I was originally going to post my full travel packing list, purely for the fact that I love reading everyone else’s. However, they get a bit of a bad rep around the blogsphere so I thought I’d post the 7 things that after 3 weeks of traveling are already indispensable to me personally.
This was a given to Paul as a present last Christmas (thanks Rach & Smudge!) It sends a small electric charge into a mozzie bite to stop it itching, it has 10,000 clicks charge. Since we can only find 30% (read: not effective) deet in Canada and mozzies are well known for loving me, we are clicking away and Paul is loving electrocuting himself!
I knew choosing my main pair of shoes for traveling was a massive decision, I literally have to wear them every day for 13 months. I choose Merrell based on the reputation, comfort and style and they have not let me down. My Siren Ventilators are lightweight, made for warmer weather and feel like slippers to wear. Plus, I can get away with wearing them with jeans as well as all my outdoor gear.
This was another pressie from my lovely friend Erika, thanks hon! It’s a brilliant duffle bag that folds into a really small pouch for storage. We have used this loads since being on the road and it means I don’t feel guilty for having another bag as it folds up so small.
I basically bought the cheapest ear plugs I could find on Amazon, we got 20 pairs for £3.29. Thinking we may use them in noisy hostels they have been life savers so far… traffic noise, noisy hotel guests, very loud early morning birds in campsites are no match for these bad boys!
I’ve actually brought along 4 notebooks with me! I know it’s ridiculous but I was given two beautiful journals as gifts (thanks to Han & lovely work colleagues!) as a start. I’ve also been karting around a moleskine book that was a gift from a school friend 12 years ago! She wanted me to use it on my life’s big adventure and this is it so it will finally be put to use. Lastly, I have a little moleskine reporters notebook that I leave in my bag at all times. It’s currently acting as a spending ledger, address book, ideas list and it’s brilliant because it’s so durable and small enough to fit in my little messenger bag.
I’m a big fan of Eagle Creek packing cubes. They’ve kept all of my stuff very organised so far and you really do seem to fit more in your luggage this way. However, the real star of the Eagle Creek shopping frenzy I went on is their Wallaby washbag. I’m not one of these girls who has tons of toiletries but I wanted to have everything in one place that can be transported compactly. The Wallaby has three compartments, is completely waterproof and has a useful hook on the back for hanging in hostel bathrooms.
Decent water bottle
I stupidly left my Sigg water bottle at home thinking I would mostly use my CamelBak reservoir whilst traveling. Aside from really long hikes, I’ve realised lugging around 3 litres of water all the time along with my camera equipment isn’t the best idea. We refused to pay Canadian prices for another Sigg but when I was buying some socks in Old Navy (only brought walking socks = idiot) we came across these great bottles for a fraction of the cost. It now comes everywhere with me, when we’re trying to save money water is pretty much the only thing we drink.