Planning a round the world trip? Don’t leave home without getting organised! Read on to see which things every female backpacker should have:
1) Skype/Viber account
Stay in touch with family and friends using Skype or Viber. Simply download the app on your tablet or smartphone and you’ll be able to chat and video call for free. WhatsApp is also great for photo sharing and free messages.
2) Online banking
This will save you HEAPS of trouble when you’re overseas. Not only can you transfer money at the click of a button, you can scroll through previous transactions, pay off your credit card and even check for fraud. Highly recommended.
3) Google Photos
Facebook is great for sharing snaps but if you want to backup high-resolution photos then consider using Flickr or G-mail. Google Photos is another great tool because it automatically takes a back-up of any photos taken with your smartphone.
4) Travel credit card
Countless backpackers get stung by ATM fees and bank charges when they’re abroad so choose one with no foreign transaction fees and decent exchange rates. Money Saving Expert has some great advice on this and updates this page every week.
5) Google Docs
This is really useful. Scan any documents, including your passport, travel documents and insurance, before you leave. Keep a copy in your backpack and one online. That way, if it gets stolen you will still have a copy of your ID, passport number etc.
6) Headphone splitter
8) Moonpig account
Send cards to family and friends while you’re away using Moonpig. We love this service as you can set up birthday reminders, upload photos and create your own designs. Now you really don’t have an excuse for forgetting.
9) Waterproof camera or GoPro
When you’re cage diving with sharks, swimming with pink dolphins you’ll wished you forked out the extra cash for a waterproof model. We purchased the Olympus Tough TG850 which was amazing! The best thing about it – aside from being waterproof to 10m – is that it had a flip screen so you can take selfies!
10. Kindle Paperwhite
Spend the extra money and get a Kindle Paperwhite with back light. It’s SO much easier to read on dark bus journeys!