gap year

You’ve finished your studies and all you can think about is the exciting gap year ahead of you. It takes a lot of preparation to ensure your trip runs smoothly – let us help you along your journey by ensuring you’ve planned and packed your backpack successfully with our gap year travel essentials.

gap year

Your Gap Year Essential Products

Insect Repellent

A new country doesn’t just mean adjusting to the culture and climate change – the sheer amount of insects can be a shock to the system! Discourage the insects from giving you unplanned scars and bites by topping up on your insect repellent. Insect repellant such as DEET will be sufficient in ensuring they are deterred from biting you. Remember it isn’t just the nasty scars that you want to prevent – insects can carry diseases that are passed around through their bites. Stay protected.

Rehydration Treatment

Your body is made up of 80% water; therefore it’s important this remains constant. You will be losing a lot of water unintentionally, whether it is from something your stomach doesn’t agree with and you develop diahorrea as a result, having been sweating more or you have just forgotten to nurture your body and give it the 8 pints of water a day – make sure you stay hydrated! If you do get diahorrea a rehydration treatment can help to replace the lost fluids and salts.


Carrying bulky bottles of your favourite skincare can be exhausting and not always at the top of your priority list. Make sure you never forget your skin or hygiene routine with miniatures. Carry them around with you without the weight and hassle of your favourite full sizes.

Nivea NIVEA Body Lotion for Dry Skin, Irresistibly Smooth, 75ml £1.50 Buy Now
Superdrug Superdrug Rehydration Sachets 5g x 6 £2.99 Buy Now

Sun Protection

If you’re venturing to a tropical climate that this should be number one on your list. Not only should you be packing your SPFs (minimum of SPF15) and after-suns to protect you from burning and peeling, but also pack a cap. This will help prevent you getting sick from heat stroke – no one wants to be bed bound on their gap year travels.

Antibacterial Hand Gel

Your hygiene standards may slip – due to bad showering conditions or lack of time to fit it into your busy schedule. Make sure you are still protected from any germs with a simple antiseptic lotion. Use daily to prevent any nasty illnesses developing.


You’ll be going from bed to bed on your travels, meeting new people in different types of accommodation. Feel secure wherever you are with a simple padlock. Lock your bag up! Remember it may be small, but this will be the only security you have on your gap year and with your life practically in a bag, it’s important you keep your possessions safe.