This is pretty small. Runs on a AA so no charger that needs to be carried.
All Purpose Gillette Styler: Beard Trimmer, Men's Razor & Edger - Fusion Razors for Men / Styler https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XF3KHFM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_vFxkCbX81QPDG
This usb fan. I've had so many uncomfortably hot nights, especially while staying in pod dorms without fans built in. This thing is light, well built, and provides a surprising amount of cooling breeze.
Darn Tough socks
Anker battery packs
Minus33/Icebreaker merino clothing
anything from Carhartt or Arc'teryx
TSA locks (I went with brinks)
this sewing kit but if you don't need all that it comes with you can use it to hold other stuff (first aid stuff maybe)
This question has an endless amount of answers, Amazon carries pretty good stuff, are you looking for anything in particular?
I bring a coffee kit. A portable immersion boiler, a small french press, and some really good coffee. I like having a good cup of coffee in the morning and the extra space used by this is worth it.
I still have to buy milk or cream at the local grocery store, but that's not that big of a deal.
Just keep traveling until you gain enough perspective to no longer care about how you look. Nobody that matters cares, and nobody that cares matters.
PS - I upgraded from an ESONE (which I loved until it fell apart in month 3) to a Osprey Porter.
Tide makes little packets for travel that are amazing.
Actual laundry detergent will work 100x better than Dr Bronners because it contains not just soap but enzymes that cut stuff like dirt, proteins and fats in your soiled clothing. If you soak for 10-15min even better.
Most useful items:
I picked up some of these several months ago https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07664WLQ3. There are a lot of on and off-brand packing cubes options out there, but these have worked well for me so far.
I like Turkish peshtemal towels. One tip is to wash and dry them several times before you will actually use them, as they are not very absorbent out of the package and become softer and more absorbent over time.
Interesting, you carry a lot of shit I wouldnt dream of carrying, (anti radiation pills being top of the list!), stuff like umbrella, shopping tote, notebook, your entire section under snacks, and half of your electics, which I appreciate are a different set of needs.
I used to carry my laptop, but changed to just an ipad, its so much more freedom, and its not like I need it for much.
This is my new favourite travel adaptor. 4 usb sockets and a type c which is actually powerful enough to charge my macbook pro. It wont charge it particularly well while you're using it, but it will keep it from dying, and it does charge reasonably fast when you're not using it.
I'm also struggling with an upcoming trip where I'll be in 2 different climates, best ive found is to get a jacket like the north face micro puff or similar. It folds down into its own pocket, as does a similar rain layer from them.
In addition I add a decent pen knife with a few multi functions (you never know when you're going to need to take a stone out of horses foot!)
packing cubes, I notice from this forum that everyone seems to be obsessed with, but its just more crap to carry. If you roll your shirts/pants an elastic band works great to keep them in place.
Seeing what you've written though, Im always checking my crap in, unless its a 5 day trip or less, and the majority of my trips are over a month, I just cant be bothered to carry crap around the airport.
This bag. Basically a knockoff Aer duffel V1. Has been working great for work with slot for shoes for the gym. Honestly the perfect bag I had been lookin for with the exception of no duffel option. Might not last forever but for 1/3 the price of the Aer for basically the exact same bag it's been worth it.
RyanAir's free carry-on dimensions are 40cm x 20cm x 25cm. The classic JanSport Superbreak, one of the best-selling backpacks ever, fits that almost perfectly, so long as you don't fill up the front pocket.
We've travelled on RyanAir 10+ times with these bags, checked them in the sizers, and never had any problems.
It’s basically just a thin decorative cloth. I bought mine in Bali, but you can usually find them in that weird store in your hometown that sells ninja swords and incense. They’ll have a few tucked away if you ask.
Edit: Make sure you get a traditional one (it’s a standard rectangle like this. You don’t want the “sarong” that’s a weird cut bathing suit cover up.
Check out myNoise. There is an app and a website that a single audio guy put together. You can customize the mix of the sounds and there are hundreds of different ones on his website. Can’t recommend it enough.
For laundry in hostels, I just found a time when most people were out and about (or not using bathrooms) and washed my clothes in the sink. Some travel laundry soap and a little rubber sink stopper came in handy. Then ring them out, roll them up in a towel to get them a bit more dry, then I hung them over/near my bunk using this thing. Cheers!
