Top 3 Travel Gear Chosen by Travelers Around the World

Welcome to the first post in the “Top Things Chosen by Travelers Around the World” series! Last week we asked bunch of globetrotters about their favorite traveling items, something that they always carry on their journeys and is crucial for them, but beyond the obvious stuff like passport, money and backpack.

The answers we received vary from high tech items like a netbook and GPS, to practical items like a headlamp and extra shoelaces, from essential items like comfortable pair of footwear, to fun items like a deck of cards and guitar. The most popular items were comfy footwear, a camera with video recording ability, and ziploc bags!

It’s interesting to see what other travelers came up with… So many things we have in common, and lots of great new ideas too. Headlamps, for example. Before seeing how popular they are, we always thought headlamps were for cave exploration or coal mining! We never thought of having one while traveling. Turns out that many travelers love it for many different dark situations, so we’re going to give it a try.

Now, let’s compare what you have in mind with what these travelers shared. I hope you have as much fun reading this list as I had collecting it!


Simon playing his travel guitar in the Laos jungle with one of their guides on the Gibbon Experience. © Never Ending Voyage

Simon and Erin from Never Ending Voyage:

 

  • Macbook Pro – Simon’s a web designer/developer so it’s essential for work but we’ve found it so useful for many things (watching films, sorting photos, taking advantage of free wifi etc).
  • Compression bags – we travel with two carry on size backpacks (30 litre & 40 litre) and these enable us to fit all of our clothes in and leaves us a little spare room.
  • Travel Guitar – our Martin Backpacker guitar is really small, light and fits in overhead compartments on planes. As we’re travelling forever Simon wants to keep up with his music (and I’m learning too) and it’s a great way to connect with locals.

Nora from The Professional Hobo:

  • Mini Optical Mouse – great for faster laptop surfing
  • Travel Journal – for making notes and jotting down contact info on the fly
  • Headlamp - my absolute best piece of travel gear; useful in soooo many ways

Earl’s favourite travel items. © Wandering Earl

Earl from Wandering Earl:

  • Nag Champa Incense – Just lighting one stick of this incense helps make even the worst budget hotel room become somewhat pleasant and I always seem to sleep better as a result.
  • Eneloop Battery Charger & Batteries – These environmentally-friendly batteries and its super-compact (and super-cheap) charger allow me to take almost 600 photos with my digital camera on just one charge. In addition, the batteries never lose their energy if not used and they can apparently be re-charged 1,000 times before needing to be replaced.
  • OluKai Sandals – Given my flat feet, the abnormally high arch-support system of these sandals have been a wonderful discovery as I can now walk everywhere without any pain, making them the perfect companion for my nomadic lifestyle.

Mike from Art of Backpacking:

  • Deck of cards – Play Solitaire with yourself, Ring of Fire with alcohol, or card tricks with the little ones – it’s got many uses and their all entertaining.
  • Harmonica – A small instrument that can go right in my pocket. It take’s loads of practice but once you start getting the hang of it, it makes for great fun with a group of people. Join a local band on the streets or the people playing at the hostel for a on the spot improvised band.
  • Cheat sheet - In Asia, I had someone working at the hostel write down a few local foods, drinks, and sayings on a piece of paper to help me get around and order certain foods or drinks. Written on just a small piece of paper to put into my wallet to point to locals on what I need and eventually I start to memorize the words on the cheat sheet to the point I don’t need it anymore. Works every time!

Can you guess which pairs to travel with and which to leave at home? © Solo Female Traveler

Sabina from Solo Female Traveler:

  • Two pairs of exquisitely comfortable shoes – Whether spending one day strolling slowly from sight to sight or two weeks hiking through the mountains, what is your single most important clothing component? Footwear. Ten meters can seem like 500 if your feet are in flames. I bring at least two pairs of extremely comfortable walking shoes so I can switch them out and fully enjoy every step I take without even thinking about the existence of my feet.
  • One routine – I love green tea. I must drink it daily or I think I might freak out. How could I leave this happy daily routine behind when I travel? I always bring my favorite tea along for the ride and, when I run out, buy local tea for the rest of my trip. A little routine like this can really help keep you centered.
  • Copious amounts of reading material – On my first long overseas trip I made the mistake of not bringing enough books for down time. Unhappily, I ended up actually having to buy reading material to get me through. My money was largely wasted, as books written in English seemed to be available only at train stations, all of which had very expensive yet pitiful selections. Books may be heavy, but if you’re a reader you’ll be happier if you’ve packed too many rather than too few.

