5 Gadgets you Need for Your Next Backpacking Trip

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1) Reusable Utensils

The best thing about backpacking is street food, and you’ll need something to eat it with. I like the To-Go-Wear pair because they aren’t metal so you can bring it in your carry on (metal sets can be considered a weapon). This pack also includes chopsticks in case you’re travelling in Asia.

2) Food Containers

I always keep a few different sizes of Snapware in my pack in case I have delicious leftovers and want to bring them to my next location. Remember to write your name on them in permanent marker, so when you stash a package in the hostel’s refrigerator it’s less likely to get snatched.

3) Probiotics

Trying new foods and flavors is the best thing about travelling, but stomach issues can make street meat your worst enemy. Keep your stomach acids and enzymes strong with good quality vitamins. The Jarro-Dophilus probiotic pills seem to work best for my tummy, but I suggest you try several out before your next trip to see what works for you.

4) Insulated Beverage Bottle

When you're on a 20 hour bus ride, you need a bottle that can keep your beer cold or your coffee piping hot. Hydroflasks are the best quality bottles for the best price.

5) Camera

Sharing your eating experiences with friends and family back home can be a great way to introduce them to a new culture. The Canon G-16 is the camera I have had for the past few years and it has worked wonderfully. It’s compact, and has wifi-capability so you can send photos to your smartphone and post photos quickly without needing your laptop.

Traveller’s Tip: Bring Small Bills

So this is not actually a gadget, but it’s an important tip for any backpacking foodie who wants to eat the most with the most ease. Since most street food is cheap and sold out of a cart, many vendors will not have change for large bills, so I always keep a stash of small bills within close reach in case some delicious smell catches my attention when I least expect it. Having exact change also limits any communication issues when you’re grabbing a quickie.