July 20, 2016 – Wednesday

As promised, I have the continuation of backpack essentials/necessities… and this is all thanks to Pinterest bloggers, I change some notes base on my experience but everything is re-post from http://pin.it/pl6Rfmu

6. TSA Approved Lock Backpacking Checklist: TSA Approved Lock

Why TSA (Transportation Security Administration) lock rather than just any old lock? Well, while travelling, airport security have the right to inspect your bag at any stage. If you have locked it with a TSA approved lock, they then have a master key to open your lock. If not – they will just cut the lock and it’s bye bye lock for you.

Having a lock is not only helpful to lock up your backpacks but also while staying in hostels.

If you are staying in a dorm you may be offered a locker to keep your valuables in – it’s best to have your own lock rather than trust the one offered by the hostel – if you are even offered a lock at all. Some hostel room doors are only locked by a simple lock on the door, if you have your own lock (rather than the one offered) you then know no one dodgy can find a master key and break into your room.

There are loads of options for these. We prefer combination type locks like the Master Lock 4688D TSA because you can’t lose a combination – unless you get super drunk – and if you are travelling with a friend or partner you don’t have to share round a bunch of keys.

7. Travel Clothes Line


Need for this does depend on how long you are planning on travelling for. If you’re going on a short weekend away you may not feel the need to do any laundry. But if you’re staying away from home for longer, than these are an essential buy. Small and lightweight a clothesline can squeeze into almost any small space you have in your backpack and is a life saver if you need to do a quick hand wash.


We’ve found that randomly hanging things around the hotel room doesn’t work too well – over the TV, hanging underwear along the curtain rods etc. That usually ends with your clothes being covered in dust and more dirty than when you started.

A cheap, light weight clothes line is an easy solution.

Sea to Summit Lite Line Clothesline. Good quality, all purpose brand name option.

The 5m Outdoor Windproof Clothesline is a decent budget, generic option.

8. Gaffer Tape / Duct Tape Backpacking Checklist: Duct Tape / Gaffer Tape

This little product has saved our butts on numerous occasions. With the aid of gaffer tape we have fixed (temporarily) tears in backpacks, taped broken shoes back together, fixed leaky radiator hoses on car engines in Mongolia and held in place electrical plugs in dodgy  power points (maybe not a health & safety ideal… but if you need to charge things, then desperate times call for desperate measures).

A roll of gaffer tape is something we can’t live without while on the road.

Duck Brand 1265013 Colored Duct Tape, Black, 1.88-Inch by 20 Yards, Single Roll – a good value for money option.
another use for gaffer tape…dealing with annoying dorm mates.


9. Micro Fiber Towel

micro fiber owel

As with the bed sheets not all hotels provide clean towels – if they supply a towel at all. Carry a light micro fiber towel wherever you go. They pack down to take up less space in your backpack, are far more lightweight and are faster drying than regular towels. On a side note they are not ideal as beach towels, though still ok, as the sand sticks to them like crazy. Other than that they’re fantastic.

These generic Multi-purpose Ultra Absorbent Microfiber Sports Towels come in many sizes and colours at a reasonable price.

Sea to Summit DryLite towel – XL,Eucalyptus do the same job but with brand name reliability and a price to match.

10. Zip Lock Bags

This was a great recommendation we received from a couchsurfer who was staying at our place. Why had we never thought of it before? They are so versatile, come in a variety of sizes and can be used for an incalculable number of things while travelling.


  • If you are going to a beach destination, use a large zip lock bag to keep your sandy, and possibly still wet, swimwear away from the rest of your dry clothes in your backpack.
  • If you are travelling with medication i.e malaria pills, birth control, paracetamol. – keep all of the satchels in a zip lock bag to prevent any moisture getting in and ruining the pills.
  • Before you go on an airplane place any liquids like shampoo, body wash etc in a zip lock bag. So if it explodes mid flight, all goo should hopefully go in the bag and not on your stuff.
  • We often use a small zip lock bag while swimming at the beach. We don’t want to leave money on the beach, but may want a tasty beer after our swim. We put the cash in a zip lock bag and then carry it in the pocket of Tom’s board shorts. Naturally this only works if you a) have pockets and b) are able to do them up with velcro or a zip. But it works, money stays dry and we still get a beer! (This is not an issue if travelling in Australia as we already have waterproof money! Hello world? Catch up with the times please!)

The options for uses of zip lock bags are endless. They really do come in handy.

–>>> or in our case, we have snacks saved so when we walk around (trust me especially in Europe and UK, there will be a lot of walking), all you need is a light snack and a sip of water, so you won’t go to bathroom as much. Maybe when you find a gelato or pizza place, make sure they have restrooms available. A lot of restrooms in France are not free, minimum that I paid was 80cents (euro). So just keep that in mind.

So that’s it for today, hope this all helps.


Live your life to the fullest!
Backpack necessities!
Enjoy what life can offer!

Be thankful!

Stop complaining and START LIVING!



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