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7 Essential Items We Bring when Travelling

Written by Syfa 

Whether using a backpack or a suitcase, packing several essential items can be tiring and need full attention. We are sometimes confused about what to bring when planning to travel abroad. There are even carry-on items brought when they're not needed!

You won't exactly forget your shoes or clothes, but what about the other unnoticeable carry-ons? So, in this article, we'd like to share some less-obvious items we bring for travel. We hope some of these items can give you some inspiration when traveling.

1. Universal Travel Adaptor

Travel adaptor
Baseus Travel Adaptor

This is one of the must-have items for travelers! Your laptop, mobile phone, iron, and hair dryer could all fit in your luggage. But will they work in your destination country? Because not all countries have the same plug type, it is best for you to discover the types of plugs worldwide, especially in your destination country.

Let's take Singapore as an example. The most common types of plugs in Singapore are type C, M, and G. Type C has two round pins, type G has three round pins, and type M has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. It will be troublesome for some travelers who don't have the same type of plugs.

Fortunately, a tool like a universal travel adaptor can help you freely plug-in electrical cables in various plugs. All you need to do is plug the device or power supply cable into the corresponding slots on the adaptor. After that, connect the adaptor to the power supply outlet.

As mentioned above, there are several types of travel adaptors, some are standardized with various plug types, and some are equipped with USB sockets, too. You can easily find them in the online marketplace.

We've got one travel adaptor from Baseus. They have three plug types and are also equipped with a two-port USB supporting Quick Charge 3.0. It's beyond helpful to charge two devices at the same time without having to bring each adaptor.

2. Power Strip

Terminal listrik

Throughout of all his travels, my husband always told me that there's never enough power strips in a hotel. He once shared a room with his friend, and they need to choose between watching TV or charging their phones/power bank.

So, the solution is to bring your own power strip! When traveling to Singapore and Malaysia, we packed a wireless power strip because it was easier and gave us more space in our bags.

However, we sometimes packed an outlet power strip because it offers us a flexible cable allowing multiple electrical devices to be powered from a single socket.

3. Power Bank

Power bank

The power bank also includes a list of our essential items. We don't want to miss the atmosphere or picturesque sites we visit just because we are low on battery! Because when traveling, we tend to go all the way from morning to night without going back to our hotel.

However, you need to be careful when bringing this one because there's a limit on the power bank capacity that can pass through an airline's concerns. A power bank with more than 160 Wh capacity is strictly prohibited in flight.

Another problem is some people are not aware of the power bank capacity in the wH unit because some of the power banks are in the mAh unit. You can check the explanation in our article about some prohibited items in a cabin.

I usually carry a power bank with a capacity of 10,000 mAh. It is not only allowed to enter the airplane cabin, but power banks with this capacity are also smaller and lighter. So far, it's enough to back up our cell phones while traveling.

4. Anti Bacterial Cleansing Wipes

Tisu basah

During our travels, cleansing wipes are one of the items that we always bring everywhere! While MRT and bus rides can be super thrilling, they're not always clean places. It's important to keep your hands sanitized with them because washing your hands may not always be an immediate option to go.

I found this very helpful in Singapore because their toilets don't have jet-spray healthy faucets like in my home country (apologize for this Asian thingy, lol). I'm not comfortable washing anything without water. So, cleansing wipes are one of the most efficient ones.

5. Sauce

Ramen ouka
A notice at Halal Ramen Ouka Tokyo

This is my husband's story of when he first traveled to Japan. He went to KFC and realized that the sauce was different from Indonesia. He said it wasn't spicy and didn't have a strong flavor at all, even if it was from the same franchise. Another usual experience from Indonesians hahaha...

So, after some travels, he always carries a sachet of sauce when going abroad. This can add some flavor to any food he eats.

There was one interesting story when he ate at Halal Ramen Ouka in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There was an announcement asking diners not to mix sauce or chili powder (like Bon Cabe) into their food. The announcement was in Indonesian too.

It turns out that many Indonesians think the same-- to bring sauce or chili powder when traveling, so they announced that. I personally think it's wise because we can't judge the original taste of the food if it's mixed with a sauce or something else.

6. Reusable Plastic Bag/Pouch

Plastik paspor

Plastic bags seem to be the least glamorous travel item, but they serve a variety of purposes without taking up too much of your bag. Need to cover your passport from dirt? Plastic. Need to separate worn clothing and the clean ones? Plastic. It becomes one travel necessity for us.

7. Travel Health Kit

Tolak angin

As an Indonesian, I love Tolak Angin that much and it's always with me when going abroad. It is a standardized herbal remedy (Masuk Angin) for cold/fever symptoms containing Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Screw Tree, Clove Leaf and Honey. It's perfect! (Well, hello, endorse us).

In addition to Tolak Angin, we always bring vitamin C to maintain our health every day. Some standard medicines such as paracetamol or antacid medicine are also important for common medical emergencies. We must always be on guard so we can be prepared!

Traveling can be a life-changing experience because it can create everlasting memories, so we should pack wisely and effectively. Everyone must have different idea of this, but these 7 items are what we found useful during our travels. So, what about you? Mind sharing it to us?

We are a newlywed couple who loves to eat and travel from one place to another. In this blog, we will share our favorite experiences when visiting various tourist attractions and tasting the delights of good food!

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We are a newlywed couple who loves to eat and travel from one place to another. In this blog, we will share our favorite experiences when visiting various tourist attractions and tasting the delights of good food!

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