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Do you have a favourite item of travel 'gear'?

Travel Forums Travel Gear Do you have a favourite item of travel 'gear'?

1. Posted by OldPro (Inactive 400 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't say I really have one item I consider my 'favourite' item of travel gear but I do have several items that I wouldn't travel without.

The first is my trusty Swiss Army Knife. I can't count the number of times this has been the solution to dealing with something while I was travelling. I once used it to re-attach the sole of a hiking boot to the upper by using the awl to make holes in the sole and then use snare wire to re-attach the sole to the upper. I can't count the number of times the corkscrew has been used to open a bottle of vino for a picnic lunch. The tweezers have pulled out many a cactus thorn from my legs. The list is endless.

A relatively recent addition to my travel gear is a Buff. Recent as in the last 10 years. Far more than a scarf or a hat, it weighs next to nothing and takes up almost no space. For those not familiar with a Buff, look here:

Do you have any item of travel gear that you 'never leave home without'?

2. Posted by Tabithag (Budding Member 90 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I can't say I have a favourite piece but, along with the usuals like penknife, padlock for lockers etc, we have recently started taking a small microwave bowl with us when we travel. It is small and light, you can pack stuff in it when on the move, but we use it regularly in hostels where the kitchens aren't well equipped, and it has doubled as a mug or glass on occasion. It's far from essential, but has made life easier many times. And we used it to pack a few small breakables in on our last trip too.

Of course, the real long term travel essential for me these days is a tablet or laptop, which gives us books and music, allows us to upload photos and do online banking, gives us Skype contact with families, as we as making travel planning so much easier than years ago. Sad, but true!

3. Posted by GEWard (Budding Member 2 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Hey, while traveling my most loved thing that I carry always is my Sunglasses. I like to wear sunglasses, at whatever point I'm outside. Aside from this sunglasses shield my eyes from unsafe beams likewise look classy.

4. Posted by Teoni (Budding Member 68 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

My lenovo yoga tablet 2. They don't sell them anymore and it is a little sad because it is perfect for travelling. It has a really long battery so I don't have to plug it in often, great for downloading and transferring photos, surfing the internet, detachable keyboard so I can use it like a normal laptop or tablet and best of all it was so inexpensive. Now anything like this is over a thousand bucks I dread the day it breaks. Another thing that I find essential though not an actual device but an app you would use on a device is WhatsApp. You can call, text and video call all for free (or the cost of WiFi if you have to pay) It is a great way to keep in contact back home.

Two other things I got that are not really essential but make life easier. These little things called Nut Tags, you can attach to devices and you pair it via Blutooth with your phone and if you leave either behind it sends an alarm to let you know you are leaving it behind. In the worldwind of travel this can be quite useful. It is also equiped with a GPS tracker if you really lose something. Also a Power Cube. It is a power board but in cube form, a bit more expensive but more compact for travelling. WIth it you can charge everything you need even with only one socket accesible and it saves on travel adapters.