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  • Nick and Dariece | June 15, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    5 Must-Have Travel Products

    5 Must-Have Travel Products

    All photos courtesy of Goats on the Road

    We've been traveling now for over 5 years and although our travel style has changed, our need for awesome travel gear has not. Over the years, we've found some really great travel products that we think are indispensible.

    The Perfect Backpack

    Let's start with the most important item. We've had a few backpacks, but the ones that we now have really stand out. I carry the Osprey Kestrel 32 and Nick carries the Osprey Farpoint 55. Both bags have held up to the task of trekking and camping through the mountains of Central Asia, being thrown into the luggage compartments of dirty buses, and have housed our whole lives for the past two years.

    We each also carry a daypack on our fronts, which is where we keep our important electronic gear and documents that we want to have on us at all times. For this, I have a small Deuter pack, and Nick has the new Vanguard UP Rise II 48, which holds our drone, Nick's laptop, our camera gear, and more.

    It's important to find a pack that fits your body type and is comfortable. When travelling, your bag will become your best friend! Click here to see our review of the Osprey Kestrel 32, and click here to see our review of the Osprey Farpoint 55.

    Travel Towel

    It may sound silly to pack a towel with you, and it is, if you're bringing a regular heavy cotton one. The towel I'm referring to is a special lightweight, quick-dry, antimicrobial one that is a travel essential. Many hostels and guesthouses won't provide towels, or they'll charge you a large deposit to rent one — so it's important to have your own. The towels come in handy for using at the beach and are great for camping too (you can dry your hands, dry dishes, etc.).

    Tiger Balm

    This menthol heat rub was developed in China and has been a lifesaver for me for many years. Many people use it as a topical cream for inflamed muscles, but I prefer to use it for motion sickness. Whenever I'm feeling ill on a bus or a boat, I just unscrew the metal cap, take a few whiffs of it and I'm good to go! Another use is for headaches (rub it on your temples) and for masking unsavory odors found on the streets or in bathrooms!

    The Travel Card

    This is an amazing product that we recently found. The Travel Card is a small, slim, charge card that can fit in your wallet and plugs into your iPhone or Android to give you 5 more hours of charge! When you're out and about and you don't have your charger and cord with you (or can't find an outlet), you simply plug the card into your device and continue texting, taking photos, calling, emailing, or listening to music! It's lightweight and awesome.

    GoPro Camera and Stabilizer

    These days, everyone is making videos of their adventures. Having a GoPro is a must, especially for those who are scuba divers or do any sort of water sports. The camera is small and compact making it easy to pack and the clarity and quality of the pictures and videos is very good as well. Combine the GoPro with the Feiyu Tech G4 Gimbal and your videos will definitely look professional.

    The Gimbal is a 3-axis stabilizer, which means that you can be on a bumpy bus, or hiking through rough terrain and your video will look very smooth. I can't imagine not having this incredible product in our backpacks, we use it all of the time.

    There are so many amazing products we've come across over the past years of being on the road, but these are our favorite five.

    Which items would you add to the list? Tell us below!


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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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