BEST TRAVEL GEAR

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My Favourite Travel Gear for Solo Travellers & Adventure Seekers

 

Buying the right travel gear for your trip is one of the most important steps of the pre-travel planning process.

There’s nothing worse than being on your trip and realising that you’re completely underprepared or have packed WAY too much.

There are many downsides of overpacking, including that:

  • your luggage gets really heavy which becomes a huge burden if you have to carry it all yourself
  • You don’t have much room to buy new things whilst travelling
  • paying extra for check-in luggage or for being over your weight allowance can become very costly

This can get really frustrating! 

BUT underpacking also has its disadvantages.

That’s why it’s important to have a healthy balance and focus on packing what you’ll truly NEED, rather than the “nice to haves”.

Here’s some of my favourite travel gear for solo travellers:

 

1) Backpacks & Bags

2) Clothing & Laundry

3) Technology

4) Travel Accessories

Backpacks & Bags

 

1. Main Backpack 

Suggested Budget – $100-$400 AUD

When it comes to choosing a travel backpack there are various things to consider.

Firstly, do you want a backpack that:

  • Has an opening at the top only? Or a zip in the middle?
  • Has a small backpack attached to it?
  • Has lots of pockets and storage areas? Or none?
  • Can pass as carry-on luggage? or checked baggage?
  • Is over 50kg? Or under 50kg?

Depending on the requirements of your trip, it’s important to take a look at each one of these thigs.

1) The Backpack Opening

I see a lot of travellers with travel backpacks that only open from the top. This style of bag can have some perks, but it can also be of great inconvenience.

For example, if you need to access something at the bottom of your bag, you literally have to pull out everything else first to get to that one item.

But the upside is that it makes it harder for people to pickpocket you.

I actually found a bag that zipped open from the side.

This was handy as it allowed me to open my backpack like a suitcase so that I didn’t have to take everything out all the time.

The decision is yours.

 

2) The shape and size of the backpack

The shape and size of your backpack is incredibly important, especially if planning to travel for long periods of time.

You really want to find a backpack that:

  • has good back support
  • moulds to the shape of your back
  • Is the correct size for the length and width of your torso.

Backpacks within an in-built torso-length adjustment are beneficial as they allow you to adjust the backpack to fit you properly.


3) The style of the backpack

When looking at backpack style, you want to find something that you like, but that also has great functionality.

You want something with:

  • multiple pockets, including some that are accessible from outside the bag
  • multiple storage areas
  • chest and waist straps
  • An in-built rain cover
  • Optional: A small day pack that attaches to your main bag

For the chest and waist straps, you don’t need to use them all the time. But they are helpful when wanting to take the load off your shoulders /spine or adjust the positioning of your bag.

Most bags also have an in-built rain-cover which is great. I also used this plastic covering to protect my bag from pick-pockets when checking it in at the airport or moving between locations.

My backpack also came with an attachable small day bag which I found it very convenient. It saved me from having to bring an additional day bag and gave me extra packing space given my main backpack was only 42L.

This is the backpack I used: The Outdoor Expedition Ninox 42L travel backpack.

Travel Gear for Solo travellers - Backpack

Given it’s a few years old, it doesn’t seem like you can buy this exact one anymore.

However, here are a couple of great backpacks that I recommend you check out:

2. Front Pack 

Suggested Budget – $40-$100 AUD

If your main backpack is too big for check-in luggage, then I recommend bringing a small front pack too.

That way you can use it as your main bag to carry your valuables and essential items safely between destinations – eg. on flights, trains and buses.

When looking for a backpack, I believe that the most important consideration is pockets.

You want to have as many different sections within the bag as possible, so you don’t end up with a complete mess of stuff. You also want to ensure that the sections carrying your valuables are not easily exposed to pick-pockets.

Here’s what my front pack was like.

Solo Travel Gear - My backpackSolo Travel Gear - My backpack

It had separate top and bottom sections of the pack as well as divided sections inside which was very handy.

It also allowed me to keep my laptop and other valuables protected inside.

And within this backpack I was able to fit:

  • My laptop
  • Tech gear (go pro camera, accessories, chargers, travel adapters)
  • First-aid kit
  • Blow up travel pillow
  • Small travel blanket
  • Eye-mask for sleeping
  • Noise-blocking ear plugs
  • Water bottle
  • Passport
  • Wallet
  • Phone
  • Notepad & pen
  • Toiletry bag
  • Roll up dry bag
  • And whatever else could fit…

 I got mine from Anaconda I think, but you can view the newer version of my backpack, on the Caribee website.

