We all have those go to essentials when we travel right? In this post I’ll list everything that I must have in my backpack when I travel. We live in a digital age so most of it comprises of electronics and digital enhancing travel goodies.
Most used travel gear essentials:
Anker Power Bank (1)
One of my most used travel essentials is definitely my ‘Anker Power Bank‘ It has saved me on so many occasions where I have had no access to power or have been in places that suffer from frequent power outages. It is robust, durable and can charge up to 3 devices at the same time via 3 USB slots. It charges my phone (iPhone 4S) up to 6 full charges and a full laptop (HP Notebook) charge. It has a torch function on the side as an added extra.
Cons – Slightly heavier than some of the others on the market. However it has never affected the portability in my case.
DSLR Camera (For photographers) (2)
These days with phone cameras and small portable cameras like Gopro’s, carrying a DSLR isn’t necessary; however I have always loved to use a DSLR when taking photos. There is still a higher quality you get when taking photos with a DSLR and as an amateur photographer this is something important to me.
I have been using Nikon products for about 10 years now and I can say that they always deliver on quality whilst providing you with options to take control of every aspect of the photos outcome. I have been using my ‘Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm VR Lens Kit (16.2MP) 3 inch LCD‘ for about 5 years now and the quality is outstanding; with a 32-point auto focusing ring & high ISO (100-3200/H1&H2) performance in low light makes it a very versatile and effective camera.
Before the D7000, I was using a ‘Nikon D40 & 60‘ both great cameras for first time DLSR users – very good quality and easy to use controls.
Here are a few examples of shots I have taken with each:
GoPro Hero 3 + (3)
A popular choice for most travellers and I am no different, my ‘GoPro Hero 3+‘ is great for being portable and resilient when I’m capturing moments on my travels. The housing that comes with it means I don’t have to worry about it being broken or getting knocked in action. It can shoot in 1080p and is easy to use via a 1 click button on the top and front of the camera. The housing means that the camera is waterproof so can also be used in water and allows you to capture great underwater photos/footage as well.
Cons – The red light on the front when recording flashes which can be distracting when trying to be discreet in public places – I get around this by putting some black tape over it which usually does the job. The sound quality is affected by the housing around the camera, so if you’re looking to capture sound I’d look into microphones or separate sound recorders to use with it.
I love using disposables when travelling. They are lightweight, durable and take retro snaps for your travel journal – also very cheap and affordable! A great back up to carry with you if you can’t use your camera or phone!
It may sound simple but having a journal or notebook is a great item to take with you if you’re a travel blogger or traveller in general. I’m aways getting ideas when I’m out and love to collect important information like times, dates, prices and receipts. It’s also a great idea to write up about your travels as you go because you meet so many interesting people along the way and go through a lot of different emotions that you’ll want to look back on in the future.
Travel Notebook: Gifts / Gift / Presents ( Ruled Traveler’s Notebook with Antique Map Cover ) (Travel & World Cultures)
A great item to carry with you! Always very handy and I nearly always use this when I am travelling – even if the ‘spork’ function is my most used!
A good item to carry with you if you’re volunteering or travelling with people is a ‘mini speaker’. It’s great to be social with and creates a fun atmosphere instantly. Try this ‘Speaker’ on the road – it’s served me well the times I have had to use one.
Sleeping Bag (8)
I always carry a sleeping with me – usually my lightweight ‘sleeping bag’ which covers me for most cases. If you’re going more extreme I’d advise getting a thicker tog as this is only a 2 season bag.
Travel Towel (9)
I use a ‘trespass’ mini travel towel which always comes in pretty handy!
First Aid Kit (10)
Of course you should never travel anywhere without one of these! I have never had to use mine for me ‘touch wood’ but it always seems to come into use for others when I’m travelling (especially plasters/bandaids when I’ve been volunteering with kids – plasters/bandaids are like gold dust once the kids find them!)
Without a doubt, if you have all this fancy technology and gizmos when you travel you’ll need a universal adapter plug so you’re prepared for any country you visit. So much easier than carrying different plug adapters for different countries.
My Most Used Travel Apps (12)
Dualingo – “Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, and English. Totally fun. Totally free.”
Currency Converter – “Convert every world currency with the XE Currency App – Free Edition. It offers live proprietary currency rates, charts, and even stores the last updated rates, so it works when the Internet doesn’t.”
World Clock – “Always get “The right Time in the right Place”
Google Maps – “Google Maps makes navigating your world faster and easier. Find the best places in town and the information that you need to get there.”
Uber – “Uber is a ridesharing app for fast, reliable rides in minutes – day or night.”
Skyscanner – “Skyscanner all-in-one travel app. Flights, hotels and car hire, all in one place.”
Air BnB – “Unforgettable trips start with Airbnb. Find adventures in faraway places or your hometown, and access unique homes, experiences, and places around the world.”
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