Planning a round the world trip? Don’t leave home without getting organised! Read on to see which things every modern 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) Banking apps
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) Online photo sharing
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) Prepaid travel card
Read our advice on choosing the right bank card for your travels. Countless backpackers get stung by ATM fees and bank charges when they’re abroad – so we’ve come up with a solution!
5) Scans of important documents
This is really important. Scan any documents, including your passport, travel documents and insurance, before you leave. Keep a copy in your backpack and one on your laptop, email account and home computer. That way, if it gets stolen you will still have a copy of your ID, passport number etc.
6) Headphone splitter
Amazing for bus journeys! The headphone splitter is an adapter that let’s several people plugin to your iPod so you can listen to podcasts or watch movies together. Genious.
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