It’s not nice to think about something bad happening while you are on your epic travels. So protect yourself with these simple security measures. From travel locks to personal alarms, get peace of mind and adventure in confidence.
High tech fingerprint travel locks
This biometric fingerprint padlock is the latest in travel padlocks and travel gadgetry. No keys to lose or combination to forget or be overlooked. Which makes it perfect for travelling with.
It unlocks in under a second using just your fingerprint and the USB rechargeable battery lasts for 3000 uses.
Flexible travel locks
These travel locks have a cable rather than a fixed bar that make them flexible and suitable for securing all sorts of different things. The cable is strong but makes it easy to secure fiddly things like the zips on your bag. And they come in a pack of three for complete protection.
Simple travel locks
These simpler, fixed TSA travel locks also come in a handy pack of three. They are the quintessential padlock and suitable for all sorts of uses.
Door and personal alarms
A travel lock can’t protect everything though. Sometimes you need an alarm as a deterrent or to attract help. Our personal alarm is small and discreet but a blistering 120 decibels. The clever travel door alarm is designed to wedge under the door in your accommodation. If anyone tries to gain entry the alarm will sound.
Classic money belt
An old classic, the money belt. It remains a trusted safety feature for travelling. Keep your cash, cards, documents and valuables on your person and out of sight.
Don’t let your holiday be disrupted or even ruined by theft or security worries. Travel in confidence with these travel locks and more security options.
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A personal alarm can give you peace of mind when travelling. But not everyone knows how to use a personal alarm or why they need one.
The personal alarm itself is small and discreet. There’s a super loud 120 decibel alarm that sounds when the alarm is activated. It will scare off attackers or intruders and alert people nearby.
Wondering how to use a personal alarm? Let’s find out.
How to use a personal alarm
In this picture you can see that the cord is attached to a pin that goes into the body of the alarm. When that pin is removed the alarm is set off. It’s a simple mechanism that is easy to use.
So if you get into difficulty and need to call for help you just pull the cord and the pin pops out, sounding the alarm. You can hold the body of the alarm in one hand and pull the pin with the other. If the alarm is attached to something using the keyring you can just pull the cord.
The personal alarm is reusable too. You can put the pin back in and reset it in case of a false alarm or to use again.
How to use a personal alarm in your room
Because the alarm works by the pin being pulled you can use it to secure your accommodation too. Attach one side to the doorframe or window frame, and the other to the door or window. Then if the door or window is opened, the alarm will be pulled apart, the pin will come out and the alarm will sound.
Or you can use the specially-designed door stop alarm that wedges under the door.
So there are some tips on how to use a personal alarm and stay safe on your epic travels.
What are the must-have travel gadgets for men? Going off on your epic travels is a chance to get away from it all and live life at a different pace, more connected to the real world. But that doesn’t mean you should be without these fantastic travel gadgets to make the journey easier.
No keys to lose and no code to forget. The biometric fingerprint padlock unlocks in under a second. And doesn’t need anything other than your fingerprint.
It’s the ultimate in security and convenience. The padlock is tough and can withstand attempts to cut, break or tamper. The perfect padlock for your hand luggage, hotel safe, gym locker, or backpack.
Don’t get weighed down by lots of different adapters if you are visiting multiple countries. Just one worldwide travel adapter can meet all your needs. Adjust it to fit the socket and appliance you are using for all the combinations you need.
Plus, this smart travel adapter has a USB port on top! So you can charge your phone and other USB devices without taking up a valuable wall socket.
It looks like a doorstop but it’s actually a nifty door alarm. Wedge it under your door and it will sound if anyone tries to enter your room. Protect your valuables and yourself from intrusion while you sleep. The alarm is an incredibly loud 120 decibels and will scare off intruders and alert you to the danger.
Sleep easy in your hotel, hostel or AirBnB. It’s designed for travellers so the door alarm is lightweight and portable to go in your luggage.
So those are our top 3 travel gadgets for men!
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A camping shower is one of our top tips for travelling. No more queuing for busy, overcrowded showers. Or using dirty, unhygienic shared facilities. And definitely no more strip washes or washing under a freezing cold standpipe. But how does a camping shower work?
With a camping shower you can set it up anywhere and enjoy a warm shower. No electricity needed – it is warmed by the heat of the sun.
How does a camping shower work? The bag, water and placement
The camping shower works very simply and very like a real shower with a few notable exceptions.
