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5 Seemingly Non-Essential Items Every Traveller Should Pack

04 September 2017 | Jonathan So

“I so need a holiday right now!” a lament that is commonly heard nowadays whenever someone feels they need an escape from all the crap happening in their life. Travelling not only enables us to relax and de-stress from our hectic everyday lives, it also enables us to experience new cultures, savour unique and mouth-watering cuisines, enjoy beautiful scenery, et cetera.

However, with all the joys of travelling comes one pre-travel activity that most of us abhor – packing our luggage. Have you ever stared at your empty backpack, with the contents of your bedroom strewn around as if a hurricane just passed through it, not knowing what to pack? Yup, I feel you, give me a high-five! Packing for our travels can be a hassle as it might involve a lot of scouring and last-minute shopping for whatever we need. In the process, we might overlook some items that might seem unimportant at first, until you encounter a situation where you need them during your travels.

In the process, we might overlook some items that might seem unimportant at first, until you encounter a situation where you need them during your travels.

Hence, here are some items that you should bring along with you for your next getaway:


One item that many of us will not think of bringing is a flashlight. Many of us tend to think, “we are staying in hotels with proper electric supply, why will I need a flashlight?” Although that seems to be the case, it is always better to be safe than sorry as unexpected accidents and mishaps might occur such as a sudden blackout (quite possible) or a zombie attack (highly unlikely). Moreover, a portable hand flashlight comes in handy when you are exploring caves, trekking through the jungle at night, or simply to sneak out midnight rendezvous without waking up your roommate! You do not need a big bulky flashlight; just one that can light up bright enough for you to see will be sufficient. Oh yeah, bring an extra set of batteries too just in case.

