Being in another country without essential travel gear can be a nightmare – trust me, I have messed up more than once. So now I think I can humbly – lol, suggest what to pack up and make your stay worth it…
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Let’s dig in.
1. Universal Travel Adapter
Travel Adapters save lives. Honestly it did for me because I had traveled all the way down without this. This Travel Adapter Cover more than 150 Countries with US/EU/UK/AU plugs. It works in Canada, Russia, Asia, Central America, South America and the Middle East to name a few.
This one caught me by surprise. Normally when I travel abroad I just take an extension box for my charging duties and ish, until I landed in the US and realized that the sockets are very much different.
2. Selfie Stick
So many times you want to take a great photo and you’re forced to ask a stranger to do this for you. You’re lucky if they don’t run off with your precious iphone. This selfie stick is a very essential travel gear.
I like this selfie stick because of it’s portability. This 2 in 1 selfie stick tripod with built-in wireless remote “Xiong Tu” (max:33ft ), allows you to take selfie-photography or you could separate the controller to take group photos like parties, graduation, wedding, travel. You can use it as a regular selfie stick or as a quick and easy tripod.
You should also check this dope Switchpod out on Kickstarter.
3. Extra Large Backpack
There are so many travel backpacks available but I believe this one takes the prize as the most important essential travel gear of this list because of the many pockets and functionalities it has. The large capacity USB charging stylish backpack is great companion for OUTDOOR/INDOOR activities and perfect for daily use at anywhere for camping, hiking, vacation, travel, trekking, mountaineering, weekend getaway, occasional travel, overnight trip.
4. Digital Luggage Scale
The last thing you want to happen to you is to have to pay for unplanned extra luggage. This is the reason why having a luggage scale is an essential travel gear. You can just stay home and make sure everything complies with airline rules!
As simple as this is, this is probably the most overlooked. During a recent trip to Mesquite I lost my headphones and I became completely confused until I took an UBER to Target and got myself a new pair. Headphones, esp if you’re into music can make those hours fly by quickly.
I recommend JBL over any other product because of how long I think JBL has mastered the art of sound.
Recommended Reading: 10 Cool, Free Travel Apps in 2019
6. ANKER PowerCore 26800 PORTABLE Charger
I have one of these – and I’ve had it for 2 years and counting. And this is one essential travel gear I simply CANNOT do without, I kid you not. The successor to PowerCore 10400—identical compact size but packed with even more power. Charges an iPhone 8 almost 5 times, an iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 3 times, or an iPad Air 2 once.
The usefulness is amazing. In the airport, where all the charging ports are full, simply bring this out and you’re good to go. Even on the plane – last I checked United Airlines don’t have a USB port on their flights. It charges your iphone to full capacity like 4x before maxing out.
- Colossal capacity: 26800mAh of power charges most phones over 6 times, tablets at least 2 times and any other USB device multiple times.
- High-Speed Charging: 3 USB output ports equipped with Anker’s PowerIQ and Voltage Boost technology ensure high-speed charging for three devices—simultaneously (Not compatible with Qualcomm Quick Charge).
7. NASDOM travel Clothline Kit
Another important essential travel gear on this list. As I type this post, I’m my my AirBnB room and need to wash some socks however there’s nowhere to dry them. This is where this portable Clothesline Kit comes in super handy.
What makes the Nasdom unique is that clothes rope itself is inelastic but can be free to adjust the rope through the button, stretching up to 4m(13ft). Unlike other bungees retractable clothesline, it’s longer and the rope will not droop when you are drying clothes. Moreover, it can be stored in a zip lock bag with ease as it takes the least space in a traveler’s backpack.
8. Unlocked Phone
One week into my stay in DC, I realized I had NO means to call my friends that I was in town. Traveling with a phone under contract with a major carrier with either MTN or Globacom means paying steep roaming fees – up to 100naira/SMS and 300naira for calls, and an arm and a leg for data. Don’t get me started on the data consumption. So getting an unlocked phone, dear readers, is an ESSENTIAL TRAVEL GEAR!
This came with the sim and all I do is buy data etc monthly and I’m good. Highly recommended!
9. GEARLIGHT LED Flashlights
Forgive me, but I don’t think those tiny lights on your phone are enough. For one reason, they need power to run. I’ve always had flashlights on me and extra batteries no matter where I travel to. I blame it on three things – my very cautious ex-military father, my home country which doesn’t give us constant electricity and my common sense.
Honestly, try getting one. Absolutely worth it! (High|Medium|Low|Strobe|SOS) and wide-to-narrow beam zoom makes it ideal for use around the house, dog walking, or camping. It is compact enough to fit in your pocket, backpack, or purse allowing for easy storage and quick access.
10. 2-Pack Tekukor A6 Notebook
I love to write, as you can tell. I write here and also on my tech blog and sometimes it’s not enough to write down ideas on Google Keep. This is where notebooks come in – and of course the smaller, the better.
11. Logitech Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Honestly Bluetooth speakers are essential travel gear. Headphones are great and all that but when you get to your hotel room and need some music to calm you down, then this is the speaker you need.
This one is really cooooooool.
12. Coquimbo Sewing Kit
We’re on our final item for the essential travel gear list. Note that I said ESSENTIAL. There are other things that could have made it to our list but I couldn’t really call them essential – but this sewing kit is more than useful. Torn boxers and whatnot, the kit contains all the necessary tools that are required for performing basic repairs – be it a needles, threads, scissors, buttons, thimble, threader tools, seam ripper and all sewing tools, everything neatly packaged ready for your use.
In conclusion, it’s not every time we have to travel that we get ample space to store luggage in – and that’s why I came up with this list. Hope they helped!