Today’s travel tip: Use a water bottle as a snack container – saves space, stays fresh, and is great when you have dirty hands!
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This is a sweet shot I snapped of September’s Top Knotch Gear bracelet, the Peru, during the Color Run. Have a cool pic of your TKG gear? Post here or on our Facebook page for everyone else to see! Need some gear? Check out our store – we’re constantly adding new designs, cords and cool stuff so you’re ready for your adventures.
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It’s Travel Tip Tuesday today! And the theme today is light & smart packing.
The following tips are geared more toward backpackers and hikers but general travelers could definitely apply some of these, too. Below are 7 tips for smart packing:
- DON’T pack when you’re hungry – just like don’t go grocery shopping when you’re hungry. You’ll pack more and spend more.
- Don’t waste space on bringing items in their original packaging. If they are loose and have to be stored in something, downsize to smaller containers that aren’t as bulky.
- Small bottles, big help – Tiny bottles (like eye-drop bottles) make great storage containers for small amounts of soap, disinfectant, even hot sauce if you can’t live without it… which I can’t.
- No redundancy – if you’re traveling or hiking with a group, check to see what the others are bringing so you don’t bring any duplicates. Why carry 2 of something when you only need 1?
- Multitask – bring items that have multiple uses. Double-duty = more space and lighter pack.
- The essentials: Fire starter, food, clean water, shelter/rain gear, and sleeping bag.
- Don’t forget it gets DARK in nature – so pack things like your flashlight, headlamp, etc. either in the brain of your pack so you know exactly where they are or with glow-in-the-dark tape so you can find them when the lights go out. (Or you can use our GLOW paracord to help with this!)
It’s Travel Tip Tuesday again! This week: DIY Travel Medical Kit
Whether you’re traveling around the states (or your home country) or around the world, it’s a good idea to pack a medical kit. You can buy them pre-made from travel or outdoor stores but they’re also very easy to make yourself. (Hence the DIY part.) Here’s what we recommend including in your kit:
- Advil/Ibuprofen – for pain, inflammation, and fever
- Pseudoephedrine – nasal decongestant for sinus issues, ear popping or runny nose
- Pepto Bismol tablets – for upset stomach and indigestion
- Imodium tablets – for travelers diarrhea (A MUST-HAVE or you will regret it. Big time.)
- Bug spray wipes with DEET (definitely want these if you’re in an area with malaria)
- Antiseptic wipes – because soap and clean water aren’t always available when you need them
- Antibiotic ointment – see above
- Blister treatment – You can substitute Band-Aids but you might want actual Moleskin, especially if you’re doing a lot of hiking or walking
- Hand sanitizer
- Electrolyte packets (or something to replenish nutrients due to vomiting/diarrhea)
- Band-Aids – you can usually find these in any sort of convenient store abroad
- Gauze & waterproof tape – more difficult to find abroad but they can take up space in your kit
- Tweezers – for splinters; I’ve never needed them but some travel sites recommend having them in your kit
- Thermometer – there are pretty obvious signs of fever but if you prefer to read the numbers, then pack this
- Icy Hot – a topical cream used to relieve muscle aches – you can substitute a hot shower or jacuzzi if available
- Safety pins – for repairing torn clothes or making a sling
Depending on who you talk to or what you read, the list with vary. Do your research before you travel to see what the health risks are in the country you’re visiting and plan accordingly. See what you can buy at your destination so you can save space in your pack. And most importantly, make sure your medicine kit is in a WATERPROOF BAG.
We’ve been playing with some new knots and bracelet styles over the past week and here’s some of what we came up with!