Remember when you were little and you never went to bed without your favourite stuffed animal? Well I never go on a trip without my favourite backpacking items.
These items will make you look like a travel pro on your next backpacking trip.
1. Foldable Sunglasses
If you are anything like me and you go through a new pair of sunglasses every week while traveling then these are a dream come true. When I first saw these JetSetter Foldable Sunglasses I got so excited! Even my friend with me at the time knew this was the perfect product for me (being the forgetful, and unlucky traveler that I am). These sunglasses fold into a small protective case that has a carabiner for you to clip onto your bag so even if you ‘forget’ them they are attached to you. Fool proof!
Now I know folding glasses seem a bit geeky, which leads me to my next point – they look fabulous! I worried that people would be able to see the lines where these glasses fold but they are invisible. In fact, these sunglasses double as a great party trick/convo starter when take them off and fold them up.
2. Packing Squares
Not to be a square, but I’m going to talk about organization. Oh organization – such a hard thing to achieve when you’re living out of a suitcase. However, thanks to these Packing Squares finding your clothes is a thousand times easier. When traveling, I use these squares to keep my clothes organized by putting my tops in one square and my bottoms in another. This way I’m not tossing and rummaging through my whole entire suitcase for one measly outfit. It makes mixing and matching clothes a lot easier!
Tip: I like to keep an extra square just for laundry so that it does not stink up the rest of my clean clothes.
3. Motion Sickness Wristband
I have terrible, terrible motion sickness. I have thrown up on buses, boats, planes, and in cars (still not on a train though!). Clearly travel doesn’t love me as much as I love it.
I have tried taking Gravol, but I just fall asleep, miss the scenic journey and arrive at my destination groggy . Then I discovered Anti Nausea Motion Sickness Wrist Bands. Since it’s a simple as slipping these bands onto your wrist, I decided that there was no harm in trying them.
These wristbands have two balls on the inside of them that press into pressure points on your wrists that help prevent nausea. This is not a drug so it is not as strong as Gravol, but I like it because there are no negative side effects – and I get to experience the journey. These wristbands work well for me with short trips but won’t do the job if I’m on a really long flight or choppy boat ride. I carry them when I am traveling and just slip them on anytime I get on a mode of transportation (except trains of course).
Even if you don’t think that you get motion sick very easily these still might come in handy for you. A lot of countries drive a lot crazier than what you and I might be used to and can leave even the strongest of stomachs feeling ill.
4. Clip-on Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is great. Hand sanitizer on a carabiner is AMAZING! This is one of the cheapest travel hacks on the list – so no excuses!
A lot of countries do not have soap in the bathrooms (or even toilet paper) so you will always want to have sanitizer handy. After touching the sticky doorknob of the dirty bathroom that you just came out before you sat down to eat, you will want to have hand sanitizer handy. Instead of digging through your bag in frustration, buy a clip-on hand sanitizer so that it is readily available on the outside of your bag.
Caution: because your hand sanitizer is sooo handy, everyone will be using yours instead of their own.
5. Blanket Scarf or Shawl
A scarf? But you’re going to Indonesia! I don’t care where you are going – I told you to bring a scarf. You will thank me later.
Your scarf doesn’t have to be a heavy scarf, even a light cotton one will do just fine. A lot of hot countries absolutely LOVE to blast the air conditioning in cars and on buses – to the point that you are shivering. This is why I am always so thankful that I travel with a Blanket Scarve/Shawl that can unravel and be used as a blanket (or folded-up and used as a pillow) to protect me from the harsh air-conditioning.
While traveling you will also come across a lot of modest countries where you are expected to cover your head, shoulders, or legs to enter some temples. Having a scarf or sarong on hand can make sure that you don’t miss out on seeing cultural sights due to inappropriate attire.
As a light packer I also like to use a scarf to lie on when I go to the beach.
6. Eye Mask & Ear Plugs