Top 10 travel essentials
We’re a difficult bunch to buy for us travellers. Constantly on the move we don’t want dust-collectors sitting at home crammed into that small space at the top of our closets. And we simply won’t get any use out of bulky items that weigh us down. Luckily, I’m here to help with 10 travel essentials that make the perfect gift for any travel addict.
This is my top 10 travel essentials for the hard core traveller. The person who spends more time away than they do in their own bed! Lucky people! These gifts are prerequisites for any trip whether it’s backpacking around South East Asia or a business trip to Hong Kong. They will be used repeatedly and your family member, partner or friend will appreciate the thought and consideration you put into their present.
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I bought this exact camera a couple of months ago when I started blogging and I love it. The Panasonic Lumix DMC GF7 is a mirrorless camera which takes photos with D-SLR quality but weighs so much less. It is ultra small and I adore the retro style. It also doesn’t feel cheap and plastic like the majority of new D-SLRs. Although the I’m still learning the actual photos have come out great!
2. Toilet bag
A toilet bag that can hang up and has multiple pockets for storage is a must. This one also has a waterproof lining and has several fab little pockets for all those little things eg jewellery, medicine, hairpins etc so you can easily find everything. I’m on my third or fourth toilet bag for travel and this one is a firm favourite.
I was so against Kindles for such a long time but I’ve had one for the last 3 years and use it daily. I’d really recommend getting one with inbuilt wifi so you can buy a book wherever you are. I used to always take a couple of books travelling and rip off the pages as I went so I didn’t have to carry the extra weight. Then hope there were some decent second-hand book shops around with English books. This seems so ridiculous now! Just buy a Kindle and you will always have a book to read on the beach or on those long flights and those bulky city guides are available at your fingertips. They are so light too! Absolutely obsessed. Kindles are at the top of my top 10 travel essentials list. If you want to pre load the book for your traveller friend Wild: Lost and Found by Cheryl Strayed is an adventure inspiring book.
4. St Christopher
St Christopher is the Catholic patron saint of ‘Travel Safety’ and small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, or carried in a pocket to prevent the wearer from being hurt. He is typically depicted as tall, bearded with a staff carrying the Christ child on his shoulders. I wear one around my neck 24/7 more as a good luck charm as I’m not religious. In saying that if you want to give your traveller a token to keep them safe a St Christopher pendant is a thoughtful idea. The one above is slightly different to mine but I really like that this one as is suitable for both the guy or girl in your life.
This BPA free spork has a full size spoon, knife and fork all combined in one lightweight piece. These are brilliant for hiking but also backpacking and everyday travel. It means you can grab small yoghurts, brie, salads etc from the supermarket without having to find disposable cutlery or walk around with your own heavy metal cutlery. This was the only piece of cutlery that I carried during my camino – walking 600km across Spain.
6. Travel Towel
If you’re always going to stay in 5 star hotels then you might not need one of these but microfibre towels are essential for hiking, backpacking, camping etc. These are full size but incredibly lightweight and roll up small. They also dry very quickly so you’re not carrying around a wet towel! These ones are an absolute bargain at $16.99 USD for two and they also have a lifetime guarantee. Click on the pic for more details.
7. Leatherman multi-tool
I have a Leatherman very similar to this one that was given to me as a gift many years ago. These are the KING of pocketknives and come with a 25 year guarantee. This one is stainless steel and includes 17 tools: Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Wire Cutters, Hard-Wire Cutters, Clip-Point Knife, Serrated Knife, Saw, Scissors, Wood/Metal File, Diamond-Coated File, Large Bit Driver, Small Bit Driver, Large Screwdriver, Ruler (8 inch/19 cm), Bottle/Can Opener, Wire Stripper & Lanyard Attachment. You will pull this out of your pocket countless times a day for a variety of Bear Grylls or McGyver moments. They are a great prezzy to get engraved with a message or the person’s name etc and it’s sure to last a lifetime.
8. Thongs/flip flops/jandals
Havaiana’s are the classic, uni-sex flip flops/jandals/thongs (whatever you want to call them) and are an absolute necessity for travellers. They have a comfortable rubber sole and don’t rub in between the toes. Make sure you get the ones with the thicker straps (like these ones) as they are more practical to walk around in for longer periods. Perfect for kicking back at the beach.
9. Compression socks
These socks are awesome! Compression socks are most well known as something you wear on long-haul flights to prevent blood clots. But they are also amazing for long-distance walking or hiking as they prevent muscle soreness and are outstanding at reducing swelling and blisters. I swear by these ones for hiking! Better yet they also come with a lifetime guarantee. Click on the pic for more details.
10. Camera Strap
These days even when you buy a decent camera they come with a cheap, thin strap. Give your traveller friend a gorgeous, thick strap to go with their camera as they snap there way around the world. This one is 30 inches long and a decent 1.5 inches wide in a Cyan Aztec Pattern.
I’m hopeful that the above top 10 travel essentials have ticked a couple of pressies of your list. So what about you? What would you like for Christmas?
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