TRAVEL GEAR AND PACKING:
I purchased this backpack from Mountain Equipment Co-op (Canadian) for my first solo trip to Mexico and it worked great for me!
It features a stylish female design, has many pockets and compartments to separate belongings, a zipper on the side of the pack which gives you alternative access to the main portion of the backpack without opening the top, it is lightweight and comfortable, comes with a rain cover, has a sturdy waistbelt with pockets, a pocket that fits a water bottle, breathable mesh and ventilated air channels, a water resistant top pocket with water proof zipper and sealed seams, a hidden security pocket on the side, quick draw closure on the main access, and more.
The 48 litre was a perfect size for a minimalist traveler like me. I was able to separate my clothing, toiletries, technology/gadgets, etc. using the many pockets available. You can purchase from MEC using this link here.
I purchased this daypack from Journey’s Travel in Winnipeg, Canada for my first solo travels.
This is a great daypack! It is the perfect size (12 litres), and it features many anti-theft features like built-in slashguard mesh hidden underneath the front pocket, a security clip on the end of the strap that allows you to clip the strap around a fixed object (like a chair or table leg) so that if anybody attempts to walk off with your bag, they won’t be able to, zipper pulls that can be attached to security hooks hidden underneath a flap of fabric, slash-proof straps, and an RFID blocking pocket in the main compartment for your passport and credit cards and to keep your personal information protected. It is water resistent, has a padded pocket for electronics, a zippered main compartment and front pocket, and a water bottle side pocket. I love this bag!
I purchased this small anti-theft travel purse from Amazon.ca and am so glad that I did! I had been looking for the perfect travel purse for awhile and I think I finally found the one.
This purse is the perfect size to hold your passport (in an RFID blocking pocket to prevent your personal information from being stolen), cellphone, digital camera, cash and credit cards. It features slash-proof straps, releasable security hooks that let you attach the purse to a fixed object, built-in slashguard mesh around the body of the bag, and just for fun, a cute and colourful design on the liner inside the bag and pockets.
I purchased these packing cubes from Amazon for my first solo travels. They worked well and I liked the variety of sizes, however, the material that they are made out of is very cheap and rips easily. Here are some packing cubes from Amazon that seem to be of higher quality and have better reviews, however, I have not used them and they don’t come with as many sizes of cubes than the ones I bought.
I bought these packing cubes at Eddie Bauer (Canada) but have included the Amazon link here. I use these in my daypack to organize my travel chargers and electronics. They are made of high quality material and are durable and functional. They have mesh on the top panel to provide visibility of the contents inside and come in three different sizes. They are perfect for packing smaller items.
This power strip is great if you are staying in hostels when there may not be enough electrical outlets for everybody to charge their gadgets. This one is good because it has two USB ports along with three regular power outlets. You can charge all of your devices from one outlet, which is super convenient. It is not as “mini” as it looks in the photos, but still a great product. Here is another popular power strip for traveling.
It is very important for me to be able to keep in touch with my family at home when I travel. Skype allows me to be able to contact them easily. They were offering a one month free world subscription at the time I signed up during my first solo travels, so I could make free phone calls to my family and to anywhere in the world. You can also purchase cheaper credits to make phone calls. The Skype iPhone app is very user friendly and has a great design!
This mini lipstick-sized portable USB charger is great for when you’re on the go and need to jazz up your phone’s battery. Just plug in your cord and phone and it will start charging in your purse or pocket. You never know when you might need to call someone or look something up, so this is a good way to ensure your battery is always charged.
This external power bank has more power than the mini lipstick-sized one and is able to provide 2-4 full charges for your phone. I use this on my travels when the power outlets are all being used at the hostel and I needed to charge my phone. It’s nice that it’s portable so you can charge and still use your phone anywhere (and not be stuck gathering around a random power outlet).
If you plan on taking a lot of photos, it’s a good idea to carry an external hard drive with you so that you can backup your data on the go. I use this hard-drive on a daily basis at home and it is very thin and lightweight, and reasonably priced. Photos are super important to me because they hold all of my memories, and investing in a hard drive to ensure that they are safe while traveling is invaluable.
This is a great point and shoot camera that has fantastic zoom and produces vibrant and clear images. It is small, light and can easily fit into your pockets, which is great for when you are on the go! I personally love this camera and use it during all of my travels.
Note: I genuinely love and use all of the above products on my travels and have not been paid by any of these brands to recommend these products.