Packing for your next trip can be a daunting task if you leave it to the last minute. Thinking ahead and deciding what you want to bring with you can make the process of packing a whole lot simpler and quicker. You’re also less likely to forget something important, and it will help you realise if there are any tasks you need to do to prepare before you go.

Here are the top must-haves you need to bring with you on your next trip, whether you’re travelling for two weeks or 20 weeks.

Your e-reader

Of course, you can’t travel anywhere without your e-reader! All seasoned travellers know the key to packing is to pack light, and you can’t pack light with a pile of books in your bag. You also can’t travel without reading material (hello long hours spent in airports and train stations), so bringing your e-reader is the best solution. Have your entire library at your fingertips no matter where in the world you are going. It’s perfect for relaxing on the beach, reading at a coffee shop, or winding down after a long day.

A good book list

Speaking of e-readers, you’re going to need something to read. If you already have your list, or you’re currently working your way through one, that’s fantastic. Pre-planning your reading material takes one less stress off your mind while you travel, so why not get it ready before you leave? Download the books you want to check off your list and enjoy hassle-free entertainment right when you want it.

A good set of headphones

Forgetting your headphones is the worst, but it happens to the best of us. Avoid that heart-sinking feeling and remember to pack them ahead of time. If you’ve got the budget for it, consider upgrading your current pair to a high-quality set of noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds. They are invaluable when on a noisy plane or bus, not only for listening to music, audiobooks or podcasts, but also if you’re trying to get a little shut-eye while you’re on the move. They can act as a good replacement for earplugs, so you don’t have to carry a pair of those with you if you are a light sleeper and easily woken by the noises around you.

A credit card

Sure, you’ve got your cash exchanged for local currency, but what about emergencies or unexpected costs? It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case your situation goes south. Make sure you have the best credit cards for your travel needs. Do some research or talk to a representative at your bank to determine which credit card align with your needs and how you can get rewarded – most credit cards offer an incentive like points, cash back, or travel insurance, for example, all of which are useful for jet setters like yourself.

A digital luggage scale

Grabbing a digital luggage scale is almost a necessity for frequent travellers – it’s one of those items that make you think, “how did I ever live without this?”. They are super affordable and available at almost any big box retailer or luggage store and will save you a ton of hassle. If you’re prone to over packing, this gadget is a must! Simply hook it on to your luggage and lift your bag to check the weight. It will give you peace of mind and assurance that your bag isn’t overweight so you won’t get slapped with extra baggage fees at the airport, nor will you have to open your suitcase in public and hastily repack it.

Add-on lenses for your smartphone

Not everyone wants to carry around a smartphone and a DSLR or SLR camera, so why not combine both into one gadget? Smartphone cameras are already pretty good quality but don’t underestimate the power of clip-on lenses. They can make a big difference in the quality of your photos, and travel photos should be the best photos you take so you can relive your adventures. You can find a set of lenses to fit any budget, making it easy to upgrade your device from phone to professional camera.

A portable charger

In a pinch, it might be difficult to find an outlet to charge your phone. Skip the panic and get yourself a portable charger. Most chargers can boost your phone fully either two or three times before needing a recharge themselves. This is another crucial item that will make you question how you managed to travel without it in the past because it can be a real life-saver if you’re depending on your phone for directions, suggestions on where to go and eat, or transportation.

Wireless travel router

This gadget is especially useful for all of you digital nomads or remote workers who need a good, secure Wi-Fi connection at all times. It works by bridging any existing Wi-Fi network and creates your own secure network for tasks like backing up your photos, getting work done, staying in contact with friends and family, or keeping an eye on your finances. You won’t have to worry about your personal information being compromised and falling into the wrong hands. Plus, it can also be used to turn a wired internet connection into a more convenient wireless one. This device is small too, so it doesn’t take up any space – you could fit it in your carry-on or even in your pocket.

Space-saving packing cubes

It might seem like a frivolous expense, but once you have used packing cubes, you understand why they are a necessity. They help you save space and travel light, as you now have the task of fitting everything into your cubes. They also keep everything perfectly organised and make it ridiculously quick to unpack. If you’re frequently on the move and mostly living out of your bag, keeping your clothes separately organised in your packing cubes makes it easy to find what you’re looking for without tearing apart all your belongings and creating a big, messy pile. Packing cubes don’t need to be designated to suitcases – they work wonders for backpacks too.

While it is tempting to procrastinate packing your bags, your next travel adventure can be a little less stressful if you plan your packing ahead of time. These gadgets and packing tools and tips can help you cover all your bases and prepare backup plans in case you’re faced with a less-than-ideal situation abroad. Bon voyage!