When packing the general rule is less is more. After all, lugging around a huge suitcase or backpack containing loads of clothes and other items you won’t use can make your trip harder than necessary. There are certain things that break this rule, however and investing in them will make your multi-centre holiday so much better in the long-term. Here’s a rundown of the items you really should be packing for your next adventure.
1. International adaptor
There’s no getting away from the fact that the modern traveller takes plenty of technology and gadgets with them. All of these will need charging at some point and that can be tricky when presented with a wide range of different sockets all over the world. An international adaptor will mean you never have to worry about a power supply again.
2. Pegless washing line
This ingenious piece of twisted cord can be strung up anywhere on your travels and means you can wash small items without any trouble, ensuring your wardrobe is ticking over. Some even have suction cups on each end to aid in putting it up. Without the need for pegs, your smalls will not fly away in the breeze.
3. Airline bottles
Instead of purchasing miniature bottles of your cosmetics every time you travel, buy a set of reusable bottles that are each 100 millilitres in volume. This way you can decant a small amount of your shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and moisturising cream before each trip.
4. A padlock
While a small padlock may not be a deterrent for determined thieves, it may prevent any opportunist from stealing your possessions. It could be attached to your backpack or used to keep money or your passport secure.If you’re travelling to the USA though, and you’ll be using it on your suitcase, make sure it’s an approved lock otherwise they may cut it off.
5. Eye mask and earplugs
You never know when a pair of earplugs will be the difference between a good night’s sleep and being grouchy the whole of the next day. It could be noisy neighbours in your accommodation or the sounds of a night bus trundling through the countryside. Also, having the option to shut out light means you can bed down in all sorts of places, from airports to beaches.
6. Pashmina and/or sarong
A piece of fabric, which is essentially all pashimnas and sarongs are, can be useful in a wide range of situations. For example, it can be used as a blanket when the air conditioning on a plane, bus or coach is over-zealous, to dry yourself off on the beach, or to cover arms and legs when entering a religious site anywhere in the world.
7. A foldaway waterproof poncho
Getting caught unexpectedly in the rain can quite literally put a dampener on your plans for the day. Having a lightweight poncho to hand, which can be thrown over yourself and your day sack can make all the difference and mean showers won’t stop you in your tracks.
8. A selection of purses, wallets, money belts and card holders
If rule number one of travel is to pack light, rule number two is to split up your means of payment. This involves putting cash and cards in different places and having a small amount of money in a readily available purse or wallet for buying things. Stash money and cards in several locations to protect against being completely destitute if one bag is stolen or goes missing.
9. Basic penknife
This is one item that can be incredibly useful, but must be foregone if travelling by plane with hand luggage only. A basic penknife can come in handy in a variety of situations, from cutting toe nails to slicing cheese on a picnic. Versions with too many attachments can be frustrating, as it’s difficult to find the tool you’re looking for.
10. Cheap waterproof watch
Missing a flight, bus or ferry or even the start of a tour around an incredible building can cause huge disappointment when travelling. This makes having a watch that you can adjust the time zone on easily absolutely paramount. A waterproof one will mean it can stand up to anything you throw at it during your adventures, but make sure it’s not expensive, as flashy items can attract thieves.
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We have recently returned from a multi centre holiday in Thailand. Everything went smoothly as planned, the hotels were all lovely. We would definitely recommend eShores and would book through them in the future. Thanks to Laura who organised the trip for us.Posted 4 weeks ago
Been using eshore for several years,always come up with requirements we need.Always happy to rearrange. Staff are very knowledgeable and we always use Leanne as our point of contact. Experts for multi centre holidays.Posted 1 month ago
I booked two holidays in 4 months with Dave at eshores. First one a 16 day trip around Vietnam north to south which included numerous flights and taxis. My second holiday was in October traveling around Vietnam again and Cambodia. Every hotel in both countries was spot on, every transfer went smooth with no problems. I'll Definitely use eshores again and thanks to Dave who arranged everything, a fantastic experience 👍👍Posted 1 month ago
Recently booked a four centre holiday to Asia. The process was straightforward and seamless. Rob, the agent who dealt with our requirements was extremely helpful and not pushy. He was very easy to talk with and seemed genuinely interested in our plans. He managed to put together exactly what we wanted and at a great price.Posted 1 month ago
Andy at eshores has been great, he worked hard to meet all our needs and went the extra mile for us! We're looking forward to a great Honeymoon!Posted 1 month ago
As always Michelle mainly but with some help from Leanne have once again booked an hopefully (as not yet travelled) amazing customised trip to America next September with our family this time.Posted 1 month ago
First time I have used eshores and it won't be the last. Emma was so helpful in booking my 3 centre holiday to Portugal. Really pleased with accommodation selected and the overall cost. Emma was very quick to respond with different options and I'm looking forward to our holiday next year. I highly recommend this companyPosted 1 month ago
We have just booked a trip to the Far East having previously used this company twice, Vietnam/Cambodia and a Road Trip in the USA. Both trips were problem free with all aspects going to plan. Easy to talk to and never pushing for a decision. A lovely company , thank you Dave for your time and assistance.Posted 1 month ago
We booked what appeared to be a busy holiday to South Africa and Mauritius. This consisted of five different fights and hotels with the various transfers included. Rachael organised the holiday for us and every aspect of the trip went well. Took a lot of the stress out and allowed us to have a fantastic holiday. Friendly,Professional service with professional staff. Will use them again.Posted 1 month ago
All went well on our recent NY trip booked through Matt at EShores. Worth noting: -Newark Airport and Train Station great with transfers on the NYP Train (about 1 hour) to and from Penn Station/Airport Terminal (easy!) -Sanctuary Hotel great location and staff! Room and breakfast spot on. -Brooklyn Bridge walk back great, 1 stop over on subway as suggested. -United Airlines great - direct to and from Edinburgh! Recommended -weather spot on, temperatures just like here. Thanks for all your help and advice. Julie and Georgia (21st birthday girl!)Posted 1 month ago