Left: Teas of the world. Right: RTW? Don’t skimp on reading material. © Solo Female Traveler

Shannon from A Little Adrift:

  • Sarong - agreed that it is simply invaluable. In hot countries I don’t even travel with a towel – just my sarong!
  • Packing Cubes - I have yet to encounter another backpacker who can go from sleeping to darting out the door for a train as fast I myself. The packing cubes make repacking a cinch and keep my clothes off of hostel floors!
  • Headlamp - You need one. From dark hostel rooms to reading on night trains, I love it to pieces.

 


Dave’s favorite items. © David Douglas

Dave from Dave’s Photo & Travelblogue:

  • Zipka headlamp with retracting string – I’ve already used it to do laundry when the light in the hostel bathroom went out.
  • Smartwool shirts – warm, breathable, sweat dries fast, and they reeeeally resist the stink. And merino is NOT itchy. :-)
  • Waterproof orthotic shoe inserts – I’ve always been uncomfortable walking long distances. Blisters, rubbing, etc. So far, with good Merrell lightweight low-top hikers and these inserts, my feet have been happier than ever before with this much walking. Machu Picchu today was no problem!

Brooke from WhyGo Australia:

 

  • Chaco sandals – They are hard-core and comfortable for long days of walking!
  • Lip balm with SPF – Lips burn, too, so its nice to have a balm that includes SPF for days when you’re out in the sun.
  • Hand sanitizer – Public transportation is a necessity when traveling, so I always carry some to clean my hands, especially before eating if I’m not near a restroom. I HATE getting sick while traveling, so whatever I can do to help that to NOT happen, I do!

 

Melvin from TravelDudes:

  • Sunglasses! I never leave the house without them, even if I’m not traveling & in the winter. My friends just don’t get it, that the sun even shines in the winter… :)

Left: I’ve got new sunglasses, but I never looked liked that with my new ones again. Right: It was an atmosphere right how it looked like… I will always remember our trip through Down Under when I see this photo. © TravelDudes
  • My photo & video camera is a must on my travels! It’s nicer to remember a trip if you see photos or even better… moving photos (film).

Elephant Film – a wild elephant experience/adventure in Tanzania from traveldudes on Vimeo.

  • My Flip Flops are always with me, but maybe I would leave them at home on an Antarctica trip… but only maybe!

Suzy Guese:

 

  • Mascara - I know. I am being a total girl here, but if I haven’t showered or the road is making me feel a little bit too rough and tough and I need a little pick me up, mascara does wonders. Plus it takes up very little space in a bag, helping me look awake when I may not be.
  • A deck of cards - While this is not necessarily a travel gear item, if you are meeting new people in hostels, at language schools, or just traveling with friends, sometimes it is nice to always have a universal way to break the ice or pass some time on trains, planes, and automobiles.
  • Little plastic bags - Going through security, you always need to have your liquids in those little quart sized plastic bags. I always find myself using a whole pack of these for all sorts of reasons beyond just the initial plane ride. If you collect little mementos from places, it is a great way to stay organized and protect those valuable souvenirs.

Brian wearing his sun hat. © BikeandBoots

Brian from BikeandBoots:

 

  • Sun Hat
  • Pocket Knife
  • Zip Lock One Zip Freezer Bags, Quart and Gallon Sizes

Adam from Travels of Adam:

 

  • iPod Touch – I don’t care if you are one of those travelers who abhors using technology on the road. This thing is awesome! It’s a great way of being able to quickly and discreetly find wifi, whether to shoot off an email to your parents, call your significant other on Skype or plan a meetup with your local contacts.
  • A shoelace – An extra one, I mean, not just the ones for your shoes. Useful for tying up loose things at night in your hostel (wallet, keys, cell phone, what have you…) or anything really. It’s not a security thing by any means, but it’s useful to have a bit of rope and a shoelace is as easy as anything. Plus you can just wrap it around your wrist when you’re not using it. Just don’t forget to wash it every now and then.
  • A pen – Or whatever writing utensil you prefer. You’ll need it to jot down that Polish girl’s name so you can remember to Facebook her later. Or to write the name of that hostel you booked (at the very last minute, no doubt). You can write on almost anything (from a subway map to your wrist) so just be sure you’ve got something to write with.

