Now that we are wrapping up the year, it’s time to reminisce the last 12 months. 2017 has been special because I experienced living in another country and traveled to my heart’s content (Also, spent to my heart’s content!). So as I hopped from one place to another, I have self-upgraded my status to a Travel Enthusiast. And given this status change, I am now allowed to share with you two bits on some travel essentials that has made the road more delightful. Presenting the budget series below:
Backpack cum duffel bag: Suitcases with their bulk and form are not my style, and a trekking bag is too deep and messy. The Gods were willing to hear me and I finally discovered this duffel cum backpack that is not only slick, but is also spacious, and has a dual feature with great design, comfortable straps and practical use for it can be used for trips upto 10 days or slightly more. On my way to India, I managed to skip spending additional dollars for extra baggage when I snuck out this bag and filled it vigorously to balance out my overflowing suitcases. My love meter for this bag is currently at its highest.
What I have: Bago Duffel Bag Convertible to Backpack
What it costed me: $ 54.94 on Amazon
Water Shoes: I don’t know how I walked the Earth without this. This lightweight shoe is great for easy and slightly hilly treks, waterfall hikes, and beaches and was perfect during my recent Costa Rica trip that boasted of all these terrains. The specialty is its grip and quick dry feature. Believe me – you want this!
What I have: Aleader Women’s Mesh Slip on Water Shoes
What it costed me: $ 26.99 on Amazon
Binoculars: I took up bird watching as a hobby last year and learnt that 10 x 42 is a good size lens to start with. Once I started using them, I realized how useful they can be for travel. I have spotted beautiful treasures not only during travel but also my own backyard and it has been a loyal companion since in New York City streets and beyond! I also keep this on my bedside in case I need to zoom in on an uninvited alien or ghost.
What I have: Celestron 71347 Outland X 10×42 Binocular
What it costed me: $ 49.99 on Amazon
Lightweight jacket: My broken body thermostat requires me to ALWAYS carry a jacket and a compact buy can be a life saver. A big plus is that they look fragile but just like a tiny pup they have a loud bark and can bully the cold. I have multiple colors and continue to replace them as I lose them along the way.
What I have: Women Ultra Light Down Jacket
What it costed me: $ 69.90 on Uniqlo
Waterproof mobile case: If you still don’t have a waterproof phone like me, and want to plop that phone to take pictures in water then here is the answer. I saw these cases dive with its owners in the Mexican Cenotes for the first time, and I admit I was very jealous.
What I have: Fit Fort Universal Waterproof Case
What it costed me: $ 7.90 for two on Amazon
Mosquito repellant: Have you seen movies where mosquitoes with their sharp noses swoop in and pierce you out of nowhere on your back? This image constantly moves with me and so do fiercely strong repellants. But thankfully I found a natural repellant that is as effective and makes me feel better about the products I am using in this environment.
What I have: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellant
What it costed me: $ 4.97 on Amazon
May your New Year journey be filled with these treasures, and may you have a safe road ahead. Happy New Year Y’all!