Here are some other great backpack alternatives you can check out:

Matein Anti-theft Backpack - 25L

Anaconda BlackWolf Fury Daypack – 30L

Anaconda BlackWolf Fury Daypack – 30L

Caribee Trek Backpack - 32L

Caribee Trek Backpack - 32L

3. Dry Sack / Bag

Suggested Budget – $20 – $50 AUD

If you’re going to be doing any adventurous activities when travelling, or are going somewhere where there tends to be a lot of rain, you’ll want to have a dry sack within your travel gear.

These dry sacks are great to put your valuables or tech in if you’re going to be getting wet (eg. Water sports) or even just as an additional carry bag option if you need it (Eg. carrying dirty hiking shoes).

The great thing about them is that they roll up and can be clipped to the exterior of your backpack when not being used.

You just need to decide on is the size you’re going to need.

Here’s a popular and highly recommended brand to check out:

MARCHWAY Floating / Waterproof Dry Bag - 5L - 40L

4. Compact Sleeping Bag

Suggested Budget – $100 –  $250 AUD

If you’re planning to do a lot of camping or hiking during your trip, it’s likely that you’ll need to pack your own sleeping bag. If not, then you may not need this as part of your travel gear.

When choosing a sleeping bag there are three things you should consider:

  • Size
  • Warmth
  • Quality

SIZE

If you’re backpacking, you’re going to want to save as much pace as possible.

With sleeping bags, SIZE DOES MATTER.

You want to avoid getting something that is super chunky or doesn’t roll up into a compact cover. But, you need to find something that is big enough to suit the height and width of your body.

WARMTH

When I was searching for my sleeping bag, I did not realise that there was such a broad spectrum of sleeping bags for all kinds of environments.

From extremely harsh and below freezing temperatures to light Summer sleeping bags.

That’s why it’s important to read the product features to determine whether your bag will be the right fit for the climate you’re travelling to.

You can work this out by looking at the sleeping bag’s comfort, limit and extreme temperature ratings.

For example, if a bag is 8c comfort, 4c Limit and -10c extreme, it’s telling you that:

  • you’ll be most comfortable at night temperatures at or above 8 degrees Celsius
  • the most extreme temperature you can use the bag and stay warm (or at least survive) is -10 degrees Celsius.

 

QUALITY

In addition to warmth, sleeping bags vary greatly when it comes to quality and the materials they’re made of -eg. Polyester, Duck down, Synthetic etc.

My best recommendation is to start first with the size and warmth of the sleeping bag that you’ll need. Then consider your budget and what’s affordable to you, without sacrificing too much on quality.

It’s important to find the sweet spot between a good quality bag and not breaking the bank.

The sleeping bag that I used during my trip in Africa was the Outdoor Expedition Peregrine 80 Sleeping Bag. This sleeping bag compacted down into the smallest sleeping bag I had ever seen. The parcel was approx 16cm wide and 32cm long.

Here’s an idea of its sizing next to my dog, Mia, who is my beautiful Boerboel x Mastiff.

Sleeping Bag Example

TINY, LIGHT & Freaking awesome.

Sadly, because it’s a few years old, I can’t seem to find this bag on the internet anywhere – especially not from a reliable supplier.

I think I got it from Rays Outdoors before they closed down. By some miracle it was the last one and on sale for about $100.

Here are a couple of other alternatives I found which could work. However, they don’t seem to be as small, as cheap or as compact as mine.

Sorry guys! I tried.

Macpac Roam Sleeping Bag

MacPac Sleeping Bag

 

Kathmandu Sleeping Bag

Kathmandu Sleeping Bag

 

HiHiker Sleeping Bag

CLOTHING & LAUNDRY

1. Runners/Hiking Shoes

Suggested Budget – $100-$250 AUD

One harsh reality of backpacking and travelling on a budget is that you’ll be doing a lot of walking between destinations.

You’ll also be carrying a lot of extra weight due to your backpack.

That’s why I always strive to pack one really good pair of hiking/running shoes.

Given I love to hike, run, walk and do a whole spectrum of adventure sports, I prefer to focus on shoes that are are designed for comfort, versatility and durability.

