As a female travel writer, I’m always looking for ways to be self-sufficient, especially when I’m on the go – twice as much during the current pandemic.
Whether I’m on a weekend getaway or a two-week car adventure, these six pieces of equipment are right for me. they deliver Peace of mind, confidence and the knowledge that I am ready and willing to deal with anything that comes my way.
Uncharted Supply Co. Zeus Power Bank ($ 150)
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It may be small (about the size of a brick), but the Zeus packs a mighty punch. With this portable battery, even large diesel trucks can be started multiple times on one charge, reducing contact with others during the pandemic. Just connect the provided jumper cables to the charged battery and then to your car and – boom – you have power. Fortunately, my car battery never had to be restarted, but the built-in flashlight came in handy, and the USB port makes a great cell phone charger.
Leatherman Wave + Multitool ($ 100)
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The Wave + has a permanent address in my handbag. The most popular multi-tool from Leatherman has 17 devices in one: pliers, wire cutters, knives, scissors, a saw, files, drivers, a ruler, a can and bottle opener, an electric crimper and a wire stripper. I mostly use the knives, often to cut food or to cut paracord for a tarpaulin, but also often the scissors to cut duct tape and the can opener. Access to food. Whether I’m starting a fire, repairing an engine, or providing first aid, this product has one tool – if not two – to do it.
CrazyCap water bottle ($ 69)
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I recently failed to pack enough water on a 12 km hike in South Texas. But I wasn’t too worried because I had the CrazyCap water bottle, a stainless steel jar that sterilizes the liquid with a UV LED light built into the cap. If you’ve filled your bottle by a questionable pond or rest fountain, all it takes is two faucets on top of the lid and the UV light kills viruses, pathogens and bacteria in one minute – without changing the taste of the water. It won’t filter out sediment, but it’s a good choice if you are in a emergency or in an area where water may not be the most hygienic. Bonus: The company claims you could unscrew the cap, using it to kill bacteria on your phone, door handles, or steering wheel.
Garmin Women of Adventure Fenix 6S Solar Pro Watch ($ 800)
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The Women of Adventure The Fenix 6S Solar Pro watch is the best companion on a road trip. It records my heart rate, pulse oxygen, breathing, sleep and temperature – all of which help me monitor my health while traveling. It also offers detailed maps of remote areas and the smaller size fits my wrist nicely. When you follow activity on the watch, such as B. a hike or a run, a live link of your location will be sent to loved ones. Unlike other sports watches I’ve used, this is it one Thanks to a built-in solar lens, lasts at least four days without charging.
Taiga Terra Cooler ($ 199)
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This cooler is a lifesaver. I only had to top it up with ice 3 times during an 11 day road trip to save money and limit the number of gas station stops. Not too big and not too small, the 27-liter chest fits easily on the back seat of my car. It contained 12 cans, a pack of bacon, cheese, and a six-pack of eggs with some space, and was made of 20 percent hemp-filled polypropylene.
Smart Travel Adventure Medical Kit ($ 50)
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Travelers can be prepared for any medical emergency with the Smart Travel Adventure Medical Kit. This toolkit is filled with 69 items including bandages, bandages, gels, tweezers, a thermometer, medication, wound care, and dehydration kits. It can treat minor and major injuries or health problems. I’m part of the kit’s instructions, which includes useful information like prescription dosages and tips for assessing the severity of various injuries. But perhaps the best advantage is that it only weighs a little over a pound, so I had no problem carrying it in my backpack during a five hour hike.
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