Having been on the road now for over 4 months there are items which I have used all the time and inevitably items which I admit I could have left behind.
I will not count my winter gear into this as I cannot not yet know the extent of what will be used until I cross down to South America, so for the time being this applies to hot and warm climates.
Top 10 items in no particular order:
- STERIpen – This compact UV device allows you to quickly sterilise water of up to 1l at a time, in essence making any tap water safe drinking water. Despite the initial cost for the device this has more than paid for itself as we easily get through 4-5l per day.
- Sarong – I know everyone says how great it is to pack one but after these few months I can’t stress it enough. It has acted as a dress, as a skirt, as a beach towel, for creating shade and as a light blanket. Am sure I will discover more uses as I continue on my travels.
- Spork – It is amazing the amount of times you will need a spoon or a knife or a fork when you are self catering, even more so when you are self catering on the road! This lightweight all in one is perfect for ensuring you have all your utensils to hand.
- Packing cubes – This is the first trip I have used them and it has made my life so much easier that I will never go anywhere without them! I use Eagle Creek cubes and have all my clothes split out between 4 medium cubes, this makes finding items easy and helps me to re-pack my backpack in minutes – definitely recommended.
- Swiss Army Knife – Similarly to the Spork the Swiss Army Knife allows you to have everything you need to hand, depending on the model you select you get different items such as tin opener, corkscrew, scissors, saws etc.
- Sunglasses – Probably obvious but I have used these daily and would probably be blind by now without a pair!
- Flip-flops – I did not actually bring a pair with me and only bought some when my KEEN sandals were stolen and I was waiting for a replacement. However, I have to say that for the space they take up they are definitely worth packing as they allow your feet to breathe.
- Camera – You just can’t go on holiday or travelling without one! I admit I would love to have a digital SLR with me but I didn’t want the worry of a new expensive camera on my head every time I took it somewhere. Do I regret it? Occasionally, when precision action shots are needed but on the whole not.
- Sleeping bag – This was one of the items we weren’t sure about and nearly left behind, but I have to say that a lightweight sleeping is well worth the space. So far it has been used extensively on the buses through Mexico as they are freezing cold, as a pillow in hostels and even needed as an extra blanket when we have been on higher grounds. I can also see this being used even more once we hit colder climates.
- Wind-up torch – We bought 2 small eco handheld wind-up torches to take with us. Although not as powerful as the likes of Petzl head torches they have proven effective and we never need to worry about the batteries running out.
What are your top 10 travel items? Have you discovered any new essential gear you will take with you on future trips?