I have been wanting to make a must-have travel items list for you guys for your travels abroad and possibly to the great NorthWest.
So I thought maybe this would be the best time to do it as I’ve been travelling around, I’ve actually been writing down a lot of ideas for this blog. For the last six months the different ideas I have for the things I use the most of the time, and that are the most helpful, that people might not have thought of using before when travelling. I’m going to have all of these items linked below so you can just click them and check them out for yourselves.
So I’m going to break all these items up into different groups. And the first group that I’m going to talk about are the practical things. The type of things that you can use every day. The first item that I want to show you is something that you might have seen around before. It is these handy dandy reusable bamboo cups.
I love them. These Elegant Reusable Bamboo Eco Travel Mug (Thermos) for Coffee or Tea are so convenient because you can fill them up with coffee at the airport or even water. You can always keep them in your day bag. Definitely keep it upright though, or they will spill over all over the inside of your bag. It’s happened to me before, so I’ve had a few messes with these guys. So be careful. There are all sorts of different bamboo cups that you can purchase, but I love it because that means that I’m not regularly having to buy water bottles. I’m not having to take away plastic coffee containers and no straws either which is great for the environment but also it’s just super handy to sometimes have for when you get to an Airbnb and maybe they don’t have any kitchen items or any clean ones, but at least you’ve got your own cup.
Yeah, and by the way, I use them every single day. And also they always come in the funniest designs. Yes, I’ve got a watermelon one and one with small waves or something on it.
Find one that holds around sixteen ounces a lot of them are 350mil (12 ounces), so they can keep a grande-sized coffee. It says 450mil (16 ounces) that is the key as a lot of them are 350mils (12 ounces).
The next item might not be that exciting or glamorous, but it has been fantastic for me. It is a Grocery Bags Reusable Foldable 6 Pack Shopping Bags so that when I go grocery shopping on the road, I have this. It’s also been my beach bag, overnight bag, and usage bagon all sorts of stops and another item that I just use pretty much every year. I like this one because it’s super lightweight and it folds down to pretty much nothing so you can just throw it in the bottom of your bag and not worry about it. And I have been kicking myself for not having used one sooner, as I’ve used it every single day since getting it. It’s so great.
Next up is a super versatile item just like the bag, and that is a HABER Turkish Style Towel, cover-up wrap of sorts, of these things in one. So basically this is I think called a HABER Turkish Style Towel. It’s a fake one, but I use it as a swimsuit wrap. I’ve used it as a blanket. I’ve used it as a pillow on my travels, especially handy at airports. And when I don’t have any real use for as a blanket, so it then becomes my beach towel or poolside towel. And it also can folds down pretty flat, so you can lay it in the bottom of your bed saving the extra space.
The next item I want to talk about is a self-filtering water bottle. Now I used to have a couple of these that I travelled with, but I have also lost a lot of them! But they’re super amazing when you have them.
There’s one by this company called GRAYL Geopress 24 oz Water Purifier for Global Travel, Backpacking, Hiking, and Survival that I’ve used many many times. I am absolutely in love with it. I’m going to have to get a replacement for the last one that I lost, but I’m going to have links to that below as well. But definitely get one of those because in countries where they don’t have water you can just drink straight from the tap. You can just pour it right into this thing filter it, and it’s clean.
It’s such a money saver too and even when you’re in the airport, and maybe you don’t want to drink the sink water or the water from the waterfall just filter it right there you could do.
You can literally dump it in a stream and then filter it and drink it. This ends my list of practical items. Next up are…
Resistant bands. Beautiful.
These little suckers have been such a dream for me to have on the road. I am so used to having resistance bands with the handles, which are excellent for keeping up your fitness levels while travelling. But they got a little too heavy for travelling, so I switched to the elasticated resistance bands. They perfect for sometimes when you are in a small space, or you don’t know you’re staying in a place with the gym, but you still want to you know to get your burn on. These are great because you can do all sorts of amazing exercises with them or just looks really cool I guess and they come in all different sizes. I think I have like a light-medium one and a strong one. You will find YouTube videos if you type in “resistance band workouts“, you will see there are tons of them on there. So I’ve been able to use them everywhere I have been too, in camper vans, hotel rooms, in Airbnb’s, outside at campsites. I really use them almost every day, and I love them.
