• Setting off on a backpacking adventure? Don't leave without these travel gadgets

    2016-08-04

    Travelers who enjoy the outdoors and want to save a few dollars on their trip should try backpacking around their desired destinations. Not only is it an exciting way to see the world, but without the hassles of carrying a suitcase around and finding a room at hotels, backpacking also allows people the freedom to explore several destinations on one journey.

    If you're planning on a backpacking excursion for your next vacation, you will need a few tools to ensure your safety and comfort. Here are a few travel gadgets that were designed specifically for adventure travel enthusiasts.

    Door alarm
    It's common for backpackers to stay at a nearby hostel because there are usually rooms available for last-minute stays. They also tend to cost a fraction of hotel rates. However, hostels aren't always as safe as hotels and require guests to be conscious of where they place their valuables.

    Solo backpackers in particular should make their safety their main priority. Snagging a private room isn't always possible, - usually you have to share with a few other travelers - but if you do, a door alarm can save you from worrying about potential thieves as you sleep. According to the Gap Year Blog from Frontier, there are lightweight door alarms available that sound off if an intruder attempts to enter. Just place it in front of your door before you go to bed for some peace of mind.

    Portable shower
    If you're traveling to destinations that tend to be on the warmer side, camping out at night is an adventurous way to get some sleep before your next journey. Keeping yourself clean and ready for a new day has never been easier with a portable shower. HongKiat.com recommended the Nemo Helio Pressure Shower, which consists of a cylinder-shaped bag attached to a hose and foot pump.

    Simply place the bag on the ground after filling it with water and use the innovative device for a five minute shower or to hose off any dirty gear or laundry. The system is also said to have great water pressure, so you don't have to worry about trying to wash yourself with a trickling stream of water. You can even place it in the sun if you prefer warm showers.

    Backpacking hammock
    Another gadget you will need if you plan on sleeping under the stars is a backpacking hammock. According to Backpacking Spirit, these can be hung from trees just like a regular hammock to keep you off the hard ground. What makes these even better than a standard hammock is that they come completely enclosed, making them more like a swinging tent.

    You can also find some that are extremely lightweight and can be easily folded and tucked into a bag after use. To enhance your sleeping arrangement even further, there are travel pillows that are also designed to fit into an overstuffed bag while offering the head support and comfort of a normal pillow.

    iPhone camera case
    There's no better way to make your trip memorable than by capturing it with pictures. If you have an iPhone, recording all of the special moments of your experience is incredibly convenient with the Hitcase Pro, which is a durable, waterproof case for your iPhone with an action camera built in, according to hitcase.com.

    Not only does it offer extra protection for your phone, but it comes with a wide-angle lens and a mounting system so you can clip it onto your bag or jacket as you walk through your favorite city. Going on a bike tour? Attach it to your helmet and record all of the attractions you're introduced to.

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