NITECORE 23 LED Flashlight 1800Lm From HK$ 306.35 Nitecore Ec23 is a high-performance compact flashlight utilizing a Cree Xhp35 HD E2 LED to emit a scorching 1800Lm output. An innovative all-in-one control switch located on the side of the flashlight allows an easy one-handed operation to adjust five brightness levels and three special modes. Features Utilizes a Cree Xhp35 HD E2 Led. Maximum output reaches up to 1800 lumens. Integrated Precision Digital Optics Technology providing extreme reflector performance. Boasts a peak beam intensity of 16200cd and a throw distance of up to 255 meters. Innovative single button offers access to 5 brightness level and 3 modes. High efficiency constant current circuit board provides max running time of 330h. Reverse polarity protection prevents damage from incorrectly inserted batteries. Optics lens with anti-reflective coating. Waterproof in accordance to Ipx-8 ( two meters submersible ) and impact resistant to 1.5 meters. Constructed from aero grade aluminum alloy with Haiii military grade hard-anodized finish. Specifications Brand Nitecore Body Material Aerospace-grade Aluminum Alloy Emitters Quantity 1 LED Cree Xhp35 HD E2 Reflector SMO Special Modes Location Beacon, Sos, Strobe Luminous Flux 1800Lm Luminous Intensity 16200cd Color Temperature 6500-7000K Feature Compact; Side Switch, Waterproof Function Bike; Camping, Edc, Household Use, Hunting Switch Location Side Switch Battery Type 1 x 18650/ 2 x Cr123/ 2 x Rcr123 (Not Included) Color Black Product Weight 0.078kg Product Size 12.87 x 2.54 x 2.54cm Package Contents 1 x LED Flashlight 1 x Lanyard 1 x O-ring 1 x User Manual
NITECORE MT21C 1000 Lumen Multitask 90 Degree Adjustable Flashlight From HK$ 328.63 It is a compact and portable flashlight with maximum output up to 1000 lumen. With 90-degreee tiltable head, you can use the light as a streamlined everyday torch or a versatile angled work light. Single button control, with 5 brightness levels and 3 special modes to choose, satisfy your different needs. Ultra-Bright 1000 Lumen Output Utilizes a Cree Xp-L HD V6 LED with a 1000 lumen max output, easily cope with almost all scenarios. 90 Degree Tiltable Head 90 degree adjustable head, giving you the unique ability to use the light as a streamlined everyday torch or a versatile angled work light. Easy to Use & Single Button Control A single side switch controls 5 brightness levels and 3 special modes, allowing you to easily select any brightness level like turbo mode for long distance searching, to ultra-low mode for map reading, and 3 special modes(strobe, Sos,, beacon) for emergency situations like alerting others during r Precision Digital Optics Technology Crystal coating technology combined with Pdot for a peak beam intensity of 8500cd and a peak throw of 184 meters. High-Efficiency Constant Circuit Powered by 1* 18650 or 2* Cr123A batteries(not included), provide unwavering output with up to 700 hours of runtime. And the built-in blue indicator beneath the switch will blink to indicate battery power. Different Carrying Ways With a two-way stainless steel titanium plated clip, just clip it anywhere for hands-free application; also with a magnetic base allows for quick attach to any metal surfaces. Compact & Portable The compact size and lightweight body won’t weight you down and allows it to easily be carried in pockets, bags and backpacks, making it an ideal light for EDC and travelling. Note When the light is off, tap the On/off switch, the blue indicator will report battery voltage. Specifications Brand Nitecore Model Mt21C LED Cree Xp-L HD V6 Battery 1* 18650 or 2* Cr123A batteries(not included) Max Brightness 1000 lumens Peak Beam Distance 201 yards Peak Beam Intensity 8500cd IP Rating Ipx8 Impact Resistance 1m Product Weight 3.65oz Package Contents 1 x Flashlight 1 x O Ring 1 x Lanyard 1 x Holster 1 x Pocket Clip
NITECORE LR12 1000Lumens 2 in 1 Mini Lantern Flashlight From HK$ 272.92 The Nitecore Lr12 is a powerful flashlight with a max output of 1000lumens. With a simple twist, the retractable diffusor turns the Lr12 into a compact camping lantern that emits soft, ambient lighting. Featuring 4 brightness and 1 special mode with max output of 1000lumens and up to 181 yard throw, it is ideal for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, searching, etc. 2-in-1 Lantern & Flashlight The Nitecore Lr12 gives you the power of a compact everyday flashlight with the utility of a retractable diffusor to instantly convert your light into a pocket-sized lantern. 1000Lm Bright Output Equipped with a powerful Cree Xp-L HD V6 Led, the Lr12 produces up to 1000lumens output and 181 yard throw, which makes it ideal for outdoor hiking or camping. 4 Brightness Levels and 1 Special Mode Features lo, mid, high, turbo 4 brightness levels and a special beacon mode in a compact and lightweight body, Lr12 is convenient for emergency use and everyday carry. Advance Temperature Regulation With advanced temperature regulation module, the Lr12 regulates its output and adapts to the ambient environment, maintaining optimal performance. Easy Twist Control The Lr12 uses an intuitive twist control to turn the light on and off and adjust output. Handsfree Positioning Use the magnetic tail cap or hanging loop for handsfree light, you can position exactly where you need it. Specifications Brand Nitecore Model Lr12 Material Aluminum Alloy Max. Output 1000Lumens Max. Beam Distance 166m Max. Beam Intensity 6900cd LED Cree Xp-L HD V6 Reflector Type SMO Lens Mineral Glass with Anti-reflective Coating Beam Color White Light Battery 1 x 18650 / 2 x Cr123A (not included) Product Weight 78.5g / 2.76oz Product Size 106.2 mm (head length) x 26.9mm (head dia.) Package Contents 1 x Nitecore Lr12 LED Flashlight, 1 x Lanyard, 1 x O-ring
