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Essential Travel Kit

In this factsheet, we outline the essential pieces of kit we think you should take with you on your gap year. Including which type of travel bag you’ll need, security items, health accessories and useful gadgets. This list is designed to give you a starting point for your packing list, so you’ll probably come across some other items you’ll want to take with you on your trip! If you’re still looking for some packing inspiration after reading this guide, take a look at our range of travel kits, which contain a selection of essential & useful items for travel.

Side Opening Travel Bag (£59.99 - £179.99)
Even though these can be the most expensive types of bags they have loads more features and will last for years. A detachable daypack means you can take the essentials and your valuables away during the day and leave the rest in your accommodation. Their side opening design means that you can easily access and store your belongings, as opposed to standard top loading rucksacks. You can also zip away your rucksack straps to protect them during flights.

Torch (£0.99 - £24.99)
A torch is an essential accessory for travelling. From finding your toothbrush in a hostel to avoiding snakes on your way to the dunny, it'll come in handy, trust us! Whether you opt for a Maglite or a cheaper alternative, it’s wise to have one in your backpack. If you need to keep your hands free, a head torch is another option you can look into.

Travel Towel (£5.99-£26.99)
Taking a regular towel in your luggage will mean you won't have space for much else. It will also take ages to dry and will probably start to smell if you leave it in your bag! Travel towels are developed to be much more compact, dry faster and many now have an antibacterial treatment, which stops them rotting or smelling. A great investment for extra space and good smells!

Money Belt (£3.99-£23.99)
One thing you really don't want to do on your trip is lose your tickets or passport. A money belt means you can keep them close to hand, next to your body. It also stops thieves getting their hands on them! Money belts are available in many different styles, including options that can be worn around your waist or neck.

Duct Tape (£1.99-£2.99)
You’d be surprised at just how useful a roll of duct tape can be when travelling. It’s perfect for emergency gear repairs, so if you tear a hole in your backpack, you can instantly patch it up with some tape to prevent your stuff falling out. Also great for repairing tents, clothing and more!

Document Wallet (£4.99 – £19.99)
There is nothing worse than rifling through your dirty clothes in your bag as someone stands over you demanding your passport. Solve this embarrassing problem by storing your documents in a handy wallet. They will last longer as well!

Combination Luggage Lock (£0.99 - £10.99)
Getting a lock that secures the zips on your bag will keep away would be thieves on buses and in hostels. Remember if you are going to the USA to get a TSA approved one. We would also recommend a lock with a combination code as it’s much easier to remember a number and if you lose your keys you are scuppered!!

Travellers First Aid Kit (£1.99 - £29.99)
This one’s a health essential! You should take a basic first aid kit wherever you are heading. If you are heading to developing countries, then get a much more comprehensive kit, including sterile needles and water treatment. A survival blanket and bite treatment are also useful in your kit.

Worldwide Plug Adaptor Kit (£5.99-£29.99)
If you are thinking of taking your phone, iPod or camera on your trip then you'll need something to allow you to stick your charger in the wall. A universal kit will cover most countries whilst not filling up your bag with loads of random adapters.

Insect Repellent (£1.49 - £7.99)
No matter where in the world you’re travelling to, insects such as mosquitoes are likely to be a problem. A good mosquito repellent with DEET is the best way to protect yourself from painful insect bites and stings, or you can opt for a DEET free option if you have sensitive skin.