Best Travel Accessories for an Indian Backpacker
Congratulations! So finally you are about to roam and explore the gorgeous world around you. To make that globetrotting more safe, comfortable and entertaining you need to make sure that the best travel accessories for backpackers are cleared in the checklist. We have compiled a list of every essential product you need for your trip according to the places you visit (for example a jungle safari to East Africa doesn’t need a hiking trousers) and the number of days you are about to hang out.
For an Indian backpacker looking to buy the best travel accessories available in India, this list will be particularly helpful. There are so many gadgets, it’s hard to know if you really need it or not and whether it is available in your country or not. Here we are going to introduce the best travel accessories in each category to minimize the inevitable inconveniences with the right equipment. Keep in mind the least luggage always makes the best trip.
There is not a more important piece of travel gear than your luggage kit. If your vacation involves a lot of trekking on foot or hopping from trains or cabs, then that goes for your trusty backpack as well.
We can’t imagine a day without gadgets like phone and camera while travelling. You can never have too many sources of power if you’re travelling with a lot of devices, so a separate battery backup is a good idea.
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Bluetooth speakers are essential to rejoice your trip and make it vibrant. It hands down the most convenient way of playing your music out loud. The speakers themselves have improved a lot over the years. Whereas previously they suffered from poor sound quality and even worse battery life, today’s Bluetooth speakers sound decent, and often pack hours of battery life on a single charge.
Portronics POR-686 Posh II is one of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers you can get at a cheap price and always try to avoid costlier things when you are on an excursion.
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For a nomad, there will be always out of plan actions and sometimes got stuck in unknown places where we can’t trust the pipe water. To ensure health safety it is better to have a water purifier bottle always with us.
Our recommendation is GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier, a perfect accomplice for your journey to the difficult places where basic necessities don’t come easy.
A GoPro is exclusively recommended if you’re into adventure sports. But if you know how and when to use it, it can create cool and edgy memories of your vacation. Whether you’re surfing, skiing or zip-lining, there’s nothing better than a GoPro to capture the moment. Underwater videos also look DOPE. GoPro Hero 5 definitely makes the trip memorable forever.
If you have ever travelled with the intention of taking photographs, you’ll no doubt already appreciate that what you do and don’t take becomes a much greater concern than normal. Your existing gear may be ideal from a technical perspective, but it may be too heavy, valuable or in some other way impractical to use when you’re away from home. A more portable set-up may serve you better in many ways, but this will typically come with its own limitations.
Meet the first in an exciting new generation of Wi-Fi enabled, ultra-high-resolution Nikon HD-SLRs: the D5300. The built-in Wi-Fi helps for photo sharing to your smartphone or tablet, D5300 is equipped with GPS and mapping feature also.
The e-reader is one of the gadgets that enhance travel experience if you are a book enthusiast. The best e-reader is a no-brainer and that is the Amazon Kindle — not only is it a great piece of technology but turns out it’s much easier to avoid checking a bag when you can pack a small Kindle instead of eight books on a weekend trip.
Always try to stick with Kindle Paperwhite, Smaller and lighter than a single paperback, yet able to hold thousands of books.
Choosing the best earphones is a tough job when you have a lot of options to choose in the online market. Earphones are mandatory even if it is a 3-day trip or 3-month trip. SoundMagic E10C is one of the best earphones for travellers, it’s really worth the money considering its overall sound quality and durable build quality. It also has an in-line microphone that let you adjust the volume, answer and end calls, mute the audio, or skip tracks on your music player or smartphone.
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An ideal backpacking tent is lightweight, packs down small, and is tough enough to handle bad weather. The good news is that tent technology has come a long way even over the past few years, and dropping the weight with new materials.
Our pick is Quechua Arpenaz 2 Tent. Being a simple construction, the tent packs up quickly, and the storage case is lucky of a size that lets you get it back in after the first unpacking, unlike some other brands that never seem to squeeze back in unless factory folded.
If you’ve ever spent a night in the Himalayas it may be too cold to sleep, shivering uncontrollably, desperately waiting for the sun to rise, then you fully understand the importance of a quality sleeping bag. A proper sleeping bag is one of the most important choices for any backpacking trip and we believe WILDCRAFT D Lite Camping Sleeping Bag can give you the best comfort.
Travel adaptor is one most forgotten item on a trip. If your trip is to a foreign country, then it is going make a lot of trouble. In most of the country, plugs may vary and it’s better to have a universal travel adaptor along with you and we recommend this Universal World Wide Travel Charger Adapter Plug.
When travelling through remote places we cannot expect electricity always and during camping time also a lighter is very important. We recommend Silver Butane Jet Flame Cigarette Lighter or you can buy a normal gas lighter from the local store which is very cheap but having one with you can make a lot of difference.
