Best Travel Gadgets For Backpackers

Planning on starting a new backpacker adventure anytime soon? Make sure you’re well prepared by having these awesome travel gadgets!


1. Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Noise-canceling headphones are one of the best travel investments I’ve ever made. says pro photographer Erik Dresser, who logs tens of thousands of air miles each year for his work. They’re perfect for those long flights. They allow you to just shut out the general din of the aircraft so you can relax more easily and sleep/relax all your flight without getting woken up by other people and crying babies.

Quality headphones do make a difference, so make sure you invest in some proper ones.
I recommend the Bose QuietComfort 35, or the Bose QuietComfort 20 if you prefer earphones. They’re not cheap, but they will buy you some peace and quiet and some good quality sound and bass.


2. A Kindle

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For heavy vacation/travel reading, many hardcore readers swear by the Kindle because it’s so easy to read outside in strong light. If you read a ton while traveling, and in all kinds of places, a Kindle e-reader is probably the way to go. Most people prefer reading on paper, but we all know that carrying those heavy books during our trips is not ready. So with a little getting used to, a Kindle brings many advantages to the average book reader.


3. Solar Charger

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For hardcore travelers who might spend long periods of time away from plugs of any kind—such as backcountry hikers, climbers, and campers—solar chargers are a useful addition to a packing list. Sure, part of the point of heading into the backcountry is getting away from connectivity, but that doesn’t mean that GPS devices, cameras, or even smartphones are completely verboten.


4. Pocket-Size Washing Machine

Whether you are backpacking through Europe, going on an African safari, or traveling on a budget in South Asia, you are going to love the Scrubba Wash Bag. Equipped with a flexible washboard, this lightweight, pocket-size wash bag will not only help you do your laundry anywhere on the road, but also save you money and time. With only 2-4 liters of water and a bit of washing liquid, you’ll have your clothes fresh and clean in less than 3 minutes.


5. Smallest Automated Travel Vacuum

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Small, smart, and stylish, VAGO is the ultimate travel packing gadget. Equipped with a pressure detecting sensor, this automatic vacuum pump removes all the air inside your suitcase, condensing the clothes to half their size, thus leaving plenty of room for souvenirs and other things you may buy on your trip.

It’s an essential travel tool, especially if you’re adding a bit of shopping to your trip, or traveling somewhere cold and need to bring along some heavy winter wear.


6. Flask Light

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Part flashlight, part booze container, this unique multifunctional tool is an awesome travel accessory for glamping enthusiasts, festival goers, fishing aficionados, and anyone in between.

In addition to holding 10 ounces of your favorite beverage, the VSSL Flask includes 2 collapsible stainless steel shot cups, a bottle opener, a compass, and a powerful LED flood beam flashlight. If you ask me, I’m pretty sure this would also make an inspired gift for the outdoor adventurer in your life.

7. Best Travel Drone

Launched just at the start of 2018, the new DJI Mavic Air is a beast of a drone for travelers always eager to immortalize and share their adventures on the go. This drone brings the best of both worlds in terms of quality as well as portability making it the Best Travel Drone for 2018.

Casey Neistat did a great in-depth review of the DJI Mavic Air vs the DJI Mavic Pro which I would recommend watching below. after which you will realize why the DJI Mavic Air needs to be your new travel drone for 2018.


7. goTenna

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goTenna has been designed to keep Android or iOS devices connected even when there is no cellular service. Made of rugged materials, this pocket-sized two-way radio and antenna uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with a smartphone. This innovative technology allows users who possess the device to share messages and location info instantly within a range of up to 50 miles in ideal conditions.


8. Best Multisport GPS Watch

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You may not have ever heard of Ticwatch, and that’s because it’s a relatively small and new brand to the smartwatch world. This is the best Android Wear watch money can buy right now.

That’s mostly because of the low price and the fact everything works really well. We also love the Ticwatch E for its built-in GPS, accurate heart rate sensor and great design.


9. Credit Card Folding Utility Knife

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With its sleek design and surgical blade technology with an extra long 65mm cutting edge, Cardsharp2 is indeed an excellent travel gadget. Ideal for explorers, adventurers, and any well-prepared traveler out there, this stylish 13-gram credit card folding knife is constructed from ultralight polypropylene, making for a sophisticated cooking knife, but also an extremely useful survivor tool when hiking or camping in the woods.


10. Solar-Powered Inflatable Light

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If you’re looking for a smart and sustainable source of light for your next adventure, look no further than LuminAID. After 6-7 hours of charging in the sun, this innovative inflatable lamp produces up to 16 hours of LED light. Not to mention it’s portable, waterproof, and weighs around 56 grams.


11. Best Camping Hammock

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Rated the best camping hammock in the world by American Survival Guide and many other leading magazines specialized in travel gear, the Blue Ridge Camping Hammock is essential if you want to experience the wilderness like a pro. Designed for difficult climates and terrain, this waterproof tent hammock made of ripstop nylon features a net canopy, and can also be used as bivy tent.


12. Water Purifier Bottle

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Most of travelers’ health problems are caused by contaminated drinking water, which means a water purification system is a must when traveling abroad. This is especially useful when venturing in remote locations with harsh environmental conditions or destinations such as the Middle East, Central America, Asia, or Africa, which are also known for their unsafe tap water. Fortunately, these days there are many products designed to help in such circumstances.

Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System, for instance, is a state-of-the-art device capable of transforming almost any tap or clear natural water source into pure drinking water in just 60 seconds. The 0.75-liter water purifier bottle is equipped with rechargeable lithium ion batteries and uses UV light to neutralize viruses and bacteria. Overall, this is an excellent way to save money on bottled water and get safe drinking water while on the go.


13. Ostrich Pillow

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The Ostrich Pillow is an extremely useful accessory for when you’re on the go and just need a quick nap to refresh and increase productivity. Envisioned by Kawamura-Ganjavian architecture and design studio, this groundbreaking product prevents jet lag – a common problem for long distance travelers – by providing you with a micro sleeping environment. Although it might seem a little weird, its design is fun and intuitive, featuring polystyrene filling and a soft interior that allows you to sleep anytime, anywhere without being distracted by noise, light, and other things going on around you.