Last time I checked, there are about thousands and thousands of similar articles telling you about what you definitely, most positively, need on your trip. Some of them made me go, “Why the hell would I need a that for a trip?” It’s obvious that what one considers a must have might as well be a dead weight to another.
My advice: make your own list of must have(s).
So here is MY list, my 10 things that I carry with me (or try to at least) whenever I go venture abroad to the unknown.
1. A wristwatch. Handy item that enables you to arrive on time to catch your ferry, train, and other mode transportation. It also comes in handy when trying to figure out how late said ferry or train is when it finally, if ever, arrives.
2. Smartwool socks. Love them, love them, love them. I find that I don’t need to wear any liners whenever I wear these socks, even during multi-day backpacking trips.
3. Flip flops/Tevas.
4. Headlamp if camping or trekking even remotely a possibility. A nice-to-have for hostel crowds, a dead weight for the hotel people.
5. A sarong. Worth its weight in gold.
6, 7, 8 The three trinity of layers: wool thermal, lightweight fleece(or down), and a lightweight rain jacket.
9. Extra cash hidden separately from main wallet.
10. Photocopies of passport and a couple of passport size photos.
So, that’s it. Pretty straightforward, I guess. All of the above can probably be found anywhere you go in the world… except probably for #2, and oh #9.