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Top 10 Essentials to Pack when you're off on your Travels ...

Obviously you are going to need a few extra bits as well but this is a list of things we think you shouldn’t get on the plane without …

1. A Head Torch - Not the most fashionable of items, but incredibly practical. You have light and both of your hands!

2. A Pashmina (a very pretty scarf) - This actually can become SO much more than a scarf - you have a towel that dries very quickly, a blanket, a pillow, a way of protecting your camera from sand on the beach … the possibilities are endless … and of course a scarf.

3. A memory stick or a hard drive - Most of us wouldn’t get on an aeroplane without our cameras but cameras are easily lost, stolen, dropped in the ocean. Get yourself a memory stick and back up your photos. Of course you can do this online but we all know about the pains of slow internet connections in hostels and if you don’t want to lose hours of your life, then a memory stick may be your answer. Genius. 

4. A pack of cards - We all become pretty dependent on our iPod for long journeys but nothing is worse when your battery dies and you are still delayed in the train station … a pack of cards does not have a battery. Plus it is a fantastic way to meet new friends … everyone all over the world loves to play cards (maybe avoid the train tracks though). 

5. A headphone splitter - Again with the looming 8 hour bus journey ahead of you and no battery on your iPod … with a headphone splitter you can share the love with somebody else’s music without them having to sacrifice an ear. 

6. Ear Plug’s - Hostel dorm rooms / night buses, I’m not sure any further explanation is required …

7. A local phrase book - Okay, so the chances are you won’t say it quite right and the locals might laugh a little but they will love you for trying and that is what is important right?

8. A note book - whether you are going to write a detailed account of everything that has happened that day or you just quickly want to write down the name of that town that you ‘simply have to visit’ it is always handy to have a good old pen and paper. 

9. Safety pins - What can’t be done without using a safety pin probably isn’t worth doing … well maybe not quite but they are pretty useful! I once saved a pair of sunglasses for a couple of weeks when I lost the pin from the arm … again not so fashionable but travel isn’t about fashion. Right?

10. A good book - for so many reasons. 1) Long Journeys. 2) People can see what you are reading and it is a good conversation starter. 3) You will never be so excited as when you see a book swap in a hostel with English books 4) You will read some books that you probably never would have picked up before - and you just might like it

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