5 Unexpected Essentials to Pack in Your Suitcase
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 our research, 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 our 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.
Where to stay: The eclectic Lodge Phang Nga is a guest house filled with unique touches and wooden décor. This splendid property comes with a garden and terrace, with each room having a private patio overlooking the city. For the rainy days, you can indulge in the spa and treat yourself to a full body massage.
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?
Where to stay: Conveniently set on the beachfront, the colorful Holiday Home Labineca, which boasts a patio with garden views, terrace and outside kitchenette, is just a short stroll away from cafés, restaurants and shops.
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!
Where to stay: To dry off after a day of exploring, Tower Suites Reykjavík’s lavish penthouse suites with vast floor-to-ceiling windows featuring panoramic views of the city and bay, are the perfect location. This modern accommodation sits at the 20th floor of a glass tower, one of the highest buildings in Reykjavík.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
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.
Where to stay: Overlooking the Uyuni salt mine, the heavenly Hotel de Sal Luna Salada is mostly made up of salt and provides spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset.
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.
Where to stay: You can drop off your backpack in the Gili Eco Villas, which feature tastefully designed bedrooms and an outdoor pool. The accommodation also takes pride in being eco-friendly, and is powered by solar energy, featuring furniture made from recycled teak wood.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and conducted among a sample of adults who are planning to travel in the next 12 months. In total 28,042 respondents across 28 countries and territories were polled (including 1003 from Argentina, 1002 from Australia, 1000 from Brazil, 1001 from Canada, 1000 from China, 1002 from Colombia, 1001 from Croatia, 1003 from Denmark, 1002 from France, 1005 from Germany, 1004 from Hong Kong, 1000 from India, 1002 from Israel, 1000 from Italy, 1000 from Japan, 1002 from Mexico, 1000 from Netherlands, 1000 from New Zealand, 1003 from Russia, 1000 from Singapore, 1003 from South Korea, 1005 from Spain, 1001 from Sweden, 1000 from Taiwan, 1003 from Thailand, 1000 from UK, 1000 from USA and 1000 from Vietnam). Respondents completed an online survey in January 2021.