As I’m sure everyone knows by now, I travel strictly carry-on (and usually sub 10kg as well). For most, that’s minimalism. Truth is, I love stuff and bring a lot of it with me on all of my trips. Here’s a miscellaneous compilation of my all time favorite pieces of travel gear!
- Backpack: I absolutely adore my Osprey Farpoint 40L backpack. I was gifted it Christmas 017 and it’s traveled to nine countries with me so far! It fits most carry on size restrictions and also lets me pack enough without overpacking, which is definitely something I needed help with.
- Packing Cubes: Packing cubes are my LIFE! They help me and my bag stay super organized and they offer a bit of compression, as well. I have several sets of them, all from Amazon.
- Padlock/TSA Lock: This is more so for young folks that are traveling and staying in hostels, but can also be useful for older people who are staying in hotels or Airbnbs! When in a hostel, I always have my bags secured, preferably in a locker, hence the padlock. However, if no lockers are available for you or you just want to make sure no one can go digging through your items, I always have a TSA lock on my pack, as you can thread it through the zippers and make it a bit more secure in your room.
- Shampoo and Conditioner Bars: Due to my travels being strictly carry on only. I have to abide by the 3-1-1 rule for liquids. The way to circumvent that, however, is using BAR shampoo and conditioner! Because they’re solids, they obviously don’t have to follow the rule and they last months-my shampoo one lasted approximately 4.5-5 months before disintegrating during my last shower in Europe, and my conditioner bar lasted 3.5-4 before I gave it to my friend as I was leaving Europe! Store them in the little tins you can purchase at lush for $5USD and they fit so neatly into your toiletries.
- Multi-Plug Brick: Oftentimes in hostels. hotels, and Airbnbs there is a shortage of available outlets to plug all our difference devices in-especially hostels. There’s always issues with people unplugging others devices to charge their own, so be the popular one and grab a device that converts one outlet into 4+ outlets! It was a lifesaver for me when in Europe, as I wasn’t having to deal with people unplugging my stuff in the middle of the night and didn’t have to use an outlet across the room from where I was sleeping, thus keeping all of my devices more secure!