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Travel survival kit – 8 must-have items

If you’re someone who regularly backpacks, or are perhaps a digital nomad or festival seeker, there are a bunch of items that you should have in your survival kit that make things much easier.

Leatherman Multi-tool

Who hasn’t heard of Leatherman, the American company founded in 1983? Their range of multi-tools are the best in the business and we love the Leatherman Charge+ TTi in particular.

This premium unit is equipped with every imaginable tool (19 tools in 1), organized and optimized for compact function. It will fit inside your backpack easily and will last you many years.

Important: Always make sure to carry your multi-tool in checked-in luggage during flights, otherwise security will make you throw it away due to being a sharp object.

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Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker

The Tile Pro Bluetooth tracker makes life a bit easier by tracking your luggage and other accessories that can be paired with the app. You’ll be able to ring your things, which can be useful when in airports or other public places.

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Hand sanitizer

Since the coronavirus pandemic, personal hygiene has been the number 1 topic when travelling. That’s why it’s important to always have hand sanitizer available available. Even just a small bottle will be beneficial before and after eating, touching surfaces and using public toilets.

Belleza Solutions sell a 3-pack that’s travel-friendly and contains 70% ethyl alcohol. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue like some others on the market.

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Do you sleep poorly onboard planes, at hotels or festivals? Earplugs are one of the most important accessories to remember in your travel survival kit. They can be purchased for very little and will save you from groggy days when you need to be at your best.

Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs are very comfortable and include a whopping 50 pairs, so they are likely to last you a while. Better year, they’re incredibly cheap and have a Noise Reduction Rating (NDR) of 33 decibels.

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Money belt

While some may refer to them infamously as a “fanny pack“, keeping important items like your passport and money nearby, is important. Find one that’s comfortable, functional and suitable for your activities.

The Zero Grid Money Belt includes RFID blocking technology to protect your credit cards, two separate zipper compartments, is water-resistant and moisture-wicking.

Important: Make sure to keep your money belt tucked under your t-shirt and not visible to the public.

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Waterproof dry bag

If you’ve ever been caught in the rain while traveling, you’ll know how much a wet cellphone, camera or passport sucks. That’s why a waterproof dry bag that you can keep inside your backpack is incredible important.

Earth Pak’s Waterproof Dry Bag feels like it’s made from high-quality material and has lasted us many years. It comes in a variety of capacities from 10 to 40 litres. There are also 8 colours.

This dry bag also includes a waterproof phone case with a clear plastic front and back, allowing you to take photos while your phone is inside the dry bag, which is a nice addition.

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Universal travel adapter

If you want to plug your electronic device in a different country, chances are that you will need a travel adapter. With so many different sockets for each country, the Epicka Universal Travel Adapter covers most and also includes 4 USB-A ports and 1 USB-C port.

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Travel bottle set

These convenient travel bottle sets come in different colours and can be carried in your hand luggage on an airplane. They are TSA-approved and perfect for toiletries of all kinds. The squeezable silicone bottles are anti-leak and just brilliant for travel.

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