 


Joel’s Garmin Edge 705. © Freedonia Post

Joel from Freedonia Post – High tech, low tech and hygiene:

 

  • Garmin Edge 705 – a GPS specially designed for cyclists that records exactly where you rode so you can upload the trip route and share it with others
  • Large binder clips – for hanging clotheslines, emergency repairs, sealing food bags, weighing down floating shower curtains and 1001 other uses.
  • Bandana – to keep sweat out of my eyes on a long ride

Raam Dev:

  • Travel towel – This is an absolute must-have. It’s not only great for drying yourself off after a shower, but also for wiping sweat from your face as you’re trekking around. I use an MSR Ultralight Pack Towel and it dries out extremely fast and stays surprisingly clean.
  • Ziploc bags – I brought a couple of these with me when I packed my bag, not knowing if I’d ever use them. To my surprise, they have been extremely useful for storing nuts and food, keeping small loose items together in my bag, and keeping things dry during those sudden downpours.
  • A camera that also records video – I’ve never liked shooting video, but I’ve discovered that having a camera that can record decent video really allows for capturing moments when sound is involved (music, chanting, festivals, etc.). It also allows you to record video blogs for future posting! Size was a huge concern for me and I discovered that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 is absolutely awesome for traveling: 12-megapixel photos and 720p HD video!

 


Jenna’s favorite travel items. © Jenna Fransisco

Jenna from Adventures of a 21st Century Family:

  • Comfortable shoes – We like Keens because they’re light and waterproof, and Chacos because they’re great walking sandals, adjustable, and even kind of cute
  • Rainjacket that rolls up into a tiny bag – especially for those windy, rainy days in Europe
  • Flip video camera

Anil from foXnoMad:

  • Long-range USB antenna – let’s me extend my wireless range
  • Ethernet cable – so many free access points at airports you can get that way
  • A lock – for bags, hostel lockers, bikes, it comes in handy

Ryan and Dina from this blog:

  • Pants with multiple secret pockets – I got a great pair of khaki pants from REI, with secret zip-up pockets sized perfectly for passports and credit cards. They’re made of material that repels dirt and water, so I can wear them for a week or more without washing, and when I do wash them a quick scrub in the hostel sink with some hand soap does the job. I spent 6 months in Europe wearing only this one pair of pants and they still look new. (-Ryan)
  • Waterproof camera – We rarely take pictures underwater, but the greatest thing about a waterproof camera is you don’t have to hide it away and miss out on candid photo opportunities when you are under rain, or around a river, lake, beach, or waterfall. It lets you get all kind of great shots you’d otherwise miss. (-Dina)
  • Small shoe horn – A little plastic shoe horn is extremely handy. Lots of travel situations have you taking shoes off and on, like temples, mosques, and homes in some places. Having a shoe horn in your pocket lets you slip your shoes on and off quickly. You can even do it if you’re wearing your backpack – no need to set it down. Plus, whenever you need to scrape off something that’s stuck, or chip away some ice, or need a little impromptu shim to hold something up, you’ve got the perfect tool at hand. (-Ryan)

Left: Ryan and his pants. Right: Ryan’s small shoe horn and Dina’s waterproof camera

So… How do you compare your favorite items with the list above? Did you find many of yours mentioned? Tell us which ones! Any of your favorite items not listed? Tell us about it!

Thanks: Many thanks to all the participants! Without you, this post will be empty :)

For next week: Please participate in the next edition of theTop Things Chosen by Travelers Around the World! The topic is Top 3 ethnic food/local specialties. Food is one of the beauty of traveling around the world. Share the highlight of your food experience! Either the one that is so delicious you are addicted to it, like Jamón ibérico from Spain, or the weird one, like chocolate covered bugs, that it’s more of a challenge than enjoyment to eat (or maybe you took the challenge and ended up loving it?!). Drinks are also fine too, for example Cretan honey raki. Send your top 3 picks to me at dina(at)vagabondquest(dot)com. I will need your (nick)name, your blog name and URL (so I link back to you), and your answers. For the answer, you can either just list the items, or give some explanations. Illustrating pictures are welcome! (We might need to collage/pick one if you send more than 1 picture). Please submit before Sunday May 23rd, 9 am Eastern Standard Time. Interested to participate but have some questions about it first? Give me a shout!

