Any Travel Gear Worth The Hype? We Hit the Road and Test The Latest Products

We promise this isn’t a clickbait. When you are an avid traveler and adventure seeker, you know how important it is to pack smart. Hiking through the woods or cruising on a roadtrip can get pretty uncomfortable without the right travel gear.

That’s why we decided to test some of the latest and greatest travel products for this edition of Backpackers: Travel Gear Worth The Hype?

We hit the road to find out if these products are worth your cash. Check out our findings below!

We’ve seen a lot of cool new travel products over the last few months, but which ones are actually worth it?

The world has no shortage of travel gear, and that’s not even counting what you can find at your local drugstore or department store. From quick-dry shirts to four-way plug adapters, the choices can be overwhelming.

With so many products out there, how do you choose the right one for your next trip? We decided to hit the road and find out. For three weeks, we traveled around Asia testing new (and old) travel gear and evaluating how they held up during our trip. Here’s what we discovered.

1. Pack everything you need in one bag.

I’ve tested a few different bags in the past few years, but this was the first time I used a backpack as my only bag for an international trip. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to carry it comfortably or that there wouldn’t be enough pockets to organize my things. But after two weeks of traveling through Thailand and Laos with only a backpack, I’m sold.

2. Bring a reusable water bottle with a filter for clean drinking water anywhere you go.

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The best travel gear is the kind that gets you from point A to point B with a minimum of fuss. Which is why we decided to put the latest and greatest products to an ultimate test: a two-week trip around Europe. From backpacks and rain jackets to cameras and headphones, we scoured the market for the best items on the market, then packed them in our suitcases and checked them on our flight. The result? A list of top-notch essentials that will help you make the most of your next trip.

The group behind it all has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry and have collectively visited more than 40 countries around the world. That’s why we’re confident in our picks: If it made it onto this list, it’s because we really like it. And if you don’t, well, we’ll give you your money back.

We’re always on the lookout for the best products to take with us on the road, from headphones to laptops and everything in between. But to really test them out, there’s no substitute for putting them through their paces on a real adventure.

So we decided it was time for our own backpacker challenge: we asked two of our colleagues to take a selection of our most popular travel accessories with them as they embarked on a trip round some of New Zealand’s most iconic destinations. The only rule was that the gear had to survive all the bumps and knocks that come with backpacking.

Our testers are all enthusiastic travellers, but they come at it from different angles. Photographer Piotr Kuczynski is an experienced backpacker who likes to keep things light and simple, while adventure blogger Tom Allen is always on the lookout for new experiences. Here’s what they had to say after putting our gear through its paces.

Sure, it’s a bit of an investment, but the cost-per-use is ridiculously low. Not only will it save you from having to buy a new plastic one every time you fly, but you can use it for everything from hauling groceries from the market to carrying your laptop to work. Plus, it’s just darn cute.

The first thing you notice is the weight. Though it’s only slightly heavier than a standard backpack, it feels like a ton of bricks on your shoulders. The additional weight comes from the large solar panel that runs the length of the bag and is used to charge batteries for your various electronics. The bag also has an extra compartment where you can store these batteries and your laptop.

The second thing you notice is the comfort level. While other bags have thin shoulder straps that can leave long red marks on your shoulders, the solar backpack has thick, comfortable straps that don’t dig into your skin.

The third thing you notice is the style. Not many backpacks come in fluorescent green or orange with lots of extra pockets and compartments. In fact, I’m pretty sure no one else in my office has one like it.

In short, this is a really cool product. It’s not just a great way to charge your iPod or phone while in a pinch; it’s also a great conversation piece and fashion statement.

This is a great new backpack. It’s got a separate compartment for my shoes that can be accessed from the outside. I thought it was just a gimmick, but in practice it’s really useful. The only downside is that it doesn’t have a very big main compartment, but since I’m traveling light these days it’s not an issue.

I’ve been searching for a backpack like this for years, and finally found one. I’ll definitely be recommending this to other people!

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