Three Essentials All Travelers Need

Alright, I admit it, anyone interested in traveling has probably seen this headline before, but bear with me! There’s been plenty written about the 25 apps every traveler needs or the 15 gadgets you can’t live without, but in the following article I’m going to focus on more long-term items. Each one of the following items has served me well in my travels over the years and I seriously recommend having them wherever you go.

A Multi-Tool (Because It’s More Than One Tool…)

OK, I might be kind of cheating with this one and straying into crazy survivalist territory, but a multi-tool is seriously worthwhile. Whether it’s repairing a bike in the countryside in the South of France or working an odd job where an extra tool will always come in handy, a multi-tool is going to be something you’ll be glad you have. Of course, you might not need it 24/7, but when you do need it, you really need it. Also, if you’ve got something like that on you, your own usefulness to other people dramatically increases, which coincidentally – cheesy as it sounds – is a great way to meet people.

Get a Watch You Can Rely On

Watches are cool, right? Smartphones and smartwatches are great if you can charge them but, let’s be honest, a functioning socket is a luxury you’re not going to find everywhere. That’s why I wear a mechanical military watch. It’s durable, it looks great, I can wind it up, and it reliably serves its purpose – to tell the time. This is seriously important when you’re touring around the world, catching flights, and so on. If you don’t want to break the bank – and why would you, being broke is not fun at all, as I can testify – online is the place to go. Have a look on a marketplace site like this one – you can often find a better deal than direct from manufacturers.

My watch is great. Not only is it functional, but with a bit of polish it doesn’t look out of place with a suit or business casual gear for when you’re not roughing it. Also plenty of watches still come with a little compass function, so if you’re really stuck out in the jungle somewhere you can fall back on that for some help (though in those instances, it might helpful to have – y’know – a proper compass and maybe even a map?)

A Backpack for Everything

OK, when I say everything I mean for those things that aren’t on this list, but that you might want to take the ‘not-quite-essentials’. My backpack has been such a time- and lifesaver on so many occasions. Seriously, my backpack has seen some rough times. If you’re serious about seeing the world, invest in a decent durable backpack with pockets galore. It doesn’t need to be fancy or connect to a satellite every time you want to go to the bathroom or whatever, it just needs to be sturdy and reliable. Ideally it should also have at least one waterproof, well-concealed pocket for important documents – trust me on that one.

Ok, got that? Multi-tool, watch, backpack? Great, you’re good to go. Of course, there’s a mountain of other stuff I could add to this list, like buffs, sandals, duct tap… you name it, someone will claim it’s an essential. But seriously folks, without those three things listed above, my travel experiences could have been far less smooth. So, heed my advice and get yourself kitted out!

Turner barr
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Hi, my name is Turner. I travel the world, hustle to find interesting jobs, and write about what happens when you read too many self-help books.

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