The Ultimate List of Everything You Should Take on Your Travels!
Good afternoon ye scurvy sea dogs (and sea kittens, for the more feminine amongst you!)! I realised just yesterday that I had left my dry-bag (a waterproof bag for storing valuables) at home. To be specific, I realised when my camera got wet and refused to turn back on. As you can imagine, this was somewhat frustrating but there IS a silver lining, it reminded me of the importance of bringing the right gear whilst travelling!
And so, pirates, I have spent the day scribbling down a list of absolutely everything the budding adventurer should consider taking on a trip abroad...
Totally Essential Gear For Adventuring
- Rucksack: Let's knock this on the head right now, if you're travelling somewhere outside of Europe, don't take a suitcase, not only will other adventurers scoff somewhat but they really are NOT practical for cobble-stone streets, hiking or hotels without elevators (i.e. any youth hostel ever). I myself swear by the brand Osprey, but there's lot of good options out there.
- Shoes: Make sure you have a decent pair of shoes, I myself always take a pair of trekking trainers as an all rounder as well as a pair of flip flops or sandals for the beach and communal showers.
- Headtorch: If you are travelling anywhere which is even slightly adventurous (I'm talking caves, night buses, sporadic electricity - basically all of Asia), a headtorch is a seriously useful piece of kit. You don't need to splash out, a simple head torch from a local outdoors shop should not set you back more than £15.
- A power adapter: This doesn't really need explaining but I recommend saving some pennies and getting one which can be used all over the world so you don't have to buy a new one for every trip.
- Proper clothing: If you're going somewhere which is somewhat famous for its mosquitos, you really should take a long sleeved shirt and trousers - Craghoppers nosilife are the best as they are impregnated (I hope that's the right term) with mossie repellent already.
- Stuff sacks and a dry bag: Helps keep your gear safe, separate and dry whilst travelling.
Other Gear We Highly Recommend For Adventuring
- Mosquito net: Even if you use it just once a week, you'll be glad to have it!
- Sleeping bag liner: Perfect for when your bed sheets don't look quite as clean as you would like.
- Hanging wash bag: Really useful for keeping all of your toiletries together and organised.
- Quick-dry towel: Don't be the guy with a massive heavy towel taking up half his rucksack..
- Micro-fleece: Great for keeping warm, even if it's just on bus and plane journeys.
- Small first-aid kit: If you travel for longer than a couple of weeks, this could come really in useful - whether it's for splinters or motorbike tumbles, it's worth having on you.
- Playing cards: Hands-down the best way to make new friends at a hostel
- Carabiners: Always useful for attaching stuff to your bag
- Combination pad-locks: Essential for keeping your gear safe
Specialist Gear to Consider
- Go-Pro: Yep, they are expensive, but a GoPro is so much fun to work with once you get the hang of it, if you're travelling for a long time or interested in blogging, I definitely recommend picking one up.
- Camping equipment: Think carefully about this, a tent, sleeping bag and roll mat will seriously weigh you down. If on the other hand you're planning on doing some hitching or getting properly off the beaten track, I would definitely consider taking it.
- Multi-tool: Always helpful, even if it's just for the bottle opener!
- Small sewing kit: Very useful if you're on the road for a while, will help you keep your gear in one piece!
- Water purification tabs or a UV light wand: In the long run, this can save you a lot of money whilst travelling.
- Cooking equipment: You would be amazed how much money a camp stove, spatula and frying pan can save you - eating out all the time gets expensive.
So, pirates, hopefully this information shall be of use to some of you preparing to hit the road in search of adventure, plunder and your very own tropical island. Remember, all adventures start with a plane ticket so be sure to keep on checking in with us online for the best deals on flights all around the world.
In the meantime, get packing with your gear - perhaps head camping for a weekend - and get familiar with everything you intend on taking abroad. You would be amazed at the amount of people I meet on the road who have rucksacks crammed to the brim with things they MAY need whilst travelling but never actually unpack. Stick to the basics above and you really can't go wrong. You will be surprised when I say this Amazon of has many of your essentials and are often very competitive in terms of pricing. However, to ensure you get the best price on Amazon you should use a site called CamelCamelCamel which allows you to set up price alerts, informing you when your product is either the cheapest it has ever been or has met the price limit you set.