Five gap year essentials
February is one of the most popular months for people to depart on their gap year adventures. Having saved up a bit of cash and had their fill of friends and family over the festive period, now is the perfect time for school leavers and graduates to jet off to sunnier climes and enjoy a bit of adventure.
What exactly goes in your rucksack will depend on where you’re going, however there are a few essentials that are a must for every backpacker no matter the destination.
1. Mosquito repellent
Mosquitos are responsible for thousands of deaths every year. Spreading Malaria, Dengue Fever and now the Zika Virus, these high-pitched insects are some of the most dangerous creatures in the world.
To avoid any mosquito-borne diseases ruining your getaway, make sure you pack plenty of repellent when jetting of to the tropics. Though some natural repellents do have an effect, it’s better to opt for a formula that contains at least 50% deet to be on the safe side.
2. Power bank
As plug sockets can be a little thin on the ground in many gap year destinations, it’s a good idea to take a portable power bank along with you.
Offering good value for money, power banks allow you to recharge your phone when you’re on the go.
Even if you want to get off of the beaten track while you’re away, it’s a good idea to bring a guidebook along with you for back up. Containing lots of useful information and contact details for hotels, embassies and airlines, guidebooks can help you get out of a pickle if your digital devices go down.
4. Protective phone cover
The chances are, your phone will be your main means of communication with the outside world when you’re away. If it breaks, you’ll be left without access to social media and unable to contact friends and family back home.
To help give your phone the very best chance of survival, invest in a protective case for your device. Helping to prevent knocks, scratches and smashes, protective cases are an absolute essential for any foreign adventure.
5. Credit card
Though you don’t want to max out your credit card just before you get to uni – that’s what Freshers’ Week is for – it’s a good idea to get a credit card just in case. Look out for a card that doesn’t charge you for using it abroad and make sure you pay off your credit card as soon as possible.
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