To help get you started, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 most essential travel gadgets for your next big trip..
1. Petzl e+LITE Head Torch
Chances are, at some point when travelling to far flung places across the globe (or even at home in the UK), you’ll experience some sort of power outage and find yourself wishing you’d brought a head torch. The tiny Petzl e+LITE is the perfect solution for the weight conscious traveller, weighing only 27g.
2. Powertraveller Powermonkey Explorer 2
It’s always a pain when your gadgets run out of juice midway through the day, perhaps causing you to miss those all-important photo ops. Charge up the Powermonkey Explorer 2 the night before and you’ll have enough power to recharge an iPhone 7 three times or a GoPro Hero5 four times. Did we mention it’s also compact, tough and waterproof making it ideal for travelling.
3. Leatherman Style CS
The last thing you want when you sit down with an ice-cold beer is to realise you have no way of opening it (especially if you like your teeth). The compact and lightweight stainless steel Leatherman Style CS will solve all your bottle opening problems and help you with basic repairs.
4. Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Recharging Kit
Planning on heading out into the sticks, where electricity isn’t guaranteed? Then you’ll need a solution to charging your gadgets, and that’s where the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Recharging Kit shines. The strong, yet lightweight Nomad 7 solar panel allows you to charge devices directly via a usb cable or you can charge up the Guide 10 Plus Recharger and use it as a portable powerbank.
5. Aquapack Electronic Case Small
Keep your electronics dry and safe on your travels with the Aquapack Electronic Case. This case is 100% waterproof, submersible to 5 meters and still allows you to use your device’s touchscreen as normal.
6. MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter
The MiniWorks EX Microfilte is the perfect lightweight travel companion for destinations where there is a lack of clean drinking water. Featuring a 0.2 micron Ceramic Cartridge and plus Carbon Core, it’s effective against protozoa, bacteria, chemicals and particulate, which results in clean, reliable and taste-free water.
7. Lifeventure RfiD Tri-Fold Wallet
With RFID identity theft becoming more and more prevalent across the globe, an RFID wallet is essential to protect your bank cards on your next trip. The Lifeventure RfiD Tri-Fold Wallet provides plenty of storage options with 6 card slots, two zipped coin pockets and four stash pockets.
8. GoPro HERO5 Black
What better way to capture the essence of your journey than with a video. The GoPro Hero5 Black is the ideal camera for lightweight travel.This latest incarnation of the original GoPro features 4K video, improved frame rates for all the other resolutions along with better wind noise reduction and 12MP photos.
9. Black Diamond Ember Power Light Torch
We’ve already discussed why a torch is one of the most useful pieces of kit to take away with you, but Black Diamond have taken the humble torch one step further. The Black Diamond Ember not only features a 150 lumen TriplePower LED, but also has the ability to charge your handheld devices via an inbuilt USB port. A no-brainer when you’re on the road.
10. Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire
If you’re thinking of heading off the beaten track, you’ll be pleased to have the Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire watch strapped to your wrist. This watch sports powerful navigational functionality, a heart rate monitor and an electronic 3-axis compass, as well as many other useful features. If you want, the Fenix 5 can even keep family and friends informed about your travels through LiveTrack.