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Twice The Baggage: 5 things to keep in your backpack at all times when traveling

Our travel bloggers Twice The Baggage cannot recommend reusable water bottles enough.

When traveling internationally, or even domestically, it can be very difficult to decide what to bring with you throughout your day, writes BMTN's guest travel bloggers Twice The Baggage.

You want to be efficient with your space and not haul unnecessary items along the way. 

There are always five pieces of travel gear that we bring with us on trips when we're out for the day.

1. A mobile charger

When you are vacationing, there is a good chance you have never been to that location before. Consequently, you will be using your cell phone quite often. Whether it's getting directions, looking up tourist info, or checking Yelp to see if the restaurant is worth your time.

Even with mobile phone batteries being at an all-time high for durability, you will need that extra juice, trust us! That being said, bring along a mobile charger for your phone, camera, or any other device you may use to capture your memories. We strongly believe in taking in where you are, and not being on your devices the whole time. However; it’s frustrating when you are not able to take a photo due to lack of battery.

2. A change of clothes

Life happens and the weather constantly changes. Enter each and every day prepared for the worst. If it is summer, pack a rain jacket/umbrella. Heck, maybe even an extra pair of socks, a shirt and pants in case it downpours.

If it is winter, pack extra layers that can easily be taken on and off. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have each of the layers be made of breathable fabrics, so if you find yourself sweating, you won’t get too cold. Look for more durable brands, such as Patagonia, that are great for long trips.

3. International adapter

One of the worst things when you land abroad is finding out you forgot this crucial piece of gear. Adapters are most likely expensive abroad and you might have difficult finding somewhere selling them.

Being able to charge your device in the your hotel so it's ready to go gives you more juice for maps, fact-finding and photos. Without an adapter you might not have access to any of these, and your dead-battery phone becomes just a useless item to haul around.

Read more Twice The Baggage travel tips on BMTN's Travel page.

4. A reusable water bottle

Finding free, drinkable water can be a challenge when you're traveling the world, so it's always advisable to stock up before you leave your accommodation.

You want to make sure that you get yourself a reliable large water bottle that you can fill up when leaving for the day, especially if you're planning to be out for 12+ hours. 

5. Utility/Swiss Army Knife

Now make sure you keep this in your hold luggage when you're flying obviously, otherwise you're going to lose it at security, but a versatile tool such as this can really come in handy when you're sightseeing.

As we have recommended in the past, try and purchase a souvenir from every place you go that you will actually use. In this case, I was fortunate enough on our trip to Switzerland to purchase a Victorinox Swiss Army knife. It was an awesome experience. Since then, if we are checking our bags to our destination, my Swiss Army knife will come along. It has come in handy opening wine at the Eiffel Tower, cutting tags off of new items, and getting out a splinter or two.

You can find more writing from Ashlee Kronforst and Ryan Monk at Twice The Baggage, or by following them on Instagram.

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