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49 Responses to “Top 3 Travel Gear Chosen by Travelers Around the World”

  1. Sabina
    17 May 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Hi Dina,

    This a quite the comprehensive list of some great gear. I am impressed. Thanks for including me!

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 9:39 am #

      So grateful with all of these fellow travelers including you! Thanks to help me make this happened :)

  2. Adam
    17 May 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Not sure how you could get all that stuff to fit in a pack, but a lot of good recommendations.
    .-= Adam´s last blog ..One Week Abroad: my thoughts so far =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 10:37 am #

      Hahaha, the challenge of traveling light! Ryan and I have to purge a lot too every now and then to prevent our backpacks from exploding :)

  3. Melvin
    17 May 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Great list & already a good packing list! ;-)
    .-= Melvin´s last blog ..Tram Party by Gmoods -amazing weekly party tours through the most remarkable sights of a city! =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 10:38 am #

      Love to have your elephant video in the post, thanks a lot!!

  4. Shannon
    17 May 2010 at 10:39 am #

    I love these! Interesting to see what people choose for their 3 items. I saw headlamp over and over again. Will add that to my shopping list before my next trip.
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..How to use an over-the-door shoe organizer on your trips =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 11:11 am #

      I know! I never thought of headlamps before either, but now I’m thinking about getting one and give it a try! Hey, do you want to join our next series on food?

  5. Earl
    17 May 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Well done with the first post of this series! There’s quite a variety of useful ideas up there. Thanks for asking me to participate!
    .-= Earl´s last blog ..The Final Walk…Adios Mexico! =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 11:27 am #

      Earl, I want to try the incense, hope can find it in the next Indian/incense store I pass! Also the sandal.. my sandal is great for going to bathroom, but not for walking far. Maybe time to switch to actually walkable sandals! Thanks for participating!! Btw, I like the picture a lot, I use it as the thumbnail picture for this post, I hope you don’t mind! You can see this thumbnail if you go to “home”.

      • Earl
        17 May 2010 at 12:08 pm #

        I’m sure you’ll find the incense, I just picked up another box yesterday from a shop here in Florida. If you can’t find it, I’ll just have to send you some!

        And no problem at all with using the photo for the thumbnail!

        Earl
        .-= Earl´s last blog ..The Final Walk…Adios Mexico! =-.

        • Dina
          18 May 2010 at 8:04 am #

          Haha! I’ll let you know if I can’t find it :D

  6. Michael
    17 May 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Hey, thanks for adding us! Good list here. May have to add some of these to my backpack. Some good ideas.
    .-= Michael´s last blog ..From Ukraine with Love: Adventures in Europe’s Borderland =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 11:32 am #

      I love cheat sheet too! Get the idea from going grocery :D
      My cheat sheet is usually full with places to visit and highlight of those places. In Greece, my cheat sheet has the Greek alphabet until I could read it without the cheat.

  7. Raam Dev
    17 May 2010 at 11:05 am #

    Ton’s of awesome suggestions here! I really love Adam’s shoelace and Joel’s binder clip suggestions! I’m definitely going to start carrying both in my 30L backpack! :)

    Thanks for putting this together, Dina!
    .-= Raam Dev´s last blog ..Discovering Sandals Made of Gold and the Link Between Frugality and Gratefulness =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 12:04 pm #

      Raam, shoelace is sooo useful, and cheap! I’m a fan of doing manual laundry (okay, not actually enjoying doing that, haha), and I use cheap and light shoelaces for drying lines. I’ve been using the regular black hair pins in similar way with Joel’s suggestion, but Joel’s clip is stronger, so I want to try that too!

      Your 3 items are gems, Raam! I have and love all 3 (well, at least similar items). I’m addicted to using ziplock back according to Ryan, and my camera is like my right hand extension. Thanks a lot for participating!!

  8. Steve
    17 May 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Wow, great list. I don’t bring a lot of that stuff, but I can see how it would be useful to some people. I did find some useful things to bring on my next trip that I am taking to Costa Rica in about two months.
    .-= Steve´s last blog ..Discover the Martial Art that Suits Your Personality =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 12:47 pm #

      Hi Steve, welcome to our blog! It’s great to see what other people love to bring in their trip, give me ideas too! Have a great fun in Costa Rica!
      (And oh! You are very welcome to contribute in our next top thing by travelers series on “food”!)

