I’m on a plane this week, for two nights away. I can do two nights on one shoulder bag, and I’m not taking the laptop. I travel light.
- Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack in black. (UK) (US). Makes it all possible. There’s a zipped pocket for everything.
- Maxpedition M-2 waistpack clips on to the Versipack and contains all my cables, and a MiFi if I’m travelling with one. (UK) (US)
Maxpedition stuff seems to be essentially indestructible. On current evidence, I will own my Maxpedition products for life.
- Anker Astro E4 13000mAh battery. There’s now a better version with the same dimensions. (UK) (US)
- a couple of Anker Powercore Mini batteries for phone charging on the fly. I never have to hunt for outlets at airports. (UK) (US)
Not indestructible. All batteries die. Use AmazonBasics connecting cables – cheap and durable. I live and work on my phone, so keeping it powered and networked is essential. The latter has gotten easier with the loosening of roaming charges in Europe and the US.
- Ziploc bag for toothbrush, toothpaste, small stick deodorant and small hand sanitiser. I’m only away for two nights, I can rely on hotel toiletries for washing.
- Incredibly cheap socks that you’re okay with throwing away after use. This is my best travel hack, because you know as well as I do that no packed bag re-packs the same way. You’re buying a little space in the bag every day.
- ExOfficio boxer briefs. Weightless and sink-washable. (UK) (US)
- Skross World Travel Adapter 2. (UK) (US)
- Kindle Paperwhite. Backlit, decent battery life, especially when on airplane mode. (UK) (US)
- Vapur Element collapsible water bottle – clips to the bag. (UK) (US)
Sony don’t make my 32GB mp3 player or my earbuds any more. Which is a pain, as the earbuds are a little damaged at the connector now, and the only replacement I’ve seen online is a used pair going for three hundred and fifty quid. I travel with a pair of Sony MDREX450AP earbuds as an emergency backup. (UK) (US)
Pebble Time Steel on my wrist, just showing me time, weather and calendar events. Until the thing inevitably stops working soon.
I only wear Merrell boots when travelling. Never wear shoes that aren’t broken in and really comfortable. I went to LA once in a pair of Fly Londons that I thought were well broken-in over the previous few weeks. Noooope.
I can put three shirts and a rolled pair of trousers in the main compartment of the Versipack with the briefs and the socks and a Ziploc bag of travel meds (ibuprofen, Immodium, statin, aspirin, allergy pills, throat lozenges, flu capsules, plasters). Everything else here zips or slips into an outer pocket or clips to a strap.