The best I've found, and what I personally use, is the the Eagle Creek Daypack. The material is not shiny unlike most packables, so it looks slightly more professional. It's not perfect, but it's good enough. It's also a lot lighter than some of the "packables" mentioned here.
I use these cables with magnetic tips. If you just need a charging solution, you could potentially use one cable and put the magnetic tips in every single device to charge as needed. I am not sure how reliable they are with data transfer, though and would recommend a regular cable for a device that you may need to transfer photos or documents from.
I know not everyone is, but I'm a cold brew exclusively type of person. For those who like that, I've been carrying around these cheesecloth bags for ultra minimal coffee. Add some grounds to the bag and let soak overnight for perfect coffee in the morning.
The obvious answer is my phone.
A couple more odd ball items are:
Earplugs, take up no space, and can help with sleeping soooo much in random airbnbs or hotels.
Some Para-cord, can tie shit up, or make a clothesline anywhere, also takes up no space
I also really like having a flat folding phone/tablet kickstand for alarm clock/airplane use. Like this
This is what I roll with. Serves 2 purposes in one and saves space/weight in my one bag.
Anker PowerCore Fusion 5000, Portable Charger 5000mAh 2-in-1 with Dual USB Wall Charger, Foldable AC Plug and PowerIQ, Battery Pack for iPhone, iPad, Android, Samsung Galaxy, and More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075S1WL1V/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_.ioNDbQ1K1SDK
compression cubes. no straps! Example from Eagle Creek, though there are many generics for 1/2 the cost as well that work the same.
It's basically a normal packing cube that has an extra zipper along the outside edge which allows you to zip shut for compression. works great for flatly folded clothing (the compression works better with flat stacks than rolled clothing, too)
I carry one, a silk liner, it weighs very little and I use it when traveling in very humid climates, it improves sleeping comfort and therefore is worth it to me.
I’m a coffee snob and take my own coffee and single serve pour over filters. I also bring a 1000w immersion heater. It’s a little big but boils water fast. Most times I just pre grind before leaving home. Much better than most coffee served in hotels and allot cheaper.
Filters: Modern By Design Pack of 100 Premium Single Serve Food Grade Disposable Hanging Ear Drip Filter Bag, Portable use for the home, outdoor, travel, camping, office, and on the go (100, Coffee Filter) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BXTJVX6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_N62APNWT3BH555V3G9HV?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Immersion heater: 10 in 1000W 110V Portable Water Heater Electric Immersion Element Boiler Travel https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08VLJ5ZNY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_DC9EB5R4SYTWH27BY69B?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It's always a calculus of risk-reward. If I'm going out in remote wilderness areas, I use a larger kit similar to this one with a few added goodies like a tourniquet you can apply one-handed and chest seals. It's not unheard of for hikers to be accidentally shot during hunting season, and there can be other injuries where having advanced first aid tools is good, but only if you're trained in their use.
For onebag travel, taking my kids to Disney, and hiking marked trails, a boo boo kit like this one is plenty, along with personal stuff you may need like an epi-pen or inhaler.
I've owned the repel umbrella for over a year, and it's the best, most durable I've ever owned.
As a traveler, I’ve been on the search for good underwear for years. I’ve tried just about everything: boxers, boxer briefs, briefs, commando. I wore boxers for most of my life, but I’ve spent the last two years in SE Asia, and I’ve found that the extra material bunches up and gets sweaty. I tried the popular ExOfficio briefs but they didn’t live up to the hype. They didn’t breathe as well as I’d hoped, the waistband was uncomfortable, and there wasn’t enough room in the “pouch,” leaving my junk smashed together and sweaty. I’ve tried merino wool and synthetics.
Finally, I stumbled across the perfect pair. I found these briefs that separated the frank from the beans, allowing for more breathing room. I’ve never seen this design before so I was intrigued (when was the last time there’s been an innovation in men’s underwear?). I ordered a 4-pack and found that the material was breathable and soft, the waistband was comfortable. These are now the only underwear I wear. I’ve recommended them to all of my friends. Friends who’ve tried them call them a life changer. You can find them on Amazon by searching “David Archy Men's 4 Pack Micro Modal Separate Pouch Briefs.” Here's the link.
Hopefully this helps some of you guys out. I wish I’d known about these a long time ago.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m not an affiliate or connected to this company in any way. They didn’t send me samples to test. I’m just a really big fan!
