We all know that it’s best to travel light, so it’s important to find items that are lightweight and compact while still providing ultimate functionality. Since I’ve been in the midst of planning my upcoming backpacking trip to Europe, I began thinking of the various travel gadgets I might need to invest in before I step on that flight next September. Okay, perhaps “need” is taking it a bit far, so let’s just think of this as more of a wish-list. Without further adieu, here are some items I’m hoping to have in tow when I embark on my journey next fall.
1. Minaal Carry-On Backpack
One of the most important essentials for a backpacking trip? A backpack, of course! I’ve been doing some research, and as soon as I stumbled across the Minaal, I knew it was the bag for me. I love the sleek design, all the nifty compartments, as well as the protective rain cover. It comes with a fairly steep price tag at $299, and a part of me feels it’s absurd that I’m willing to splurge this much on a backpack. I justify it by thinking of it as an investment. I also might have a
slight major obsession with luggage. Read more about the specs of the Minaal by clicking here.
2. Packing Cubes
These are possibly just as important as the backpack itself. I’ve never used packing cubes before, but I have a feeling that I’ve really been missing out. These will especially be handy for the Minaal bag, since one of the limitations in the design is that the sides of the main compartment are not very deep. The cubes will not only conserve a lot of space, but also keep all my clothing organized and together, meaning it won’t be spilling out of my bag. I think I’ll be purchasing my set from eBags.
3. Travel Towel
I’ve heard that some hostels you stay in may not always have linens, so having a towel on hand is always a good idea. Usually I just pack a normal towel when traveling, if I think I’ll need one, but this time I really need to save on space. A travel towel will provide the functionality I need without all the bulk. That also means it’s quick drying, which is great when you are frequently on the move.
4. iPad Air 2
Okay, I’ll be honest, this is indeed another splurge item. Though to be fair, I don’t want this item for this trip only, as it is something I’ve been wanting for at least a year now. I would like to have purchased one before I embark on my backpacking journey, because I want to be able to document my travel adventures while I’m away. Although laptops are portable, this will be a much lighter option than my MacBook Pro. So that I won’t miss out on the functionality of a keyboard, I’m also planning to purchase this ZAGG PROfolio+ Case.
5. Travel Journal
Even though I plan to electronically document my travels, I’m still a softie for good old pen and paper. I can see myself scribbling down notes while I’m sipping coffee at an outdoor cafe or jotting down memories as the countryside passes me by on the train. Having a physical travel journal with me will give me the ability to write down all the stories of my travels no matter where I am. After all, I don’t want to forget the name of that fabulous hole-in-the-wall restaurant or the beautiful new French phrase I just learned.
What essentials did you buy before your first backpacking trip? What can you not travel without? Share in the comments!