As you pack your clothing and get transportation all ready for a trip, you need some essential tools. These are tools that will probably save your life or will give you comfort during your trip. They do not need to be heavy machinery unless you are planning to travel back in time. Most of these essential tools are very inexpensive, portable and of multipurpose use.
Be sure to have this checklist ticked from top to bottom before you walk out because you just might need them right at that door! If you do not have any of these things, a suitable improvised version will come in handy.
8. DUCT TAPE
There is no way you should leave your house without duct tape. Duct tape can fix almost anything and can be used anywhere in any part of the world with a just little creativity.
You can apply duct tape to tasks during your travel in the following creative and practical ways;
a. Where there are no cloth lines. You can use duct tape to hang your clothes up to dry.
b. Duct tape fixes holes in just about anything you need to patch up, including clothes and cars. When you are out camping, and your tent just so happens to get torn into by anything, get out your duct tape and use it as a temporary cover.
c. It makes good temporary bandages and splints. With some good cloth, use duct tape as an adhesive to stick the cloth on to a cut to stop bleeding.
d. They are also used to make good ropes because they are strong enough. All you have to do is to twirl the tape a few times and stretch it to its limits so that it is strong enough to tie and hold things up.
e. Duct tape is also great whenever you want to create a name tag on your luggage for easy identification
f. They are also used to protect luggage from the rain. Simply wrap them all up!
g. They can be used to create a makeshift bed. By using two strong rods, you can make a good hammock for you to sleep on.
h. You can repair any tool broken using duct tape.
i. It is used to insulate open wires on electrical appliances to save them from seeping rainwater or spillage that might damage them. Carry duct tape with you on all your outdoor activities and surprise all those traveling along with you just how much you can do with good old simple duct tape.
These are not the only items you should have with you but are certainly the most important as you travel. Other things such as a toiletry kit, sleeping bags, bug spray, car tools and other items are useful too but not entirely necessary.
This is what you should consider when making up your mind on what to carry with you and what to leave behind.
1) The purpose of travel. This is the first thing you should take into account when sorting your travel tools. You will find it easier to know what you need and do not need in a few minutes. Your purpose of travel could be camping, vacation or business trip. Be wise as you make your picks, consider various scenarios that the tools you have with you might come in handy.
2) The place you are traveling to. Make a quick research of the place, its climate and the provisions you need when traveling.
3) The vessel you will use to travel. You may probably not need a spanner in a ship. A parachute will not be of much use in a bus or ship. Be practical as you choose your items.
4) The time you will spend out there. This is important in determining how much money to carry and what supplies you may need.
5) The number of people in your travel group. You cannot have supplies meant to last one person for a day if you have three or four people along with you. If you are many, it is best that you plan as a team so that you decide how you will split the items to carry along with you.
7. Rain gear
All types of light rain gears are great as long as you carry at least one set. You can have a long rain jacket instead of carrying pants too.
They are relatively affordable and durable too. They help to protect you from getting wet and getting sick or have health-related problems such as hypothermia due to prolonged exposure to cold climatic conditions.
You can also add shoes to your rain gear which help keep your feet comfortable and dry so that you can travel fast or run fast enough when fleeing for cover from a storm.
Rain gear is essential especially when you are not very sure about the climate of the place you are going to. You must carry them albeit not in excess to be a burden to you.
6. Microfiber towel
Microfiber towels are made of nylon and polyester. It is wonderful to use during travel because they often use up fairly small packing spaces. These towels have high absorbency and are also known to trap and suffocate microbes hence preventing their spread and resultant infections they might cause.
There are three main reasons why you should carry microfiber towels:
· They are lighter and therefore easier to clean and uses less water. They are very effective as compared to cotton cloth towels.
· They absorb microbes and reduces bacteria infestation on a surface by a very high percentage. When you have a clean microfiber towel with you and would like to reduce bacteria infestation on a wound where there are no other options, use a microfiber towel and apply some pressure on it.
· It prevents cross contamination. By being an effective absorbent towel, it is also health sufficient.
5. An Energy Efficient Headlamp
The best energy efficient headlamp to get is one that uses LED technology. These lamps are great to use in pitch black places like under a vehicle at night in case of a breakdown, so you are able to see what you are doing. They give off ample light which lasts long enough for you to accomplish your tasks.
