There are lots of “helpful” travel items out there but there’s also alot of things out there you don’t need. Don’t waste your money on things like sink stoppers, silk sleep liners, and sewing kits. Instead get these items for your backpack.
One of those things you’ll be glad you have when you actually need them.
For when you’re trying not to wake everyone up looking for something in the middle of the night.
Bring a few bags to store anything from extra food to small souvenirs. You never know when they’ll come in handy
Get a good quality compressible travel pillow to help you sleep when you’re traveling.
Good for keeping the mosquitoes away but be aware that some airport security won’t allow you to have the spray cans in your bag so you might be better off buying it when you get there.
A great way to meet your fellow backpacker is by breaking out your deck of cards.
Gadgets and Gizmos
When you travel you should be out exploring the world and meeting new people. Don’t be one of those people with their head down in front of a dimly lit screen. Having said that, here’s a few things you should definitely have on your trip:
Unless you’re a professional photographer and want to lug around a big camera, a point and shoot digital camera is all you need. Don’t rely on your smartphone either as while it’s great for selfies back home, it just doesn’t cut it for photo quality when you’re traveling. Oh, and bring along an extra battery and an extra memory card.
With a multitude of apps, a smartphone is a great gadget to have with you on your travels. Yyou’ll have a map, a watch, an alarm clock and a music player with you all the time. There are also alot of great phone apps for traveling that you can download.
Universal travel adapter
Wall outlets overseas are not the same as the ones you’re used to seeing back home. If you want to plug in while you’re traveling you have to use a universal travel adapter. Get one with multiple settings so you can use it in any country worldwide.
Power outlets are a hot commodity in most hostels. Sometimes there might only be a couple in a room for eight people. A simple extension cord will automatically triple the outlets available to you.
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You’ll want to bring a laptop with you as well. Bring something small and lightweight like a Netbook or ChromeBook that you can easily pack into your daybag or backpack.