The process of packing up your things into a backpack before a long journey can be extremely stressful. Everyone knows the essentials such as your clothes, sunscreen, and a pair of sandals.  However, there are some vital items that make traveling a lot easier, that most of us do not think about. We have decided to round the 6 most useful essentials that you may not have thought about. Hopefully, if you take some of these with you, you will avoid those moments that can ruin a great trip.

#1. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are essential when it comes to traveling. Not only do they make it easier to see and to get around, but they also protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Make sure you do your research and look for the certificate that shows how good the protection levels your specs provide. Stay clear of street vendors and cheap knock-offs. EyeBuyDirect.com offer a range of travel sunglasses, with high protection at a good price.

#2. Laundry Cubes

Laundry cubes are the number one on our list, and we don’t know how we ever traveled without them. Essentially they are a system of cube-shaped bags that create different sections out of the main pocket of your bag. You can have one for underwear, one for your clean t-shirts and one for all your dirty laundry. You could keep electronics and wires in one and bathroom essentials in the other.

Laundry bags are an amazing and cheap way to organize your backpack. You will know where everything is and be able to separate your dirty clothes from the clean, which means your unworn clothes will stay fresh for longer.

#3. Powerbank

Everybody has been there, stuck with no power on any of your devices, lost in a strange country. It can be a stressful situation. Thankfully, with the improvement of portable batteries over the year, you can now buy excellent portable batteries called power banks. These relatively cheap devices will allow you to travel in confidence, knowing that you can charge your devices up to eleven times.

When you finally do come to a place where you have power, simply plug your power bank in at the same time, and you will always be able to keep your devices charged up. This means you won’t miss the perfect photo opportunity because your camera or your phone has died.

#4. Travel Adapter

For some odd reason, the world has not decided to change all of the plugs to the same design, we don’t understand why, and it is seriously annoying. But we can’t change that, so we need to be prepared. To be prepared, you need to make sure you have a good travel adapter.

The best travel adapters can be slightly expensive, but the ones that cost a bit more are a great investment. Often the more expensive models actually cover multiple if not the whole world varieties of plugs.

#5. Earplugs

As someone who has done a lot of traveling, this is very high on my list. A good pair of earplugs will pay for themselves a hundred times over. Being able to get a good night’s sleep when you are on loud planes and long train journeys is incredibly important for your sanity.

#6. Forehead thermometer strips

If you are feeling a bit anxious when it comes to optimal health on the road, add these to your first aid kit.  It will make a world of difference when you will want to diagnose something quickly and pain-free. It’s good for you on the go, but also for the friends you encounter along the way.

#7. Recyclable garbage bags

Garbage bags are a must when hiking, as many remote mountain pathways don’t come with disposals. You can also use them in various contexts for storing things you no longer need.

Hopefully, these tips will help you out when you are planning to go traveling. The essentials on this list are incredibly useful, and we hope they make your traveling easier.