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Every seasoned backpacker has their own list of travel essentials. If you still don’t, our own Lifestyle Division has one too, along with some nifty packing tips and tricks. These lists make up the standard fare for most travellers. But for this article, we’re going to take a look at other lesser-known items that can make a world of difference on your next trip.

Accessory Carabiner

A carabiner is a closed metal loop commonly used by rock climbers for safety. But you don’t have to be into extreme sports to make the most out of this handy piece of equipment. Outdoor experts at The Dyrt vouch for the Firebiner, as it’s not necessarily a heavy-duty equipment specific to rock climbing. It’s more of a multi-tool for everyday use. If you need a key chain, a makeshift lock, or something to link your luggage together, an accessory carabiner is a great tool to have wherever you go.


Headwear, specifically the BUFF, is extremely popular among backpackers — and for good reason. It does more than keep the hair out of your face and protect you from the elements. In fact, solo adventurer Paul Everitt has come up with ten other ways to use it in different situations. For instance, a BUFF can be used as a bandage, a sling, or a tourniquet in emergencies, especially if you don’t have immediate access to a healthcare facility. It can alternate as a towel, too, so you can pack even lighter on hikes and long trips. Or if you forgot to pack your eye mask, you can use a headwear to sleep more comfortably on plane, bus, and train rides.

Hangover Pills

Travelling is one of the best ways to learn a different culture, and many times, the nightlife is part of that culture. But spending the next day with a hangover can definitely put a wrench in your holiday plans. This is why writers from lifestyle site Pretty Me highly recommend WrecOver hangover pills if you want to enjoy a night about town. These pills can help stave away the worst of a hangover by boosting antioxidant production, giving you enough energy to get yourself out of bed and off to breakfast in the morning. While you should be drinking responsibly regardless of where you’re at, hangover pills can give you that extra assurance to help you enjoy your night.

Mess Kit

Even if you’re not into camping, a mess kit — or reusable containers and utensils — can be extremely useful. You might not have access to a kitchen, forcing you to get takeout daily. Instead of plastic and paper bags, a mess kit is a more secure way of carrying your food around. Plus, it’s the more sustainable option.

Travel Yoga Mat

Yoga mats can be cumbersome to carry, but there’s plenty of travel-sized options to choose from. Brands like Manduka and SKL have their own versions of travel yoga mats, all of which are easily packable and lightweight. Bringing a yoga mat along is a great way to ensure you get exercise if your hostel doesn’t have facilities. If nothing else, you can use it as a makeshift sleeping mat while camping.

Universal Travel Adapter

If you don’t travel often, it’s easy to forget that electric sockets are not the same around the world. This is why you should always travel with a universal adapter. Pick something that has a built-in USB port, so you can also charge your mobile devices.

All of these items serve a specific purpose for your travel, so it’s best to include them in your list of essentials for your next trip. If you wish to support my work please give it a share using the links below and follow my social channels. If you wish to collaborate with me please send an email to [email protected]