There are a lot of items you do not need to bring while traveling/backpacking and these are some of them. If you aren’t carrying things on your back constantly for 15 miles at a time these items can be useful for long term travel.
- LovesHold It best idea ever, whether you are using it to sneak in a flask, hiding your passport and cash from pickpockets, or just trying to keep warm this item is brilliant. You can wear it as a scarf, as a wrap, or as a clutch and it comes in enough colors to suit anyone.
- Go-Pro not really a necessary item, but hey if you have an extra $300, why not? Why not be one of those people that document every single moment of their vacation and/or life and post it on social media.
- Travel Journal the alternative to or in conjunction with the go-pro. It honestly depends on your personality. If you’re not a person that journals already in your life, you’ll probably forget to while on vacation and it will just be an extra item you’re stuck carrying around. And if you’re a visual person you can just use a camera or go-pro and quickly upload all the details to your Facebook.
- Kindle/E-reader if you enjoy reading, you will need this. You will have a lot of downtime traveling. Trust me, I finished at least 8 books while traveling through Europe. They are so light and portable, connect easily to Wi-Fi and durable. My Nexus 7 has survived falling from being balanced while charging on a flat screen tv in Paris, with only a slight crack in the corner.
- Water purifier In Europe I used a simple water bottle with purifier straw. I would have probably been safe without it, but you know you can never be too careful when it comes to diarrhea. On the Appalachian Trail and Kilimanjaro I used a Sawyer purifier that I hooked up to my platypus hydration pack.
- Compression sacks/Travel cubes. Depending on where you are going and what you are doing will determine which of these you will need or if you need them. I prefer the waterproof compression sacks, the ones I buy are typically water proof. However, a recent trend are travel cubes. For me, the traveling I do includes backpacking on wilderness trails. As a result compressing all the things I am traveling with into the smallest space possible makes this the best option for me. If you are backpacking Europe or not doing things with a lot of hiking or traveling without knowing where you are sleeping that night travel cubes will be appropriate.