The Savvy Story began not very Savvy...
After graduating University, I was preparing to travel around the world for a year; a trip of a lifetime that would see me climb mountains in the Andes,
Scuba Dive off the Great Barrier Reef,
and jostle my way through the manic streets of New Delhi.
Similar to many parents, mine were a tad apprehensive before my big adventure.
As preparation (…and I think a bit of a self-coping mechanism for them!), they gave me an odd assortment of travel items that they for some reason deemed essential, and insisted on me making sure they were at all times accessible "because you never know what’s around the corner."
Although I truly doubted whether I needed a mosquito net that was solely for my head, I heeded to their advice, packed and off I went.
Firstly, and unsurprisingly, some of the items proved more ‘essential’ than others.
Secondly, I found that when I actually needed one of the items, they were never accessible; I had either left them in my hostel because I didn’t think I would need them, or not packed them in my day bag because I didn’t have enough space.
The more I travelled, the more savvy I became, and so I began assembling the actual essential items that a traveller will always need, which included:
So you can always make emergency calls.
|First Aid Kit||Accidents happen and are especially common, and difficult to treat, while travelling.|
|Padlock||To keep your valuables safe and to deter opportunistic thieves. Also required for many hostel lockers.|
Always useful to have, and a necessity if intending hiking/camping. Power outages are also surprisingly common in lots of countries.
|Pen Knife Card||
Incredibly useful item with 18 different features, including bottle openers, can openers, screwdriver and much more.
Protect yourself and your backpack from any unexpected downpours.
|Emergency Foil Blanket||Even the simplest of trips can go awry, in which having a foil blanket could just save your life.|
|Sun Block Stick||Stops you getting completely burnt and looking like a foolish tourist when you have forgotten your sun cream.|
Block out snoring and all other noises from loud hostels, trains and buses.
|Eye Mask||Helps you catch up on sleep wherever you are and whatever the time of day.|
|Hand Sanitizer Gel||
A basic level of hygiene is very difficult to keep on top of whilst travelling and will help prevent "Traveller's Tummy."
|Insect Repellent Wipes||Deters mosquitoes wherever applied (not just your face!)|
Toilet paper is a surprisingly (and worryingly) rare commodity in a lot of countries, and it is not a nice feeling getting 'caught out.'
|Pen||Always useful when technology inevitably lets you down.|
|Emergency Phone Numbers for all 195 Countries||Important to have access to the emergency services telephone number in the country you are travelling in, in case it is ever needed.|
Different people require different personal items for travelling. For instance, there is room for an inhaler, paracetamol and in my case tea bags (very essential).
|Savvy's Secret Pocket||Keep hidden a: copy of your passport, copy of your insurance and some emergency US dollars.|