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This is like the one item I wish I bought before I left on my trip.
Plenty of room for your phone, battery bank, sunglasses, small water bottle and a poncho/small rain jacket.
I personally like this one: Jansport Fifth Avenue
Nomatic Slim is what I use every day. About as slim and minimal as you can get. I keep about 10 cards and an emergency $20 bill folded into 1/4 to fit in the little pocket, but I can fit 4-5 bills when I occasionally have to break that $20. Might be a little too minimal for some, but I love mine.
I get adapters for my cords so I can carry fewer: I have just a short and long USB-C cord but then alternate tips I can put on it to change into micro USB, lightning, and plug into a regular USB slot if need be.
I also carry a tiny flashlight on a keychain hanging off my pack - it's surprising how often this comes in handy.
The Kikkerland Universal Travel Adapter is AMAZING, works everywhere and is a third of the size of most travel adapters: https://www.amazon.com/Kikkerland-UL03-A-Universal-Travel-Adapter/dp/B00210MRGC
Or any of the other camping/travel salt shakers that are available.
I use black gaff tape to cover any conspicuous logos on equipment I’m trying to keep low key. Works great, doesn’t leave a residue after a trip.
If you’re not familiar with gaff tape, it’s similar to duct tape but the facing is a matte cloth and the adhesive is designed to not leave a residue when removed. It’s incredibly useful in a variety of situations and worth the $20 or so per roll.
Edit: this is the stuff
I’m not sure if this is the style you’re looking for but I recently took an office job and ran into the same issue. I landed on this one: Kah&Kee Leather Backpack Diaper Bag with Laptop Compartment Travel School for Women Man (Brown, Large) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CYZCV7Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_7Vf-Cb3HAA5SQ
Disregard that it’s being advertised as a diaper bag! :)
I also hate tote bags and specially wanted a backpack with side pockets for water bottles, and this one was perfect for me!
Travel watercolor set and one of these cool brushes with built in water reservoir.
Water Coloring Brush Pens, Ohuhu Set of 6 Watercolor Painting Brushes for Water Soluble Colored Pencils, Water Color Water-base Markers, Powdered Pigment Watercolor Paints, Back to School Art Supplies https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZ8NUHW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_GhObDb1BT0DGS
When I bought a container to put my shampoo bar in it came in a pack of three. I have been using one as a very small snack container usually filled with almonds and I find myself happy to have a cheap snack as opposed to shelling out a few bucks.
If you end up going with a shemagh, as others have suggested, get one from Hirbawi (Amazon Link.) The version they make is very high quality. Also note that their Black+White and Red+White are made from the slightly thicker 220gm/m2 fabric while the less traditional colors/patterns are made from slightly thinner 170gm/m2 fabric.
That said I personally think any physical object, no matter how useful, is a bad idea unless it's been specifically requested. Someone living out of their backpack has likely thought about every single thing in their pack and even the most well-intentioned additional item is unlikely to fit smoothly into that plan. For that reason I'd either ask the recipient precisely what they would want or I'd get cash/gift cards which allow them to purchase something themselves.
Another alternative might be to have her call you after she's been traveling for a while. She'll have a better idea of what's working and what's not and then you might be able to send her a care package with something she knows she forgot or that she now knows she wants.
And if you want to really splurge meeting her somewhere in the middle of her trip might be nice. I know when I've traveled the constant newness of everything can sometimes become fatiguing. Seeing someone from home in the middle of the trip might provide a welcome change.
Not sure if you'd be up for this, and while I can't give recommendations on where exactly to buy since a lot of that depends on taste, Tan France has a great masterclass on putting together a capsule wardrobe.
It'll basically tell you to keep things simple so you can mix and match easily but you'd best hear it from an expert in the scene. =)
I did it last year and now I've found some personal style which doesn't take up to much space - most my clothes are now tailored to fit/re-fit me (actually turned out cheaper than buying store bought I was surprised myself), the basic stuff I bought from economical places, but I have some good items of clothing from Muji - love their minimally branded look.
Hope this is of some value to you!
Its a blanket! There's nothing "in it" it just rolls up to be a makeshift pillow :)
Comfort Plus 3-in-1 Microfleece Premium Travel Blanket (Green) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DLB4J6Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_WElaEbF0ZTQE9
Looks like the carrying bag for this travel blanket: https://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Plus-Microfleece-Premium-Blanket/dp/B07DLB4J6Z?th=1
I have this and I'm very happy with it. It frequently goes on sale for around half the price. Only drawback is that it's quite heavy.
