Becca's Travel Gear Recommendations
For most trips, I take my green 50L Quechua front-loading backpack and a 20L Camelbak daypack. I bought the Quechua bag at a Decathlon in Shanghai in 2011 (to replace a blue one of the same model and size that came down with an ant 🐜🐜🐜 problem in the Philippines).
The updated model is available at Decathlon stores. The Camelback was originally Dan’s and I liked it better than my 25L Quechua of a similar size, as it’s slimmer and supports weight better. I don’t use the water bladder and use the compartment for other things. Both bags have held together in all types of environments and situations.
A new backpack I’m using is the TOPO Designs 30L Travel Bag, which I enjoy because of the big sturdy zippers and flat-lay opening. This bag is durable and good for a short trip, carry-on or weekend excursion.
These are some items that I can’t travel without:
- The FlipBelt: I used this tight belt when I went jogging in various countries in Europe all summer, and it was perfect for keeping keys, an ID and a credit card or cash when I went for a jog. It can also double as a money belt.
- Quick-dry towel: I use a Quick-dry towel by Shandali Microfiber because this towel folds up into a tiny square and dries fast, so it’s great for taking to the beach, using for hair, using in a hostel that doesn’t give towels or even laying out in a park.
- 🔒 Small locks (with keys): for locker use or for locking my backpack zippers on long bus rides. Because locks come in pairs, I share mine with Dan (we split the package half-half 😆).
- Birkenstock sandals: they’re durable, not too heavy and have tons more support for your feet than most other sandals. These are my new favorite.
- 📖 Lonely Planet guidebook: I collect these and buy them used on Amazon in paperback. Usually I’ll wind up with an edition that’s a few years old, but it’s okay because we use updated websites for current information as well. I love reading the history of a place I’m traveling to during the ride there.
- 🍫 Granola and snack bars: I usually take as many as I can, for snacking on bus rides and as backup food. I usually pack Larabar and GoMacro bars.
- 💰 My travel wallet: I take a small wallet that has pockets for my credit and bank cards, along with a zipper part for coins (some countries use so many coins!).
- 🔌 Adapter plugs for wall outlets: it pays to have one that can adapt to a few different countries.
- 🔋 Backup battery power: I’m so glad these exist, and in small travel size! My small Anker battery is usually good for a few charges, and it has saved me on bus rides or flights that don’t have outlets.
- 👂 Ear plugs: these may be your savior when someone is snoring loudly in a hostel dorm or bus/plane/train.
- A light scarf: I typically bring a scarf that qualifies for travel in all seasons. It can double as a way of covering shoulders when entering a religious place, too.
- 👡 Flippy flops: crucial for beaching, and taking showers in hostel shared bathrooms.
- A Ziploc bag (gallon size): useful for storing toiletries or things like socks, because you can squish out the air.
- Plastic shopping bags: I hide these in the pockets of my backpack and use them when needed for laundry and wet clothes. Some countries charge at stores for plastic bags. I recommend bringing some with you!
- 🛂 Passport: an obvious item, for leaving your home country! I have a passport case, also, which is nice for storing a boarding pass or entry papers.
What I pack for travel photos
For travel photos, I’m using the Canon 77D and the Pixel 2 by Google. I’ll use my camera if the weather is good and I know I’m going to be somewhere safe, and I use the Pixel 2 phone camera for everyday stuff and for adventure travel experiences like sand surfing in Peru or hiking in deserts.
To go with my Pixel 2, I have the Google Pixel buds bluetooth headphones for running, jogging and making calls.
I like paper printouts, and I make sure to print these things for travel days and emergencies:
- Copies of my passport, hidden in all backpacks and purses
- A print-out of my flight info and some pre-made reservations, in case my phone gets misplaced/stolen (it never hurts to be prepared for a worst-case scenario)