Essentials for your Spring Suitcase

By Carlota Nelson | 10:30

You are a world traveller. You get around with style and as an experienced globetrotter, you no longer wait in line to check in huge over packed suitcases, full of unnecessary items, nor do you load down your hand bag or backpack with books, maps and print outs of reservations and flight itineraries. You simply breeze by, hop on the plane and disembark hassle free with exactly everything you need. You know the drill. Less is more. But here are the latest 6 travel essentials. Just in case.

Super Storage bags

They look like fancy zip lock bags, re-sealable plastic you normally put your sandwich in. But these super storage bags are far better and have become the best way to pack and carry any travel accessory be it your passport, wallet, phone you name it.  Waterproof for up to 60 metres (200 feet) and capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, the Loksak bag is reusable and can even be blown up and used as a pillow. They also sell waterproof phone bags. 

Kindle Paper White

Unlike tablets, which are too heavy anyway, the Kindle Paper White is designed to deliver the best reading experience. The screen has no glare so you can read in bright sunlight and it’s so light (30% less than the iPad mini) you can hold it with one hand. Another great thing about this travel essential is that the battery lasts weeks, not hours. If you want to keep reading in the dark, the new generation of Kindles come with a built-in light. 

Universal plug adapter kits

Until someone comes up with a way that all the devices in the world get along with one, true universal charger, we´ll need to make amends with power adaptor kits. Luckily, there are some like the Tumi Slim Universal Power Adaptor that includes a spring-powered retractable cable.  Another great option is the Conair Travel Smart Convertor Combo which converts foreign electricity, has a built-in surge protector and of course is an all-in-one adaptor, converter that fits electrical outlets in practically every country in the world. 

 

Wi-Fi wherever you go

In this World Wide Web we live in, it´s surprising that many hotels still charge for the use of Wi-Fi. Some go as far as charging travellers $10 dollars a day. If you need to check your emails, maybe do a Skype call every now and then or search for a nearby restaurant, you´ll need an Internet connection.  So make sure you pick up the Apple Airport Express box that weighs less than 8 ounces.  It not only extends the range of an existing Wi-Fi network but also allows you to have your own private domain. 

Keeping your Smartphone charged

Nowadays most everyone uses their cell phone to take pictures. The fact is that most mobile phones today could very well compete with real cameras in terms of quality. But if you´re planning on using your smartphone to check emails, look up what is happening around you, hear music and take pictures, your battery will probably not last very long. This ultra-compact portable charger is the size of a tube of lipstick and resembles a flashlight. Weighing less than 3 ounces, it adds more than a full charge or 9 hours of additional talk time to most smartphones in the market. 

A non-essential travel essential

Our last travel essential is… well, it´s not really an essential but will come in handy if you plan on traveling to wine countries such as Argentina, Spain, France, Australia, South Africa…  Or plan on buying some olive oil, vinegar or sake.  As you know you can´t carry over 3 ounces of liquid in a carry-on and if you put that amazing wine bottle you just bought and want to take back home, the risk of it getting ruined by high altitude or breaking is high. With the Wine Skin, you can insert your bottle in the bubble wrap envelope and seal it airtight. The bubbles prevent it from breaking. If it does, the seal prevents any liquid from leaking out and ruining your entire suitcase. 

 

Photo Credits: Victor

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