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Noise cancelling earphones, a necessity for flying
When you're off on summer travels, a lot of people who follow the backpacking circuit end up using cheap — and often long — public transport.
If you're on a bucket-and-spade airline, a way to forget about the constricted blood flow to your legs and the screaming child behind you (most likely as annoying to you as embarrassing for the parents) is to zone out with your favorite music.
This particular pair of headphones from Bose are a staple in my backpack. You can connect them to any media player or your smartphone, and you can switch between your music list and taking a call.
They're pretty comfortable (although in my opinion a little bulky), but certainly do what they say on the tin — just don't wear them crossing a road.
Price: £299.99 ($460).
If you're traveling on a baggage allowance and want to slim down as much as possible, the Mu could be a good option to charge your electronics.
The U.K. travel adapter can charge any smartphone through a USB connection, and is a compact alternative to bulkier charging gear — as flat down, the measurements are only 14mm x 55mm x 60mm. The foldable plug is able to charge any smartphone, but keep in mind that it cannot handle any high-voltage gadgets, including your tablet.
Currently, this £25 piece of kit is only available for U.K. customers, but the developers plan to release overseas versions in the future.
Via: The Mu
A travel-proof compact camera
Backpacking can often mean slinging your gear into a bag and going, as well as the need to navigate across rocky terrain.
If you'd like to take pictures while you're at it, or perhaps take photos in the sea, then a shock-proof and watertight camera is a must.
One such example is the Olympus TG 820. The camera is shock-proof from heights of up to two meters, water resistant to a 10m depth, and will not be damaged in temperatures as low as 10c.
The compact camera costs £164 ($251).