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Top 10 Essentials to Pack when you're off on your Travels ...

Obviously you are going to need a few extra bits as well but this is a list of things we think you shouldn’t get on the plane without …

1. A Head Torch - Not the most fashionable of items, but incredibly practical. You have light and both of your hands!

2. A Pashmina (a very pretty scarf) - This actually can become SO much more than a scarf - you have a towel that dries very quickly, a blanket, a pillow, a way of protecting your camera from sand on the beach … the possibilities are endless … and of course a scarf.

3. A memory stick or a hard drive - Most of us wouldn’t get on an aeroplane without our cameras but cameras are easily lost, stolen, dropped in the ocean. Get yourself a memory stick and back up your photos. Of course you can do this online but we all know about the pains of slow internet connections in hostels and if you don’t want to lose hours of your life, then a memory stick may be your answer. Genius. 

4. A pack of cards - We all become pretty dependent on our iPod for long journeys but nothing is worse when your battery dies and you are still delayed in the train station … a pack of cards does not have a battery. Plus it is a fantastic way to meet new friends … everyone all over the world loves to play cards (maybe avoid the train tracks though). 

5. A headphone splitter - Again with the looming 8 hour bus journey ahead of you and no battery on your iPod … with a headphone splitter you can share the love with somebody else’s music without them having to sacrifice an ear. 

6. Ear Plug’s - Hostel dorm rooms / night buses, I’m not sure any further explanation is required …

7. A local phrase book - Okay, so the chances are you won’t say it quite right and the locals might laugh a little but they will love you for trying and that is what is important right?

8. A note book - whether you are going to write a detailed account of everything that has happened that day or you just quickly want to write down the name of that town that you ‘simply have to visit’ it is always handy to have a good old pen and paper. 

9. Safety pins - What can’t be done without using a safety pin probably isn’t worth doing … well maybe not quite but they are pretty useful! I once saved a pair of sunglasses for a couple of weeks when I lost the pin from the arm … again not so fashionable but travel isn’t about fashion. Right?

10. A good book - for so many reasons. 1) Long Journeys. 2) People can see what you are reading and it is a good conversation starter. 3) You will never be so excited as when you see a book swap in a hostel with English books 4) You will read some books that you probably never would have picked up before - and you just might like it

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  • "This experience was unforgettable, I have met people that I will stay friends with for many years to come and completely fell in love with Argentina!"
    Jamie Henderson , Languages, Argentina
  • "I was so surprised how quickly I picked up the language! The school was great and really supportive throughout the learning process and it was amazing to practice what I had learnt in real life situations."
    Melissa Cutler , Languages, Argentina
  • Not only did I have tons of fun I've also gained a qualification that means I can continue my travels around the world whilst getting paid to teach English!
    Helen Turner , Teaching, Argentina
  • This was probably the most worthwhile experience I have ever had. The organisation and staff at the school were amazing and really supported me throughout the whole process. I wish I could go back!
    Tom Mitchell , Teaching, Argentina
  • ''It was an ideal opportunity for me to combine travelling with my passion for sport.''
    James Hairsine , Sports, Ghana
  • “This was a fantastic opportunity to gain some experience in sports psychology, which has really helped with the psychology element of my sports studies degree.”
    Anthony Gibson , Sports, Ghana
  • "What a great way to get hands on experience in the field of finance and economics! I feel like I have acquired many skills that will stay with me for years to come!"
    Jenny Allen , Business & Law, Kenya
  • "This was such a sustainable way to support the community in Kenya, and I would love to return to continue helping out."
    Paul Taylor , Business & Law, Kenya
  • "I had such an amazing gap year! this project was challenging but completely worth it."
    Francesca Le Poideven , Business & Law, Kenya
  • "Lake Nakuru National Park is just incredible. The game rangers were so friendly and helpful, going out of their way to make sure I had an amazing time during my placement. I would love to do it all over again!"
    Maria Rossi , Wildlife & Conservation, Kenya
  • "It was great fun because the kids want to learn and everything you do is such a novelty to them. I was moved by what I saw, not for sentimental reasons, but because the teachers and the children were so keen and worked so hard."
    Katie Godfrey , Teaching, Kenya
  • "This was such a heartwarming project, the children have so little but are so greatful. I met some amazing people and will remember this experience forever."
    Sylvia Amani , Teaching, Kenya
  • "What a fascinating country. I not only learned so much about the healthcare system and gained some great experience to help with my degree, but got to visit some amazing places in Kenya. The Masia Mara trip was just unreal."
    Aaron Leyman , Medical & Health, Kenya
  • "The kids were so amazing, it was such a heartwarming experience and i'm just really glad that I could help out."
    Gemma Bracknell , Care Work, Kenya
  • "What a great project! I am so greatful to have had this opportunity and it is certainly something I will never forget."
    Suzanne Hart , Care Work, Kenya
  • "I really enjoyed my time on the Galapagos Islands. This tour is such a great way to see the islands. Everyone I met were so welcoming, and they helped to make this an unforgettable experience. Seeing giant tortoises up close was awesome!"
    Jocelyn Whitehead , Wildlife & Conservation, Ecuador
  • "This is was certainly one of the most unique and fulfilling trips I have had. From helping out the kids with learning the game of tennis, to seeing the smiles on their faces, these moments gave me a new light on my career and my way of life."
    Peter Kung , Sports, Argentina
  • "The experience of living with other volunteers and students was a great! An unbelievable sports experience! As a football fan I really couldn't imagine a better place to visit."
    Joseph Berry , Sports, Argentina
  • "Working in the orphanage with these adorable kids was a great way to do something really good with my time abroad on my gap year. I would recommend it to anyone who is keen to work with children. A magical experience! I cannot wait to go back to Argentina and see how they are all getting on."
    Jade Garcia , Care Work, Argentina
  • "I loved this volunteer project in the orphanage in Buenos Aires. So many great kids, who love to play and learn from you. I really enjoyed the cooking lessons in the bakery, and the kids really liked to do face painting and arts, which was really fun, it was great to be able to put smiles on their faces. I will treasure my memories of my trip to Argentina for a long time."
    Susan Tanner , Care Work, Argentina

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