There’s the tank for holding and heating the water. In this case it is the black “bag” section that you fill with water. Leaving this out in the sun allows it to warm up the water.
You choose where you want to hang or sit your shower. It can be placed anywhere you like, for your comfort and privacy.
How does a camping shower work? The hose and washing
Actually using your camping shower is similar to a real shower too. There’s a hose with a sprinkler that you switch on. Gravity pulls the water down, rather than it being piped like a traditional shower. But other than that the effect is pretty similar.
You can put the nozzle somewhere for a hands-free shower, as if it were attached to a wall. As long as the nozzle is lower than the bag it will still work. Or you can hold the hose for more direction and shower that way.
Using a camping shower is easy, and very like the real thing. Except this one you can fold up, pack in your bag, and take on your travels! If you’ve been wondering “how does a camping shower work?” there you go!
So last week we looked at how to make a travel washing line. Well, what about all the other important travel washing accessories? These handy accessories are perfect for all kinds of epic travelers with their handy features to suit globetrotters and weekend warriors alike.
Top travel washing accessories
The camping shower is your personal, private warm shower wherever you are. It’s such a smart design – fill the bag and hang it wherever you like. It’s eco-friendly and solar powered – no need for electricity or a water supply. So whether you are camping, at a festival, or on the road, you can get a warm shower without needing to rely on dirty or busy facilities.
Here’s a smart bit of kit: a folding travel mirror. It fits easily into your luggage but gives you the flexibility to set up and shave, wash or apply makeup wherever you are. It folds flat and the plastic case protects the mirror from scratches. Fold it out and the cover also doubles as a stand. So you can get set up and use your mirror anywhere.
Everyone knows hopping on and off aeroplanes is so much easier when you only take hand luggage but there are lots of restrictions. Our travel bottle set is cabin baggage and carry on-friendly. The set of three different-sized bottles complies with all the regulations for liquids in cabin baggage and come in a clear ziplock bag. Perfect for all your toiletries.
There’s no need to compromise on feeling fresh and looking good when you are travelling. Even if you are travelling light. These handy travel washing accessories are perfect for backpackers too.
EpicTraveller has all the gear you need for your epic travels.
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A travel washing line is right up there on our essential travel products list. It’s tiny, so it fits into your suitcase or backpack easily. It’s multi-functional so it really earns that spot in your luggage. Plus, the innovative pegless design means even less you have to carry – no need for separate pegs.
So here’s how to make a travel washing line
No more draping wet clothes over chairs and making a mess everywhere. You can set up your travel washing line anywhere. Depending on your environment and what is available, choose from the suction cup ends or the hooks. You can even tie it around a helpful support. It’s completely flexible. Hotel bathroom, hostel bunk beds, trees in the great outdoors… wherever you are you can set up your travel washing line.
The line is actually several lines twisted together. That’s your clever pegless design. Slipping your clothes between the different lines will hold them in place and stop them falling to the floor. No need to worry about the extra bulk of pegs, or all your washing slipping to the floor.
That’s how to make a travel washing line. But what else can the travel washing line do?
Use it as extra cord to hold your belongings together, set up a privacy screen with a sheet, even build a makeshift shelter or sun cover. It’s a flexible bit of kit and made extra useful with the twisting peg-free design.
Now you can do laundry or dry wet clothes wherever you are.
Once your clothes are dry try out our folding clothes hangers. They fold down to fit in your bag and let you hang your clothes while on the road.
Check out some more of our backpacking accessories to make the most of your epic travels.
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Check out these backpacking accessories that pack a lot into a little package. Space and weight is at a premium when you are backpacking so all your essentials have to really earn their place in your bag. Browse all our backpacking accessories or have a look at our top choices below.
Catch some zzz’s on the road with our inflatable travel pillow. Whether by plane, train, or automobile, you can snooze in style and comfort. Or while propped up by your bag on the floor of an airport or train station. And it’s inflatable so it rolls down absolutely tiny to fit into your bag.
You need to secure your valuables, your luggage and your rucksack and EpicTraveller has two different padlocks for you to choose from. There’s the fixed-arm TSA-approved travel lock or a more flexible travel lock with cable. Both come in handy packs of three.
