Travel Essentials 101: Student’s Edition

Travelling can get tricky especially when you don’t have the right things to make life easier and I know for a fact that being a student traveller means that you are not seasoned enough to remember exactly what to pack. Besides, your itinerary is most probably going to be a spontaneous and action packed one. So, I am sure you don’t want to be missing anything when you are out there.  

Once you've booked your Anywhr trip, you will receive a teaser email (shown below) 3 days after your booking telling you the essentials to pack. Some items are destination-specific, such as beach gear, insect repellant, or hiking boots. Others are universal, including travel adaptor and a great spirit of wander and wonder.

Source: Anywhr

Source: Anywhr

*Related Post: A Roadtrip Survival Guide for the Restless Youth 

For the dear beloved student travellers, here's a more comprehensive beginner’s guide just for you. Presenting the Anywhr Travel Essentials 101: Student’s Edition. This is the list you will need when you are rushing to pack for that spontaneous and adventurous trip of yours!

Sun Protection!

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Image Source: Google

I am not only talking about sun blocks or sun protection creams. I am talking all around protection. Why is this so important for you students? Your skin is young and as students we tend to do activities that are under the sun quite often. Remember that no matter where you go, you cannot run away from UV rays. It is extremely important that you do not neglect sun protection gear or be prepared to face those bad tan lines and skin peels after you're back from your trip. So here is what you should take with you for that post-vacay glow:

  • Sun block

  • Sunglasses with UV protection lenses

  • Sun protection clothing also known as UPF clothing (Yes there is such a thing.)

  • Moisturisers with SPF

  • SPF lip balm

  • Aloe Vera gel (This is to heal your skin after a sunburn)


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Sounds silly at first, but let’s admit that everyone of us have forgotten a toothbrush or something along those lines. I know that some hotels have the essentials but of course as a student, hotels are a luxury that we can hardly afford. So expect that you will stay in hostels and you will definitely need these essentials of your own. Especially considering your action packed schedule, you definitely do not want to skimp out on the hygiene. Some countries do not have your familiar brands, so take these along and remember to prepare them in 100ml or smaller bottles if you only have carry-on baggage. Here are some things to remember on your next vacation.

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste

  • Shampoo, Body Soap, Conditioner packed in small containers

  • Anti-bacterial face wash

  • Deodorant (Even if it isn’t for you, do it for the rest of mankind please)

  • Hair Brush or comb

  • Perfume or Cologne

  • Feminine products for the ladies

  • Hand sanitizers

  • Wipes

  • Hygiene Products


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Excited as you may be for your upcoming trip, something as important and serious as medication should not be forgotten. Apart from your personal medication, here is a checklist for you to remember. If your itinerary is full of physically demanding activities, this will come in especially handy.  After all, safety first.

  • Thermometer

  • Mini first aid kit (eg. bandages, plasters etc.)

  • Motion sickness pills (Important for those long, bumpy rides)

  • Painkillers

  • Epipen for allergic reactions (eg. stings)

Electronics and wires!

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Image Source: Aaron Burden

I don’t expect you millennials to travel without your pocket pals. I mean I know that I will not want to travel without my phone or my tablet. So, don’t be that person who forgets their chargers and suffer from withdrawal symptoms throughout your trip.  An additional tip would be to check out the cost of prepaid SIM cards in the countries that you are travelling to, purchase data from your cell provider or from the airport. So here are a few things that you can take note of when packing. I have also added some that has been trending as of late.

  • International travel adaptor

  • Phone and its chargers

  • Portable charger

  • Portable fan (if you are travelling to a hot country)

  • Camera and its chargers

  • Prepaid sim card with data roam

  • Film Camera and film (optional)

Travel Documents

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Image Source: Tinker Austria

This is the most obvious on the list but it is still necessary for it to be covered. You can be prepared with everything else, but if you don’t have these, you might as well forget about embarking on your journey.

  • Passport and Visa (Need I say more?)

  • Tickets

  • Travel insurance

  • Accommodation documents

  • Cash, Credit/Debit Cards and e banking tokens

Other essential Items!

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Source: Jovago

Of course, you don’t want to forget some items that are just plain important for your own personal welfare and information. These items are imperative on any trip. Whether it be a solo trip or a group trip, these will come in handy and you will be thankful that you decided to bring them along. These items include:

  • Travel Journal and Pen

  • Travel guides

  • Language books

  • Travel pillow

  • Eye mask

  • Ear plugs

  • A book or a magazine

  • Travel games

*Discover: Top 18 Books To Read On Your Next Vacation

So, if you are ever in a situation where you just can’t figure out your packing list, come back and read this simple guide and you should be good to go. Don’t you worry. This list can be applied to all travel destinations, including those off-the-beaten-track ones that Anywhr sends you to. After all, it's better to be prepared to fully experience the joys of discovery and authentic travel, and be free from the anxiety of packing because I got you covered!


In her 3rd year at NTU, Sheerein constantly thirsts for adventure and excitement in her travels. She lives for spontaneity and is always letting life take her on a wild, unpredictable trip.

In her 3rd year at NTU, Sheerein constantly thirsts for adventure and excitement in her travels. She lives for spontaneity and is always letting life take her on a wild, unpredictable trip.