Things I Travel With

My backpack, I’m still on my first. Now, I will start off by saying, I do love my backpack, it’s comfortable to wear & it’s red and small enough that it’s not a hassle. It came from Trespass, and I got it during a sale. It’s a red, top loading 33l standard backpack. Yes, you read that right, 33l. I have, so far, in my travels had no need for any more than that. I believe in washing things as I go, I am a big fan of hand wash and hostels that offer laundry service. As for it being top loading, that’s not been a problem since I discovered mesh packing bags, I put my dresses in one, tops in another & leave my denims out. My backpack also has several zip up pockets, where I keep pairs of shoes & my underwear so I’m not constantly pulling the whole lot out to get to that one item at the bottom, though of course it happens and I do curse myself for not doing more research on buying backpacks.

The only picture I have with my backpack on.

I always take a hand luggage bag with me, I tend to keep things I don’t want to lose in there, so my bikini, a change of clothes and my valuables. I also tend to leave quite a lot of space in there so I can buy souvenirs on my travels and have somewhere to put them on the way home. Mine came from Matalan, and was also very cheap, I bought it because it was super light and whilst I like that, the strap is utterly useless, and the bag is usually by my feet if I choose to use the long strap instead.

 My camera; it’s a Fujifilm JX650 FinePix 16mp point and shoot camera. I am no professional photographer, and I will never claim to be. I just get on well with Fujifilm camera’s I’ve stuck with them ever since I got my first one back in 2008, they’re easy to use, and have great functionality, with different settings for different occasions.

My phone, I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. It’s not the newest model, but it has instagram, facebook, and twitter. I can access my e-mails, and because it’s not the newest model, I am not worrying about smashing the screen, or losing it too much. It’s just a phone after all. I also use it as an mp3 player, and all my favourite music is uploaded to it. My phone network is EE, and without any add-ons to my contract, I have found it inexpensive using it around Europe this year. I tend to stick to just using WiFi, and switch off data roaming, and texts are little under 7p and my bills have all been reasonable when I’ve got home.

Obviously, a set of headphones, usually two, because I always forget to take a set with me so I tend to end up buying a cheap pair in the airport on my way to places.

A good book, I don’t own an iPad, or a Kindle, so I take paper books with me. Yes, it can take up space and weight but it is worth it on long journeys, for sure. Could I use a Kindle or iPad on longer journeys? Sure, but I like that I don’t have to worry about charging it, and taking even more wires- I struggle with headphones, phone charger & camera charger often enough to have yet another set of wires.

 Everyone has their own home comforts, but these are things I think I need most when I'm away.


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