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TRAVEL TIPS | 5 Unusual Things Women SHOULD Have in Their Backpack

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What to pack?! One of the most common travel-dilemmas. Packing for a (world) trip is always slightly more difficult for women. Of course you would like to travel with all of your comfortable and sexy clothes and shoes. And don’t even get me started on the toiletries. Thank god we are personally not big on make-up, it would make it even more difficult. Of course there are many packing lists online on what to bring: we will not bore you with an extensive article on what should be in your travel first aid kit or how many socks you’ll need. We want to share a few items that might not be on your packing list, but have proved UNMISSABLE during our world travel!

  1. A MENSTRUAL CUP

On number one: a menstrual cup. Isn’t that gross? Really big? Weird to empty in a toilet abroad? I can hear the questions popping up in your head. We had questions too, and we hadn’t even heard of this thing until a few weeks before we started travelling. But when we tried it, we wondered: why isn’t every woman using this already?!? Honestly, you need some practice and find the right fit, but when you do, you do not want anything else. You can go 12 hours without changing (yes, also the heavy flowers), or even longer if you flow only a little. It is better for your privates (no scary tampon diseases!), for the environment (half of the UK women flush their tampons), and for your wallet (you are likely to spend $2000 on tampons in your life).

And the final argument: it is simply the best solution for travelling. While travelling, you will experience different levels of hygiene. From “how can they call this hole a toilet” to “wow this toilet seat has music options”. And especially when standing in the former, you do not want to struggle with your sanitary products every couple of hours. Nor do you want to deal with leaking problems when there is no (clean) water to be found. And if you were planning on avoiding these things by continuous use of your contraceptive pills, think again. With the time differences and having no routing while travelling it is so easy to forget it or taking them a few hours too late, your flow will start immediately.

Check out MenstrualCup.co for the perfect fit and more arguments to win you over!

  1. SWEAT PADS & BAKING SODA

Number two: sweat pads. Okay, sorry, that doesn’t sound sexy. But, honestly, your smell after carrying around a heavy backpack in tropical temperatures isn’t sexy. The best thing: sweat pads and/or baking soda! A sweat pad is like a panty liner for your t-shirt. You just stick them into the underarm of your shirts and voila, it will absorb your sweat. Not only will it reduce the smell, it also prevents awkward sweat stains from happening. And you can cheaply buy them online.

A more sustainable solution: baking soda. It is a natural alternative to deodorant, which absorbs the smell rather than masks it. Just put some baking soda on your hands, combine it with water and put it in your armpits. There are also recipes for more ‘fancy’ baking soda deodorant, but this is the easiest (and cheapest).

Can’t go without smelling nice? Simply take some perfume-testers with you when travelling: you’ll smell nice, it doesn’t take up a lot of space and you can easily throw them away after use!

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  1. KETTLE

Doesn’t everyone love tea and/or coffee? We definitely do and that is why we carry a kettle in our backpack. No worries, it isn’t the big kitchen machine you have in mind. It is simply a heating element to put in your cup. Not only a great way to make tea and coffee on the road, and what about instant noodles? In addition, it is convenient to make drinking water in countries where water from the tap isn’t the cleanest. Just boil the water to purify it and let it cool off before you put it into a bottle. Another great way to purify water on the road: bring a bobble bottle!

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  1. AUDIO SPLITTER

When you’re travelling together and you’re in yet another long flight or bus ride and there is simply nothing left to talk about, an audio splitter comes in handy! Watching a (offline) Netflix series or listening to a Spotify list or podcast together is a lot of fun! Looking for more interaction? We always bring two stocks of cards with us, perfect to play lots of shithead with other backpackers.

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  1. SCRAPBOOK

Going on a world travel is amazing and naturally, you’ll have lots and lots of photos afterwards, and of course you promise yourself to make a photo album of it – later. Maybe you also collect your receipts, flight- and entrance tickets; we do. But realistically, it is going to be impossible to stick the right receipt with the right picture in a year (or never). And honestly, who likes carrying rubbish all around the world? We thought of a solution: a scrapbook! We buy a new notebook in every country, cut and paste all of our tickets, funny napkins and much more in it, and voila: a perfect memory is there, and the stories are still ‘fresh’. In addition, we bring a ‘friends book’ with us and we let people we meet write something in it. Is there a more beautiful souvenir than memories?

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These are our not-so-common unmissable travel essentials, what are yours?

37 Comments

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  • Reisfanaten

    The audio splitter is a nice one i didn’t know. Nice list!

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  • Unta

    Unusual indeed. 🙂 Except the last one, maybe because I have my scrapbook with me all the time.