A lot of you guys ask how I stay fit, but that’s how I stay fit using these things every day.
In the next section, what I’m going to talk about is my toiletries which keep me clean and looking good on the road.
First up is a convenient item that you guys might have actually seen before, which is the Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Liquid Pen. What is it you may ask? Well’ it’s a portable, instant stain remover. I’m a messy adventurer, and I know I love wearing white T-shirts, but white T-shirts don’t enjoy food or outdoor things or anything really. So this has saved my butt so many times. Easy to use, rub the tip gently across the identified stain, if necessary, add more liquid and continue to massage gently till the stain disappears.
Next is an item that I use almost daily. If I’m not washing my hair, it’s my dry shampoo. I just found the perfect the dry shampoo from Lush. It’s a bit expensive. I think it was 7 or 10 USD, but a 155g bottle will last me probably an entire year. It’s a powder. You just put a little in your hand, rub it together so that it gets into your hair and soon you’ll be smelling good again, it has a zesty smell, kinda like lemons. It also makes your hair not look oily and keeps it super fresh. Really good. I love it because I get super oily hair and I look really crazy, especially after a long flight or an overnight train ride. This is my secret to not looking quite as chaotic in the morning.
The next item is something my little Breezeo Laundry Detergent Strips.
Super useful, I use these all the time when I don’t have access to a washing machine when travelling, and all I have are just a few items to wash in a sink or something. All you do is pour the water into the basin, you drop a couple of the laundry detergent tablets into the water and usually one or two garments, mix around for washing around a bit, and you’ll get clean enough result without the needs for a giant washing machine.
If you’ve done any air travel at all you’ve probably had run-ins with the TSA just like I have, I always get busted by being over the kilogram limit. So one way you can eliminate that at least with a couple of items is by going with bars. I use bar soap and bar shampoo when I can find it. Sometimes I run out I have to get this stuff in the plastic bottles, but this stuff doesn’t have any size or Iight restrictions. You can get a handy little carry case like this and then you don’t have to worry about it being gross.
Charcoal soap which I also highly recommend is my favourite, and I really recommend getting a clear bag to hold all your toiletries and your liquids. I find its really helpful when you’re going through the TSA line. They can see everything and can see all of the volumes and labels on everything, so you don’t have to take it out.
Next up I’ve going to switch gears to my favourite topic tech, and the first item that I want to show you is something that I’ve had for the last year is a handy little foam CamKix Carrying Case with Customizable Interior compatible with Gopro. But this is not any small foam case. What’s unique about this is that when you open it, you can rip out the small pieces of foam and make your own custom moulded sections.
So I have custom sections for my PowerBear USB Power Strip & Surge Protection Strip Travel Adapter Charging Station with USB Ports | Global Power Adapter, GoPro, some other Chargers adapters, miscellaneous cables, so it has enough room to stick a monopod in there and all kinds of other stuff in the pouches as well. They do come in all different shapes and sizes. I’ve kind of changed items over the years, so stuff doesn’t quite fit in there as perfectly anymore so I’m probably going to get another foam insert to redo it, but it really does do the trick and helps keep stuff organized when you’re travelling. Yeah, plus it’s super hard so adds extra protection to your sensitive gear.
And coincidentally all of the tech items that I want to talk about are inside of this thing. So the first one is the PowerBear USB Power Strip & Surge Protection Strip Travel Adapter Charging Station with USB Ports | Global Power Adapter that I mentioned. What’s so cool about this is that it gives you these two USA plugs but also it gives you four USP plugs so I never have to worry about not having enough ports to charge stuff, and I’m always charging cameras batteries phones all kinds of stuff, and I never run out of ports this way. I also watch a lot of Netflix while I’m, so I got this big old HDMI cord. That’s not the most practical thing because it is pretty big, but it gives me a lot of range. A lot of times the TV’s are on walls or in the corner of the room, and I don’t want to hang our laptop upside down or something like that I’ve had a lot of accidents doing that. I just went ahead and got a large AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable, 25 Feet.