That way I can feel comfortable when walking around the town, going for runs or whilst hiking / exploring rough landscapes.

Some people prefer the “booty” style hiking shoes.

Personally, I’ve never been a fan because I feel that:

  • They take up more space
  • They look heavy and chunky as f***
  • They tend to be more expensive
  • I feel that they limit what you can do

If you’re only interested in hiking or need them for a specific purpose, then absolutely, the booty style can be great.

So, I’ll leave that decision up to you.

When buying the right shoes, you should consider:

  • where you’re travelling to
  • the purpose of your trip
  • what you’re likely to be doing each day
  • is the weather going to be hot or cold
  • how much space you have in your luggage

That will help to guide your decision.

If you’d like some inspo on what shoes to buy, here are some great brands to check out:

Salomon Women’s X Crest Hiking Shoes

I couldn’t find my exact runner, but these shows are quite similar to the Kathmandu shoes that I had for my trip.

What I like about these ones is that they have:

  • a rubber sole
  • protective toe cap and mudguard around the base of the shoe
  • good breathability
  • a cushioned midsole and
  • are very durable.

The mudguard helps to prevent your feet from getting damp or dirty on muddy hiking trails. The secure and snug fit of the shoe is designed to mould and fit around your foot for added comfort.

Click here to watch a short video about these awesome hiking shoes, including their top features and benefits.

Salomon Women's X Crest Hiking Shoes

They are also great for a mix of outdoors activities including:

  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Adventure activities

 

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Columbia Women’s Redmond V2 Hiking Shoe

Another great option to check out.

Features: 

  • Durable Rubber sole
  • Breathable so your feet don’t get too hot and sweaty
  • Light-weight midsole
  • Focused on providing comfort and cushioning
  • Water resistant
  • Suitable for hiking through a range of different terrain with great grip and traction
  • Suede leather mesh
  • The mudguard helps to prevent your feet from getting damp or dirty on muddy hiking trails.
  • The secure and snug fit of the shoe is designed to mould and fit around your foot for added comfort.

Columbia Hiking Shoe

 

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Merrell Women’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Another great option to check out.

Features: 

  • Vibram sole
  • Focused on comfort
  • Suede leather mesh
  • Made of durable leather
  • Water resistant – Designed to seal out water to keep your feet dry
  • Suitable for hiking through a range of different terrain with great grip and traction
  • The company are focused on sustainability and using recycled materials

Merrel Hiking Shoes

 

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Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof Amped Hiking Shoe

Another great option to check out.

Features: 

  • Leather suede and mesh
  • Rubber sole
  • Lightweight
  • Durable midsole with cushioning for added comfort
  • Waterproof
  • Good breathability
  • Tend to be for narrow feet rather than wide feet

Columbia Hiking Boot

 

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Timberland Women’s White Ledge Mid Ankle Boot

Another great option to check out.

Features: 

  • 100% leather
  • Rubber sole
  • Has shock absorbing cushioning
  • Waterproof
  • Rubber lug outsoles for added traction and grip
  • Padded collar and tongue for added comfort
  • Lightweight midsole
  • Very durable
  • Company focuses on sustainability and use recycled materials in its shoes

 

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If you’d like to gain a more detailed insight into hiking shoes and what to look out for:

  • Click here to check out the full review article.

In this article, I compare various different brands of hiking shoes so you can ensure that you choose the right shoes for you & your journey. 

2. Thermals

Suggested Budget – $30-$100 AUD

If you’re travelling somewhere with a cold climate, then thermals are definitely handy to have in your backpack.

This is another staple item I recommend as part of the travel gear for solo travellers.

Lightweight, thin and soft, they act as a great underlayer and insulator to keep you warm and comfortable whilst travelling in the harsh conditions.

When it comes to thermals, I personally prefer to try them on to ensure they fit properly before I buy .

I got mine from Kathmandu.

Here are some that I recommend you check out, if thermals are something you’re going to need for your trip.

Kathmandu KMDCore Polypro Long Sleeve Top

Kathmandu KMDCore Polypro Short Sleeve Top

Kathmandu MerinoPRO Women's Long Sleeve Top

Merino vs. Polypro

When looking at thermals, you may notice that Merino and Polypro are two of the more common materials.

Besides the big difference in price tag, there are some other key differences between the two materials.

