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9 Items Every Man Needs While Traveling Abroad

While traveling to various destinations comes with area-specific vitals, some are fundamentally necessary no matter where you are in the world. Below is a list of nine items every man needs while traveling abroad.

  1. Torch

You can never tell what is in store for you after darkness falls. From open drains to slippery cobblestones, a LED flashlight is necessary as it casts a big pool of light and illuminates vast areas. If you are in the wild, opt for a head torch, so your hands are free to engage in other things.

  1. Earplugs

Though we cannot control the sources of noise, we can intervene to make it less troublesome. Quality earplugs are a necessity for every man on a trip. They come in handy in blocking aircraft noise and are perfect for people who are easily distracted by noise. Get some comfortable plugs to ensure you get sound sleep.

  1. Hat

Whether you are traveling to a place with rain or sunshine, a wide-brimmed and well-fitting hat is a must-have. Get a durable hat that is crushable for easy carriage. A waterproof one comes with the added advantage of protecting you from drenching.

  1. Knife

Every man traveling abroad should pack a Swiss knife. It has multiple uses, and you never know when it might come in handy. You might need it to dig stones, trim some broken fingernails in the wild or for the removal of wine corks. Find creative ways of packing it but do not leave it in your carry-on as it might be confiscated at the airport.

  1. Adapter Plug

Have a universal adapter plug that has three holes compatibility for 3-pin plugs and a USB charge port the better for you. You do not want your gadgets running out of charge while traveling.

  1. Zip-lock Plastic Bags

These are essential for separating items especially if you are unlikely to get a chance to unpack. You can put your dirty clothes in them, separate dry ones from wet ones as well as store any leaky items to avoid getting messy.

  1. Day Pack

This one is necessary for tossing things on during your daytime adventures. You can use it to store your water bottle, guidebook, foldable umbrella, raincoat or portable electronic devices. It can also act as a spillover bag when traveling back in case you shopped excessively.

  1. Water Bottle

Buying bottled water can be quite expensive. Carry your own with a water bottle to save. Opt for a model that stays put and is tight enough to avoid leakages and spillovers.

  1. Portable Internet Device

You can opt for a broadband modem or portable Wi-Fi router to cut on costs of airport Wi-Fi. A mobile internet hotspot can also come through for you in case you find yourself without reliable internet. Any of these will serve as an emergency backup and keep you connected even when there is no Wi-Fi.

About the author

Ian Leaf is a traveler and artist. He has been around the world since childhood. He grew up watching his mother painting, which made him develop an interest in art.


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Alternatives to a money belt

Why do you need alternatives to a money belt? A money belt is a great way to keep your valuables, documents and cash safe. But it’s not always appropriate. Maybe you are wearing something that won’t work with a money belt. Or the items you want to secure won’t fit. So you want to look into some alternatives to a money belt.

Alternatives to a money belt

A travel safe protects valuables that you might want to leave in your room. Some are large enough to hold laptops or digital cameras. Hotels or apartments often provide a small safe, and hostels may have lockers. In either case you might trust your own safe more.

Padlocks don’t just have to be used on your locker or main suitcase. You can use them on your rucksacks and other bags too. Most thieves are just opportunists and looking for a quick, easy job. They don’t want to waste time dealing with padlocks or cutting. Padlocks can secure the zips together so bags can’t be opened, hold items together, attach straps to objects that can’t be moved.

Epic Traveller has three different padlocks from a biometric fingerprint padlock to flexible cable padlocks and trusty standard padlocks. Check out our article on travel locks and more security while travelling.

When you are out and about on your travels consider a personal alarm. You can scare off attackers or thieves and call for help at the same time. Back in your accommodation a doorstop alarm will alert you if anyone tries to enter the room. You can use a personal alarm to secure windows and doors too.

Reconsider the money belt though. EpicTraveller’s belt has a minimal silhouette and a discreet shape. There are plenty of compartments to keep you organised. And you can upgrade the strap for extra security.

Those are some of our top picks for alternatives to a money belt. Or you can mix up your security options with a combination of locks, safes, an alarm and maybe a money belt too.

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Travel locks and more security while travelling

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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How to use a personal alarm

Personal Alarm

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.

Personal Alarm

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.

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Top 3 travel gadgets for men

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.

Top travel gadgets for men: Biometric fingerprint padlock

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.

Top travel gadgets for men: Worldwide travel adapter

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.

Top travel gadgets for men: Travel door alarm

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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How does a camping shower work?

Camping shower in use

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!

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Travel washing accessories

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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How to make a travel washing line – and more clever tips

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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Backpacking accessories that pack a lot into a little package

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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Is a money belt necessary in Europe?

Money belts for travel

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.