6 Tried-and-True Practical Tips on Traveling with Kids

Traveling on a Budget? Stay at Bobobox

Stay at Bobobox

Stay at Bobobox

Each Bobobox Capsule Hotel branch is located around a tourism hotspot, so you can visit many iconic culinary gems and destinations within a short walking distance.

Even if you want to go somewhere else, you can easily access various modes of public transportation.

On top of that, Bobobox strives to offer a unique experience. Guests can stay in a futuristic pod powered by the Internet of Things.

Designed especially for your comfort, you can personalize your stay by adjusting the pod lighting according to your mood.

Safety is guaranteed—you will have a QR code unique to you so you’re the only one who can access your pod.

Book your stay now to experience Indonesia in a unique yet authentic way. For booking and more information, you can download the Bobobox app on Play Store or App Store.


Penulis artikel: Sheila Lalita

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