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Camping shower ideas for your epic travels

So you’ve got your great portable solar camping shower and you are ready to take unlimited warm showers with no need for electricity. You could just sling it on a tree and shower away. But most of us might want to think about getting a bit more privacy or a bit more cleanliness. So here are some fantastic camping shower ideas to really up your game.

Rather than using a plastic cover under your feet, that can gather water, make some holes in your “shower base” or use a base of wooden slats that can be folded up or rolled away.

There is plenty you can do for more privacy

These options range from a full, separate shower tent or makeshift shed, down to hanging a blanket or two. When you are choosing your showering spot, think about how you can rig up a little shelter too.

REI suggest using hula hoops to rig up a makeshift shower curtain that you can hang up. Or you can use string or your travel washing line to hang a shower curtain.

If you are staying in the same spot a little longer you might want to put a bit more effort into your showering arrangement.

Even one shower panel can make a big difference in feeling more permanent. This could even be a pallet repurposed as one wall of a makeshift bathroom. Or use some pipe to make a more solid shower curtain rod. Combine a panel and a curtain and you’ve got a very nice setup.

Don’t forget to use earth-friendly, biodegradable washing products like soap, shampoo and shower gel. You should rinse down the area you are using after each wash to dilute and wash away any build up. When you are finished with your shower, remove all the litter and all of your clever adaptations.

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How does a personal alarm work?

We recommend a personal attack alarm a lot on Epic Traveller. So it’s about time to answer the question of how does a personal alarm work? As well as go over what you can do with one and exactly why we think personal alarms are such good ideas.

To start off with, how does a personal alarm work? Essentially, they are like a sound grenade. With grenades, you pull the pin and the thing explodes. With a personal alarm, you pull the pin and you get an ear piercing sound blast.

It’s the same principle. There’s a circuit within the device and when that is broken something happens – the alarm sounds, the grenade goes off.

It’s all mechanical, not electrical. So it’s a physical movement, not like pressing a button to set off a sound. So triggering the sound doesn’t rely on any computing power or things that could easily break.

That doesn’t mean you can go dropping your personal alarm down the toilet or driving over it – it still has electrical components to make the sound. But there’s a lot less that could go wrong.

Personal Alarm

You can see the pin and where it fits into the alarm in this picture. Pull that out and an ear splitting 120db alarm goes off. To switch it off, if there is a false alarm or help arrives, you put the pin back in. Which means you can use it again and again.

There are a few different ways you can set up your personal alarm and you can check out our article on how to use a personal alarm which includes some handy hints.

So there’s the answer to how does a personal alarm work? A personal alarm gives a real sense of security when travelling. Hopefully you will never need to use it but it is there if you do.

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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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