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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 (Respected Member 238 posts) 30w

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 55 posts) 29w

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!