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  • Birthe

    I’m using a menstrual cup for over a year now, but I’m not convinced it’s the best option for every vacation. I think for example of our road trips of Australia and New Zealand, when sleeping on campsites with shared bathrooms. There’s no sink in the toilet stall, and there’s no way I’m going to wash my menstrual cup where strangers can see me. It is great when you have your private bathroom though, and I love the no leaking and less changing parts!
    Groetjes vanuit België!

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Ah dat is inderdaad een uitdaging! Wij hadden tijdens onze road trip door Mongolië en in de vieze wc’s van China ook even een momentje van: oke en nu? Onze oplossing: flesje water gebruiken! Ging toen ook helemaal prima. En inderdaad: hoe hemels is dat niet lekken?!

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  • snaphappytravels

    Some unique suggestions, I’ve never heard of ‘sweat pads’ but interesting idea. The audio splitter is a great idea 😮

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  • Steph

    omg the kettle how brilliant!!! I totally pictured the big one at first lol I was like whaa? but wow I didn’t know those existed! As a coffee addict that could seriously be helpful. I was just wondering if you have come across a filtered bottle that works for water which could be contaminated (i.e. water you would otherwise boil due to communicable disease) or just to filter water that is typically “safe tap water” (not sure that the bobble bottle would suffice). Thanks!

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      As a coffee-addict myself, I can say: it is helpful haha. It makes us both a lot happier when I have my morning shot of caffein haha. About the filter: we don’t dare to use our bobble filter with tap water only, but we’d dare to boil it first and then filter it! We recently heard about a new water filter thing that can clean all water everywhere, but no clue what it was called… We might get back to you about it!

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  • Eus

    Haha….ik heb ze geen van de 5 en ik mis ze ook niet!!! Zo zie je maar iedereen is weer anders….gelukkig maar!

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  • Flying Fluskey

    I have dress shields, I bought them for fancy dresses but I had genuinely never thought about taking them away (duh!)
    I never travel without my headphone splitter. Mine is a six way one, which my friends laughed at until all four of us were able to watch a film together on the Megabus.
    Clever travel blogger ladies – 1
    Laughing friends – 0

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Oh my god we also laughed so hard about this. But so awesome! Where can we buy such a thing?!

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  • Vivienne

    I’ve been considering buying a menstrual cap for a while… now I’m sold! Thanks for the tips!

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  • anneklien

    Kettle that would occupy too much space i think, i do scrapbook but i dont bring it to my travels it’s too bulky instead i do it as soon as i arrive.

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Have you ever tried a heating element only, like we have? It’s only 15 cm I think, and so convenient!

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  • fillmypassportblog

    These are great suggestions! I couldn’t possibly travel without a journal of some sort!

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  • authenticfoodquest

    Totally love this list and agree with the menstrual cup. Mine came in handy while traveling through Southeast Asia where it was difficult to find tampons. A great list with surprising ideas – baking soda for deodorant!!

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Thank you! And menstrual cups are amazing while travelling, we sometimes even forget we’re on period and it’s no problem! And yes, baking soda is something you just figure out and it works!

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  • Citlali

    So true this list!! Specially Number 1 and 2 (I never think before on baking soda), but this are tips that definitely have to truco!!

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  • willsavefortravel

    What a great list! That kettle blew my mind! My “unusual” thing is a hair towel! Can’t live without one.

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Thank you so much! It’s such a convenient little thing! Wow, that’s a specific one also, and so convenient!

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  • Emily

    Yesss forever to menstrual cups!! People give you side eye when you recommend them, but they’re awesome! There’s also an organization called Ruby Cup, which donates a menstrual cup to a girl without access to menstrual care products for every one that is sold (in developing countries, that can mean missing school for a week every month, having to drop out, and then getting married way too young – so menstrual cups change lives!)

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      TOTALLY! Why isn’t everyone on them yet? We found them by ‘accident’ online, why isn’t everyone recommending it?! Ooh we have to look into that, sounds amazing!

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  • The Common Wanderer

    Some brilliant tips here! And that heating element… :O Need to get myself one of those asap – so clever!

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  • Zoe | Together In Transit

    Not sure about them all haha! But I definitely usually have a scrapbook for all those tickets, maps and leaflets we use!

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  • Lisa // Fjords and Beaches

    These are some great tips! I never new about baking soda – that’s so clever! All though I’ll wonder what they’ll say if I have a plastic bag of it trying to get through airport security, haha! 🙂

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Haha that SO is what we thought! But it’s been okay so far haha, we have it in a convenient little box though!

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  • passportforliving

    I’d never have thought to take sweat pads and baking powder but it makes total sense. Haha, great post, thinking outside the box.

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    • Roxanne & Maartje

      Haha funny, right? It never appears on packing lists, but it’s been a life saver (for people around us hahaha)

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  • kimberleygriffioen

    Wat een handig lijstje! Ongebruikelijk zijn ze inderdaad, maar wel handig en sommige dingen kende ik nog niet 🙂

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