The Ultimate Travel Kit List

Given that my first post was written on a juddery train in Ukraine (reached mainly by a plane), we may as well continue on that theme, namely: Travel.

I like to travel, and I’ve done a fair amount. Not because I’m rich (I’m not), nor because I’m lazy (I am), but because it’s important to me so I carve out the time in my life to make it happen. It broadens the horizons, teaches me how little I know, introduces me to new people and reminds me how lucky we are to have been born in this country, etc. etc.

It is also, however, a massive pain in the arse.

Worth the pain the arse? Hell, yeah
Worth the pain in the arse? Hell, yeah

Dodgy transport in 3rd, 2nd and 1st world countries / running out of money / being scammed in the first day for half your year’s budget (it happened to me) is all in the small print and part of the “fun”. It doesn’t matter whether you’re backpacking or fancy hotel-ing, the pain the arse generally arises from packing incorrectly. There’s little more infuriating than trying to keep a three-piece suit well-pressed whilst scaling the Himalayas, or lying with food-poisoning in a four star Cuban hotel with no Imodium (thanks, Hotel Colonial…you’re the best).

Travel has its perks...
Travel has its perks…

So, for anyone planning to go on ANY type of trip (abroad or not), consider the below. Everyone has slightly different needs, but this is a kit list I’ve honed over the past ten years that works for me:

  1. Passport – Obviously…just make sure it’s valid for the entire length of your trip.
  2. Half as many clothes as you think you’ll need. Then bring half of those.
  3. Travel insurance – Sounds obvious but make sure it covers you for acts of derring-do. This has saved my bacon a couple of times.
  4. Visa (s) – You don’t want to be stuck in a Cambodian minefield with an expired visa and gun-toting teenagers. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
  5. Travel credit card (one that won’t charge you for non-sterling transactions or getting out cash). This can save you hundreds of pounds.
  6. A FEW TEA BAGS in a zip-lock bag. Everywhere serves Lipton. It’s crap. You’re welcome. ☕️
  7. Lonely Planet printed guide book. Better than an e-version for quick reference. Read the “Dangers and Annoyances” section before entering a country. I didn’t and it cost me thousands of pounds.
  8. Sticky page markers (for marking pertinent pages in your Lonely Planet guide book).
  9. A Pencil and pen (for doodling).
  10. A notebook (like a Moleskine) for writing down ideas. You will have ideas. It’s travel and that’s why it’s great.
  11. Phone Charger with requisite power adapter. A universal adapter is your best bet (like this:
  12. Dive Book (if you’re a scuba diver) or any other certification you have that will allow you to take part in the activities you want to (skydiving, etc.).
  13. NOT A SMART JACKET! Every time I think “Oh, I’ll take one, even though I didn’t use it last time…We’ll go out for a couple of fancy evenings and I’ll feel like a boss”. I never use it, and it’s a real hassle to try and keep it from damage. One smart shirt will suffice.
  14. Lightweight waterproof jacket – preferably that can be packed very small.
  15. Box of matches (remember to keep in hold luggage to avoid a prolonged vacation in Hotel Guantanamo)
  16. Playing cards.
  17. Handkerchief. Handy, chief.
  18. PEN KNIFE (with bottle opener, corkscrew, screwdriver, etc. I’ve got this one and it’s great. SO useful: Remember to put it in your hold luggage or security will take it.
  19. Travel sized toiletries: deodorant, toothpaste, sunblock, after sun, etc.
  20. Travel First Aid kit:
    Antiseptic Cream
    Alcohol Gel
    Deet (insect repellent)
    Charcoal tablets

BONUS TIP: You can also spend less money than living in England if you use Air B’n’B to rent out your UK home whilst galavanting in a comparatively cheap country, but that’s another story…

The above list isn’t definitive. I haven’t included stuff like what clothes to bring as it depends on a) Where you are going and b) How cool you are, but the list should be pretty universal.

Haters' gonna hate....
Haters’ gonna hate….

Well, that’s week two of ten done for my personal blogging experiment! If I’ve missed anything from the above list, or you have a travel top-tip that I can use next time, please leave a comment. Also, share if you like and sign up for the next instalment below! Cheers 🙂 ~ Will

Why, oh why? 10 reasons why I’m starting a blog.

I’ve been putting off starting a personal blog for years.

Every time I think I’m going to start one, I instead start overthinking it, then overthink everything, then realise I’m going to die one day and think “what’s the point”, and promptly don’t. I’ve done in that so many times over so many things in life and I’m sick of it. Why?

Maybe it’s because I’ve had four hours sleep and I’m facing backwards on a juddery Ukrainian train to Kiev. But maybe it’s because most of the exciting things I’ve enjoyed in life (including facing backwards on a juddery train to Kiev) have come from having those thoughts – and just starting anyway – and I’m innately and unavoidably aware of that.

So, for my first blog post, my question is, “Why Am I Starting a Blog?”, and here are my answers:

  1. I enjoy writing.
  2. To document lessons I’ve learned so that:
    a) I can reflect on them and improve.
    b) Others might get value from them too.
  3. To learn new things.
  4. To clarify my thoughts, opinions and concepts. Writing will help do that.
  5. To develop a stronger discipline to take regular action (in this case, writing blog posts, despite how I might be feeling at the time).
  6. To build relationships with people with whom I can share my other art (music, design, writing).
  7. To earn money from it somehow (even if from clarifying ideas and getting feedback rather than from the blog itself).
  8. To share useful information, recommendations, tips and tricks. I’ve learned a lot in my respective industry and hobbies, gleaned from experience, success, failure, trial and error.
  9. To increase the size of my digital cojones, i.e. to get criticised more / to get praised more, and take both with grace and balance.
  10. To determine whether lists have to have 10 points to feel complete.

Apart from that, I don’t really know what twists and turns is will take. I commit to writing a new blog post every week for 10 weeks to test the water (see point 10 of above list) and will try and make them useful / funny / informative.

Jolly people who have inspired me to start (unbeknownst to them), are Kim Willis of, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss and a couple of others.

If you are interested in my foray into the blogosphere, please subscribe by entering your email address below, and share with your friends / enemies. Thanks! ~ Will