Screwed Without It: There is an increasing reliance on items that demand power while travelling, (phone, camera, iPad, etc), yet they all seem to have a temperamental battery life. A small power bank gives your items that vital extra charge when it’s needed most, possibly sparing you from some nasty situations…
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Charge your phone directly out of the battery bank which is being charged from the mains. That way, you can always be sure your battery bank will have charge.
- 2200 mAH – from dead this will provide your phone with a minimum 50% charge.
- Android cable to charge your device included. If apple, the battery bank will work well but you will need to keep a lightning cable in your spare pocket in the pack.
First Aid Kit
Screwed Without It: Accidents happen and are especially common while travelling. You’ll also be walking more than usual so blisters will be common, and cuts and scrapes can quickly become infected when in hot, humid conditions.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: The First Aid Kit is not just for you, but apply to other people along your travels.
- 1 x Roll of first aid tape
- 1 x gauze bandage 5cm x 1.8M
- 2 x alcohol prep pads
- 1 x first aid guide
- 1 x non-adherent pad 5cm x 7.6cm
- 1 x gauze dressing 5cm x 5cm
- 8 x waterproof plasters 76mm x 19mm
- 5 x waterproof plasters 40mm x 10mm
- 4 x waterproof plasters 55cm x 19mm
Screwed Without It: Not every friendly face is indeed friendly…It is vital to deter these unsavoury, opportunistic thieves as this small precaution will end up saving you lots of money and unnecessary hassle on the road, as well as your precious photos. Importantly, many hostels provide lockers which require your own padlock.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Lock your bag to railings/chairs when on long journeys on buses or trains, or lock the zips of your backpack together to act as a form of deterrent.
- Thin, yet robust, making it suitable for a variety of closures (e.g. different size hostel lockers, small backpack zips, etc.)
- 3 Digit Combination Lock
- TSA approved travel lock
- Silver or Black
Screwed Without It: A necessity if intending on camping or night hiking, but also because power outages are surprisingly common in lots of countries. Although your phone light is a good short-term alternative, it is not sustainable for longer periods of time, especially when considering battery life is a premium travelling and in many hostels you will not have direct access to power outlets to charge your phone.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Make a lantern by wedging the torch in the mouth of a plastic bottle.
- 9 LEDs
- Aluminium Torch
- Need 2xAAA Batteries
Screwed Without It: An incredibly useful tool for opening beers, cans, and much more, while still being legal to fly with.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Can cleverly be used as a phone stand if you slide your driving license (or credit card etc) through the middle and then rest your phone on it. Ideal for watching videos on your phone on those long bus journeys!
- TSA Approved
- 18 tools:
- Bottle Opener
- Can Opener
- Letter Opener
- Nail Puller
- Box Opener
- Inch & CM Ruler
- Mobile Phone Stand
- Fruit Peeler
- 6 Hex Head Nuts and Bolts
- 4 Screw Drivers
- Flat Head
- 2 x Eye Glass Screw Driver (Different Sizes)
Screwed Without It: Carrying a rain jacket isn’t always convenient, especially in a notoriously hot and dry country, but with this easily accessible poncho you can always protect yourself from any unexpected downpours - even in those countries which supposedly never rain!
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: The Waterproof Poncho is large so that it can also keep your backpack dry. In extreme circumstances, and hopefully not necessary, the poncho can also serve as an impromptu rain shelter; tie to some pointy pieces of wood and you can erect a form of tent.
- Multi-Use (dry and then fold up for next time)
- One-size fits all
- Comes down below the knee (unless you are a giant)
- Durable Ultra-Insulating Material
- Coated on both sides with a heat- reflective metallic surface
- Size: 210 x 130cm
Sun Block Stick
Screwed Without It: Sun Burn is not only painful and dangerous, but it makes you look like a fool and stand-out as a naive ‘tourist.’
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: If you are in areas of high altitude, like a lot of the cities in South America, you are vulnerable to getting burnt even though the actual temperature may be cold, because there is less of the earth’s atmosphere to block the sun.
- Twist up stick container and short white cap
- SPF 30
Screwed Without It: Blocks out all unwanted light, as when staying in a dorm its best to accept that people will walk in and turn the lights on at 3am; just after you managed to nod off. Also, good when on long distance bus/train journeys.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Wear every night as it will help you STAY asleep; don’t wait until someone actually turns on the light and wakes you up.
