Best Multi-Purpose Travel Gear For Smart Travelers

Some people tend to be heavy packers. They will carry in a dozen shirts, multiple pairs of shoes, different perfumes, etc. for a week long trip. If the occasion demands so many changes of attire, then we won’t judge you, but most of the times for leisure trips what you need is much less than what you take with you. Seasoned travellers have mastered this art of effective packing, and it’s the once-in-a-while traveller who often finds himself struggling with a heavy suitcase each time he goes out.

We get it that you like packing up for those ‘just in case’ situations, but those situations seldom come. Even if a surprise dinner gets thrown your way, we’re sure you already have a presentable set of clothes to manage with and don’t really need a separate dress meant for fine dining. There are many benefits of packing light. Not only will you not be catching your breath in carrying your luggage up the stairs, less luggage also means less liability which means more freedom, bonus space for the cabin luggage during flight journeys and you’ll also be helping the environment with reduced carbon footprint. Unless yours is a luxury hotel trip where you can just tip someone for doing all the work for you, try to pack multi-tasking items to reduce your burden.

 

Quirky Items for Effective Packing

1.       Pocket scarf – a scarf with zipped pocket holes that can be used to keep your phone, earphones, identity card, a mini bottle of hand sanitizer, etc.

2.       Jacket with plenty of pockets – most standard jackets come with 3-4 pockets, but a smart traveller needs more. Look for one with multiple pockets on the inside to help you carry all valuable documents and gadgets. Even better if it has a removable hood and sleeves!

(left) scarf with pockets, (right) jacket with multiple pockets, removable hood and sleeves

(left) scarf with pockets, (right) jacket with multiple pockets, removable hood and sleeves

3.       Undergarment that stores – mini zippers to store the important stuff in a secret place. Helpful in keeping cash and super important papers.

4.       Convertible trousers – quick drying, convertible trouser that can be folded up into a pair of shorts or the bottom half can be zipped off. Even better if they are waterproof as they’ll let you comfortably walk around the city, go on hikes, hit the hotel gym and because of their material won’t look dirty too soon.

(left) brief with pockets, (right) convertible, waterproof trouser with removable lower half

(left) brief with pockets, (right) convertible, waterproof trouser with removable lower half

5.       Poncho raincoat – this raincoat can cover you and your backpack and daypack all at the same time. Or if you feel like getting wet but worry about the stuff, then just wrap everything inside it and put in your bag. The more adventurous souls can even use this as an emergency makeshift tent as it’s big enough to save your head.

6.       Backpack with wheels – a backpack can sometimes start hurting your back, but with wheels attached to it, you get the best of both worlds. Push them inside on stairs and uneven path and then pull them out again! Just make sure the product is not too bulky and the wheel handle sits comfortably against your back.

(left) a poncho raincoat, (right) a backpack with trolley

(left) a poncho raincoat, (right) a backpack with trolley

7.       A Day Pack - a small waterproof 15 liters day pack can act like your best buddy on the go. You'll be carrying your phone, camera, water bottle, keys, medicines, and a lot of other small stuff in it while strolling around, hiking or traveling.

8.       Multi plug travel adapter - travel a lot to different continents? We're sure that at some point you have faced issues with arranging a converter for charging your gadgets. Buying a multi plug adapter will come in very handy for you and will make your life easy.

(left) a light waterproof day pack, (right) multi plug adapter

(left) a light waterproof day pack, (right) multi plug adapter

We assure you you’ll be using these items A LOT. Some of them may be quite hard to find in the Indian market, as Indians, errr, are not so efficient travellers mostly. So try to ask your Uncle Sam to get them for you just like you’d ask for the latest iPhone. Not only will you be saving yourself from some unnecessary hard work, you’ll also be the cool guy of the group with some unconventional and practical travel gear!