Jesse’s 25 Essential Travel Items For Men

Jesse

I spend a good deal of time on the road coaching guys in pickup and also traveling for fun and adventure.  I took my first overseas trip back in 1999 to Japan.  Since then, I’ve spent a year living in South America and have been all through Europe and parts of Asia.

Over the years I’ve learned a few “tricks” on what to bring to make my life easier and traveling more enjoyable.  So here’s 25 must-have gadgets and items for the adventurous that I personally use.  Enjoy!

BLU Unlocked Dual SIM Quad-Band GSM PhoneBLU Unlocked Dual SIM Quad-Band GSM Phone

I like to keep this cheap, unlocked dual SIM phone as a backup phone, just in case I lose or break my primary phone. Jump to item

 

Philips Flexible Earhook HeadphonesPhilips Flexible Earhook Headphones

These headphones are great for working out at the gym because they don’t fall off!  I love them! Jump to item

 

Sea to Summit DryLite TowelSea to Summit DryLite Towel

This towel packs small and light and makes for a nice backup.  It’s saved my butt a couple of times!  You can also lay it down on the sand when you hit the beach. Jump to item

 

Panasonic Nose TrimmerPanasonic Nose Trimmer

My nose hairs quickly grow into a forest – gross! — and this little device comes to the rescue 🙂 Jump to item

 

 

Orthopedic Comfort Foam CushionOrthopedic Comfort Foam Cushion

I do my work from my computer which means a lot of sitting, and some chairs are hard as rocks.  I get sciatica pain if I sit too long on a hard surface.   This pad turns any horrid chair into a halfway decent one.  It’s a bit large, but can pack more tightly with a compression bag. Jump to item

 

Luxury Sleep MaskLuxury Sleep Mask

I’ve tried a bunch of sleep masks and this one is my favorite.  It covers your eyes really well, and is super comfy and soft.  It’s worth every penny spending a couple extra bucks to buy a quality one. Jump to item

 

Fanny Packs

I use this exclusively for air travel.  To lighten my luggage, I put all the small heavy items (like batteries) in here and strap it around my waist.  Consider it a “cheat hack” to carry a lot of extra weight without paying for it!!  I actually have TWO fanny packs and pack them with stuff.  Yeah, I look a bit funny when I get on the plane but I save a ton of money.

 

Mighty Bright USB LightMighty Bright USB Light

This is essential for hostel travelers… you can work on your laptop in your room and actually see your keyboard.  Alternative: use a laptop with a backlit keyboard. Jump to item

 

Avenir Seat LockerAvenir Seat Locker

I use this for train travel to lock my luggage down on the luggage rack.  That way I don’t have to worry about anyone taking off with my stuff. Jump to item

 

Spectrum Sun GlovesSpectrum Sun Gloves

Every traveler with light skin should have a pair of sun gloves.  Skin cancer is common on the hands because they’re exposed to more sun on average than other parts of the skin. Jump to item

 

Camry Luggage ScaleCamry Luggage Scale

Essential for air travel!!!  This is a quick and easy way to make sure your luggage doesn’t go over the weight limits.  Carry it in your fanny pack when you fly. Jump to item

 

Sun Runner CapSun Runner Cap

I wear this hat ALL the time in summer months.  When you’re in the sun, this cap quickly converts to giving you FULL sun protection.  I can last maybe 90 minutes on a hot summer day before feeling drained, but this hat allows me to hustle ALL day.  It makes a HUGE difference.  It’s also light and perfect for travel. Jump to item

 

Conair i-Stubble TrimmerConair i-Stubble Trimmer

I love this thing.  You can get the exact facial stubble every time without fail.  The build quality is good, yet it’s light and accommodates all voltages – so perfect for travel! Jump to item

 

Compression Packers 3 Piece SetCompression Packers 3 Piece Set

I *like* clothes and squeezing in all my shirts is a huge problem.  Compression packers are a big help—they squeeze out all the air, and you can easily pack twice as much clothes in the same amount of space. Jump to item

 

Slim Portable Charger 2500mAh with USB CableSlim Portable Charger 2500mAh with USB Cable

I tend to obsess if my phone has enough charge.  This battery lets me relax.  Even if my phone loses juice, I know I can always recharge it with this.  It’s small and light so fits in your pocket, and has the micro-USB cord built in. Jump to item

 

Blender Bottle 20-ounceBlender Bottle 20-ounce

You can save a lot of cash not buying bottled water.  I like this model because the lid stays on tight and doesn’t leak, and I also use it to mix my protein shakes.  So it serves multiple purposes, all in one! Jump to item

