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Luggage & Packing Solutions
Eagle Creek Doubleback22 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack
Despite the wheels, its lightweight and the entire bag is sturdy and durable. You can read my review and watch me show you all the features. I wish this bag for everyone. Best of all, it helps me downsize my packing.. even when I’m on the road for months.
Highly recommended by me as the best backpack for young travelers. This has several easy-access pockets to store things in the front, top and sides. It’s ergonomic back + hip support is ideal.
Space Saver bags by Space Saver are the air tight solution to packing and size reduction. For carry on, I use a lot of medium to small sizes and medium to large if I’m packing a winter clothes.
While i’ll always love my Super Saver luggage bags, I have to admit, I’ve fallen for Eagle Creek packing cubes. They make organizing easy and helps you tighten up your pack.
I carry a lot of chargers, batteries and cables, so I need pouches to organize them. This 3 set multi-sized pack see-through mesh pouches are great. I carry the large one in my luggage; the small one, I pack in my day pack.
Safety & Theft Protection
I don’t like wearing money belts but I always take one to store my important travel docs- passport, currencies, bank cards, SIMs, passport photos, etc.. This money Belt is RFID-blocking and has a hidden wallet.
I always pack one (you’ll see it in my videos too)! Stash my money and credit cards on my wrist for quick access to them. They vary in sizes, style and pockets. This is my fave 2-pocket reversible design; I recently lost it in India. =( My Review here. Read 21 Ways to Outsmart Pickpockets
I take a backup doorstop with me in the case I feel like my hotel is shady and I want to sleep with peace of mind. Haven’t had to use it much thankfully. I have a simple doorstop; this is for the traveler who wants extra security.
World Nomads travel insurance offers affordable travel insurance rates (especially for Americans, who pay a premium for coverage). They also cover sports and activities like skiing or mountain climbing which are considered high risk.
I’ve seen videos where people tested the Lifestraw water purification/ filtration device by drinking their vomit and pee. That’s extreme but you get the point. This can handle the hardcore.
Travel doctor recommended , it is a super strong (and toxic) insect and bed bug repellant you spray onto your bag and clothes and let set. It’s meant to treatment items before you take them on the road.
Skin Care & Beauty
I have freckles which grow into sunspots; I always pack a facial sunscreen stick. Bare Republic is all natural, eco-friendly & coral safe. The zinc protection is a bit thick; so I rub it in.
Electronics & Travel Adapters
I’ve collected a external chargers over time but I always take them all. My fave is a solar charger that came with my SteriPEN Freedom Solar Bundle. It carries a good charge and if you can’t find an outlet, it will charge via sun (albeit it takes a while) Additionally, Xtreme Solar Bank is 5000 mah waterproof, dustproof, charges two devices at once.
I am in love with mobile wallets with drop protection, allowing me to store ids, business cards and credit cards. This is my third wallet by Goosperry. I love their wallet designs.
The 6 outlet power strip surge protector is perfect for charging all my devices. These days, finding a power strip with USB hubs is my next target. 6 foot cord is an ideal length.
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