I use a folding glasses case when I travel - I love how it folds up to almost nothing when I don't need to use it.
The CARD Travel Adapter has 1 USB-C, 3 USB-A, and adapters built in. Been using it constantly since September and can vouch it's well worth the money.
They exist. There is even an AmazonBasics one. I think people who travel a lot (enough to care about one bag travel) don't have a problem with spending a few hundred on the right bag.
But for those who are just getting into this and are not sure using what they have or even buying a "cheap" bag makes sense.
Bag I mentioned: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Carry-On-Travel-Backpack-Black/dp/B01J24H2K0
Your budget is probably not realistic. The Anker PowerCore+ 20100 charges and discharges via USB C, has two additional USB A ports for other devices, and offers 20100mAh. I had and loved that power bank until an improperly closed water bottle led to its early demise.
It's $70 USD, or about twice your budget.
Closer to your budget would be a Mophie Powerstation Plus Mini with USB C. It even has a little built-in cable. I got one of those because it's pocketable. It works, but it doesn't ensure days of travel the way the Anker CorePower+ 20100 monster does.
But 10+mAh, USB C PD, and decent quality on your budget? You won't find it.
These pencil cases for organizing small stuff in your bag. Originally I was just going to use one to organize my charging cables but now I use them everywhere.
Viscose pack towels are way more absorbent than microfiber. The microfiber ones feel like they mostly push water around. Viscose can be wrung out pretty well and still be usable, while microfiber becomes useless once it's wet.
What about one of those picnic blankets that folds up super small into like a key chain? might be nice if she wants to hang out in a park or on the beach or something. like this one, though I'm sure there's a better model out there somewhere: https://www.amazon.com/Fypo-Outdoor-Portable-Lightweight-Resistant/dp/B072ML1FZ9/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1526412368&sr=8-7&keywords=key+chain+picnic+blanket
For my next trip, this is what I plan to buy or change:
This is great. I’d only add: * I’d bring a sweater/shrug/jacket just in case * Do you know about this compact eyelash curler? * Mentioned in another comment - a keychain bag
What shoes are you bringing?
Not the parent commenter, but I have this one. It says "women's" but many of the designs don't look gender-specific to me. I have the one with the black turtles. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AZ8WRDY/
I use this for salt that I keep in my bag.
For people questioning why someone would want to carry salt: I can't speak for OP's reason for carrying salt, but many people with different types of dysautonomia need a VERY high sodium diet to help with water retention. I carry both a salt shaker and salt tablets to get the 5ish grams per day my cardiologist recommends.
All Purpose Gillette Styler (under $20 on amazon) -- For me, it easily replaced all other razors, shavers, and trimmers I had previously used. Gets a close trim, weighs practically nothing, is smaller than a hot dog, and takes a single replaceable AA battery, which can last me about 4-6 months of weekly use. I've had mine since 2016 and it continues to serve me well.
- i don't need it to shave tho. i was actually looking at the Wahl Travel Trimmer which weights 67g. a great thread about some trimmers here.
- in my hikes, i never had to wear that many layers. my active wear was the capilene hoody, with the r1/houdini in the chilly mornings. i was wearing my cerium puffy only at camp, but i could have been ok with the r1/houdini. i actually landed my puffy during one of the hike to my friend.
- i used to be into technical photography for many years (landscape, flash portrait photography, astrophotography, time lapsing the milky way, northern lights and such) but i sold everything back in 2016 when i realized that photography is not about gear. it's about the moment, composition, light, etc. photography gear is SO overrated (they did marketing right). btw it's impossible to notice resolution differences on social medias, you're probably talking about lowlight, colour or dynamic range? anyways, the iphone is good enough for me since the 5s. don't focus on gear.
I personally love the Teva De La Vina ankle. I don't think that would fall under dressy, but they are so, so great: comfy, waterproof, warm, and stylish (to me)!
To be fair with you, and naturally I can promise this will be downvoted, Reddit is generally it's own alternate reality. It's a circle jerk one sided social community that silences the majority of opposing opinions.
I'm not saying it doesn't kill people, and death is bad. No questions. But if we cared quite that much, nobody would smoke cigarettes, or drink alcohol, or just..drive. For example. Fast food? Gone. Heart disease is major. I could go on, but you get it. When protests amass in tens of thousands, they're praised, at the very same time, you can't go to your family members funeral because social distancing.
