We thought we’d share a list of the top 10 things that we brought with us or have bought along the way that make our daily life easier and more enjoyable. This list is geared toward things that others might want to think about bringing along with them, not big-ticket toys like bikes or surfboards, or key overlanding gear, like tools or winches, which we will cover in a different post. So here it goes in no particular order:
1. BOSE SOUNDLINK REVOLVE + BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS
This speaker has great battery life and sound for its size and can even be hung from a tree.
2. BIALETTI INDUCTION ESPRESSO MAKER
We can’t live without our morning americano or capuccino (at least without stumbling around like zombies). We have an induction cooktop so we bought the Bialetti 4833 Moka Induction Espresso Maker but any Bialetti stovetop espresso maker will do the job. Just make sure it’s big enough, e.g., makes at least 3 cups which is more like 2.
3. 3-QUART INSTA POT
This pressure cooker cooks just about everything, and fast. We use it for beans, meat and veggies.
4. GARMIN TURN-BY-TURN NAVIGATION DEVICE
We have the Garmin Drive 51 but almost any Garmin turn-by-turn navigation device will work. It’s indispensable when we don’t have cell phone coverage and has great maps in the countries we’ve traveled to. We mount it on our dashboard using a Garmin friction mount.
5. GARMIN INREACH DEVICES
The InReach devices are GPS devices that enable you to send eMail and text messages eMails whenever and wherever you are. These GPS devices are indispensable when we’re in an area without cell phone coverage, especially when we split up, e.g., when I go for a solo adventure in a remote location (or vice versa). Unlike satellite phones, the monthly plans are pretty reasonable.
6. TREKKING UMBRELLAS
We have the euroSCHIRM Swing Liteflex Trekking Umbrellas and use them for everything, including hiking. They are extremely lightweight and easy to sling around your shoulder.
7. COCKTAIL SHAKERS
We aren’t borachos, but we do like to make an occasional margarita. I prefer to use weighted cocktail shakers, like a set (one each) of the small and large Koriko weighted shaking tins that you can buy on cocktailkingdom.com.
8. ELECTRIC BUG ZAPPER
Sure we are Buddhists, but that doesn’t mean we are going to let mosquitoes bite us all night!
9. BLACK DIAMOND DISTANCE CARBON Z TREKKING POLES
We use these for running, trekking, and keeping aggressive street dogs at bay! I think that the Distance Carbon Z’s are the lightest weight trekking poles that Black Diamond makes and they are well worth it. Make sure you get the right size for you!
10. ILI TRANSLATION DEVICE
When we have cell phone coverage and even sometimes when we don’t (you can download the offline translation file) we use Google Translate. But the ili is very helpful when we’re offline. It’s also a great learning tool.