Why you need it
We are all too familiar with sudden and annoying power outages at some point in our lives. When it is night time, even when you have booked a lit hotel at a distant place, you still need a headlamp to find your way. It is important when you are out camping too. The campfire does not last long, and it needs a complementary source of light.
When shopping for this item, look for one that is rechargeable through solar energy.
4. Chargers that have solar powered option
In this era of accelerated technological advancement, you find yourself with so many gadgets that it becomes impossible to imagine yourself without a charger.
Why you need it
You require a charger to help you remain connected to the outside world in case you get lost. Look specifically for chargers that come with a power bank or a solar charging option. When power is out during the day, you can use solar energy to keep them going.
There are also chargers that have multiple charging slots or cables for different types of gadgets. Be wise enough to get such a device. Check that it is of good quality as well.
3. A multi-purpose tool- The Swiss Army Knife
This is by far the best multi-functional item that any traveler should have with them. It is a life saver, and it is also very portable. You will definitely develop a bond to your Swiss Army Knife because you will use it very frequently.
Why you need it
A Swiss Army Knife is more or less a penknife with many other useful tools, depending on what you purchased. It carries a bunch of other tools. Here are a few that you will find in a basic one:
· A screwdriver
· A small blade
· A can opener Keyring(s)
· Wire stripper
How it works
This Army knife functions as a miniature toolbox. You can use your scissors to cut through fabric and strings. Your screwdriver would be helpful in tightening screws on the devices that you have with you and the blade to sharpen twigs for you own intended purposes. These tools are only as useful as your imagination can allow as they can be improvised to perform various tasks.
Make sure that you have the Swiss Army Knife with you especially when you go into remote areas for survival. You will experience the practicality it has to offer.
2. A Mini-First Aid Kit
This is yet another essential requirement that you should have with you when you are going off the grid, and there are no hospitals or medical camps in the vicinity of your touring zone. They are also useful if an accident should occur during the journey itself.
Why you need it
A mini-first aid kit is important because it is a simple assurance of survival when there is trouble. All vehicles, planes, buses, ships and any other transportation vessels should have these. The supplies could be insufficient if there are many of you in the transportation vessel. Therefore, you need your own. A simple cut to a major artery can be life-threatening, and it would need immediate tending to.
How it works
The items in a first aid kit ought to be clean; the kit must be properly sealed and in good condition. A simple first aid kit should have the following basic items:
· Gauze pads or rolls
· Adhesive bandages
· Safety pins
· Antibiotic ointment
· Painkiller tablets
· Pointed tweezers
· Thermometer strips
There are many more items that other first aid kits may have. The ones mentioned above are the basic must-have. You need these items anywhere you go; they could help save someone’s life. No one would tell you this, but it is necessary to slip a whistle inside your kit. You can use this small piece of equipment to call out for help in case you are threatened by a wild animal or an attacking party.
1. RFID Wallet
You may have credit cards with you which come in handy during emergencies or when you do not have cash. You may also not know that your credit card can be used as a contactless card. This works by getting it close to a card reader machine without having to input your pin. This functionality opens up a world of options for scammers to take advantage of. The RFID wallet takes care of such security and privacy loopholes.
Withdrawal protocols are designed to deal with the malicious eavesdropping through video or audio recording as you input your card pin on an ATM machine. Your money is however not completely secured because someone may use a machine to scan your card, acquire your details and duplicate them. This is possible through picking up of Radio-frequencies transmitted by your smart card; known as Radio-Frequency Identification. This is very serious and at the same time a very simple issue to deal with. Get a RFID wallet to block the transmission of such frequencies to unintended destinations.
Appropriate storage and use
The wallet is designed to block the radioactive frequencies till you get it out and have to use it yourself. It is affordable and simple compared to the invaluable security that comes along with it. Have a safe trip knowing that you have secured your backup purchasing medium which you only can only use by taking it out of your wallet. It is important to take care of your wallet, keep it from dumpy environment or direct heat.
Have fun planning for the trip you are going to make. If you are about to become a frequent traveler, it is best to note all the various items you need. Be practical and remember that safety comes first. If you need to lose weight along the way, do away with the tools that are least important. Always carry enough food supplies that would not go bad after a short time. If you are going camping, a skill such as hunting or fishing is a plus for you.