Whether you love backpacking through developing countries or like hotel hopping, there are at least 5 things you should have during your travels. Implement these things so that while you are traveling to and from your destination you don’t get caught in a sticky situation. These things are especially important when traveling to a developing country. So let’s begin!
#1 TOILET PAPER
Yes, that’s right: toilet paper. I don’t care who you are, this is a “must not travel without it” item. You have no idea how many times I have been without toilet paper and really needed it.
Reason 1 why you need toilet paper: In any given situation you may need to blow your nose
Reason 2: Unfortunately bathrooms aren’t always stocked with toilet paper (and in developing countries, more often than not bathrooms don’t have toilet paper)
Reason 3: In some places the toilet paper is outside of the stall instead of inside. So, you have to grab your toilet paper before you go into the stall. I have forgotten to grab toilet paper so many times I have lost count, or sometimes, I don’t grab enough. How grateful I have been when I have some extra toilet paper in my bag.
Reason 4: When there are no bathrooms around and you have to go in the bushes…
Reason 5: It comes in handy if you need to wipe anything down.
Obviously, we all know we need water. In my family’s many travels, we always have water nearby. Whether traveling via airplane, car, bus, walking, or train it’s advantageous to have your water on you and not have to purchase water.
In developing countries, the tap water is not good to consume. So, even for brushing your teeth, you will be happy that you brought your own clean drinking water.
I don’t know about you, but I am almost always hungry. While traveling long distances my family and I bring snacks to hold us over until we get a proper meal. We love eating carrot sticks, apples, nuts, granola bars, chifles (these are plantain chips), no bake cookies, hummus, celery with peanut butter, etc. I am sure you have your own snack creations.
#4 HAND SANITIZER
Remember those bathrooms I talked about that don’t have toilet paper? Well, they might not have soap either. In Ecuador, it isn’t uncommon for a bathroom to not have toilet paper, soap, water, or towels. So, we, again, have a must have item. Let’s review some reasons:
Reason 1: While traveling, you touch a lot of things that other people have touched, and running water isn’t always around, so the next best thing is hand sanitizer
Reason 2: Again, when hand washing isn’t possible and you want to eat something, it’s good to have hand sanitizer
Reason 3: In Ecuador, the people are so kind, and the general way to greet one another is to shake hands. Since I do not know what they have touched before shaking my hand I use my hand sanitizer just in case
Reason 4: As I already said, it comes in handy when the bathroom doesn’t have soap, which isn’t uncommon in developing countries.
Reason 5: When there is no bathroom and you have to go in the bushes…
#5 UTILITY KNIFE
A utility knife is just that: useful. I haven’t had my utility knife very long, but I absolutely love it! I use the scissors most. But, I love having it for when I want to cut up a fruit and eat it right away. Not to mention the bottle opener, the nail file, or the tweezers. All in all, a utility knife is a very important item to have while traveling.
So, those are 5 things you should have during your travels. With these things you should be able to avoid uncomfortable situations and have a grand time while traveling. And, you will be totally prepared for anything thrown at you.
Written by Ashley