 

AT&T USB Broadband 4G ModemAT&T USB Broadband 4G Modem

I rely on Internet to run Seduction Science, and this serves as last-resort emergency backup in case Wifi isn’t available.  It uses satellite, and works all over the world.  It’s a bit pricey, but I only pay on the days I really need it.  I almost never need to use it, but it offers “peace of mind” that I’ll be able to get connected no matter what else goes wrong. Jump to item

 

Grounded Universal Plug AdapterGrounded Universal Plug Adapter

This should be obvious — if you’re traveling, this is key! Jump to item

 

Aquapac Small CaseAquapac Small Case

This is useful if you’ll be hitting the beach.  It can protect your phone and keys from the sand and water. Jump to item

 

 

 

Sonic Alert Vibrating Alarm ClockSonic Alert Vibrating Alarm Clock

I love this thing.  I dislike being woken up to loud noise… with this, it vibrates you awake from underneath your pillow.  You can also attach it to your pajamas with the clip.  It’s great particularly if you’re staying in a hostel because it will wake you up, and no one else. Jump to item

 

Samsung Portable 500GB USB 3.0 External SSDSamsung Portable 500GB USB 3.0 External SSD

If you’re traveling and need extra hard drive space, you really should spend the extra money and buy an SSD drive.  They’re light, and because they don’t have a spinning disk they’re far less likely to break (in which case you’d lose all your files). Jump to item

 

Surface Pro 3Surface Pro 3 Computer

The latest Surface Pro is a full-fledged PC laptop in tablet form.  It also has an SSD drive so it boots extremely fast and isn’t prone to drive failures.  It’s ultraportable which makes it ideal for traveling, yet packs a powerful punch.  A MacBook Air ultrabook would be the equivalent substitute for Apple fans, if you’re willing to pay a couple extra hundred bucks. Jump to item

 

Microsoft Bluetooth MouseMicrosoft Bluetooth Mouse

Connect wirelessly and free up the USB port on the Surface Pro for something else. Jump to item

 

Kindle PaperwhiteKindle Paperwhite

I’ve used a regular Kindle and didn’t like it.  But the Paperwhite version is way easier on the eyes, and the price has fallen significantly.  Mostly I’ll read to fall asleep or for a plane flight. Jump to item

 

Anker 20000mAhAnker 20000mAh (5V 12V 16V 19V) External Battery

Great for powering your laptop or Surface Pro with extra juice.  It’s small but heavy, so put it into your fanny pack for air travel. Jump to item

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Sebastian
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Hey Jesse,

thanks a lot for your tips. Due to the fact that I travel a lot it was really interesting to see what you recommend for the life on the road. You are damn right, I never go anywhere without my Kindle paperwhite 😉

VG
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VG

Appreciate the list Jesse-some very useful items.

I get some people will say the sun cap is goofy looking, but having got melanoma at 33 I’d wear it if out in the sun all day. Rather still be looking goofy in ten years time than stylishly decomposing in the ground.

Joseph
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Joseph
I always stick with cheapish sunglasses. They always end up getting broken or bent in bags, the beach or bars. It’s worth spending a lot so just get a cool looking non-brand pair for $20-30. At that price they’ll look decent and it’s no issue when you inevitably have to replace them. Also Jesse – I’d love you to upload a video of you gaming in the spectrum sun gloves, the sun runner cap and fannypack. That would be a youtube sensation – particularly if you scored with some hot Colombian chicks while dressed in that gear!
Joseph
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Joseph

I meant to say ‘its NOT worth spending a lot..’

krishh
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krishh

THANKS JESSE. GOOD TIPS—–MOST OF THESE ITEMS I ALSO FOLLOW SINCE MANY YEARS OF TRAVEL.—SINCE I CARRY MANY TYPES OF DEVISES REQUIRING DIFFERNT CHARGERS-I ALWAYS CARRY AN EXTENSION CORD -HAVING 4 PLUG POINTS FOR MY DIFFERENT DEVISES TOGETHER WITH A UNIVERSAL ADAPTER AND A STEP UP/DOWN ADAPTER———-230 TO 120 AND VIS VERSA.
SWIMMING TRUNKS IS ANOTHER ITEM AND A SMALL PILLOW[ COTTON INSIDE] WHICH IS SOFT FOR MY NIGHT SLEEP.I AM AN INDIAN BUT TOUR IN INDIA AND OUTSIDE TO UK, USA ETC ALSO.

MY ID —- krishhadonis@yahoo.com

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