Thursday, July 26, 2012

Budget Friendly Travel Gear: The Right Tools for Cheap Trips

Whether embarking on a long backpacking journey or flying to a beautiful tourist destination, it is a challenge to pack light and thrifty. It may be expensive to purchase high quality travel gear designed to make the trip safe, comfortable, or adventurous. It’s also expensive if you over-pack and need to check multiple bags at the airport. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Bargain directory sites, can help with saving money on all types of travel items. It is also important to know which gear to buy in order to save money.

  This article from the New York Times provides a list of 10 pieces of gear each for less than $50.  
  Here are some of the best options:

·        Multi-tools. A pocket multi-tool goes a long way; you never know when you might need pliers, corkscrews, and screwdrivers. The article recommends the Leatherman Juice C2, found on Amazon for $31.99, though many are cheaper.
·        Money clips. When traveling, many people find themselves carrying around wads of cash in their wallets. Instead of the bulky wallet, a more convenient and safe option is a money clip. Pick-pockets will have more trouble getting to the money clip. These can be found for as low as $6.
·        Gorillapod. The Gorillapod is an inventive mini-tripod. Each leg has many joints making it extremely flexible and able to keep a camera level on just about any surface. Packing this is a cinch, because its flexibility allows it to become very compact. The original is priced at $19.95, but there are a variety of types available at
·        Medical Kit. This is an essential when trekking into the wilderness. The article advertises the Adventure Medical Kit from REI; a seven-ounce kit for $24.95, which comes already packed with the basics like antibiotics and bandages.
·        A Flashlight. Obviously an important item for the average traveler. Depending on your needs, you may want the recommended Fenix LD01 for $42, which is extremely powerful for being small. Or, although less bright, you may want a shake flashlight that doesn’t need batteries. They can be found for around $15.

      The New York Times article and this USA Today article both promote the use of vacuum sealed bags, such as Space Bags. These valuable packing tools can help you fit a week’s worth of clothing into a carry-on bag. Hopefully, this will allow you to pack lightly and save on checked-baggage. Another useful item is a carry-on set of bottles specifically designed to get you through the TSA without losing your liquids. Sets like these can be found for about $16.

      Depending on your situation, choose the cheap gear capable of improving your trip. Remember to make the most out of the available resources like coupons and online deals. Following these tips will help you pack lightly and frugally, so you don’t worry too much about money while you are trying to enjoy your travels.

      Thanks to my friend Jess Thompson for an informative guest post.

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Anonymous said...

+1 on the multi-tools, you can fix and dink around a lot of 'minor surgery' with items found. You can find some very good buys at pawn shops, many times less than $20 for genuine Leatherman tools.

I find myself doing that in evening hours in hotel rooms while kiddos are perusing TV or are otherwise occupied. I keep a hot glue cylinder, a bobbin of trip wire as well close on hand.

I don't believe you can carry these tools in carry-on though on air planes, unfortunately. Give me the days when the sight of a SAK on an airplane didn't warrant Homeland Security getting involved.

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