After being deprived of travel for several months, travelers might find themselves at a bit of a loss of what to bring on their long-yearned for trip, and according to research by Booking.com, one out of five global travelers (21%) even admit they will find it difficult to locate their own passport before their next vacation.
To save travelers from having a mini meltdown over what they’ve forgotten to pack, we have created an informative guide on the unexpected essentials you might not think to take on your next adventure, once it’s safe and possible to travel again.
Phang Nga, Thailand
Everyone expects sunshine in Thailand, but tip is: pack an umbrella if you are visiting the beautiful province of Phang Nga between June and October. The region’s monsoon season sees an average monthly rainfall between 21-42 cm during those months, but even in the rain Phang Nga is full of awe-inspiring scenery, owing to its unusual limestone rock formations, range of wildlife and lush mangrove forests.
When the sun comes out, visitors can hop on a boat tour to explore the hidden caves or marvel at the island of Khao Phing Kan, made famous by a certain film featuring the world’s most famous secret agent.
The picturesque seaside town of Gradac is famous for its stunning beaches. However, the vast majority are pebble beaches, including the longest beach on the Adriatic coast, Gornja Vala, so our tip for you is: make sure you pack a sturdy pair of water shoes for when you are getting in and out of the crystal-clear seas. Once you’re off the beach, why not venture out on a hike around the sublime mountain of Biokovo Nature Park?
Situated on the coast of Iceland, the island’s capital city serves as the perfect base to experience the country’s natural wonders, such as the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, Northern Lights and a range of breath-taking waterfalls.
Top tip: when visiting these incredible waterfalls, don’t forget to bring waterproof clothing, like raincoats, to avoid getting drenched by the spray!
During the day, the weather in Salar de Uyuni – the largest salt flat in South America – generally stays at a pleasant temperature all year round, however at night the temperatures can really plummet and reach temperatures below freezing. So note down this tip: make sure you pack your thermals if you are visiting at dusk or dawn! You can then look forward to soaking up its remarkable views, encompassed by deserts and full of diverse landscapes.
Gili Islands, Bali
This magical archipelago can be found just off the northwest coast of Lombok. These islands are so small that there are no roads, so our tip for you: Make sure to take a backpack rather than a suitcase so you can easily carry your belongings.
Full of white sandy beaches and coconut trees, these tropical islands will no doubt provide some Instagram-worthy snaps.