Going on holiday is always fun, especially to a tropical country where the sun is (almost) always shining and the temperature is always warm. However, if you’re coming from a temperate area, it’s important to pack appropriately to avoid being left without comfortable clothes and useful accessories for your trip.

From headphones to clothing and accessories, we’ve listed five must-have items for a tropical holiday below. Whether you’re visiting Asia, Africa, the Americas or anywhere else on the globe, make sure you’ve added these items to your packing list before you hit the road:

Noise cancelling headphones

Noise cancelling headphones come in handy on the plane, as well as on bus and train rides once you get to your destination. They’re particularly useful in countries with lots of background noise, such as the Philippines or Thailand.

The only problem is that noise cancelling headphones can be seriously experience. Our advice is to stick with something simple but durable, such as the Phiaton BT 100 NC, which offer noise cancelling tech for under $100.

The right backpack

There’s no need to bring a gigantic backpack with you on holiday (unless, of course, you want to go backpacking), but having a comfortable backpack will make a big difference when it comes to getting around easily.

Which backpack is best? That depends on your needs and style. Carryology has a great list of the best backpacks on the market at various price points and in several styles, making it a must-read if you’re searching for the ultimate comfortable carrying tool.

The right belt

A good belt makes all the difference, especially if you’re planning a lot of outdoor activity and think you could lose or gain weight over the course of your trip. We recommend sticking with a casual leather belt, since there’s no need to bring anything too formal with you.

MensBeltsForJeans.com has a great range of belt reviews, including several casual belts that are perfect for travel. Most are available for $50 or less, making them easy to add to your travel toolkit without a huge bill to worry about.

The right shoes

While sandals might be enough for lounging around the hotel and going to the beach, a good pair of shoes can make all the difference when it comes to hiking, exploring and adventuring around the city.

We recommend packing a paid of lightweight, comfortable sports shoes for your trip. It’s best to prioritise lightness over style, since the tropical heat can make many casual and dress shoes too hot to wear comfortably.

A high quality thermos

Need a warm cup of coffee in the morning? A good thermos can double as a drinking bottle, letting you stay hydrated over the course of the day and enjoy a refreshing cup of warm coffee every morning.

If you’re not a fan of warm drinks, an exercise-style sipping bottle can also make for a great accessory. The warmth and humidity of tropical weather makes it easy to get dehydrated and uncomfortable, making it important to have a source of hydration with you at all times.