Generally, Merino wool is known to provide greater warmth, comfort and feel less synthetic compared to other types of thermals, because of the natural wool-based layer.

It’s also breathable, light weight and tends to be a bit less itchy than other thermal materials.
But, it does come with a significantly higher price tag.

Like Merino wool, Polypropylene thermals are also great for warmth, are lightweight and have low water absorption. But some advantages are that they tend to have a faster drying time and the price tag is much easier on the eye.

One downside is that they can get a bit stinky if worn for long periods of time without washing.

When making a decision on which thermals to buy, I think it’s important to consider the environment that you’ll be travelling in, as well as your budget.

Some environments demand top of the range thermals, whilst others don’t.

3. Duck Down Puff Jacket

Duck downs jackets are the bomb!

Not only do they compact down into tiny parcels but they’re also relatively:

  • water resistant
  • light and
  • keep you warm in cold and windy weather conditions.

To be 100% transparent, if I’m going to spend this kind of money on a piece of clothing, I’ll always try it on instore first.

Just a personal preference.

However, I know that some people prefer to shop online and just return it if it doesn’t fit and order another size.

Either way is fine – You do you.

If you do want to do some research or buy your jacket online, here’s the brands that I recommend you focus on.

Kathmandu Down Jacket

Kathmandu Puff Jacket

MacPac Down Jacket

Macpac Puff Jacket

4. Clothing Packing Cell/ Cube

Suggested Budget – $20 – $50 AUD

When you’re ready to pack your backpack, you’ll probably look at all your travel gear and wonder

“How the HECK is all that going to fit in there?!”

Yep. The struggle is real.

But I promise you, it will, AND by the end of your trip you’ll be a Tetris gear packing pro.

Before my journey, I came across some clothes packing parcels.

At the time, I didn’t really know how theyd work but I’m so glad I got them, because they made my life SO much easier.

Not only do they help you squish down your clothes so that you have extra room, but they also help to keep your clothes organised.

That way you don’t have to completely dishevel your bag every time you need a new piece of clothing.

Hells yeah!

A great addition to the standard travel gear for solo travellers.

 

When choosing packing cells you want to go for something that has a durable zip and it made with a strong material that will last your entire trip – especially if travelling for a long period of time.

Some of my packing cells completely detereorated by the time I got home.

I even had to hold one of them together with staples and sticky tape. #desperation

 

If you would like to buy a set of packing cubes but are unsure where you start, you can check out some of these great resources below:

Tripped Compression Packing Cubes

Shacke Pak Packing Cubes + laundry Bag

5. Travel Clothesline

Suggested Budget – $0 -$15 AUD

Given you’re on the road a lot when backpacking, there’s not a lot of opportunity to dry your clothes.

This can present a big problem in cold or humid climates where it takes longer for your clothes to dry, causing them to get really musty and moist.

Yep, I said it.. “MOIST”.

Unless, you’re staying in accommodation with a paid washing / drying service, you’ll need to have your own strategy for drying your clothes.

Not having a clothesline packed can lead to a lot of inconvenience.

You’re also are forced to resort to using ANYTHING within grasp to dry your clothes, such as your hostel bed, chairs, doors and balconies.

But there’s a simple way to get around this (and save you some coin):

Pack yourself a DIY clothesline.

For my trip, I just cut a couple of meters of basic electric fence wire and it worked a treat.

But honestly there are many different alternatives you can try including:

You may even find some handy materials in your garage, backyard or storage that you can use to save on money.

It just needs to be is durable, bendy and as small as possible.

You want it to take up as little space as possible in your backpack, so cut it down so that it is only a few meters long.

6. Laundry Hand-washing Powder / Soap Bars

Suggested Budget – $5-$20 AUD

Just as you’ll need somewhere to hang your clothes, you’ll also need something to wash them with.

If you’re travelling rough or in a third world country, it’s likely that you’ll need to handwash your clothes a lot of the time.

In these instances, I recommend products like this:

Note: I’d preferrably reccomend the small individual sachets of Charlie’s Laundry powder, but they look to be unavailable atm. As an alternative, I suggest buying the larger pack, but then only take what you think you’ll need in a small zippable plastic bag.

Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder

Ethique Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap Bar

They don’t take up a lot of space in your bag, and they won’t destroy your hands with chemicals.

The first product that I used whilst travelling literally ate away at my hands… so I had to change up my products pretty quickly.