NITECORE MH10 Cree XM-L2 U2 LED Flashlight 1000 Lumens Rechargeable Searchlight From HK$ 280.44 Video Bright light spreads all over the corner in the dark with this Pocket LED Flashlight. It is a searchlight designed for 232m distance illumination, 1000 lumens output and extremely 520 hours of usage. Besides, it is easy to carry around with lanyard and pouch attachment. The Nitecore Mh10 LED flashlight is a compact USB rechargeable device that can be taken on the go anywhere. With an output of 1000 lumens, a 232m distance illumination and a peak beam intensity of 13,500 cd the Nitecore is the perfect accompaniment to evening activities. The device is Ipx-8 water resistance up to 2m submersion and 1.5m impact resistant. Features Utilizes "Precision Digital Optics " Technology Provides extreme reflector performance. Maximum Output of 1000 Lumens Comes with LED forever bulbs ensures safety in the dark. 13500cd Peak Beam Intensity And 232m Beam Distance Allows you to have a clear version in the dim situation. 4 Brightness Levels Selectable 4 brightness levels: ultra-low, low, medium and high. Special Modes for Emergency Including strobe, SOS and location beacon One Button Switch Design Makes the flashlight easy to operate. Ipx-8 Water Resistant Aluminum Body Ensures a sturdy construction and a durable use. Impact Resistance to 1.5m Prevents the flashlight from damage when drops. Non-slip And Ergonomical Grip Fits for clenching the flashlight easily. Lanyard Attachment Keeps the light handy on your purse, belt loop or backpack. Lightweight And Portable Size Light and handy makes it easy to carry with you. Specifications Material Aluminium Alloy Product Weight 120g Product Size 13 x 2.5 cm Package Weight 230g Package Size 21.3 x 10 x 3.5 Package Include 1 x Flashlight, 1 x Lanyard, 1 x Pouch, 1 x USB cable, 1 x Manual
Fenix TK20R 1000LM Cree XP-L HI V3 LED Flashlight From HK$ 479.05 Fenix Tk20R is a Micro-USB rechargeable flashlight that is designed for tactical applications. It delivers a maximum beam distance of 310 meters by utilizing a Cree XPL HI V3 Led, and has a max output of 1000 lumens. In addition, it is powered by one 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery, and two cold resistant Cr123A can be used as standby batteries. Features are dual layer body, inner waterproofing treatment; and a tactical tail switch and side switch that allow easily access to four output levels and strobe. This compact but hardy flashlight is ideal for tactical application, industrial tasks and hunting. Features Uses Cree Xp-L HI V3 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours. Powered by one 18650 rechargeable Li-ion battery, USB rechargeable. Digitally regulated output maintains constant brightness. Low-voltage warning reminds when battery replacement is needed. Reverse polarity protection, to protect from improper battery insertion. Overheat protection to avoid high temperature of the surface. Tactical tail switch for momentary on and constant activation. Functional side switch for output selection. Premium type Ⅲ hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish. Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating. Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum. Specifications Brand Fenix Model Tk20R LED Cree Xp-L HI V3 Lumen Max 1000Lm Product Weight Approx 141g Dimension 15.15 x 2.5 x 3.4cm Package Contents 1 x Flashlight 1 x 2900mAh 18650 Rechargeable Battery 1 x USB Charging Cable 1 x Holster 1 x Lanyard 1 x Spare O Ring 1 x User Manual
NITECORE P26 Waterproof 1000 Lumen Infinite Brightness Tactical LED Flashlight From HK$ 328.63 The Nitecore P26 runs on a single 18650 battery with a max runtime of 500 hours. Equipped with a Cree Xp-L Hiv3 Led, this light is capable of up to 1000 lumens available in a suppressive burst for tactical and self-defense purposes. It can be taken anywhere in your backpack or pocket. It is great for law enforcement, military, searching, camping, hiking, exploring, security, or anything else that requires extreme luminosity and beam throw. Infinite Brightness Controls With an innovative rotary switch, allows you to select from infinite brightness from 0.5 to 1000 lumens and Strobe modes with a simple twist. High Performance Output This super bright flashlight is fitted with a Cree Xp-L Hiv3 LED capable of 1000 lumens output and 339 yards throw - that's over three football fields for distance searching and inspecting! Tactical Tail Cap Use this convenient switch to access constant and momentary output with one hand. Ideal for tactical and self-defense uses. Long Runtime Using 1x 18650 battery or 2x Cr123A batteries, the P26 offers up to 500 hours runtime so you can do more on each charge. Wide Application Great for law enforcement, military, searching, camping, hiking, exploring, security, or anything else that requires extreme luminosity and beam throw. Specifications Brand Nitecore Model P26 Max Output 1000 lumens Max Beam Distance 310m Max Beam Intensity 24000cd Max Runtime 500h/20.83d LED Cree Xp-L HI V3 Reflector SMO Battery 1 x 18650, 2 x Cr123/rcr123 Special Modes Strobe Beam Color White light Length 149mm/5.86 in Head Size 31.8mm/1.25 in Weight 128.5g/4.53oz Package Contents 1 x LED Flashlight, 2 x Cr123/rcr123 Batteries

