A traveler’s guide to every spring destination

Picking what to pack isn’t easy any time of the year, but when it comes to spring – all bets are off with the weather. Whatever outfits you finally choose will ultimately be wrong, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of your gear should be written off.

Packing for spring, wherever you’re going, can be made so much easier for every spring destination with 7 simple additions that you can rely on to make journeys easier, memories better and your experience improved.

What are these magical 7 items I hear you scream? Sit back, relax and I’ll tell you, young traveller…

1. Kool 8 bottle

Ever get those headaches when you travel that you just can’t put your finger on? They’re more than likely a result of dehydration from flying, adventuring around and being a forgetful water consumer.

But fear not – there’s a fantastic cure for the mystery headaches and it comes in the rather simple form of the Kool 8 water bottle. Unique in its modern design, amazing price and quality, the Kool8 water bottle comes top of the list when it comes to finding the best water bottle in 2019.

Not only will you be keeping hydrated with drinks cold for up to 24 hours (or hot for 12), but, more importantly, for every purchase, 20% of the profits go towards helping areas around the world that need clean water the most.

Who knows, you might even match bottles with some locals in your travels this spring.

2. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera

Capturing moments on an instant printout camera is one of the most fulfilling and fun parts of travelling. It might be a bit of a cliche, but there’s definitely something special about the instant cameras of the past.

But moving through 2019, you might as well update that hardware, right? In that case, you’ll be pushed to find a better buy than the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera. With a variety of colours to suit just about every personality, outfit or style, you’re to find something to fit the bill when it comes to an edgy snapper.

3. Moment phone camera lenses

If you’re one for digital pics rather than the physical copies, chances are that you’re going to have to shell out a few hundred dollars on a semi-decent camera, right? Wrong.

With the lens kits from Moment, you can turn just about every smartphone into a digital camera worth bragging about. Simply attach any of the applicable lenses to the custom Moment phone case and you’ll transform the pics from your phone up to DSLR quality.

There’s plenty of lenses to choose from for a variety of phones, including the Samsung Galaxy, iPhone, Google Pixel and more. It’s a great cost effective space-saver for your travels throughout spring.

4. Panasonic ErgoFit headphones

Blocking out noise is imperative when travelling, but trekking around with a huge pair of expensive noise-cancelling headphones can be a bit of a burden.

I much prefer to opt for a pair of simple wired headphones that are a little on the cheaper side when travelling. That way I don’t have to worry about losing them, breaking them, having to pack a charger, batteries running out when you need them most and dreaded connection issues.

All wired headphones are pretty standard, so a pair such as the Panasonic ErgoFit will be great to pop in the bag, even if they’re just used as a backup. For under $10, you can’t really go wrong and with a trusted brand like Panasonic, you can be sure you’re getting a good product, even if it is on the cheaper side.

5. Flight 001 4-in-1

Not sure of the plug compatibility where you’re heading next? Don’t worry about it ever again with the Flight 001 4-in-1 adapter.

The super simply plug adapter is one of the best on the market, not because of the funky design, but because of the sheer number of adapters all in 1. With over 150 countries covered with the single block, you can be certain you’ll be able to keep your laptop juiced up wherever you may be.

It might be a little pricey at $25, but for power just about anywhere in the world, it’s a pretty small price to pay!

6. Just-in-case kit

One of my absolute favourite things to pack when I’m travelling any time of the year is a just-in-case kit.

The travel kits, such as the out of office travel kit from Revolve, comes with just about everything that you might need when you’re away for a couple of days, weeks or even months at a time. We’re talking ear plugs, eye masks, back up headphones, phone/tablet stands, stain remover, breath freshener, dental floss and need I go on? You get the picture.

It’s everything you might possibly need all packaged into a useful, handy and easy to carry washbag so you can throw it into a suitcase with a couple of outfits and be on your way – just don’t forget your toothbrush.

7. Eddie Bauer packable jacket

I know it’s spring, I know it’s supposed to be great weather, however, it can’t hurt to pack a jacket right?

A lightweight, packable jacket (I like the choices available on Eddie Bauer) is an absolute must for the season. There’s plenty of style options to choose from and with a super small packable design, you can be sure that they won’t be taking half the space in your backpack.

Either use it as a shield from the rain, a barrier against the wind or even as a simple fashion statement – there’s a rainfoil to suit just about everyone.