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Gadgets / Stuff

Here's the real meat of the fun stuff! All kinds of goodies to make backpacking easier, more secure, more eco-conscious, and maybe even a bit more luxurious!


Travel goodies are just plain fun. I have become obsessed with anything that can make travel easier, lighter weight, or happier. I've gone through a lot of trial and error to find useful items, and I'd love to share my"finds" with you here!

Bath Towel

Bath Towel

Any of the light pack towels are great. I do usually go for the largest one just for personal preference. I like to be able to wrap it around me. Some are a bit more chomois-like than others but the technology has improved over the years.

gadgets / stuff, towel

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Washcloth

Washcloth

A recent addition to my travel gear, I use this mostly in hot climates as a, well, a sweat rag. That sounds kind of gross but it's so nice to able to wipe the sweat off your forehead when you're out and about. It's also handy if there are no napkins at the roadside stand where you're grabbing lunch. It's so small that I just keep it in my purse.

gadgets / stuff, towel

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Love Bags Stash It Packable Sling

Love Bags Stash It Packable Sling

If only this bag had a zipper. BUT I still love it. It's small and strong and I use it everywhere as a day bag if I don't need a daypack.

luggage / organizers, gadgets / stuff, packable sling

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Master  Backpack Lock

Master Backpack Lock

I don't know why the best type of lock is the least seldom sold out there in travel-land. I find that the type of lock that is sort of like a carabiner is best because you can easily leave it clipped onto your zipper pull even when it's unlocked. I really only even lock my locks some of the time and the rest of the time they hang on my zipper pull as a deterrent - the thieves don't know if it's locked or not. Definitely always use a combination lock. The sleeker version seems to have gone away but these models do the trick:

gadgets / stuff, luggage locks

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REI Co-op  RFID Card Sleeves

REI Co-op RFID Card Sleeves

This falls under "better safe than sorry". These are so slim that there's no reason not to use them.

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