If you’re traveling in places like Europe, USA or Australia you may not need to worry about this.

Generally, they have laundromats which you can use to wash your clothes for a few dollars, but even still, it’s good have a backup option in case they don’t. 

You can even just pour a small portion of detergent into a small sandwhich zip-lock bag if you’re going tor a short trip or as a backup, rather than the entire product.

TECHNOLOGY 

1. Passport & Credit Card RFID Protector

Suggested Budget – $10-$40 AUD

One thing that I always tell people who want to travel solo is that safety is the #1 priority.

One of my biggest learnings was that although most people are good and mean well, there will always be those who you need to protect yourself from.

In some countries, some people are simply desperate and trying to survive / feed their families.

They therefore become drawn to illegal activities, theft, deception and scams to make money.

And, selling other people’s identities (identity theft) can bring some BIG money in certain countries.

This is why you should always take the right precautions and treat your personal information like intangible gold.

To help you with this, I HIGHLY recommend getting yourself a set of RFID blocking sleeves for your passport and credit cards as part of your travel gear.

RFID protectors help to protect you from electronic fraud or scanning of credit card chips because the inside of the RFID sleeve is made of a metallic coating similar to aluminium foil.

This blocks skimmers from using the radio waves to read through your wallet, purse, briefcase and pockets.

Here are some great RFID protectors to add as part of your travel gear:

RFID Blocking Sleeve - Credit / Money Cards

  • Handy for money cards (incl. Travel money cards, Credit cards, etc)

RFID Card Protector

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Zoppen RFID Blocking Wallet - Passports

  • This is very similar to the one I had
  • Tons of colour options available too

RFID Passport Protector-2

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RFID Blocking Wallet - Passports

  • You can also get a super cute decorative one like this
  • Cool designs available too

RFID Passport Protector-3

2. Portable Hard drive for Backups / Movies

Sugested Budget – $50-$150 AUD

If you’re not a Netflix fan, or don’t want to sign up for an account, there are other ways you can watch movies when you travel.

You can simply download movies to a portable hard drive (as I did).

Both of the hard drives I’ve used are Seagates (links below). I used them to store my movies, TV shows and also to backup my photos.

They’re both compact and don’t take up a lot of space, and are definitely convenient to have when you feel like having a chill movie day. 

You can read more about them below. 

Seagate Plus Slim 1TB External Hard Drive

  • This is the hard drive I have now.
  • I use it to backup my photos because it’s super fast, compact and so far has been great.

Seagate Portable HardDrive

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Seagate Expansion Portable Drive, 1TB, BLACK

  • This is the hard drive I used throughout my travels.
  • It was hardy and lasted the entire trip without any faults or problems.

Seagate Portable HardDrive

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3. USB Power Bank

Sugested Budget – $50-$150 AUD

If you have a smart phone, it’s likely that you’ll rely on it A LOT when you travel – whether it be for the internet, camera, weather or various other apps.

The extra dependence on your phone can naturally cause your battery to drain much faster than at home.

If your battery dies prematurely it can leave you in a scary situation where you’re unable to contact anyone or locate where you are.

This is where having a USB power bank comes in handy.

I’ve had some VERY close calls when I was travelling, but my extra power bank saved me on many occasions.

I believe I bought mine from Officeworks, but honestly you can get them from anywhere these days. There’s even some great options on Amazon.

These two are very popular and highly recommended:

Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger

  • 60+ hours of battery life
  • Recharges in 7 hours 
  • Different colour options available 
  • 2 USB ports & 1 lightning cable phone charger port so you can charge multiple devices at once
  • 10-month warranty Anker Ultra-Portable Phone Charger Power Bank

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Anker PowerCore 20100mAh Power Bank

  • 95+ hours of battery life
  • Recharges in 10 hours 
  • Different colour options available 
  • 2 USB ports & 1 phone lightning cable charger port, so you can charge multiple devices at once
  • 10-month warranty

Anker PowerCore 20100mAh

View on Amazon (AUS)

4. Travel-Safe Padlocks

Suggested Budget – $10- $30 AUD

Padlocks for your luggage are a simple but important component of your travel gear.

They serve many functions including:

  • Securing your belongings in your room whilst you go out exploring the town
  • Deterring pickpockets when travelling between destinations
  • Locking your backpack when checking it in at the airport (Doing so, prevents mysterious items making it into you bag without your permission or knowledge)
  • Locking up personal items, valuables or technology in your hostel/hotel safe (At most places, you’re usually expected to BYO lock).