  9. Erin
    17 May 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Thanks for including us! Some great suggestions here. I also agree with ziploc baggs, headtorches (especially in places where you might not have electricity) and comfy shoes. Our waterproof sports sandles may not be fashionable but they are so comfy and can be worn in the sea and walking through rivers.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 12:50 pm #

      Great to have you in the post, thanks for contributing! I love the mini guitar picture you sent us! I can’t separate from netbook either :D
      Hey, I never use compression bags before. Do we have to carry along a pump too?

      • Erin
        17 May 2010 at 2:33 pm #

        No you don’t need a pump. You just stuff all of your clothes inside then roll out all of the air.

        We were a bit dubious at first as to whether or not they actually work, but once we tried them for ourselves we were pretty convinced – they do save a lot of space.
        .-= Erin´s last blog ..The Language Hacking Guide Review =-.

        • Dina
          18 May 2010 at 8:00 am #

          Really good idea! Right now I make my clothing compact by putting them into little cube-ish bags and sit on it to compress so I can fit as much as I can. But then it doesn’t reduce the total volume of the bag in the end. I wonder how much space can be saved if I use compression bag instead…

  10. Brooke, WhyGo Australia
    17 May 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    I thought this was going to be a bit less detailed, which is why I only listed mine.

    Chaco sandals: They are hard-core and comfortable for long days of walking!
    Lip balm with SPF: Lips burn, too, so its nice to have a balm that includes SPF for days when you’re out in the sun.
    Hand sanitizer: Public transportation is a necessity when traveling, so I always carry some to clean my hands, especially before eating if I’m not near a restroom. I HATE getting sick while traveling, so whatever I can do to help that to NOT happen, I do! :)
    .-= Brooke, WhyGo Australia´s last blog ..Consulates in Perth =-.

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 9:39 pm #

      Hehe, I’ve added that to the post ;)
      Lip balm is my essential too. I’m not sure it has SPF or not, maybe it does… but the main thing is, my lip dries and cracks so fast without it, then the skin will peal. Even worse, I have a bad habit to bite them off when that happen.
      Thanks Brooke, great list ;)

  11. Shannon OD
    17 May 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    Great list and I even found a few new bloggers as a result! Cheers and look forward to next week. Oh – and I love all of the mentions to chacos, I cannot imagine my trip without them, they are fantastic!

    • Dina
      17 May 2010 at 9:57 pm #

      Thanks a lot, Shannon! Sarong is very versatile indeed. I love organization. We have a packing cube and plenty of other organization bags (mostly from Granite Gear and Eagle Creek). Thanks for contributing :D

  12. Nora
    17 May 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Great roundup! It was hard to keep my list to just three, and so many more winning pieces of gear were mentioned here too!

    • Dina
      18 May 2010 at 7:36 am #

      I know! I ended up with headlamp for your third choice, even though sunglasses and earplug are very useful too! Well, I don’t actually carry earplugs with me now, but I remember how useful they were during the time I needed to study for exam and people around me were so noisy. They will be great in train/bus/airplane rides, and maybe in a noisy hostels too when we just want to sleep! Thanks a lot Nora, for your contribution!!

  13. Jenna
    18 May 2010 at 1:17 am #

    As everyone has mentioned, there is a ton of great advice here. Definitely has me thinking about other essential travel gear. I agree w/ Suzy about the cards– I have used them to make many long trips and waits in train stations pass, and it’s so FUN! Also, I love the guitar idea. I don’t play, but I know that having something that you can use to connect with people is so great. My husband and I often use soccer to make connections.
    I hope you will do a post about 3 essential travel items for travel w/ kids. I have a few to share, and as you can see by the teeny pair of Keens in my picture, we travel with our son!
    .-= Jenna´s last blog ..A Travel Photo Treat: Prague =-.

    • Dina
      18 May 2010 at 7:49 am #

      Hi Jenna! Thanks a lot to participate!! I do notice the little tiny cute green Keens :D
      Your rain jacket that turned into tiny bag, reminds Ryan’s (hubby) story about when he was a little kid, his mom always made him and the siblings carry their “K-way” (as they call it) jacket in tiny pouch form in their hips :)

      Cool idea of 3 essential travel item for travel with kids, I’ll definitely let you know if in the future I do that post! Maybe I need to collect the reader with kids first :D

      What do you mean by using soccer to make connection? You are carrying soccer ball to where you guys go?

