You’re a bit of a tense traveler, we get it. We can be tense too. The trick is to be well equipped for the sitch, no matter what.
Diving deep into the wilderness for a week-long digital detox? Good, we’ve got the gear for it.
Hitting the open road in an SUV packed to the sunroof for a road trip across the Maritimes? You can never be too prepared. Who knows when you’ll be perched next to the campfire thinking, “Gosh, I wish I had a metal back warmer that would wrap the heat from the fire around my body.” Well, there’s a contraption for that, and you’ll probably want to pack it. Because, you never know.
Here are 15 wild and wonderful devices and do-das that will instil confidence in your impending trip—even if your family’s skeptical about how you’ll fare.
Survival essentials for the traveler who likes to be prepared for EVERYTHING
Sleep in the SkyWorried about critters crawling into your tent—or worse, getting into your ears—while you snooze? Sleep above the forest floor and stop those spiders and slugs from interrupting your slumber. It's like a cocoon with a strict no caterpillar policy. Tentsile Stingray tree tent, $850, TentsileTentsile
Multifunctional magicWhy get one of these? Because you're likely going to need to cut an apple, get a sliver out of your thumb, open a bottle of Shiraz and tighten a wiggly screw on your sunnies. And if you don't, at least know that you could if you needed to. Leatherman Juice multi-tool, $100, LeathermanLeatherman
Give me lifeCharge your phone from nada to a whole lotta battery 3 times over with this pocket-sized USB power bank. It'll juice up your phone faster than plugging into your laptop would. Oh, and it comes in camo, so you're invincible when it comes to lions and stuff. Outdoor Tech Kodiak power bank, $70, Outdoor TechOutdoor Tech
Squeaky clean, anywhereIf your odor's getting the better of you, get all sorts of clean with a portable and compact shower. This one packs down to the size of a hat box, and is pressurized with a foot pump. Stink less. Nemo Helio portable shower, $120, Live Out ThereLive Out There
Fold 'em upReal talk: men's shoes are enormous. That's why rollable shoes make so much dang sense when you're traveling. And they actually look trendy, too. Lems' Boulder boot, $150, Lems ShoesLems Shoes
The straw of lifeThe most important long-term survival skill is pretty much the ability to find water. The LifeStraw may not be glamorous, but it might just keep you from dying of dehydration. So, if you think there's even a possibility, put it in your emergency kit. LifeStraw water filter, $25, MECMEC
Passwords in one placeIf you're a digital nomad, logging in from Toronto on Monday and then Shanghai on Wednesday, you will be locked out of accounts. Have your digital ducks in a row for when the password gatekeepers come calling. Dashlane Premium, $55, iTunesiTunes
Toasty warmA campfire's the only friend you really need in the wild. But your back can get cold, quick. The struggle is real. Transfer heat from the flames, and let the warmth wrap around your bod like an affectionate hug. Campfire back warmer, $24.50, Lee ValleyLee Valley
Feeling antisocial?Sleep doesn't care if you're in a 5-star hotel, or wedged in an airplane--when it comes for you, you can only fight it for so long. When you're ready to give in to sweet slumber, public or otherwise, do so with the privacy and dignity afforded by the inside of the Ostrich Neck Pillow. Ostrich Neck Pillow, $120, Bed, Bath & BeyondBed, Bath & Beyond
The coziest of onesiesWhy position yourself in your sleeping bag like a hotdog in a bun when you could wear it like an adult baby in a onesie instead? And when nature calls in the middle of the night, now you can bring the coziness with you. Selk'bag, $220, SilkbagusaSilkbagusa
Belt it outYou know who was prepared for every situation? Batman. Be more like the Dark Knight, or in this case, like ultimate survivor dude Bear Grylls with this belt. It'll help you gather the survival essentials, food and fire, with some concealed fishing line and hooks, a survival guide and a place for matches. Bear Grylls Survival Belt, $48, Gerber Gear Gerber Gear
Everything but the bathroom sinkTravel doesn't mean compromising your toiletries. No sirry! That full-sized shampoo and conditioner are coming along for the ride. Heck, bring the bubble bath soap, too. You just need the right kit to carry it all, and this, friends, is it. REI Muy Grande Shower Kit, $48, REIREI
Catch those raysIt's common knowledge that if you didn't photograph it, you weren't there. Stay on the grid with all your gadgets fully charged with a solar generator kit that fits your trip. Goal Zero has the solution. Goal Zero solar kits, from $60, Goalzero.comGoalzero.com
Can I eat that?Now that we've sorted your cell's battery life issue, let's get to breakfast. What's that? You ran out of gluten-free energy balls? No matter, this handy app (find out more about it here) will tell you what foliage will be delicious, and which will be deadly. Leafsnap, free, iTunesiTunes
Anti-theft carry-on bagThe only thing worse than getting your stuff swiped is getting your stuff swiped in a foreign country. Protect your vitals (passport, small cash stash, items 1-14 on this list) in this slash-proof, locking, cross-body bag. Travelon anti-theft bag, $64, AmazonAmazon