You can decide whether you prefer to have a code encrypted lock or a basic “lock and key” style.

Personally, I chose to have both on my travels:

  • One standard “lock and key” for my main backpack (esp. when travelling between destinations) and for the hostel safe.
  • One code encrypted lock for my day bag

This meant that I didn’t need to find my key each time I wanted to access my day bag. It also reduced my chances of losing the key on my adventures.

If you’re going to go for a basic “lock and key” style, ensure to get something that is solid and secure.

You don’t want a cheap and flimsy one that anyone can open with force. It’s also not a great idea to get this kind of lock if you’re profound for losing things.

I kept my key in the zipped area of my purse so that I knew where it was at all times.

You can get padlocks form various places, but if you don’t feel like doing a lot of running around, you can order some like these on Amazon:

 

TSA Luggage Combination Lock (2 Pack)

TSA Approved Travel Luggage Locks (2 Pack)

TSA Approved Luggage Combination Lock

NOTE: When buying a lock, it can be a good idea to look for ones that are TSA approved.

When a lock is TSA approved it means that your lock is able to be opened by aviation authorities in the event that your luggage needs to be physically examined during transit.

This gives you the liberty of preventing thefts or unwanted items entering your baggage from the general public, whilst allowing TSA (Aviation) authorities to open and re-lock your bag with a universal master key (which only they have access to).

I know it sounds weird… Like “why would you want to put a lock on your bag that can be opened?”.

But without a TSA lock, aviation authorities have permission to cut off or damage the locks on your bag which can leave you in a vulnerable position. Without any locks, anyone can open your bag during transit.

Personally, I didn’t have a TSA lock when I travelled and didn’t have any problems. However, since I’ve learned the benefits of TSA locks, I’ll probably use them on my next trip.

Either way, the choice of yours.

TRAVEL ACCESSORIES

1. Micro-fibre Towel

Suggested Budget – $15-$30 AUD

If there’s one thing that you don’t want in your backpack, it’s a damp, space-consuming shower towel.

When you’re on the move, you need a towel that will dry quickly no matter the weather, and that takes up minimal space in your luggage.

My greatest recommendation (based off personal experience) is to equip yourself with a Micro-fibre towel, which you can use after showering etc.

Then, if you want to go to the beach or need a bigger towel, you can always hire a towel from your accommodation for a few dollars.

Key benefits of a Micro-fibre towel include:

  • Save you a TON of space in your luggage.
  • Great for travel, backpacking, gym, yoga, sports and camping as they are fast drying and very absorbent
  • Most of them come with a carry bag which is great enabling you to pack them down into a compact and convenient little parcel
  • They tend to be soft on your skin and face due to the suede like feel
  • Absorbs 5 times more than its weight
  • Different sizes available to suit your needs

I can’t find the exact Microfibre towel that I have but here are a few similar alternatives you can check out below.

 

NOTE: Micro-fibre towels tend to be much smaller than normal towels. So ensure to check the measurements before ordering a small, medium or large towel to ensure that it’s what you’re after.

Rainleaf Micro-fibre Towel

Wise Owl Outfitters Travel Towel

2. Blow Up Pillow

Suggested Budget – $10-$50 AUD

Whilst backpacking, it’s always a great idea to pack an inflatable pillow in your day bag.

It gives you the opportunity to have a comfortable nap when travelling between destinations, and you can use it as a backup pillow if the ones in your accommodation are disgusting.

It’s also a great way to save on space when camping, compared to packing a pillow that doesn’t pack down.

Ant-union Ultralight Inflatable Pillow

ANT-UNION Ultralight Inflatable Camping Travel Pillow

 

Trekology Ultralight Inflating Pillow

3. Money Belt

Suggested Budget – $10-$50 AUD

A hidden money belts help you to keep your passport and credit cards safe from digital theft and pickpockets.  With added RFID tech you can have more peace of mind when travelling.

Recommended RFID money belts:

Kathmandu Black & Nude Money Belts

Money Belt -Travel Gear

Go Travel RFID Money Belt

Money Belt - Travel Gear Solo Travellers

Cheaper Online Alternatives:

Expert Travel Money Belt

Eagle Creek Money Belt

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