If you are on trekking or at the beach, the chance of exposure to direct sunlight will be very high so it is better to go with a sunscreen. According to the dermatologist, a sunscreen must have SPF of 30 or more. It should be labelled both broad spectrum and water resistant.
Our pick is Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-In-1 Sunscreen. This sunscreen is not greasy and has a matte finish when applied on the skin. It is very good for oily skin and it features SPF 40, which is good for the Indian weather as it protects skin from tanning. It also features a mild smell and goes long way. A small quantity is enough to offer wide covering, thus keeping you fresh all day long.
Cycling, running, trail running, hiking or snowshoeing you may come across any of this thing when you are on your trip. More than a fashion, Sunglass is a basic travel accessory.
After Comparing more than a dozen brands we have chosen Ray-Ban’s Gradient Square Unisex Sunglasses as the overall best option. Aviators, wafers, frameless, Polarised glasses are also available from Ray-Ban, choose any of the models according to your need and protect your eye.
Globally, millions of people die each year as a result of accidents or serious injury. Unfortunately, many of those deaths could have been prevented if first aid is administered at the scene immediately before the emergency services arrived. We believe St Johns First Aid SJF P3 is the best first aid kit that you can carry along with you.
There are a lot of reason why you must consider using a sleep mask. The quality of sleep isn’t all they are capable of, even though that is their main purpose. A variety of different masks are on the market today to aid in everything from setting your sleep cycle, to aiding in migraine pain relief. Our recommendation is these Eye Mask Pads from Nimble House which is one of the best in the market.
The benefits of drying clothes outside are many, but what type of clothes line is best? Choosing a clothes line is usually a matter of space and personal preference. When purchasing a clothesline system, think about the type of line that will be used. Look for the line that is sturdy, will not rust and will not stretch and sag. We trust these 20m PVC Coated Washing Line Clothesline with 2 Plastic Hooks to do the purpose very well.
It’s important to invest in a reliable mat, but if you are unsure of making that investment just yet, try the Curveit MUDRA. It retails for Rs 1500. This Eco-Friendly, Odourless mat offers perfect cushioning for your Knees and Joints. It comes with an over the Shoulder Strap which makes it easy to carry.
All the puffy jackets are not bulky, you’ll find that when you slip on the Hawke & Co Men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket. This quilted jacket only weighs a pound and can be tucked into its own inside pocket for easy portability. The nylon made jacket got a zip in the front and stand up collar and is also machine washable. You can pick what colour suits you, from standard black to pine or clover. All these quality made this Hawke jacket our favourite.
If you are into hiking it is better to go with the customised hiking Trousers. Why? Well, for starters proper walking trousers are made from materials which are both lightweight and durable. Quechua 8329515 Cotton Trekking Trousers is one of the pioneers in hiking trousers, the cotton made trouser is exclusively made for adventure and it will give a marvellous experience in your hiking.
Hiking tee is also as important as trousers, the main problem you are going to encounter is sweating when you are on trekking or hiking, Wildcraft Men’s Polyester Polo Tee is a good option that we can recommend in such scenario.
A toiletry bag is an essential bag for every traveller. No doubt, Swadec Cosmetic Toiletry Shaving Jewelry Hanging Bag Organizer is the best in the market. It Features toothbrush and makeup holders and see-through pockets to view toiletries and accessories. A hang-anywhere hook makes it easy to hang on a door or towel bar and the special design will make you look unique. This is a very small but useful bag.
Solar Lanterns are an attractive device that used to light up any place. We believe MM Solar Powered LED Rechargeable Lantern with three-way power option is excellent. It comes with solar charging as well as battery charging and it also has a unique stretch switch, pull up is switch-on, press down is switch-off, which makes it easy to use.
Many of us will have at least one long car, train, plane or boat journey to reach an event or holiday destination. And the best way to deal with this trip is to get comfortable and sleep through it until you arrive, ideally feeling refreshed. The only way you’re going to get a good nap though is with a decent travel pillow.
We recommend Lifestyle-You TA15 Spungee Microbeads Travel Neck Pillow, which is irresistibly soft and cosy. Filled with thousands of premium “Comforlite” microbeads, they offer the perfect blend of support and relaxation.
There are many different levels and weaves of microfiber towels available in the market. Due to the different grades, they can be suitable for a variety of jobs here we recommend Strauss Microfiber Sports Towel for an overall usage and it can be used as multi-purpose towel which is very helpful for travellers.
Hammocks can be best described as a type of comfortable sleeping or relaxing material, which can be hung between trees or poles. It is a popular choice for casual relaxation as it provides the ability to sway slightly with the wind, thus making for a highly enjoyable experience and the Quechua Arpenaz 50 Hammock is the best option at reasonable price.
