12 Irreplaceable Items Every Adventurer Needs

Travel like a pro! This is our go-to list of absolute favourites, a selection of items that will always come in handy. Regardless of your style of travel or your destination, these never-fail essentials will see you safely through your next adventure. There will be no space wasted, nothing so bulky to cause you consternation, nothing you’ll regret packing because it never got used.

This your new ultimate packing list, for any trip.

1. Head torch

Head torch, Travel Kit

A torch is always a handy travelling companion, but none is more versatile than the humble head torch. Perfect for early starts on trek, night time toilet excursions, lighting the way back to camp after you’re done stargazing, even helping you find the thing you lost at the bottom of your kitbag. They’re great simply because they free up your hands, so you can get on with whatever it is you need to do.

2. Plane pen

Let’s be honest, we’ve all been caught out at immigration with an unexpected disembarkation form. Avoid the faff by stashing a black biro in your hand luggage - don’t get caught out trying to find one to borrow.

3. Packing cubes and compression sacks

Packing Cubes

Hate rummaging through suitcases? Bored of unpacking and repacking every night? Us too. That’s when we discovered packing cubes. These lightweight fabric cubes break down your packing into simple sections so you can store your personals more effectively. You’ll be able find things faster, especially when you’re moving often. If you want to keep your bag small, upgrade even further to compression sacks which will shrink down your clothes to take up less space.

4. Dry bags

Packing cubes not robust enough? Boost this with waterproofing dry bags. With their tough waterproof exterior and roll down tops to stop any wetness sneaking through, they’ll see you safe through any adventures, whether you’re kayaking all day, fording the rivers or just dealing with a bit of inclement weather.

5. Refillable water bottle

Water bottle

Stay hydrated and eco-friendly at the same time. If you can refill a sturdy water bottle you’re not only helping reduce plastic waste, but saving yourself quite a bit of money along the way too, which can only be a win-win situation for everyone.

6. Earplugs

You can never go wrong with earplugs. Whether you’re a light sleeper or just get unlucky next to a pesky snorer on an overnight flight, it’s a safe bet they’ll come in handy. And if you don’t use them, it’s only a couple of grams of extra weight.

7. External battery recharge

External battery charging

Useful regardless of where you are in the world, a portable charger will connect via USB to any device: camera, smartphone, kindle – you name it. They vary in size, from one charge for one device to larger ones which will charge multiple devices simultaneously, all without any mains electricity needed. Whether you’ve got a low battery in Paris or Patagonia, they’re a great way to charge on the go.

8. Universal plug adapter

It goes without saying that for adventure passing through several countries – think the Mont Blanc Circuit trek or a South East Asia exploration – having just one gadget beats carrying several. We especially love ones with USB ports for maximum usability.

9. Spare SD card

Don’t even think about it. They weigh next to nothing and the peace of mind will take a weight off your shoulders. You don't want to run out of memory at the perfect moment.

Taking a photo, Burma / Myanmar

10. Mini travel bottles

Full size shampoo and shower gels are just extra weight to carry. Pare down to 100ml travel bottles – which you can buy from any normal chemist – and you’ll not regret it. Stick to 100ml or under and it’ll see you through a week-long trip easily, and also be small enough to whisk through security in your hand luggage next time you have a weekend break.

11. Solid, dependable rucksack

Rucksack - Osprey, Talon 22l

Whether you’re rocking up mountains or bimbling through the backstreets, your go-to travel rucksack should be sturdy and well-suited to the job. Go for something between 20 to 35 litre capacity, small enough to get through the airport as hand luggage but with several compartments to keep things organised.

12. A pack of cards and a bag of Haribo

Ice breakers, conversation starters – whatever you call them, these two items are “good for children and grown-ups alike” assures Exodus Marketing Director Jae Hopkins. Get to know people over a game of whist, befriend with offers of Haribo on a long journey or halfway up a hill alike, and generally ensure you’re a friendly face.

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