Ever since I have started traveling I have been very picky with what gadgets I bring. Other than function, weight and size plays a huge factor on what I buy for my travels. So I’m very proud to present you some of the things that are really useful to me during my travels.
1. LED Flashlight
Off-the-beaten-path locations are awesome when there is daylight but is a nightmare at night when you are not equipped with a flashlight. I use an LED flashlight because of the following reasons
- Lightweight with a small rigid metallic body – Ideal for packing light and does not take much space in my pack.
- Longer battery life than a halogen flashlight – The LED flashlight that I have uses 3 AAA batteries and usually lasts for 3 travels I have that I heavily use the flashlight.
Price: 165 Pesos – 12 LED; 100 Pesos – 9 LED
Can be bought at: Ace Hardware, Handyman and sometimes in the streets of Quiapo and overpasses. It is cheaper when you buy them from peddlers in streets.
- When you turn on the flashlight and sometimes it turns on and sometimes it does not, it means that you should change your battery. Do not be like me who bought another one. O well, at least I can share a flashlight when I’m with someone. 🙂
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2. Triple Cube Adapter
Ever went to a coffee shop with your laptop and when you need to plug it in you found out that all the sockets are already taken by other customers? That also happens when you are in hostels and lodgings that only has a central charging station. That’s why I highly recommend travellers and laptop users to bring a Triple Cube Adapter.
If ever I need to plug in and there are no longer any electric sockets available, I ask for the people who already are using the sockets if I could remove their plugs for a second and insert the Triple Cube Adapter and put their plugs back again. Inserting the Triple Cube Adapter allows me to add 2 additional sockets for me to use and still have 1 socket for the person I removed the plug.
In terms of packing light, the Triple Cube Adapter is small that it is one of the things I pack last. I just find a small free space on my bag and I (forcefully) insert it there.
Why do I need to ask permission to remove the plug of others since I’m going to put their plugs back again? There are laptop users who has damaged batteries and removes them. I am one of them.
Price: 39.75 Pesos
Can be bought at: Ace Hardware, Handyman and on your local hardware shops.
Additional Note: Please do not insert the Triple Cube Adapter to another Triple Cube Adapter, it may cause an overload and can possibly start a fire. Octopus wiring.
By the way, I don’t bring my laptop during my travels. It’s bulky and it adds worries that would lessen my enjoyment on the places I visit.
3. 2 Liter Dry Bag
Everytime I ride boats, I always look for plastics where I could wrap my wallet and cellphone for them not to get wet. The plastic method is effective but not environment-friendly, that’s why I bought a 2 Liter Dry Bag so I could use it again and again on my travels.
Another advantage of Dry Bags to plastics is that it is not easily puncturable. I had this experience where the plastic had holes when I forcefully inserted it to my fully-packed bag, but with a drybag I have not experience having any holes in it.
You can also fold it to become really small so you can pack it on your bag without adding space. Good for packing light.
Price: 225 Pesos
Can be bought at: Different branches of Camp Sandugo