The reason hammocks are so popular now is that they serve as an excellent piece of portable furniture that can be carried on camping trips or simply laid out at home to enjoy a relaxing time out. Modern hammocks are light in weight and can be easily compressed into a smaller form to aid in portability like never before.
Even after all the advanced technology came to picture, a basic compass in hand is always a travellers priority. You may be lost in a jungle or sea and as a traveller, you should be always prepared for such situations. so maintaining a compass in hand will help you in all such chaos. We suggest you with an adventure compass which is very handy and have an antique look.
The multitool is the ultimate toolbox on the go. Although a pocket knife can handle many critical situations, there’s nothing better than keeping a multitool close by whether in your pocket or your glove box. Michelin 3115 A 400-99 Premium 14-in-1 Multi-Tool is must buy for travellers, includes emergency glass breaker, twist switch LED flashlight (batteries included), strap cutter, Phillips screwdriver, adjustable wrench and emergency glass breaker.
The infamous calculator watch has been around since the 1970s, but smartwatches have finally reached the point that they’re, well, smart. Pebble Technology Corp Time Round 601-00046 Smartwatch is the best smartwatch available in the market with a reasonable price and long battery life. It is the world’s lightest and thinnest smartwatch, probably the most comfortable too. The drawback of this watch is no manufacturer/seller warranty and no software updates available in India.
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A thermos, also known as vacuum flask or Dewar, acts as an insulating storage vessel to keep beverages hot or cold. The item’s main function is to prolong the amount of time in which the liquid or beverage maintains an ideal temperature. When you are on a trip it is an essential especially when you go to the places like Himalaya. A hot coffee at the peak of such mountains is every traveller’s dream.
We suggest you Milton 300018332 Thermosteel Flask 1000Ml, it keeps the temperature locked for a long time.
To become safe in the event of an accident is a high priority for everyone and the risk is more to travellers, so it is better to go with a pair of boot. Caterpillar is known across the globe for its honest work, integrity, and strength. It makes shoes and boots based on these 3 principals. So we recommend you with CAT Glow Boots. The first thing that you’ll notice about CAT GLOW Boots is the quality of the leather. The professional craftsmanship is immediately apparent and you get the impression that they’re built to last. No matter which way you look at it, this boot gives you outstanding traction on all terrain.
Slippers can be handy while travelling and we found Nike Men’s Chroma Thong 5 as the best for men and Skechers Performance On The Go 400 Vivacity Flip Flop as the best for women.
The universal sink plug is a must-have for any globetrotter. Travelling around the world or through some remote places you’ll soon notice that not all accommodation provides the necessary conveniences that you might be used to.
Generic Rubber Pop Up Plug Stopper for Kitchen, Bathroom, Bathtub, Drainage Sink allows you to block the drain hole and use baths and sinks as intended; whether it’s having a soak in the bathtub or washing your clothes in the sink.
For camping and trekking adventures, an LED head torch is the most battery efficient light. It helps you navigate the campsite and repack for the next day. For other travel destinations, take an LED hand-held torch for dimly lit streets and alleyways. Generic Mini 3 LED White Red Light Headlight Head Torch Lamp is the best in headlamp segment and Wipro Emerald Rechargeable Emergency Light is the best in handheld torch.
Surge protectors are an inexpensive way to protect your gear against random power spike damage. You need a surge protector to keep your electric gadgets safe when you’re plugging it in developing countries where the electricity can be fluctuating.
This 8-Socket Surge Protector from the most trusted brand Belkin allows you in connecting 8 different devices simultaneously to one single power source.
Ladies, you don’t need to sacrifice your dignity to answer the call of nature while travelling through crowded places. There’s a better way. The Female Urination Devices are straw- or funnel-shaped plastic extenders that allow women to pee like men: while standing and wearing pants, a climbing harness, or a backpacker’s hip belt.
Go Girl Female Urination Device is a great product in that category. It Fits easily in your purse, pocket, or glove compartment. It can be used by travellers and sports personalities and it’s great for every day – no more crouching over or trying to cover up an unsanitary public toilet.
Bugs like mosquitoes are the major villain on the trips to jungles or remote places for trekking, so ‘prevention is better than cure’. Grab a bug repellent before you start the voyage and our recommendation is Dabur Odomos Non-Sticky Mosquito Repellent Cream which you can easily get in Indian market.
Screaming baby two rows behind you? Hotel room next to the elevator or icemaker? Grab some good earplugs which can play a major role in keeping your presence of mind. The best earplug you can buy now is 3M 1110 Corded Foam Earplugs. These cheap earplugs are highly durable and easy to use.
That concludes our list of 38 must-have travel accessories for an Indian Backpacker. You can definitely enhance your travel experience with these products while roaming through India or abroad. We wish you all the best for the trip that you are about to go. Bon Voyage!