Ok sorry for getting too far in to it.
Just keep your eye on https://www.kayak.com/travel-restrictions -- my new favorite page. I want to go back to Colombia ASAP, and know it plans to reopen all international flights on Aug. 31st. Whilst researching, I saw they were following Argentina so I'm assuming they plan the same (but i've never been to Argentina and it's not as high up on the list so didn't look any further).
I'd say, realistically, give it 2-3 solid months before you can relatively safely start hopping a handful of countries that interest you.
Airline pilot here too. I have various bags that I’ve tried, and keep coming back to one that seems like it would fit your bill, the Ogio Instinct. A decent amount of organization, a suspended/padded laptop compartment that can fit up to a 17” laptop (though it’s not as suspended as I like so I also keep mine in a sleeve in that pocket for even more protection), and can be expanded if needed. Smaller than a normal flight case, so fits quite well in the flight case cubby. Honestly has been a ton more functional than I ever thought it would be. I got it at staples for around $70.
So I traveled overseas for a month out of this bag
I brought with me stuff I had in my closet already and purchased a couple small toiletries because I was out. So all told, I spent about $20. It’s been a couple years and that bag is still going strong, and I use it for all sorts of things. Sometimes I’ll pack it folded into itself into a hard sided carryon for more local trips; it’s great for amusement parks too.
Maybe one day I’ll upgrade, but for now it’s perfect for the kind of travel I do: mostly based in cities with public transport, for anywhere from one week to one month, all kinds of weather, no special tech gear (usually just my phone and a kindle), though there is an unpadded sleeve in it for a laptop.
If we go back far enough I think I spent $13 on a packing cube set from Amazon that I still use.
Could also be used as a sling, something to sit on, for privacy in public settings, light towel, and so many other things!
This option is not only simple, compact, and lightweight, it will also result in 0 questions asked by those nosy TSA agents.
Does it fold up into backpack size? It seems like it would be bulking once you get yours clothes into it?
Edit: found it on Amazon
It appears to be from a company called "Sheep Run" which is on Amazon here. With mixed reviews. Most referring to the fabric being thin. I've tested and reviewed a lot of merino on my channel and those cheaper ones tend to be of low quality merino. And thus forms holes more easily and will be slightly scratchy compared to higher quality merino.
Definitely a shawl. Bring good walking shoes, for sure.
I'm not sure about Izmir, but when I traveled to Istanbl, a few women with me who said they felt uncomfortable in a few situations when they were by themselves. As a big guy, I was never leered at or anything, so I can't speak to that from personal experience.
The streets were sometimes difficult to navigate and a few of the taxis I took went the long way for extra money, I only called one out because he went waaaay out of the way. So, make sure you have a data plan and can bring up Google Maps.
Do you like to use Reddit, Youtube, Netflix, Twitter, and Gmail? If so, they're all blocked in Turkey. To get around this, install a VPN BEFORE you go and make sure you have it configured to route all traffic through. I recommend NordVPN because it's super easy to use on both phone and desktop.
All in all, I found the people to be quite friendly and helpful. It was a great country.
I'm not sure yet but I got this 15l Kathmandu bag that folds into itself and is really light.
Haven't had a chance to really yet, but it was a present and I love it so far for when I think I might need another bag
Hope the link works I'm on mobile
I can't attest to OP's fan, but I travel with this one and have been very happy with it for nearly 3 years now. Even if I'm somewhere without electricity, I can plug it into my 5000mAh portable battery and it'll last the entire night easily.
Absolutely! I have only tried one brand but since I love their shampoo bars and their lotion bars, I was tempted to buy one. I personally love them and think they work great. They’re not anti perspirant but they seem to work okay at keeping the sweat away. They’re palm free, cruelty free, and vegan. They’re also totally plastic free.
This one is 👌
Slims down to next to nothing and can expand if needed.
It's called HomeIdeas travel slippers. the heel has a strap that can be buttoned to the front, for a slip-in. I got mine from Amazon.