A top tip is to save time and hassle at the airport by not checking your luggage. But that means you need to keep an eye on your pack as there are more and more restrictions on what can travel as carry on luggage. Our cabin baggage carry on travel bottle set is exactly that – it complies with carry on liquid rules. There’s three different sizes in the set, perfect for all your different lotions and potions. And you can choose between white/clear, blue or pink.
A personal alarm is an unfortunate necessity. While ours is big in the noise department it is small in every other. Easy to keep in your pack or even on your keys or in your pocket. It can also be used as a door alarm.
Do you have any backpacking accessories you’d like to recommend?
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Europe is a pretty safe place to travel. So a bit of complacency might creep in and you might be tempted to cut some corners on security. But you can never be truly safe and it’s always worth taking a few precautions. Like using a money belt to protect your valuables and documents.
So is a money belt necessary in Europe?
Could you leave a bag in a taxi in Europe?
Of course you might. Money belts don’t just protect against thieves, they keep your valuables close and on your body at all times.
Could you get pickpocketed in a busy tourist spot?
Unfortunately, yes. Europe is safe compared to many places but you are always vulnerable to petty crime. Thieves can target tourists who have their guard down.
And what effect would losing your cash, cards, tickets, car keys, passports and other important documents have on your holiday or travels?
It would be an inconvenience at best, leading to queues and administration and bureaucracy. Hours on the phone to your bank – charged at overseas rates of course. Hours at an embassy getting replacement documentation. At worst it could lead to serious disruption and distress. It might even cut your holiday short.
Is a money belt necessary in Europe? We think so. Using a money belt means you are in control of your valuables. You don’t have to leave them in your hotel room or a compromised safe. You don’t have to keep your passport vulnerable in a bag.
You don’t have to risk your holiday – you can use a money belt.
Just because you are travelling doesn’t mean you have to let your grooming and personal care go wanting. EpicTraveller’s travel essentials make sure you stay looking sharp and feeling fresh.
Travel essentials #1: the folding travel mirror
You need to be able to see what you are doing so the first of our travel essentials is this handy folding travel mirror. It folds flat for easy storage and packing, which also protects the glass. You can have a shave or apply makeup no matter where you are.
Travel essentials #2: the portable shower
This portable camping shower is a big favourite at EpicTraveller. It solves the big issue with camping – hygiene and general cleanliness. It can also be used on the road. Avoid dirty or crowded communal bathrooms with a camping shower you can use anywhere. It even warms up the water without needing any electricity.
Travel essentials #3: the travel washing line
If you can wash yourself anywhere you should also be able to dry anything anywhere. The travel washing line has hooks and suction cups so it can be hung up anywhere. Dry off clothes that got soaked in a sudden downpour or do an extra bit of laundry overnight. You don’t even need pegs, the innovative twisting washing line is peg-free.
Travel essentials #4: folding clothes hangers
Yes, you read that right. These are folding clothes hangers that fold up so they can slip into your luggage. When you arrive, hang your clothes in the style they are accustomed to. They come in a great value pack of five. No creases here, you stay looking sharp with properly hung clothes.
EpicTraveller has got all the travel essentials you need to look good and feel great on your epic travels.
Have you got any essential travel suggestions?
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Take your music on the road with you – and share it with your travelling companions using a headphone splitter.
Music transcends language barriers. The biggest popstars are icons all over the world, the biggest tunes are known everywhere. It’s an amazing way to bond with people, over a common love of music or sharing your favourites.
You don’t have to hand over your headphones if you want someone to hear your favourite piece. Using a headphone splitter you can both listen at the same time and really share the experience.
A headphone splitter, or audio jack splitter, has a 3.5mm jack like normal headphones that plugs into the audio port of whatever device you are using. But instead of going directly to earbuds, it then splits again, giving you two new audio jack ports to plug your actual headphones into.
It doesn’t just have to be for music either. Watch a film together on a long journey to pass the time.
Some of EpicTraveller.co’s top tips for listening to music while off on your epic travels…
- Addicted to Spotify? With Spotify Premium you can download your favourite albums, tracks and playlists to listen to anytime. Might be worth splashing out on for a month so you can listen without wifi.
- Many people now listen to music on their phone, using it as an MP3 player. It’s handy to have to carry less gadgets. But when you are travelling a dead phone battery could be a real problem. A separate, small, easy to charge MP3 player might be a good idea.
- If you are travelling in a pair or a group you can carry less gadgets or conserve battery life by sharing an MP3 player or phone and using a headphone splitter to listen together.
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