Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or just starting out on the jet-set route, it’s important to be equipped with the right travel items while being on the move. As most of us know, travelling can be laborious and at times uncomfortable, but once you know exactly what you need to take on board, it’ll make your experience every bit more enjoyable. Here, we list the top 10 essential travel items that every globe-trotter needs, no matter if it’s a one-hour interstate flight or a 24-hour haul.
1. Comfortable footwear
Being the footwear fans (or maybe shoe fetishists seems more suitable) we are at InterContinental Sydney, we thought we would start with this one. Comfortable shoes are an absolute must when travelling – something you can easily slip in and out of while on the plane, and something you can bolt in in case you’re running late for your flight. This means eliminating sky-high stilettos, wedges and strappy sandals, and replacing them with a pair of trendy sneakers, designer loafers or a basic slip-on pump (if you are a corporate traveller).
Keep boredom at bay with a selection of entertainment that you can rotate throughout the trip. We highly recommend being armed with a great book, a bunch of really great podcasts you’ve been meaning to listen to, a killer audiobook and a hit list of your favourite music to tune out to when you need a break. Plus, depending on the airline, there should be a great mix of films, TV shows and games for their in-flight entertainment.
Check out the Stories of the InterContinental Life collection, a curated list of audiobooks by Audible Inc and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts that offer new perspectives on worldly destinations through the intersection of literature and travel, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, One Hundred Years of Solitude and a Tokyo Romance. What a way to get immersed in a destination before you arrive! See more here
3. Eco-friendly water bottle
This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s actually the most important on the list – hydration is a must when travelling on long flights and it simply cannot be neglected if you want to come out feeling somewhat decent on the other side. Air travel zaps all the moisture from your skin and body and the only way to replenish that is by continuously drinking water to stay hydrated.
We recommend the Stein thermos bottle by Healthy Human, which is crafted from BPA-free 18/8 stainless steel and keeps liquids cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours.
4. Comfortable clothing
Again, this step really speaks to the long-distance traveller, who might be parked on the plane for an uncomfortable amount of time. For this, you want to be suitably dressed. The good news is, comfort doesn’t necessarily mean boring or unstylish, there is such a thing as luxe travel fashion and athleisure-wear to ensure you stay chic while on the move. Think luxurious and breathable fabrics, such as cotton, bamboo and linen. Fabrics that allow fluid movement and feel good on the skin. Keep clothes loose-fitting if you can.
Why not look into popular athleisure-wear brands such as P.E Nation for the ultimate in fashionable sportswear and you can’t go past the laid-back yet luxe beautiful fabrics and designs from Australian label Bassike
Sunglasses are the perfect armour for when you step outside the airport and into the daylight after a long flight. Pop them straight on and you will instantly feel refreshed and reinvigorated. Plus, they will hide any signs of tiredness and add a touch of glam to your post-plane look. They are a small accessory, so you can easily stow them away in your handbag with minimal fuss.
Purveyors of the most in-vogue fashions from the globe’s top designers, one of our favourite Sydney haunts is Parlour X, which is the perfect pit-stop for a spot of shopping while in Sydney. Take a peek at their range of sunglasses here
6. A tote bag
You need to fit a plethora of items into one place, so you may as well make it a stylish tote. The bigger the better so you can store all your bits and pieces; but keep it sleek enough so it sits snugly under the chair in front.
We are currently swooning over Tom Ford’s textured leather tote and will always have a thing for New York brand Mansur Gavriel’s gorgeous, chic totes that are perfect for the avid traveller and come in an array of colours.
7. Neck pillow
We admit, this one is not so glamorous, but it is certainly an essential travel item. You can buy neck pillows from most shops at the airport and they really do come in handy as a travel accessory. Neck pillows help alleviate any muscular strain and make sleeping on planes a lot easier, providing a greater chance of catching some comfortable shut-eye.
8. Eye mask
Speaking of shut-eye, we couldn’t recommend an eye mask more highly as an essential travel item. Another easy and small item to stow away in your bag, an eye mask will block out the light and help provide a smoother transition into sleep.
Many airlines provide masks for long overseas flights, but we like the idea of packing your own so it’s a little more luxurious. Take a look at the beautiful silk designs by Slip, non-toxic 100 per cent silk masks that will send you into dreamland
9. Face mist
Refresh and reinvigorate your skin and your senses throughout the flight with a luxurious scented face mist. It will help give you a pick-me-up when you’re starting to feel a little restless and also help to keep your skin hydrated throughout the flight. We love the Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol by Aesop and the Balancing Rose Facial Mist by Kora Organics
We’d also like to highlight a few other beauty essentials: a hair brush, hand moisturiser and a great facial oil (we love La Mer’s ‘Renewal Oil’ to give thirsty skin a big drink after a long flight.
Finally, out last essential travel item is the humble camera. Whether it’s on your phone, a digital SLR or a retro film camera for the nostalgia-prone, never travel without one. It’s the best way to capture those incredible moments and memories that you will treasure forever.