That’s a great idea! You got me curious so I started searching Amazon. Maybe something like this could work for OP LunchBots Quad Stainless Steel Food Container - Four Section Design Perfect for Healthy Snacks, Sides, or Finger Foods On the Go - Eco-Friendly, Dishwasher Safe and BPA-Free - All Stainless https://www.amazon.com/dp/B006T5BLQM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_l-gmBb9AY8CH8
This is the one I have: ORORO Women's Lightweight Heated Vest with Battery Pack https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01H50RF46/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_btf_t1_XabAFbDVS3X4Z
I typically travel in May and September, so I haven't taken a trip with it yet. However, I wear it under my jacket when I snowboard and it's heavenly. The rechargeable battery lasts around five hours, and there's a USB port that you can charge your phone with it at the same time you're using it if you need to. I really like it.
As maybe the tablet compartment is also designed for documets, dairy etc... The same size, seems to me. And a lot of people really use both devices )) I like this one: https://thenextweb.com/gear/2017/10/05/hurus-300-backpack-versatile-choice-everyday-carry-travel/#.tnw_OHTXmcj2
For your first bullet point. Check out anker’s Nano 2 cube. It has options for a 45w or 65w output. Likewise for their cables.
USB C Charger, Anker Nano II 65W GaN II PPS Fast Charger Adapter, Foldable Compact Charger for MacBook Pro/Air, Galaxy S20/S10, Dell XPS 13, Note 20/10+, iPhone 12/Pro/Mini, iPad Pro, Pixel, and More https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T5QN2TR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_A26DTAN7R4AVRZNRM0BR
For meds. I actually love matadors tiny “ waterproof container”. I just use it to store pills. It holds all my meds with room to spare.
These aren’t tubs but I got tubes similar to these at Muji and transferred my toothpaste to one. I also use them for face wash and face cream.
I have the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Quick Trip toiletry bag. It's made of tough and water-resistant but ultra-lightweight silnylon fabric, weighs almost nothing, has enough space for essentials while not encouraging overpacking (I still manage to fit my full-size Braun shaver).
Sadly it's discontinued, so get one before they run out (I myself bought a spare).
J·R·LIGGETT'S All-Natural Shampoo Bars -Tea Tree & Hemp Oil, Jojoba & Peppermint and Coconut & Argan Oil, Nourishes Follicles with Antioxidants and Vitamins, Sulfate-Free, Set of Three, 3.5 Ounce Bars https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KGGH0UQ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_F54RADGVVKE1E4FMK1M4
I'm in the pro-underwear camp, but I'm a woman, and my underwear (Icebreaker Siren Bikini) packs small. I'm not familiar with their men's line, but maybe a pair would fit in a man's pocket. I wash my underwear daily. Bonus: I never have dirty underwear!
I wash my socks regularly. Currently sporting some thin Icebreaker merino socks.
My phone provides my entertainment. Wired headphones never need charging and might even signal to a potential thief that I don't have one of those fancy pants phones without a headphone jack. I do carry a tiny headphone jack splitter so my partner and I can listen to the same thing, if desired. Kindle app and Audible/Libro.fm/Libby provide additional entertainment. (Another bonus: my phone has an FM Radio in it, but it does use the wired headphones as the antenna.) I think you're on to something, though. People watching and daydreaming in an airport is a wonderful thing. And there are also the joys of gazing out a window!
I don't have this exact charger, but I have something like this Native Union Slimline Charger.
I'm currently using a 3L Tom Bihn Side Kick, which is bigger than a bum bag (depends on the bum bag, though), and it just holds my 12 oz Zojirushi travel mug. Given the current germ-spreading possibilities, I like that it has a covered mouthpiece, unlike a Klean Kanteen.
For clothes, I wear a merino baselayer (long sleeve or short sleeve, as needed), and something with a pocket or two over it. Sometimes I'll wear both the long sleeve and the short sleeve, and alternate / wash as needed.
I hope this helps! Happy reducing!
Thanks for the write up.
For a newbie like me who is going to one bag for the first time at the end of the month (10 days to Japan), is it worth it to get one of the brands that you mentioned, or just get something basic for now to see if one bagging is even going to be feasible for me?
I'm thinking of just getting the Amazon basics backpack for now and see if this is something that will stick. Stick as in I don't do a lot of traveling currently but do intend to try to travel more in the next few years.
AmazonBasics Ultralight Packable Day Pack
Been going nearly two years with this thing.
