My Favourite Travel Gear

travel gear

After being on the road for over three years, I’ve changed out most of my gear and narrowed it down to my absolute favourite things. Some are insanely useful; some are a bit odd, but still awesome. So if you’re planning a trip, spare yourself the pain of wondering what to bring, and check out this list!

Electronics

 

  • SteriPen Ultra Water Sterilizer: This thing is freakin’ bad ass. I’ve had my SteriPen for a couple years, and it’s supposed to last about 7 years (give or take, depending on your usage). It uses UV light to sterilize your water. Sounds insane, but I swear, it works! All you do is stir it in your questionable tap water for 90 seconds, and voila! Drinkable water.
  • Photive Portable Battery Charger: The best portable battery charger I’ve found, and for cheap. I can charge up my iPod and Kindle a ton of times before it runs out of power. Plus, it has two USB slots.
  • Fujifilm Waterproof Camera: Cause even if you don’t plan to use it underwater, shit happens. Stay smart. Plus it’s shockproof, takes HD video, and is wifi enabled. Can’t complain!
  • Camera Float: So you don’t lose that camera in the water should you decide to go swimming with it.
  • iPod Touch: I would be lost without my music. End of story.
  • Extra headphones: Cause they like to break a LOT. Especially when you like walking in the rain. Oops…
  • Kindle: There is no room in my pack for a million books, and you don’t want to kill your back.
  • Universal Charger: This one even has a slot for USB, so you can charge two devices at once!
  • USB Flash Drive: Cause shit gets stolen, and you’re going to want to back up your photos and other important docs.
  • Head Torch: Any idea what a pain it is to set up a tent in the dark, or locate your pajamas in the pitch black of a hostel? Well, it sucks. Plus, this head torch is even rechargeable!
  • Portable Speaker: Because sometimes you just wanna jam out with your new pals.
  • Wind-up fm/am radio, torch, and charger: Just in case everything else runs out, this device can be charged using the crank or solar power, and works as a torch, radio, and charger for your phone. Awesome!
  • Tep Wireless Frequent Traveller: This thing is so awesome – it’s a portable wifi device that you can connect five devices to at once. Fancy working in the forest or on the beach? Tep is your answer. Plus, you buy it rather than rent, so you can use it on and off as you like.

Tep Portable Wifi

Camping and Hiking Gear

 

  • REI Igneo Sleeping Bag: I’m in love with this super lightweight, extra warm, 3 season, waterproof sleeping bag. Seriously. It’s my favourite thing ever.
  • MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Person Tent: Ridiculously light (your back will thank you!) and super waterproof, this tent just rocks.
  • Osprey Backpack: I can’t rave about this company enough. Osprey rocks. My backpack is years old without a single tear, zipper break, nothing. It’s sheer perfection in the backpack world.
  • OR try a carry on sized backpack if you can fit it all!
  • Check out Luggage Direct if backpacks aren’t your style for their assortment of bag styles and brands (my grandpa, the discerning type, is in love with the Mandarina Duck)!
  • MSR Whisperlite International Stove: The reason I love this stove so much is that you can use different types of fuel with it; nowhere near a camping store with those little fuel containers? No worries – you can use white gas, kerosene, or normal car gas!
  • Parachute Hammock: Who doesn’t want a hammock to relax in? Plus, these ones are super light and fold up so tiny you wouldn’t believe it’s even a hammock!
  • Windsocks are becoming very popular for camping now: While they may be a bit bulky for your average backpacking trip, they’re perfect for fun for that weekend away!
  • Java Drip Coffee Maker: Woken up early by the sun while camping, desperate for coffee? Look no further! You can attach this handy dandy device to any cup, and have your caffeine fix!

java drip coffee maker

 

Generally Handy Things

 

  • First Aid Kit: For stumbling off motorcycles in Asia and falling down the stairs while drunk in South America.
  • Sewing Kit: I can’t even tell you how many times this has been useful to fix broken clothes and repair purses. And I can’t even sew properly.
  • Carabiners: Handy for everything. I have one attached to my water bottle so I can stick it on my pack while on the move.
  • Pens on Carabiners: They exist, and they’re awesome. Attach one to your bag and you’ll never have to scramble for a pen to fill out a customs form again!
  • Padlocks: Cause who knows who’s going to be in your dorm room? Lock your stuff up.
  • Travel Towel: If your pack can actually fit a full size towel, well, you’re a packing pro. For the rest of us, there are these towels that dry fast and fold up extremely tiny.
  • Dry Shampoo: Do you like hitchhiking for days without being able to clean your hair? Or enjoy those freezing cold showers many hostels have? That’s why you pack dry shampoo.
  • Water Bottle and Camelbak: The amount of times my Camelbak has come in useful while on long hikes is amazing. I highly recommend grabbing one.
  • iPhone Wallet Cases: Cause who wants to carry a wallet when you don’t have to?!

