8 essential travel items to buy (in the Christmas sales right now)

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Snap up the best bargains on essential travel gear, all adding up to less than £100

If you’re a frequent traveller, you’ll agree with us when we say good quality travel gear is not cheap. When you’re exploring the world, you never know where might find yourself or what weather you may encounter - so it’s important to be prepped with the essentials. Durable, hard-wearing, portable equipment to aid you in survival - and quality comes at a cost. We say make the most of the Christmas sales and buy all of the best gear now (while it’s cheaper than ever). We’ve picked out some of our favourite items, available at seriously reduced prices. Just don’t forget your passport...

1 Backpack £34.98

North Face Backpack

To call yourself a backpacker, you’ll need to equip yourself with a pretty worthy backpack. The key to a perfect backpack is in the size - you don’t want to a carry a gigantic shell on your back that weighs more than you. But you want something big enough to fit all of your things in. Well, this sturdy backpack by Mountain Top offers plenty of space at a sensible size, perfect if you’re planning to interrail around Europe for example. With six adjustable straps, zippered access, a rain cover, secret pockets and maxed-out padding for ultimate comfort, this backpack has it all. The best part is you’ll save £55. And it’s stylish, too. Click here to view it on Amazon.

2 Water bottle £13.99

Travelling Water Bottle

If want to invest in a water bottle, get a stainless steel one. Not only is it better for you to drink out of than plastic ones (being chemical free and all), but it is also proven to have a much longer life span. This particular bottle keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot up to 6 hours - so you’ll stay hydrated throughout the whole day. With a tight, no-spill lid this resilient but lightweight bottle will fit nicely into your bag’s bottle holder. Click here to view it on Amazon.

3 Portable phone charger £11.99

Portable Phone Charger

Picture the horror: You’re in a foreign country at night, you’ve lost your mates and you have no idea where you are. Then you pull out your phone to realise you have no battery. If only you had a portable phone charger at hand to make a call or to find yourself back to your hostel using Google Maps. There are one hundred reasons why you should keep a portable charger on you - not only in the case of an emergency. You don’t want to suddenly run out of battery in the middle of your epic picture op in front of the Eiffel Tower. This portable charger is so compact it will fit in the tightest space in your bag or pocket. It has a fastest possible charge speed up to 2 amps and suitable for a range of Smart phones. Click here to view it on Amazon.

4 Sleeping bag liner £9.99

Mountain Warehouse Sleeping Bag Microfibre Liner

You never know when you may be in need of a sleeping bag liner. If you ever find yourself sleeping on the floor in someone’s house, or you’re concerned about the cleanliness of the bed you’re in, this travel essential will get you through the night. Just slide yourself in and voila. This sleeping bag liner is thin, portable and much easier to carry around than a bulky sleeping bag. Click here to view it on Amazon.

5 Travel towel £0.95 - £5.95

Andes Camping Bacterial Microfibre Travel Towel

It’s a general rule of travelling to pack as light as possible, so try to refrain from stuffing a thick, heavy towel in your case. These travel towels are the perfect alternative - and sufficient for drying your body and hair after a shower. Made especially for people on the move, these towels are lightweight and come with a special storage bag saving bundles of space. They’re made from absorbent soft microfibres with a fast-drying mechanism and an antibacterial coating. Different sizes are available. Click here to view it on Amazon.

6 First aid kit £6.99

Trixes Travel Camping First Aid Kit

Safety first, wanderlusters. We all need a first aid kit. Save £4 on this portable First Aid Kit, equipped with everything you need from bandages, plasters and tweezers. Click here to view it on Amazon.

7 Universal travel adapter £6.66

NPET Universal Standard Travel Converter

This universal travel adapter is compact, designed so that all of the pins can be pushed in to save space - perfect for travelling. You can plug it into sockets in Europe, Australia, USA and the UK. So you’re covered if you need to charge your camera, straighten your hair for that wild night out or upload all of your pictures to Instagram at the end of the day. Buy it now, and you’ll be saving yourself £7.33. Click here to view it on Amazon.

8 Unisex rain mac £2.27 - £3.77

Kagool Rain Mac

This rain mac is the ultimate battle armour you need to survive a downpour of rain. It’s super cheap and does the job perfectly. It’s USP? It folds really small into your bag. Click here to view it on Amazon.

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