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I know what It’s like, when we first start budget traveling we want to make sure we have all the bases covered. We want to make sure we’re prepared as much as possible, have all the right gear, and most of the time for the first few trips we end up taking way too much. We carry things on our person that we just don’t need because we ‘might’ have need for it in the future.
Or, at the opposite end of the scale we bang our heads thinking ‘What travel products do I need?’ We’ve heard that old saying ‘pack light‘ but how do we pack light if we don’t know what we need in the first place? It’s taken years of experience for me to know what travel products to take or not, and when to So, don’t worry if you’re feeling underprepared. This budget travel products, supplies and travel accessories page is here to help you.
I know there are loads of ‘What you need to pack’ and ‘ultimate packing list’ type of posts floating all over the internet but there is no set packing list or certain things to take, It’s not a case of one size fits all. You need to pack accordingly to your trip. It makes me laugh when I see posts that tell people they HAVE to pack this or those travel products.
The things I take might be perfect for me but not for you. You make the choice, I’m not going to tell you.
That being said, when you’re considering what travel products, travel accessories or travel supplies to take just think of what type of trip you’re going on, what things you might need. Although your trip and the way you travel might change along the way, you’ll have an idea of what type of trip you’re taking.
For example if you’re planning on staying in Hostels or AirBnb through your trip and have no intention of camping then you don’t need to lug camping equipment around with you. But if you are planning on camping and being in the wilderness a lot or in remote locations then you don’t need so many things that need to be plugged in. Are you going to be hiking a lot trecking up mountains? Will you need GPS and route planners? Or are you going to spend most of the time relaxing on beaches? – Think of the type of trip it is and take relative travel products with you.
Having backpacked all over the world since 2010, I’ve gone from overpacking and taking way too many unnecessary things with me to just taking the bear essentials and keeping my backpack as light as possible. It’s been trial and error over the years, but like with all things budget travel, the more experience I’ve got the more streamlined everything has got.
Now I understand you may not be at that point yet, so with the help of our good old friends at Amazon, this travel products page contains the essentials things you may need, may have forgotten about or just didn’t know about before. Remember these are suggestions, I’m not saying you NEED everything listed on this budget travel products page.
It’s up to you to decide what travel products you may or may not need. All the products shown on this page will take you directly to Amazon’s page where you can buy whatever you need directly from them. By clicking through you will NOT be charged any extra than the normal cost.
Travel products you’ll find on this page:
Have you got your backpack sorted yet?
For most of us long term budget travelers and backpackers all we take is a backpack and maybe a satchel or daypack with us. There are a few who lug suitcases around but they’re just not practical for our type of traveling.
What type you take is entirely up to you and the type of trip you think you’re going on. While there are backpackers who literally take everything (including the kitchen sink) most of us try and find a balance between comfort and practicality. Remember you’re more than likely going to be moving around constantly, it’s gonna be on your back and you don’t want it weighing you down too much. Trust me it doesn’t take long before you start cursing yourself and the bag for being too heavy.
When it comes to choice, there is plenty to choose from, there are name brands like Osprey, to cheaper non branded ones. There are pricey ones which may look expensive but they do have endurance and last long. I paid a lot for my first backpack, and although It’s starting to fall apart now It’s lasted 10 years of being thrown around on planes, boats, buses, trains, in hostel rooms and on my back all over the world. I paid more than I would have liked but it’s giving me every pennies worth.
They come in different sizes too, so you can choose what size will suit you.
Got your mask yet?
There is no getting away from it, we all know how Covid-19 has affected our day to day lives and the requirements of wearing masks now. Masks are now going to be a necessity travel product as many airlines and transport companies around the world will not let you board without one. There are countries are making it mandatory to wear them in certain enclosures and places of interest. While Covid may split opinion and wearing masks certainly is a hot topic it is what it is and It’s not anything that’s going away anytime soon. So if you’ve not got yours yet, Amazon has a great selection to choose from.
Got all your basic toiletries sorted?
When it comes to toiletries I’m sure you’ve thought about the basic stuff, things like soap, shampoo, shower gel, face creams, floss, toothpaste, etc.
But have you thought of other things you might need. I’m guilty of this myself but when it comes to toiletries there are things we always forget or just didn’t know about. I’m a sucker for forgetting to take bug spray or sunscreen. There are other items around now too, like hanging toiletry bags which are super convenient, wristbands that deter mosquitoes instead of using bug spray.
Remember though, you don’t need to take too much, you’re a budget traveler, you’re not going to look spectacular everyday unlike some Instagram travel accounts may have you believe.
It’s a romantic notion to go backpacking around the world leaving all mod-cons behind but that’s not the reality. The reality is most of us can’t live without technology and electronics; well not for a certain amount of time. Yes we as nomads and backpackers can strip away a lot of material possessions, we can live without a lot of ‘must have’ mod-cons but realistically we need a few of them, no that doesn’t mean taking your Alexa with you.
But, who leaves home without at least their phone? Nobody does on purpose. It doesn’t matter if It’s at home or roaming around the world, we take our phones with us and most probably a laptop or tablet and if you’re anything like me your headphones.
Although we’re budget travelers and backpackers there are some things you may need, like plug adaptors, power banks to charge your devices, portable speakers, a go Pro, etc.
Got your funky sunglasses? Your hat? Do you need a travel pillow?
While these might not be essential to some of you, to others they will be. Things like sunglasses and hats are easy to forget to pick up beforehand. If you’re anything like me you’ll just think ‘Oh I’ll get them when I’m there off a cheap market stall’ but those are the times you just can’t find what you want.
For journeys, especially long haul journeys travel pillows can just give you that little bit of comfort; they beat rolling your hoodie or jumper up as a pillow.
A lot of backpackers like to take reading material on trips with them too. There will be times you don’t want to do anything, don’t want to socialise, are on long journeys and reading can help you escape and make the time go quicker.
There is quite the choice when it comes to travel reading material. You have your pick of guides, travel books, fiction and nonfiction.
Do bear in mind though, carrying physical books will weigh you down and you might be better off getting a kindle or downloading the kindle app and reading through Ebooks.
If you’ve not signed up to kindle yet, Amazon have get a 30 day FREE trial. which you can sign up to here. There’s nothing to lose from the FREE trial, check it out if you enjoy the service you can continue with a £.7.99 monthly subscription thereafter. Or if It’s not for you, just simply cancel once the FREE trial is over
If you do have kindle already, here is a selection of travel books that I’ve enjoyed reading recently.
If you’re trip does revolve around camping, heading out into the wild and back to nature, you’re going to need your camping gear. I’ll admit I’m not the biggest camper in the world so I’ve not listed a lot of things here. But there are some basic items you might want to pick up beforehand from Amazon.
Did you find everything you need on this page or is there anything I’ve missed off and would like added to this travel products page? Just drop a comment below and I’ll happily add it onto the page for you.
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