So this is super helpful when you’re Airbnb’ing, and the place you’re staying at has a TV, but maybe they don’t have any cables or Netflix or anything like that you just hook up your laptop to it and then you can watch on a big screen which works perfectly for me on my travels.
I actually use it all the time, and the last tech item I want to talk about is actually handy little VELCRO Brand ONE WRAP Thin Ties. For the longest time, I had a problem just managing all of my cords, they would always get tangled and always be disorganised. So I found these handy little Velcro ties that you can add onto any cable no matter how big it is. And they’re so cheap, so you can get one hundred of them in all different colours. It’s been so helpful because usually, you know, you roll up my cables into a ball and then throw it in my bag. They always get tangled with each other, and now they don’t do that, they stay in place, and they’re super easy to use VELCRO Brand ONE WRAP Thin Ties.
Another thing that I’ve been asked a lot lately is how I stay healthy on the road. So that is the next topic I want to talk about. One thing I’ve been doing that has really helped is, I got immune support tablets Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C that I take daily, they just have vitamin C and zinc in them. If you take them daily, they really do a lot to help keep you keep your immune system healthy. That’s the most important thing really, is just making sure your immune system is healthy so you can’t get sick is easy, and you don’t have to go to the doctor in some strange foreign country.
And then I have my good old first aid kit. Sometimes I get heartburn. It really sucks to be stranded in the middle of a country where you don’t speak the language and have, and I have to be trying to figure out where to get something like TUMS Antacid Chewable Tablets massive help on the road so don’t forget to add them to your own first aid kit. The next item is these little Ginger People Original Ginger Chews, which are ginger candies. So you can get Dramamine and stuff like that, but these are non-drowsy, and you could have them with alcohol unless other prescription medicine. But I love just when I’m on a bus or on a boat I pop it right when I get on there, and it seems to work really really well. I get really carsick and motion sick. If you don’t like ginger though you might not like them as they’re a little tough to swallow so instead stick with the pills that you can just take because then you don’t taste it as much. But if you don’t mind the taste of ginger, these are super amazing.
The next little item in my health goody bag is Benadryl Itch Relief Stick, Extra Strength. So it’s a Benadryl Itch Relief Stick, Extra Strength when you get bit by a mosquito or scraped or whatever you can take this little use the stick to ease the itchiness. You just dab it on your skin, and then it goes away. I use this all the time, especially when I’ve been camping or in the outdoors.
I also have something very classic, you know like band-aids, which I have waterproof ones. That’s really helpful.
Also, have a little antibiotic ibuprofen. Hello. Hangover. I mean goodbye, hangover. I definitely always recommend travelling with some antibacterial spray. So I would suggest looking for one that doubles as a mosquito repellent.
Another useful item is hand sanitizer, which also comes in handy, especially in high traffic areas where the potential to germs to spread are huge. For example flights, buses or trains or anywhere really for that matter.
I’m sure I’ll do these periodically because things change, but these are items that I feel I’ve had for at least a year now and I love them all so much. I cannot imagine travelling without any of these items and if you have any must-have travel items of your own. Let me know in the comment section below, and I will check them out make our lives easier please, and everyone else has let us know what you take on the road with you.
Everything that I talked about I am going to be linking in throughout the article above. Maybe not the exact product but definitely a similar one that’s real but that’s going to do the job just as well.
I’m not going to lie though it’s been kind of nice having a couple of days off you guys. I don’t know if you guys realize, but I’ve been doing this for almost four years, and I have never gone more than a few days without putting on a video, and that’s all this fellow.
Goodbye adventurers. I’ll see on the road hopefully soon.