Top 10 Essential Non-Tech Gadgets for Travelers


Non-Tech Gadgets for Travelers

Being on the road is an exciting time, full of new memories, wonderful people, and of course, some pretty stunning photo opportunities. Of course, traveling also has a habit of not leaving much room for charging many gadgets.

Gadgets for Travellers
Gadgets for Travellers

This is why whether you’re camping down the road or on a tour of the world, there are several non-tech gadgets that you simply shouldn’t leave without!

1) Anti-Theft Camera Backpacks

As one of your most expensive holiday essentials, no doubt you will be worried about the safety of your camera. Whether a simple point-and-shoot or a top range of the range DSLR, the stored memories on the device are priceless, so protecting them is essential.

Pacsafe Camsafe Slingbag Gadgets for Travelers
Pacsafe Camsafe Slingbag Gadgets for Travelers

With that in mind, a backpack that deters thieves and the like is your first essential non-tech gadget for the road. Depending on the bag you buy, there are secret compartments for your camera, wallet, and other essentials cleverly hidden throughout the bag. A thief will be more likely to seek out the ‘main compartment’ of the bag, but this will be a false front. Store a spare jumper in this section or something equally inexpensive.

UV Pen
UV Pen

2) UV Pen

Traveling in a group can be fun but also a logistical nightmare. Especially if some people in the group split up to enjoy different activities. Wi-Fi or phone signal may not be accessible at all times, so having a good way to relay messages in your place of residence for a holiday is a sensible idea. To keep these messages private, a UV pen can be used to maintain your privacy and keep meeting locations, etc., between your group.

Flashlight – Gadgets for Travelers

3) Flashlight

Whether hiking a mountain trail, camping, or simply being too far away from the light switch can mean a disturbing level of darkness when traveling. A flashlight is essential to maintain safety in these situations and to keep you on the right track at all times.

4) Credit Card Sized Utility Tool

Can opener, fruit peeler, screwdriver, bottle opener, and even nail clippers could be needed throughout your travel experience. However, it is not always possible or practical to take all of these things individually. A smaller version of all of these in one convenient package is the perfect solution.

There are a variety of different credit-card-sized utility tools that you can purchase, depending on your needs. But, remember, if you are flying, then make sure it fits in with security guidelines!

QuietON Noise Cancelling Earplugs
QuietON Noise Cancelling Earplugs

5) Noise Cancelling Earplugs

Traveling on planes, trains, and buses can be a noisy affair. For quick trips from town to town, this might not matter, but for longer and more arduous journeys where you would rather sleep, this can be a real issue. A good pair of noise-canceling headphones can be a lifeline when surrounded by other noisy travelers – so invest in some quality ones if you’re traveling frequently or long distances!

6) Wristwatch

Timekeeping whilst traveling is essential. From departure times to tour bookings, you need to know what time it is! If any of your techy gadgets fail you or run out of juice, you have to rely on good Samaritans are accurate public displays to keep you on track. However, by wearing a traditional wristwatch – and not one of the smart varieties – you can be assured you will always be on time for everything.

Casio G-Shock
Casio G-Shock

Of course, any old Casio or the like will do. But, there are also plenty of opportunities for you a stylish travel alternative. Offerings from the likes of Thomas Sabo are stylish, extremely accurate, and a perfect match for whatever travel experiences on offer – from a night around the campfire or at the opera.

7) Lens Cleaning Kit

Smudges. Smears. Grease. Sand. All enemies that your lenses have to face on a day to day basis whilst traveling. Having an effective, quick, non-damaging remedy for these on hand is essential for the perfect photos. Cleaning solutions and cloth are often enough, but for those who wish the very best for their lenses, there are plenty of other alternatives out there.

Personalised Leather Cord Organiser by SCARAMANGA
Personalized Leather Cord Organiser by SCARAMANGA

8) Cable Organiser

Inevitably you will be traveling with a large number of technical gadgets. Having something which can organize the cables that inevitably come with these gadgets can be a lifeline. A simple cable organizer is a low cost and fits snugly in the small compartment of your bag. So, say goodbye to tangled wires!

LifeStraw Go Portable Water Purifier
LifeStraw Go Portable Water Purifier

9) Water Purifier

Finding yourself thirsty on a trail can be precarious. Do you trust the water enough to drink it, or do you risk dehydration? Neither are particularly safe options. So, a simple water purifier is the essential trailblazer’s gadget to keep the thirst and impurities at bay on your hikes.


10) Binoculars

For wildlife enthusiasts or just someone who wants to see what’s ahead, binoculars are the perfect gadget to bring the distant horizon into clear focus. For those venturing into nature, a pair of binoculars can really enhance your overall experience and bring a few of those elusive photos to your eyes, if not your camera, at least.

So, there you have it! A comprehensive list of essential non-tech gadgets for travelers. From the useful to the essential, there’s plenty of reasons to leave your gadgets at home and go for a non-electronic alternative.

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Written by Zara Halliwell

When not working full-time Zara is often booking the next great escape
and writing about the last. To travel the world and write for a living
is the ultimate goal.

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