If you are a flashpacker, this puts you in a unique situation as you are able to spend money and have a slightly more “elevated experience” but you are still travelling. Therefore, everything you pack must have a purpose and be versatile. For female travelers, this is even trickier as we have outfits and style to maintain. As a female, and one who usually travels on a flashpacking budget, here is a list of the five things I always bring on international trips, but don’t be forgetting those Travelocity vouchers!
A cellphone is a rather obvious thing to bring with. But I use it for many things besides contacting people and taking photos. I use it for travel guides and for pre-saved city maps so I always have the important travel information with me regardless of space or Wi-Fi access. This was helpful when I went to Shanghai, China where google maps are not accessible. I also use TripAdvisor and Yelp apps to scope out the local food scene. Finally, I use the notes app on my phone to journal my experiences or write down great restaurants I have been to. Having my cellphone on hand helps me navigate cities, stay connected with friends and meet new people, and document my journey along the way.
IPad or Tablet
Having an iPad or tablet on hand is very helpful for travelling. I usually download books, magazines, movies, and music to keep me occupied while travelling between destinations. A laptop could also be used, but I have found that a tablet takes up less space, is less noticeable (if you are concerned about theft), and serves many of the same functions as a laptop.
Portable Cellphone Battery
The final digital device I recommend is having a portable battery for your cellphone. I charge mine before leaving and when I have access to outlets, that way I always have the option for a full cellphone charge no matter where I go.
A Nice Scarf
As a travelling lady, staying fashionable is important but challenging. However, one of my favorite fashion accessories is also very functional; a nice, wide scarf. When I am cold in a plane, train, or bus I use it as a mini-blanket. I have even used mine to keep me dry if I get stuck in the rain without an umbrella.
Black Crossover Purse
The other accessory I suggest is a black (or neutral color) purse, preferably one that is small enough to be a cross-over but big enough to hold a travel book. This will serve to hold anything you may need, wallet, hand-sanitizer, lonely planet guides, etc. while looking much nicer than carrying a backpack around.
As a flashpacker, you never know when you will be eating street food one second and then sipping cocktails at the local W Hotel. These five items will help any flashpacking lady maintain style, not over-pack, and most importantly, have a great travel experience.