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Most of the guides I’ve seen tell you all the standard stuff to pack for your season like clothes, toiletries, hats, condoms etc. Now I’m going to tell you about all the things you may not have realised are totally worth throwing in your case.
This came in so handy. It’s great for pre drinks, you’ll never have to worry about ‘losing’ your litre of vodka again! (of course I had decided to pack 2 flasks, I’m not that much of a lightweight 😉 ). I also used to pass mine around on the bus from staff to the village. It made me chuckle and it’s a great way to get chatting to people. Check out Urban Outfitters for some edgy feminine designs.
It doesn’t matter if you pack or buy one there, but in my book it’s definitely an essential. There’s nothing like trying to walk down staff hill half cut in the pitch black. Save yourself, and your valuable phone battery too! (Damn you shitty iPhone battery) Take a torch!
Photos/cards from home
This is a must. Everybody misses home, and if you come prepared you’ve always got something to cheer you up on a bad day. Facebook just doesn’t have the same effect! I had a couple of good luck cards and some photos of my family. They also sent me more for Christmas (vain I know) but I loved it. It’s always good to know people are thinking of you. Pack them in your documents folder to protect them.
I NEVER had enough socks, let alone fluffy socks! I literally live in jimjams, like if I don’t have to get dressed, I wont. I’ll wear a onesie forever if I can. You will spend more time in cozy, comfy clothes than you plan to so definitely stuff in as many fluffy socks as you can. Buy some slippers there. I got some cool Aztec style booties from Walmart so it’s cheap too.
Although I just said to live in your slippers and socks, flip flops are vital. When you want to go get your laundry, the last thing you want is gross soggy socks or slippers from walking through somebody’s watery footprints where they haven’t whacked the snow off (thanks, arsehole!) In all seriousness, it’s unavoidable, of course there is going to be melted snow everywhere. Even though the floors get cleaned daily, your best bet is to whack on some flip flops. This is also essential if you are staying in a hostel at any point in your travels.
Travel Money Card/Cash
Now, I know you are going to be thinking well duh! But a number (quite a large one) of people I spoke to had flown out with only one or the other. I personally forgot to organize a travel money card, thinking that cash would be fine. What I didn’t anticipate was all the card charges when my Canadian card NEVER arrived and my cash ran out. So cover yourself and go with a bit of cash and a Travel card, it will save you money, I promise.
Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list, and you can never plan for everything, but I hope this helps you spot some things that you might overlook!
Can you think of anything else that is absolutely essential? Let me know in the comments! 🙂