Travel Gear

When traveling outside of the country, it’s important to be prepared by having the right gear. After years of bumbling about the U.S., eastern and western Europe, Central America, and South America, I have a number of suggestions that will make your travel habit easier and save you money in the long run. Keep in mind that these are only suggestions and that there are a plethora of options when it comes to travel gear. So here goes:

Typically, I travel light. It saves time waiting in line to check a bag, cuts out the costs for additional baggage, and lessens the anxiety involved in missing luggage and/or luggage not arriving along with you at your destination. You are allowed one carry-on bag and one personal item on each flight abroad, which is more than enough room for the items you will need. Remember, the more you pack, the more you have to carry around with you for the duration of your trip!

1) Carry-on Luggage:

The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35 cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels.

Osprey Packs Porter 46 Travel Backpack:
Click on this link to check out my carry-on bag of choice. I have gone through a number of different bags–many of which have either become too worn out to use or broke in one way or another. Although this pack is a little more expensive, I recommend it for a number of reasons:

A) Osprey Warranty
If a strap, zipper, or clip breaks, Osprey will replace the part or provide a new bag free of charge. For the extra cost, you can travel worry-free knowing that your bag will last a lifetime.

B) Ease of Packing/Unpacking
This bag is designed to unzip from top to bottom, making it easy to get at all of the items at the bottom of the bag without affecting your packing. This saves so much time when it comes to packing/repacking your bag after each new stop of a trip. It’s definitely worth it when you are trying to squeeze every drop out of your adventure!

C) Safety
The straps that lock across the bag help prevent any unwanted intruders who may want to try and sneak a peak as you are transporting it from one place to another. Another great value!

2) Personal Item:

Personal item (e.g., purse, small backpack, etc.): Dimensions must not exceed 18 x 14 x 8 inches (45 x 35 x 20 cm) including handles and wheels. Carry-on bag: Maximum of 22 x 18 x10 inches (56 x 46 x 25 cm) including handles and wheels.

Morph Day Pack by Outdoor Products:
Follow this link to look into my personal item of choice. These bags can also be purchased at any local Walmart or Menards. I have gone through a number of smaller backpacks and this one wins it all for the following reasons:

A) Outdoor Products Warranty
The warranty for these bags is just as spectacular as the Osprey bags. I once had one of these bags that the zipper had broken on; it was not only replaced by the company, they actually gave me a double credit since they no longer made that specific bag. It is so nice to have gear that lasts a lifetime, especially when travel can become so expensive. To have gear that lasts really saves the piggy bank.

B) Price
These bags priced at $30 or less are the best value for the quality and warranty. It’s pretty much unbeatable.

3) Worldwide Travel Adapter:

SAUNORCH Universal International Travel Power Adapter:
When buying a travel adapter, it’s vital to have one that works everywhere so that you will never need to purchase another one. It’s also important to purchase one that has USB ports to avoid the need to pack the clunkier charging boxes for all of your electronics. The link above will take you to a $15 adapter sold on Amazon.

If you are traveling with a friend, I would advise just having one person purchase this and then sharing as a pair. Four USB ports are more than enough to charge two people’s items over night while staying in a hotel.

4) SEE my previous blog post to decide on the best travel phone plan, credit cards, and debit cards.

5) Finally, SEE: Suggested Packing List from EF Tours

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