If you spend hours searching for flight deals to almost anywhere and feel more at home in an airport than you do your actual home, then it’s time to claim the title of “travel junkie.” Like other travel aficionados, you need the right gear to make your travel comfortable and convenient. Here’s a list of the best stuff.
REI Wheely Beast
This bad boy of the luggage market is built for those who like to travel and travel often. The best size for airplane overhead compartments and interior storage space is the 28-inch rolling duffel bag. It has large wheels that glide over the toughest terrain while the fabric and zippers are bulletproof. Compression straps let you decrease the size of the bag, and the front compartment is perfect for dirty laundry and shoes since it provides separation from your clean things.
Slim-Line Bum Bag
This may not be the most stylish way to travel, but it is practical. A Slim-Line Bum Bag will keep your valuables safe. It sits inconspicuously around your waist hiding money, passports and credit cards. Pickpockets are no match for it, and this kind of bag is available in water-resistant material, adding to its protective qualities. Drawstring backpacks are great storage accessories to include on your list of travel junkie gear. Flexible and easy to take with you anywhere, a drawstring backpack is ideal for jackets, snacks and flip flops.
Smartphone and Smartphone Accessories
While it’s tempting to disconnect from the world when you’re traveling, it’s important to have a way to connect with civilization whether it’s just to check in with loved ones or order a late-night pizza. In this category, you’re sure to have a preferred device. We recommend that you bring the right gear to keep it up and running. This includes investing in power cords in addition to portable chargers, power adapters and a universal power strip. As a travel junkie, consider getting a multi-charging pack. It can charge as many as six devices at once, and it features a quick-charge port.
Travel junkies should bring a small laptop computer like the 15-inch MacBook Pro with them when traveling. With its long-lasting battery and fast processing system, you’ll have a work computer if you need it along with the technology to manage your photos and videos.
You’ll need memories of all the fabulous places you’ve been, so be sure to invest in a camera. While the perfect travel camera does not exist since this piece of technology tends to be too heavy, too expensive or too slow, Nikon comes close with its D7100. It has a solid magnesium frame, dual SIM card slots and user-friendly controls.
Get a few lenses to go with your camera. Doing so will give you a way to focus in on little details that catch your eye. Look into a manual focus lens and a macro lens as well as one that will let you sharpen images.
Quart-Size Ziplock Bags
Plastic bags come in handy in all sorts of ways when you’re traveling. Use them to store anything liquid that you’re bringing with you. They’ll prevent leakage onto your dry or electronic items. You can also use them to store your smartphone, cash or passport.
While it seems antiquated with the existence of tech devices, jotting down a few details in a good old-fashioned notebook will help you capture the quality of a special moment or help you remember things more clearly. As a travel junkie, you may want to recall the smell, sight or feeling of a travel experience to refer back to later.
The Travel Bug Hits Hard
When the travel bug hits, it tends to hit hard. With the right gear, you’ll be in a position to not only visit foreign destinations in comfort, but you’ll also be able to document it while staying in touch with your people at home.
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