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We recently bought some new suitcases and upgraded some of our travel kit. We’ve seen other travel bloggers do a similar post and thought it would be a fun idea to list some of our travel essentials and equipment we take with us on our trips. So, what makes it on the list of our travel essentials?
Our Travel Essentials
As we just mentioned, we recently purchased some new suitcases. Our old set comprised a large, medium and cabin sized group of the ‘IT Worlds Lightest‘. These were exceptional cases and weighed hardly anything, so were superb for travelling. However, now looking a little battered, it was time to invest in something new. So, let’s start by adding to our travel essentials.
Visiting several local high street stores, we couldn’t find anything that we really liked. Winter was closing in. Holiday clothes and travel accessories are fast vanishing off the shelves to make way for Christmas stock. So, as we sometimes do, we looked on the ever faithful Amazon. We are visiting Barcelona in November and Cuba in May 2019, so we wanted to upgrade as soon as possible.
We opted for this yellow/green set from Vesgantti. One 20″ a 24″ and a 28″ case. Don’t they look great, easily recognisable and nice and solid? Featuring a built-in TSA (Transportation Security Administration) lock, 4 x 360° wheels, scratch resistant surface and extendable handles. For less than £100 a bargain, we thought.
For several years now, we have travelled with the usual single socket travel plugs, for our European adventures and our trips over to Mexico and Cuba.
These have been great, however with the ever-growing list of electrical items we take with us, especially now we are blogging, including phones, tablet devices, cameras, back-up batteries and power banks etc, single plugs are just not enough.
Step up this little beauty, the All in One Travel Power Plug Adaptor, by iBlockCube®. Featuring four USB slots, pop-up pins that enable this plug to be used in over 200 countries and LED lights to show status of charging devices. Two of these will now join our travel essentials.
We all like taking photos and videos of our adventures and then sharing them with friends, family and, of course, our blog audience. Choosing an excellent quality SD or MICRO SD card can be tough. If you film in HD or 4K on your DSLR camera or using an action camera such as a GoPro you want a card than can handle that and produce the best results.
Here are a couple of cards Jason recommends you add to your kit. He uses both these and has several, each all with different storage outputs, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. It’s also a good idea to have somewhere to store these if you carry multiple cards.
Portable Power Bank
I don’t know about you, but when we are on our travels, our phones get absolutely hammered. Taking photos, shooting video, keeping up with all our social media commitments. Those batteries don’t last forever. Invest in a power bank you can slip into a bag or rucksack.
Definitely an essential you shouldn’t be without. Don’t get stuck with a low battery charge, especially if you have to make an emergency call too, don’t get caught out.
We were dead against ever owning one of these. We always thought they looked tacky and very touristy. However, ours is actually a godsend. We use it with our GoPro for filming in certain situations. Travelling around, we might want to get as much scenery in our selfies as possible, to get that perfect shot, so having a stick helps with this. We wouldn’t travel without ours now. Order your Selfie Stick here.
Everyone should own something like this. Keep all your passports, health cards, visas and travel documents in one secure place. Shop Amazons vast range of travel wallets.
We love travel guides. Our collection is coming on nicely with locations we have travelled to and places ‘on the list’. One of our favourite series to collect is Rough Guides. They are a good size to pack in a bag to read while travelling around. Full of fantastic information, maps and tips.
What’s Next On Our Travel Essentials List ?
Travel Currency Card
We recently invested in a top-up currency card from WeSwap. It’s a way to swap money with other travellers for cheaper rates. Simply top it up and go. You can use it in over 200 countries with 18 currencies and its contactless. You can also order currency from them or send those old notes stashed away in drawers from previous trips to be loaded back on to your card.
We top up ours and use it for meals and drinks. Very easy to use and saves us carrying pockets of cash around. There is also an app so you can keep track of your balances and top up on the go, check it out, we highly recommend looking into this. If you sign up using our link, you’ll also get up to £10 free when you top-up your card. Apply for your WeSwap card today.
Now, this might not be an ‘essential’ but having recently invested in one, we were wondering why we didn’t buy one sooner. We bought ours before our trip to Naples because we were toying with filming something for YouTube. We’ve shot the odd clip on our phones before.
With a trip to Cuba on the horizon, Jason was thinking of filming in the sea and on the beach. An action camera is perfect for this. I’m sure we don’t have to tell you how good GoPro‘s are. Seriously, if you are thinking of branching out into YouTube now or in the future, invest, and get filming those clips because you never know when you might need them. Not to mention saving the memories of those fantastic trips and holidays.
You can see our first video we filmed in Naples by following us on YouTube. Not bad for a first effort, outstanding quality from the camera, I just need to work on those editing skills. Expect more footage from our adventures. We have the bug to film everything now !
Bose Quiet Comfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones
If you are anything like me and love your music, then you need to add these to your travel kit. Whenever we fly or travel long distances, both me and Vicky like to mess around on our iPhones and tablets, listen to music and play games to pass the time. When I listen to my tunes, I just use the standard earphones that came with my apple iPhone, decent but not great.
With a 10 hour flight over to Cuba and two weeks relaxing by the pool due in May, the time was right to make a purchase. I have been wanting to upgrade to something a little more ‘beefier’ for sometime. After some research and testing, I chose these Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Series II. These will blow your socks off. The sound quality is just what you expect from any Bose product. Easy to connect via Bluetooth to any Apple or Android device. Very well made and super comfy with 20 hours charge wireless and 40 hours wired. Invest in a pair of these today and you won’t be sorry. They might be slightly pricey, but compared to the cheaper Beats brand, these are an investment.
Olympus PEN E-PL9 Camera
A fantastic camera for bloggers. The Olympus PEN E-PL9 has everything. Interchangeable lenses, 4K video recording, 16 Mega Pixels, a 3 inch screen and many more features. It’s an all round camera. It is an impressive size for travel. More features include –
- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity for Quick & Easy connection to your smartphone allowing you to share images and control the camera.
- Excellent image quality thanks to 16 megapixel CMOS sensor with large dynamic range and powerful TruePic VIII image processor
- Perfect for Selfies: High-resolution, flip-down 3 inch touch LCD for direct access to the creative functions.
- Timeless, stylish design in a compact and lightweight body
- Olympus Pen E-PL9 Camera, Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ Pancake Lens, BLS‑50 Lithium‑Ion Battery, BCS‑5 Battery Charger
Crease Free Clothes
It doesn’t matter if you have a suitcase or a backpack full of clothes, the one thing we can all agree on is just how creased they all get when you finally arrive at your destination.
Step up the Swan steamer. You don’t always have the right accessories to iron when travelling, namely an ironing board, so this is perfect and even easier. Fill it with water, hang your clothes and steam. So much quicker and easier.
Vicky swears by it. Easy to use, anywhere. Remove those stubborn travel creases from all your clothes. Buy your Swan Handheld Steamer. It is lightweight and compact so it doesn’t take up that much space either. It also removes odor and kills bacteria.
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