Travel Gear for Beginners - Knowing what to bring on a long-term trip can be daunting, but following my travel gear suggestions for beginners will ease the stress. When I set out to do a Round the World trip 10 years ago, I went a little crazy and bought every travel item I thought I should own. Most of the stuff I rarely used and the other stuff just weighed my bag down even more. After traveling to over 50 countries, 7 continents and lived in 4 of them, including Canada, here are my recommendations for traveling gear for beginners that you will use over and over again (and not just for traveling).
There are a lot of backpacks out there and they come in different sizes. I would highly recommend trying one on before purchasing to make sure it feels comfortable and fits your back properly. My backpack choice has always been Osprey. They have an 'All Mighty' Guarantee which I've had to use with no issues.
Want to make your life easier while traveling? use Organizers. I usually carry 4-5 of them and ALL of my stuff goes into those. When I open my bag, I pull out the one I need, put it back, and make zero mess. I have a bathroom bag, socks/underwear bag, bulky clothes bag and/or lighter clothes bag, and a nik nac bag.
I've had these bags for 12 years and anytime I need to pack a bag (even for 2 nights), I use a few of those.
I carry a few of these when I travel. They are super lightweight and pretty much become flat when not in use.
I have a Drybag with straps and use it for beach days, boat days, Songkran, or any days near water. When it's not in use, I lay it flat on the bottom of my bag.
I use one for my bathroom bag and all my liquids are placed here. If any spill, the spill is contained in the bag (and it has happened before).
I have a few for my electronics, specifically one for my phone with a strap so I can wear it around my neck.
Last is a water-resistant bag that I keep all my important documents and nik naks in.
I have 2, one for my day bag and one for my backpack. You never know when it's going to rain and sometimes you travel unwillingly during monsoon season and weather can change fast here in Canada as well. Whichever brand your backpack is, they will usually make basic S, M, and L covers to fit over their bags.
You can get a basic first aid kit from most stores ranging anywhere for 1-10 people. Make sure it comes in a waterproof/water-resistant container. Remember to replace anything you use in it and check the Best Before Dates.
If you're not traveling within your country, you will probably need an adaptor. You can buy individual ones for each place or you can buy an all-in-one adapter. I like the all-in-one, that way I'm always prepared regardless of the country I'm visiting and I don't have to deal with losing any individual ones.
Backpacking bags have a lot of little clips/zippers that can be damaged if caught on something. I have a protective bag to put my backpack inside for any bus ride, airplane journey, or anything else that could damage my bag. This bag has seen some damage but lucky my backpack is fine. This is a bit bulky and takes up space, but if you're going to be using any type of transport that will throw around your stuff, I would highly recommend this. As a bonus, it will also keep your backpack clean if it has to be thrown on top of buses.
There's a big difference between towels and travel towels. They save space and dry quicker than a regular towel and you can pack 2 without even putting a dent in your storage space.
When I did my 14 month RTW trip, I pulled this out about 95% of the time. I did couch surf a bit but even in some of the hostel/hotels, there weren't either enough blankets for how cold it got or we didn't get any at all! They also work well for overnight train or bus rides.
Depending on where you are going and the time of year, you can get a compact and light one for up to 5°C.
With so many options of travel gear, I hope all these 10 traveling gear for beginners suggestions makes your next shopping trip stress free.