Let's set the scene: you've looked at one too many #inspo #travel Instagram hashtags, spontaneously break into your savings and suddenly booked your first big trip abroad. AGHDGJSADJKLA.
First things first, you tell all your mates, cry down the phone to your mum about how little money you have left and daydream of the sand between your toes. And now what?
Er, you should probably have a think about what - and what NOT - to pack, which is where the helpful people over at Topdeck come in, because whilst you dream of carrying that fringed crochet backpack along the beach, it's probably not the most practical idea.
They're v good at the whole travel thing (considering they have 40+ years of experience), and whether it's tips about using sanitary towels to cushion your shoulders from irritating backpack straps to prepping for every climate, these essential must-pack tips will probably be q useful.
1. A dry bag
With travelling comes adventure - be it jumping into tropical waterfalls, snorkelling over beautiful coral reefs or enjoying sweeping views of the Grand Canyon. But with all that gallivanting, you're bound to have a few water-induced mishaps. A miniature dry bag is a great way to ensure that your personal items (think: money, phone, camera) remain intact when you're busy enjoying the elements. Oui, oui?
While travelling around the world often has the illusion of sunny days, weather can be unpredictable. No trip would be complete without the mandatory "drenched due to spontaneous storm" selfie, right? To avoid getting soaked, invest in a Pack-a-Mac that you can keep in your bag in case the clouds decide to open. Hot tip: this is particularly helpful during monsoon season. Duh.
3. Waterproof camera
When you're at home, your phone is usually the perfect tool for nabbing quick selfies and pictures of your lunch, but when it comes to travelling the world and being somewhere more exotic, it's probably not the best idea. We all know water and cameras don't usually mix (some of us who have dropped it down the toilet better. Ahem.), so investing in a waterproof camera is a good way to ensure you still get your selfie - only this time, it might be with a turtle instead.
4. A spare memory card
Speaking of cameras, it's really easy to get a little snap happy while on vaycay. With this in mind, make sure to pack a spare memory card for your camera so that you don't have to delete any pics photos during your trip.
5. Walking sandals
Exploring cities means a lot of time spent on your feet and quite frankly, your favourite summer kicks might not be able to take it. If you're heading somewhere hot, rather than buying walking boots, why not invest in practical walking sandals? Not only will your feet be cushy and supported, but they'll also score some ventilation in the hot sun.
6.Laundry bag and detergent
There's only so many times you can wear your underwear inside-out, amirite? Rather than waiting in line for the hostel washer and dryer, buy a miniature bottle of detergent so you can scrub your clothes in the sink. A small laundry bag is also the perfect way to separate your 'clean pile' from your 'dirty stash', meaning last minute laundry runs will be a thing of the past. REVOLUTIONARY, we know.
7. A small backpack/bumbag
Ain't nobody got time for lost valuables. Ensure your swag is safely stowed and avoid pesky pick pockets ruining your fun while you're exploring new and exciting cities. The good news is, bumbags are back and you can find some awesome options here to ensure your phone, camera and valuables are within easy reaching distance throughout your adventures.
8. A padlock
Many hostels charge you for padlocks to be able to use on lockers and bag storage. Bring your own, you'll be able to spend more money on new experiences and less time worrying about the safety of your stuff.
9. A travel journal
Forget too many high-tech gadgets. An old-school travel journal is the ultimate way to keep all of your memories in the one spot, so make sure to pack a notebook and paper to jot down all of your experiences. Not only will this provide you with the perfect boredom buster on long train journeys, but future you will love you for it when it comes time to read over your adventures. Promise.
So, have we got you inspired to get your travel on or what?