Underrated Travel Items Every Backpacker, Solo Traveller, Nomad & Explorer Needs

There are many wonderful posts out there telling us what travel items we should pack, but they sometimes seem a little obvious… This is why I wanted to create a post on items which people genuinely seem to forget or don’t think about, yet some of these items can literally be found in your kitchen drawer. This short, sweet and insightful post is about to revolutionize the way you pack for travels.

Elastic Bands. Guys, don’t underestimate how useful these are for pretty much everything. You can roll your clothes up and place rubber bands on them to maximise space. You can tie the bands around lids of bottles to stop them leaking. You can attach lightweight items, such as a water bottle, to your bag. You can use the bands to stop items from blowing away on a balcony. Need I say more?

Trolley/Cart Universal Coin. I am sure there have been times where you need a Euro or British Pound to hire a cart at the airport or use a locker at an attraction. The thing is, who carries cash these days? A trolley/cart coin keeps you prepared for those situations where you might still need change. Just clip the universal coin onto your keys and you’re good to go. These are also brilliant in situations where it might be unsafe to insert card details.

Multiple Bag Stacker Clip. If you are traveling solo or backpacking, you will know how stressful it can be to carry everything by yourself. Even more so if you have multiple bags. Clips designed to stack suitcases and bags together become life-changing. You’ll still be pushing one suitcase per hand but will have 2 other bags securely attached to it. I once had to push 4 suitcases through a busy airport in Chicago and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy at all. I remember using my jacket to form a loop through each handle and started pulling it along the airport terminal at such a slow speed, as I was scared I would drop a suitcase. Embarrassing? You bet. If you buy one thing from this list, let it be this.

Portable Safe Bag. Do you travel with many digital devices or sentimental pieces of jewellery? If yes, you might feel more relaxed with a portable safe bag. These look like gym bags but can be securely attached to heavy items to act as a safe. The best way to describe it would be like a bike lock, as you attach the chain to the metal bike pole. Portable safe bags come with the same logic, except you can attach the lock to something like the leg of a bed or a curtain pole.

Laundry Sachets. Hear me out on this. If you ever fall into a puddle of mud/drop wine down your shirt/sit on wet paint etc… you can sort yourself out with a laundry sachet and bottle of water. Do you really want to be walking around the city or hiking in the woods with burger juice all over your sweater until you get back to the hotel? Thought not.

Straw Water Filter. In situations where water quality is uncertain, use a straw water filter to take out any impurities. This item is incredible when camping or hiking, as you’ll have access to water in emergency situations. Straw water filters make such useful gifts for anyone who is constantly on the move, and they aren’t as expensive as you might think!

These items have simplified my travels enormously, especially as I travel alone. Sure, you can live without the above items but everything I mentioned just seems to take the stress out of the unknown. Shop around and see which options work best for you. I know you’ll find them as useful as I do!

See you in the next post!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Nearly all these things are to totally new to me but seem super helpful! Thanks!

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    1. I couldn’t travel without these items now haha! I’m glad you found the post useful ! Thank you for reading ☺️

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  2. Great tips! I’ve never heard of a straw water filter.
    Many thanks for stopping by my travel and photography blog – much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you so much! and no problem at all 🙂

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  3. Straw water filter? Have to look that up!

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    1. They are so useful! Super lightweight too!

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