Travel ain’t all exotic meals and breath-taking views, y’know!
Essentials are ‘everything else’ – the stuff you probably aren’t thinking about when dreaming of that perfect piazza or magical mountain view, but NEED to make sure your trip is not just good, but awesome: insurance to cover you for the stuff that can/does go wrong, rail or buss passes to save you heaps on getting around, discount cards for driving your travel buck as far as it can possibly go, roaming SIMs for staying in touch without getting ripped off by your phone company back home, and more.
You might think you can scrimp on these things – don’t. In the long run, it’ll cost you more if you don’t have this stuff sorted pre-departure. Organising this stuff before your trip isn’t ‘nice to have’: for a truly transcendental trip, it’s essential.