A list of stuff I can’t live without.
www.skyscanner.com particularly for their to ‘everywhere’ search term for when I want to go somewhere cheaply but don’t know where – which is most of the time.
shop.lonelyplanet.com to buy PDF country chapters to put on my iPad because carrying a book is too heavy.
www.seat61.com for making sense of the world of trains.
www.airbnb.com for when I can’t stand the thought of staying in a hostel or can’t find one.
www.mindmyhouse.com for when I feel like cat sitting.
My iPad – which has become what Wilson was to Tom Hanks in the movie Castaway.
My new Nikon CoolPix P510, generously donated by a blog reader. You know who you are and one day when I’m back in New Zealand I promise to buy you a flat white!
My Nokia ‘brick’ phone with built-in flashlight and snake – because it’s awesome and indestructible.
www.loadedfortravel.co.nz because I still can’t for the life of me open a bank account in the United Kingdom.
Earplugs – because you can’t sleep in a dorm room without them.
A silk liner – because bed bugs can’t bite through silk!
My Kathmandu puffer jacket – because it’s almost a rite of passage that every New Zealand backpacker has one.
Jandals – because you can’t use a communal shower without fear of contracting some foot disease without them.
Travel clothesline – because then you can turn your bunk bed railings into a portable clothesline to hang up your clothes once you’ve washed them in the sink.
Numerous power point adapters – because they always get stolen.
Baby wipes – because they are an instant shower after dreaded overnight buses and trains.