- Material: Soft charmeuse silk
- Concave shape so your eyes don’t touch the inside
Screwed Without It: Hostels and loud noises are synonymous, and so if you aren’t prepared you will spend the night tossing and turning to the sound of heavy snoring or ‘drum n bass’ and sometimes even more unwelcome noises…wishing you had some sound neutralizing ear plugs!
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Roll and compact the ear plug as small as possible before putting it in your canal, and then as it expands it will seal your canal maximising the effect.
- Each pair has a couple of uses
- Comes with a hard case to help keep them clean
- Material: Soft PU-foam
- 35 dB noise protection
Hand Sanitizer Gel
Screwed Without It: Just a basic level of hygiene is very difficult to keep on top of whilst travelling as you are always active and on the go. Whether hiking or merely strolling through city centres, hand sanitizer before eating and after a trip to the toilet (most toilets don’t have soap) can prevent the infamous travellers’ tummy.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: You only need to apply a little squirt onto your hands each time. If needed, it can also be used to clean some dubious looking utensils!
- Effective at killing 99.99% of bacteria, viruses and other microbes
- Fragrance Free
- You do not need water or towels, just let it evaporate off your hands
Insect Repellent Wipes
Screwed Without It: What animal kills the most humans? Sharks? Crocodiles? Jellyfish? Snakes? Friggin' mosquitoes. Now hopefully before you have gone travelling you have taken the necessary jabs for your destination which eliminates the death element of mosquitoes, but it won’t stop the biting and subsequent itching. In your travels you will at some point undoubtedly get caught out in a swarm of blood thirsty mosquitoes. These one-time use patches can be a real-life saver (especially if you haven’t got your jabs!) or just make your travels a hell of a lot more comfortable.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: One wipe to be shared between two people.
- Individually Wrapped x 3
- Repels: Mosquitoes, Midges, Ticks, Gnats, Sand Flies and other flying and biting insects
- Lasting protection 4-6 hrs
- Wipes made of Citrepel 75 which is a natural, highly effective insect repellent produced from eucalyptus oils, notably outperforming DEET.
Screwed Without It: Toilet paper is a surprisingly (and worryingly!) rare commodity in a lot of countries, and especially in overnight transport and public toilets, especially in Asia.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: If conditions require it, use the wipe on the toilet seat before sitting down.
- Individually Wrapped x 3
- 100% Biodegradable
- Moistened with an Aloe and Chamomile Solution
- pH Balanced & Alcohol Free to reduce irritation on sensitive areas
Screwed Without It: Always handy to have; filling out border cards on planes, hostel check ins, writing your journal, drawing, noughts and crosses (long bus journeys!) – the options are limitless!
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: This is difficult as a pen has so many versatile uses already, but I have seen a pen used as a short-term finger splint…
- Light Biro
Emergency Phone Numbers for all 195 Countries
Screwed Without It: The first number we all learn is the emergency contact telephone number in the country we live in, yet travelling, when accidents are more likely, we have absolutely no clue whom to call if there is an emergency! From Angola to Kazakhstan to Suriname (...and the other 195 countries) you will now be covered.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Keep in the Savvy’s Secret Pocket.
- 2 sides
- Fits in the Spare Pocket of the Savvy Travel Pack
Screwed Without It: Every person travels with something unique to them and this pocket allows you to do just that. For instance if you are asthmatic you could put your inhaler in there, or paracetamol, or pictures of friends and family, etc. Note, if you have an apple phone, I recommend keeping a lightning cable here to be able to charge your phone out of the battery bank.
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: I always store some tea bags just in case you have one of those days where everything seems to go wrong, you can still make a good old cuppa.
- Dimensions: 90mm x 133mm
Savvy’s Secret Pocket
Screwed Without It: In this Savvy Secret Pocket, keep photocopies of your travel insurance, passport and any other documents you think will be useful to have photocopies of (for instance, return flights).
Savvy’s Sixth Sense: Store a small amount of money in there, preferably USD, as at the end of the day, the dollar talks in every country and can get you out of many emergencies.
- Dimensions: 90mm x 133mm (same as the "Spare Pocket" as it is located underneath.