hitchhiking Vancouver

A Few Random Additional Items

  • Money Belt that’s actually a belt: To hide your money without having a big ol’ money belt under your shirt.
  • Travel Journal: To write about your travels. Or to doodle when you’re bored.
  • Colouring Book Post Cards: Fun to colour, and people love personalised gifts like this sent home to them while you’re away in a magical land. Don’t forget your pencil crayons!
  • Dobble: A strangely addictive card game that has never failed me in making new friends while bored in a hostel.

Of course we all need some gear to save some sanity, so don’t forget some fun things that make you happy! And if you’re one of those lucky ones who has a bad ass drone, don’t forget your travel drone bag!

Did I miss anything? Write your suggestions in the comments! And hey, you could always throw in the towel and just buy some beer – you wouldn’t believe it, but you can make everything from a camping stove to a fish trap using just a beer can!

And don’t forget to check out these awesome travel hacks to make your travels that bit easier!

 

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  • 19 Comments:

    1. Ahh yes the Kindle. I remember those days I took 3-4 books with me on a trip (because I read A LOT) and I’d leave them behind and would buy myself new ones. Now with my Kindle I’m always happy that I have a whole lot of books with me and can pick whatever I want for reading … would not want to go without it anymore!

      • Tep Wireless Frequent Traveller looks like something I need for my next trip. The Java Drip Coffee Maker reminds me of several friends who love their coffee and will not go anywhere (even for a few days0 without bringing their coffee makers.

        • Haha I must admit I don’t use it daily but man, when I need it, I totally need it! And seriously Tep is AMAZING. I am so happy to have it now! Life just got a whole lot easier!

    2. This is such a great checklist of travel must haves. I agree with you on the dry shampoo for sure, it’s been a life saver for me! Can I ask what a Camelbak is?

      • Camelbaks are awesome! It’s basically like a big floppy waterbottle you can put in a little backpack, and has a tube coming out that you can drink out of. That was you can easily drink water on the road, and carry extra water other than your water bottle 🙂 So it’s great for long treks, and for me it’s been amazing when hitchhiking hot climates (especially when the tap water isn’t drinkable so I need to stock up!)

    3. I am completely obsessed with my Steri pen. It’s amazing for hiking backcountry, but also not buying a ton of water in other countries! I hate buying so many plastic bottles, so it helps me avoid that.

      • God I can’t agree more! Plus I’m often super broke while travelling, hitchhiking and camping my way along, and I just never want to find myself in a situation where I can’t afford water… not okay. So it’s basically my god. And it confuses people so much haha like what are you doing drinking tap water and why is it glowing?!

    4. I swear by dry shampoo. I’m glad you added it to the list. I wouldn’t go camping without it. Such a lifesaver by the second or third days.

    5. this is awesome list. I usually go for road trips and have my own checklist and hence can appreciate your.
      I specially would love to buy water sterilizer.

    6. Wow that is such a complete and convenient list for travelers to get inspiration. I am completely broke right now so I try not to get ideas for new things but I’ve already mentally bookmarked some of these. Just broke my water bottle and I am looking for a new one. That is a very necessary thing. Completely agree on the usb, comes in handy so often!

    7. Wow – what a list! I like the sounds of Tep WiFi and I’m pretty sure my kids would be thrilled to have a portable WiFi unit. I love Osprey too – the backpacks and suitcases are the best!

    8. I have been considering a Steripen for so long but it just kind of freaks me out! I know that’s silly and I should just get one. Also, I cannot believe I’ve never thought of a pen on a carabiner….that is the most amazing thing ever.

      • Haha I’ve had so many people tell me they don’t trust the Steripen but I swear it works! And I know, pens on carabiner, so simple, yet so revolutionary!

    9. Very very good list, think you’ve got everything covered. I missed out the coffee one, that would be especially important for me

      • Oh man and the coffee filter is so small and so cheap, it’s freakin’ amazing! Attaches to any cup making life so much easier when one needs a caffeine fix!

    10. Great list! I definitely cannot leave home without my portable battery charger. I don’t know where I would be without it.

    11. These are great recommendations!!! Thanks!! I especially love the travel towel.

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