My essential travel gear is a list full of very useful electronics and gadgets I aways pack for every worldwide trip.
My Essential Travel Gear: Electronics
The idea of disconnecting from your life while traveling is quite romantic, but even considering myself a romantic person, I just can’t completely disconnect. I can go for days without a phone or Internet connection, but I have people back home that worry abut me so I feel the need to let them know what I’m up to. Having my electronics with me just means I can choose to use them or not.
Here is my list of essential travel electronics:
- Smartphone: essential for Internet access and Skype sessions plus any emergency phone call;
- iPad: for blogging and destination research;
- iPod: I don’t go anywhere without my music. Some people say you should just listen to local sounds. I do both;
- Portable charger for those remote adventures;
- DSLR camera, memory cards and extra battery;
- Point and shoot camera for pictures on the move (like bus rides, train trips, road trips etc.);
- A simple plastic wristwatch. Funny that I don’t normally wear a watch, but on the road I need to make sure I get to places on time to catch planes, buses, etc. Yes I could use my smartphone but I prefer being discrete with electronics;
- World Travel Adapter with Dual USB Charger;
My Essential Travel Gear: Gadgets
Besides my electronics, I take loads of useful stuff for several situations. Imagine you arrive late at a hostel and want to find your bed in a dorm. Do you turn on the light? No, use a flashlight so you don’t disturb others. If you need to store important stuff in a locker, you will need a padlock. What if you want to open a bottle of wine, a beer or cut something? That Swiss knife always comes in handy.
Here is my list of travel gadgets:
- Inflatable Travel Pillow, useful for long flights, bus/train rides and serves as a camping pillow;
- A small flashlight, useful for dorms, camps and night walks, like the tiny cool Petzl – e+LITE 26 Lumens;
- Padlocks with 3 Digit Combination for my backpacks and backpack cover bag, also useful for hostel lockers;
- Backpack Steel Mesh to protect your backpack from someone putting a knife through it and stealing your stuff on those long bus rides;
- Sliding cable lock;
- Swiss knife for opening bottles of wine, cutting cheese and peeling fruit;
- Ear plugs and eye mask, great for flights, bus rides and hostels;
- Microfibre towel, extremely useful: light, easy to pack and dries fast, that also be used as a beach towel;
- Sleeping bag liner, for those occasions where clean means not so clean;
- Universal sink plug, powder soap and travel clothesline for DIY laundry at hotels;
- A set of water proof bags of different sizes, to protect your stuff when on adventures;
It looks like a long list, but a lot of the stuff is small and packs well. Most of it goes in my backpack, except for my electronics, always in my daypack. Also, you buy this stuff once and it lasts for several trips.