In our fully networked and over-stimulated world, many individual and family travelers are now reaching for off-the-grid trips and adventures – those to remote locations where there is no cell phone service, no Internet connection, and simply nothing to plug into.
Resorts and tourist sites that cater to eco-travelers or green travelers, are showing travelers how to make their own power, grown their own food, and otherwise connect to nature and leave their electronics behind.
So, what does a traveler need when heading off-the-grid? The following are the top recommended travel products for travel off the grid:
- Earplugs – honestly, a pair or two of these should be in every traveler’s bag. