Top Ten Things Every Traveling Student Should Have

10 Things Students need for Travel

Traveling has been regarded as the best form of education. It broadens the perspective and worldview of the students. As you travel, there are some things that are essential for every traveling student. Let us look at 10 of them.


Portable Charger

Top Ten Things Every Traveling Student Should Have

Yes, these devices still exist and they are priced reasonably. No matter how we try to minimize the use of our phones while traveling, the need to use them usually arises at one point, and that need tends to come when the battery hits something like 8%.

With these portable chargers, all you have to do is charge the extra battery before you leave and it will offer about 20 hours of extra charging time. This will spare you the trouble of running around an airport searching for an outlet to charge your phone.

Hair-Dryer and Flat Iron with Dual Voltage

Ladies, nothing is as bad as plugging your straightener into a converter and then you see the red light go off. Even though you can purchase a dryer that will take like half an hour for it to dry your hair, the best hair electronics are those with either the right plugs or those with dual voltage. Dual voltage electronic devices can be utilized with only an adapter.


It’s safe to say that rain falls in almost every (if not all) city around the world. Would you rather be in town or on the outskirts of a city covered with a plastic poncho or put on your nice raincoat? Raincoats do not occupy a lot of space in your bag or suitcase and even if it rains only once, you’ll be glad to have brought one with you.

If you’re not a fan of raincoats, at least carry a travel umbrella. Although there might be some people on the city streets selling umbrellas, most of them don’t last long before they get spoilt. It’s not easy to buy a decent umbrella for under $10, therefore, purchase one before you embark on your journey.


While on your journey, you’ll need to take pictures of all the interesting places that you’ll visit. Your smartphone’s camera might be great, but you have to ensure that you have adequate space for lots of photos. These photos will come in handy later after you’re done traveling and you want to remember particular places or details from your travels.


A neck pillow is a traveler’s best friend. At times, you might take one or two long bus or train rides during your travels abroad. It would be great if you possessed a neck pillow that will assist you to rest well. We recommend that you get one with a hook in front. This way, it can easily hang on to your bag and thus won’t have to worry about carrying it.

American Medicine

If you’re used to taking Nyquil in case of a cold or Advil for your hangovers, do not forget to carry those with you. It can be difficult to find exactly what you want in pharmacies abroad, and especially when traveling, communicating needs in German or Dutch may be difficult. Get the medicine from whenever you can before you embark on your journey, and you’ll be happy when that cold hits you and you’ll have your preferred medication to make you ready for another day of travel. There are also travel medicine kits that would be ideal for a semester abroad.

Universal Adapter and Converter

It’s crucial that you do your research about which kind of plugs you’re going to use. It’s also essential that you know whether the electronics that you’re bringing need a converter. To be safe, we recommend that you carry a universal adaptor or converter that has various adaptors for every region and also function as a converter. As they say, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to electronics. Carry two just in case.

Important Travel Documents

These are probably the most important items that you’ll require for your travels. Put all your crucial documents in a travel document organizer. These documents include your passport, ID, credit cards and boarding pass. Putting all your important information together will assist in ensuring that you have everything that you require to move from one place to another.

The following is an international travel checklist that might be of assistance to you:

  • Passport/Visa.
  • Personal ID/Student ID – Most companies offer discount cards to students so that you get great deals while traveling.
  • Frequent flyer card.
  • Cash and credit card(s) – Communicate with your credit card companies before you travel to let them know of your travel.
  • Tickets.
  • Hotel contact information.
  • Emergency contacts.
  • Guidebooks.
  • Reservations.

After booking a trip, check your passport and IDs to ensure that they aren’t expired and they won’t expire while on your travels. Moreover, it’s good to email yourself copies of your important items like passports, driver’s license, student ID and itinerary so that in case they get lost, you can access them online.

Toiletry Bag

If you’re carrying one, ensure that your toiletry bag isn’t heavy and is TSA-compliant. Gels, liquids, aerosols, creams, and pastes should be 100ml or less for each container and should be put in a clear, plastic zip-top bag.

Make sure that you don’t forget the following personal effects for your toiletry case:

  • Deodorant
  • Comb, bobby pins/barrettes
  • Floss, mouthwash, toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Conditioner and shampoo
  • Makeup put in a wristlet
  • Makeup remover wipes and q-tips
  • Sunscreen and face lotion
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Night time lotion
  • Glasses and prescription sunglasses
  • Prescription medication with labels so that in case of a refill you won’t be questioned by the TSA.
  • Feminine hygiene products

Toiletry bag extras include:

  • Mini mirror
  • Hair products like sprays and hair gel
  • Perfume/ cologne
  • Detergent
  • Shaving kit
  • Facial tissues or toilet paper

Consider Travel Security

You should always be on the lookout for pickpockets, especially when you are in large cities. Between 2013 and 2014, 31,134 cases of stolen and lost travel documents of British citizens abroad were reported. The easiest way to ensure the safety of your belongings is to keep them hidden and close to you. You can do this by stashing your valuables beneath your clothing. Another tactic is by locking your bags and also using reflective accents so that people can see you at night.

Safety travel items that you can carry with you include; undercover bra (for credit cards and cash), leg wallet, money belt, reflective clothing and luggage trace lock.


The above are the things that you as a traveling student will require. When you’re back home, you’ll be in a better to tackle some persuasive speech topics based on your travels. Best of luck, travel well! What other items have we left out?

BIO: Alice Jones is a tutor & high skilled web content writer. Love sharing tips and topics about education, management, and marketing.She studied Arts in English at the University of New Orleans. She likes to read different book genres, to attend refresher training and various personal development courses. Connect with her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]

March 22, 2018


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