There aren’t many of us who don’t love travel, but the truth is that forgetting a couple of simple items can turn a long journey into an uncomfortable and inconvenient experience. Nobody wants to arrive at their Brisbane or Melbourne accommodation and have to dash straight out for a toothbrush! Ensure an enjoyable journey by checking that you have these five travel essentials before leaving home.
- Ear plugs and eye mask
When you’re taking a long-haul or red-eye flight, a simple eye mask and set of ear plugs can make all the difference between a decent night’s sleep and hours of wakeful misery. Our traveller’s tip is to invest in some good quality noise-cancelling headphones so you can listen to your favourite playlist or podcast – or simply snooze in peace.
- Basic toiletries
If there’s one thing that makes a long-haul flight bearable, it’s being able to brush your teeth, tidy your hair and freshen up. A good basic toiletry kit will include face wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb or hairbrush and lip balm, plus any medications you need to take regularly. This is also a really smart move in case your airline happens to lose your luggage!
We all know how expensive (and unappetising) food can be at airports, on planes and also at service stations. If you have the chance to pack some food ahead of time you can save money – and often your tastebuds too. We love muesli bars and packaged nuts for easy travel snacks that will keep your energy up while you’re counting down the hours to your destination. Just be wary of any quarantine requirements if you’re travelling interstate or internationally.
- Notebook and pen
Have you ever struggled to find a pen when handed a customs declaration form? Us too! If you pack a slim profile notebook and pen with your travel essentials, you’ll never have to queue for that communal pen-on-a-chain. Plus, having a notebook is a great way to pass the time; You can write diary entries, doodle, make origami or even play tic-tac-toe with your seatmate on the plane.
- Charging cords
Charging cables seem to be the easiest thing to forget – and perhaps the most inconvenient to leave behind! Before you leave it’s wise to double check that you have your charging cable for your phone and laptop or device, as well as a portable charger if you use one. The good news is that many airports and public areas now have USB charging ports so you can give your devices some juice while you’re waiting for your departure.
Fortunately, if you do ever forget one of the essentials our many options for accommodation in Melbourne and Brisbane’s CBDs are close to convenience stores and shopping options. Search now and book Melbourne and Brisbane hotel apartments with WiFi, parking, Foxtel and everything else you might need for your stay.