Zip Lock Bags

One of the most unpredictable things that you will encounter during your travels is the weather. It can be bright and shiny one moment and rain heavily the next, especially if you are travelling in tropical climates. You should make sure that your items can withstand weather conditions such as rain and snow which leads to the next item on the list, zip lock bags. These often-undermined items are waterproof, proving very useful to prevent your electronic devices and important documentation from becoming wet. Moreover, zip lock bags weigh next to nothing and can fit in your bags easily, hence there should not be any reason not to bring them along for your trip.

Universal Travel Adapter Plugs

Universal Travel Adapter Plugs is one item that many of us tend to neglect while we are packing. These plugs are exceptionally important, especially when we are travelling overseas, say from Hong Kong to Europe, and vice-versa. Countries in different regions have power outlets with dissimilar configurations compared to the ones we have in our home country, which means that we are not able to use our chargers and certain electrical devices due to the different build (which again, is another case of HELL ON EARTH!). These plugs can easily be found in most hardware stores and even online, so make sure you take the effort to include them as part of your travelling essentials.

Insect Repellent

No one likes to be bitten by bugs and end up with red splotches on your body. There are also insects such as mosquitoes that carry diseases with them which might cause you to fall sick during your travels (ultimate buzzkill!) Bring an insect repellent along to ward these creepy-crawlies away.

Solar LED Mosquito Killer Lamp Lawn Light From HK$ 33.37 The Solar Powered Mosquito Zapper Light is ideal for lighting up your outdoor space for killing the mosquito and the other insect pest; or as an accent light to illuminate your trees, bushes or your home, giving the ideal lighting accent. Powered by the sun solar energy. Solar-powered lights automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn. Features Protects your family from annoying mosquitoes, insects bites. Solar-powered mosquito and bug zapper means no more batteries! Save money on electricity and batteries when you switch to these amazing solar-powered bug zappers. Just put them in the ground, and the sun powers them every day for constant protection from bugs all night! The LED used can produce 380mm ray of light, which can attract mosquitoes around to close to the light source. When mosquitoes fly close to the light source, they will be killed by the grid which was full of electric current. Compact & lightweight, easy to carry & highly portable, also great for fishing, camping, hiking, jogging, golfing or simply enjoying your patio or porch. Easy installation. It's a great convenient way to kill flies and bugs indoors and outdoors, no smell, no chemicals and no environmental pollution. Specifications Solar Panel 2V / 50mA Battery 1 x 1.2V 600mAh Ni-MH Battery (included) LED Count 2 LED Color Purple, White Mode Count 2 Product Weight 225g Product Size 15 x 15 x 16 cm Package Contents 1 x Solar LED Mosquito Killer Lamp

Extra Pouch of Money

I am sure you have heard of the phrase, “Do not put all your eggs in one basket.” Similarly, while you are travelling, you should not keep all your money in one wallet. Make sure you have an additional wallet or pouch of money with you so that you have excess money during emergencies, such as if case your wallet is stolen during your travels. The extra pouch should have enough money for you to afford a cab ride so that you can travel to the nearest police station to file a report.

These are some common items that most tend to neglect or have never thought of bringing with us while we are travelling. These items are inexpensive but they can play a vital role in making our adventures safer and less troublesome. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry, especially when we are travelling to a foreign land where we do not speak the language or know anyone there. Of course, you should also invest in a reliable backpack to keep the items mentioned above and other travelling essentials.

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