  14. Nomadic Chick
    18 May 2010 at 12:27 pm #

    Great list of bloggers and some sound advice. So true on the mascara. The varied answers are fascinating. We are truly individuals in this travel thing. :)
    .-= Nomadic Chick´s last blog ..How To: Get Rid of Paper =-.

    • Dina
      19 May 2010 at 9:13 am #

      Agree :) I’m not a mascara person because my eyelash are very short, but tinted lipbalm help me look not too pale instantly.

  15. Sanya
    18 May 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    I always find it hard to short list my gear for my trip, this title was very promising but I ended up with longer list, but really useful!

    • Dina
      19 May 2010 at 9:20 am #

      I know! And for us, in the end we still carried too much than we needed. We knew some items were not so useful after a few months the items sitting in our backpack untouched. We then either leave them on spot or send it home if expensive. It’s good to take a peek at other’s travel list to get some ideas.

  16. Cam
    19 May 2010 at 12:26 am #

    Great post – interesting and entertaining! Packing light is such an art form that we have yet to master, discipline is the key. Couple things to add that we never leave without are our travel-sized cribbage board, hand sanitizer and bar of laundry soap…
    .-= Cam ´s last blog ..To Cruise, or Not to Cruise? =-.

    • Dina
      19 May 2010 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks and welcome, Cam and Nicole! Hey, which bar laundry soap are you using? My hands are sensitive so normal detergent will cause me skin problems, while shampoo doesn’t clean that well. I’ve been using MUJI laundry paper sheets, but MUJI products are not very widespread.
      Is cribbage board game for 2 person?
      You guys are so welcome to participate in the coming post in the series, themed in Food!

  17. Jenna
    19 May 2010 at 12:48 am #

    Dina, You asked about how we make a connection with soccer. We don’t travel with a soccer ball. I just meant that whenever we travel somewhere, my husband always ends up chatting with people about soccer. It seems like something that brings people together and is (almost) universally enjoyed. Plus, he’s from Brazil, and when people realize that, they always end up talking about soccer! For example, when we were in Indonesia, he met tons of people that way. :-)
    .-= Jenna´s last blog ..A Travel Photo Treat: Prague =-.

    • Dina
      19 May 2010 at 9:32 am #

      Ah I see!! I can see that’s a very engaging topic that many people in the world can relate. And yes, many Indonesians love soccer :)

  18. Tom Volpe
    19 May 2010 at 8:35 am #

    What a great and useful post full of great ideas. No-one has mentioned my essential though, something I make sure I have above all other things. Its not cool, glamorous, techy or fun, but I ALWAYS make sure I have some toilet paper with me when travelling. You never know when you will need it!

    • Dina
      19 May 2010 at 9:35 am #

      Tom, you are very right :D I always always have some tissue with me anywhere I go (usually tissue pocket though, not toilet paper). There are some situations when not having tissue is a nightmare!!

  19. Matt | YearAroundTheWorld
    20 May 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    Great post! I was a bit late to reply, but a headlamp and bandana would be my top choices. Bandanas are great for keeping sun off my head/neck, sweat out of my eyes, as a hand towel, and keeping my camera lens clear in the rain. Also great to tie things with. I bring an eye mask and ear plugs with me too for good sleep at hostels.
    .-= Matt | YearAroundTheWorld´s last blog ..A Political Rally for Mayor of Merida =-.

    • Dina
      21 May 2010 at 10:19 am #

      Hey Matt, thanks!
      I never thought of headlamps being this popular before, but it seems like many people love it, so we might give it a try!
      Hey, I will be happy if you like to contribute in the next posts in the series! Food is coming next, if you want to join :)

  20. Ashley
    25 May 2010 at 12:42 am #

    Such a great post! Loved reading through everyones gear. Can’t believe I missed the cut off for the next one too! Well, I’ll finally participate in the one after that :)
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..Travel Memories Monday – Rome, Italy =-.

    • Dina
      10 June 2010 at 6:20 pm #

      Thanks Ashley, love it that you participate in the next ones :)

  21. Ian [Eager Existence]
    7 July 2010 at 1:27 am #

    No mention of the Skype headset?

    • Dina
      24 August 2010 at 11:40 am #

      Hehe, I just use an earphone so far, but sometimes I do feel I need a microphone.

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