Does the chair have to have a back? Since you prioritized packability I would recommend this camp stool that has no back: https://www.amazon.com/TravelChair-Slacker-Chair-Folding-Tripod/dp/B01BBX9NJS/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_468_bs_t_1?_encoding=UTF8&refRID=9TMD23KC0NJAAQPVBAKM
My friend sometimes just carries it in his backpack day to day and sits down in the crowded subway or wherever.
I've one bagged with a suit a number of times. used the below linked garment bag inside the main compartment of a Tom Bihn A45. Folded basically inside out (following a youtube video). Wool suit. Hung it up as soon as I got to the room. No wrinkles, no steaming.
For your trains, have a look at http://www.seat61.com. You can search for your major routes and he's got advice on the best connections.
The other site that is fantastic for planning is http://www.rome2rio.com. Particularly for side trips where you might need to hook up with a bus service. You can quickly drill down to timetables, without navigating translated sites.
I also don't see a jacket in your gear. It's going to be cold in December. Layering is ok for hiking etc, but in cities they have the heating on full, so each time you step inside, you've got to get down to a t-shirt quickly.
For your photos, I usually bring a USB OTG card reader for my phone (Android). It lets you upload photos each night, when you have WiFi, so no chance of losing them later in the trip.
I had the same need for doing a two month cross country road trip. I contemplated the Bose ones but too expensive. Just wanted something affordable and small.
Found these on Amazon and it comes in a small black carrying case and had different size ear tips. I switched the default ones to some smaller tips. Took a night or two to get use to it but they mute everything and I can still hear my alarm. So outside noise becomes white noise. I recommend them.
Loop Quiet Noise Reduction Earplugs – Super Soft, Reusable Hearing Protection in Flexible Silicone for Sleep, Noise Sensitivity & Flights - 8 Ear Tips in XS/S/M/L – 25dB Noise Cancelling – Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MFDT65P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ZVVN87T5HQY6BN1DW973?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
My boyfriend has (and loves) Eagle Creek cubes, and I agree they’re great.
I personally love these dual sided packing cubes with compression for storing clean and dirty clothes. I really just use the smallest two sizes. They’ve survived many trips the past few years and are in great shape. Admittedly not as lightweight as Eagle Creek, but thought I’d throw these out there as another option. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07QWQC35W/
I travelled through EU with budget airlines between countries & was able to take my backpack with me. It’s all that I took for my 2-week trip (8 countries, I did not mess around!), but I did rotate clothes by donating them (hostel) & thrift shopping. I brought a collapsible water bottle, a weird blow-up airplane headrest, and detergent sheets...I used none of these things, and threw them away before my second day (to make room for souvenirs).
Pick a place to stay that will allow you to do your laundry there, and take advantage of that option every chance that you get. The most stressful part for me was having to run around new cities and find somewhere to print my different boarding passes, because they only became available after I arrived & would cost money to print at the airport. I had luck reaching out to an AirBnB host, also had to find a print shop in one city, and was extremely grateful that the concierge at a hotel I was NOT staying at took pity on me & printed it. In the future, I’d ask the host if they will be able to print this for you.
Books take up a lot of room... I’d suggest taking a Kindle. I did purchase a physical book for my flight home, and I kept it in my hands. It was a good middle ground for me.
Good luck! Your trip sounds awesome!
Backpack link: Travel Backpacks for Men, Extra Large College School Laptop Bookbags with USB Charging Port,TSA Friendly Water Resistant Business Computer Bag with Lu https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZYHCM6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_vca7J5FeTDuT4
I use an osprey toiletry bag. It is small, cheap, and decent. As long as it is big enough for your needs, it’s a good option. Amazon link
I also do the pre-loaded maps, and screenshots/pdfs of any reservation conformations and tickets.
I wouldn't right out say that someone would regret not buying physical things on trips. They might enjoy their trips differently.
I second the first idea to pack an extra collapsable bag if you're ok with flying home with two. Amazon has a few cheaper ones like this: https://www.amazon.com/Foldable-Travel-Duffel-Luggage-Resistant/dp/B019HIP8X4
If you're also thinking of buying souvenirs for friends, I would suggest skipping the little trinkets and sending them a postcard from wherever you are, which can be more personal.
You're very welcome! And thank you for mentioning that our power strip isn't on Amazon anymore, we hadn't realized that (we updated our site). We did a few searches, and the most similar to ours are by HiTrends and ycind.
