Already, here is the continuation from the Post travel gear evaluation. I have written a list of the things that worked for me and the things that did not work for me, while I was traveling for three months. This list made me realize that I should only bring what is necessary for me rather than bringing things that are convenient. Items that are small, portable, and light are ideal for me since it makes traveling a whole lot easier and less stressful.
Here is the list of what worked for me
- Power bank/portable charger (could have been smaller) – My Charmast power bank was perfect for when there were no outlets available, but the power bank itself is quite bulky.
- Pens – Pens are great to travel with when it is time to fill out certain paperwork when arriving to another country because sometimes there are no pens that are available.
- Spork – This is great to have if you want to be cautious about the silverware at hostels.
- Flashlight – A great tool to have when walking to the restroom at night at a campsite.
- Travel adapter – This is a MUST if you plan to travel internationally.
- TSA locks – These are helpful to keep your equipment safe from theft.
- Packing cube – Perfect for keeping my backpack organized.
- Flip flops – Flip flops are multipurpose footwear for shower shoes and for hot countries like Vietnam. Plus they are easy to travel with.
- Phone charger – A backup just in case for when I need to recharge my power bank
- Ziploc bags – Not only are these so versatile, these also it helps with organization.
- Plastic bags – I used these for dirty clothes and footwear.
- Dry bag 5L – I used my dry bag as a day pack for me because it is light, portable, and waterproof. If I ever find myself in water my contents are all safe in my dry bag.
Here is the list of what didn’t work for me
- Hydro flask water bottle 32oz/0.94L – Too bulky, leaked while flying, and just a pain to carry around.
- Extra shirts – Three shirts are perfect for me; 1 clean shirt, 1 washed shirt, 1 being used.
- Sea to summit pack-lite towel (size large) – Mine was too large for me, a small size would had been perfect since I only need to use it to dry myself.
- Osage River Osceola backpack 35L – This backpack worked, but I ended up filling every space that was available, thus I brought unnecessary things.
- Laptop – Even though I used my laptop quite often; this laptop weighed only 4lbs (1.82kg), carrying it over time was a hassle for my back and shoulders.
- Laptop charger – I would not need to bring one if I do not have a laptop.
- Apeman action camera – I rarely used my action camera because I did not want to prioritize capturing footage over enjoying the moments whilst traveling.
- Backpack rain cover – I never go outside if it rains because I do not want to have myself and my stuff soaked wet.