The biggest feature difference between the two is that HiTrends offers a version with three 5V/2.4A USB ports (quick charge) where ycind (and the Outtek we have) have one 5V/2.4A and two 5V/1A USB ports. If we were looking at buying one today, we'd choose HiTrends because of the three high amperage USB ports
Since Outtek is a generic brand (from what we can tell), we suspect that ycind and HiTrends are 'white label' versions of the same power strip. They are identical down to the color and image below the USB ports.
Oh yea that was another huge con for me. I have the water shoes and love them and they've held up for several years so far but I don't wear them much.
I've basically opened my budget up 100% (except some of the $300-500 custom leather shoes out there). If you are looking for more normal looking shoes here are my top recommendations:
I came back from Vietnam 2 days ago for a month long trip. The first time one bagging.
I used the €35 "Amazon Basics" backpack because I'm cheap.
Let me tell you, the thing held up fantastic. I was really happy with the bag in general.
For €35 this thing was pretty freaking solid. I'm sure that there are better bags out there but usually they are triple the price.
I think they're called figure 8 cords. I think the charger itself might be too heavy to dangle off a wall outlet though.
if you're looking for a wall wart style, there is this one, just with one less usb-A port
After 17 months of travel with my family of 5 and carry on only, I came to appreciate these two:
These inexpensive toiletry bags, I use for electronics, have held up extremely well. Variety of colors means quick reference on what its used for.
And for clear toiletry bags, anything from Rough Enough is excellent. We went through 6 different cheaper clear toiletry bags/brands and they all failed, but this one is still like new. Others ripped around zippers and delaminated easily. When I had a chance I got 3 more of this brand (but different type). Love them all and all have held up great. My wife and my daughter use them for toiletries (and they are not easy or careful with their gear) and we use one as a first aid kit. Easily one of the best pieces of gear I have.
Salomon Men's X Ultra 3 GTX
These. 100% these. I have had Asolos, etc. and I can't begin to tell you how much I love these. I pronate and the Ortholite footbed in these are amazing for my back. I've hiked, walked NYC, etc. and my feet never hurt. Great lacing, Gore-Tex, etc. Can not recommend these enough.
Yes. They do. I have this ones https://www.amazon.de/dp/B078LJ4VNN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_yCJNCb95DQS51
And I'm very happy. The compression it really helps, unless you are really good at packing and use all the techniques to compress your clothes (like Rolling etc). If you don't, it does help
The closest thing that I know of is the Cardtec CA4-Pro. It was kickstarted successfully a few years back and its on amazon US if that's where you're from. You can also buy it from their singapore website.
1) 45W USB-C Power Delivery (PD)
2) 1x USB-C slot
3) 3x USB A slots
4) International travel adapter built-in
5) AC socket (to plug in another charger or other electronics)
One of the forum members here u/hivickylai wrote a review on it recently on this very subreddit. Can't seem to find it right now though.
I have Debian in a chroot on my Android phone, wih Emacs, git and gcc, and routinely do minor development work. It doesn't need root and it's pretty straightforward: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.gnuroot.debian&hl=en
Returned the 65w anker nano in favor of this:
USB C Fast Charger, ELECJET 65W... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CXP1RMW?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
A little bigger and heavier but so much better for me to be able to plug something else in too.
Knockoff peak designs tech pouch for 1/3rd the price
Inateck Electronics Organizer,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0836RJZNC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I use a small tackle box case similar to this that I got from a place similar to Cabela’s. It’s great because there are a bunch of compartments to hold different pills without the wasted space of individual bottles. If you need more of one pill than fits in a compartment, you can just use two compartments for that pill. These things vary in size so you can get whatever fits your needs.
I wanted a matador bag for drying off soaps, but went with a hard case even though it takes up more space because I use multiple different soaps and I like the hard case better for ease of use accessing them all while showering. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V2PJQJ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 this is the one I have, but it's a similar system where it doesn't really leak because of the design but does allow (Some) air in for drying off the soap between things. I still take care to keep them as dry as possible between uses before moving on/around, but this works really great and I love the design.
Unless it's going to be hot/I need cold water, I leave my hydroflask at home. Road trips lend more to a heavier bottle, so it's probably going to depend a lot on how you plan on spending your days. For me, it's too heavy/big for my daypack and I hate lugging it around most of the time if I'm sightseeing/walking all day.
I often use something like this, and it's been really great. I use a carabiner and clip it to my pack.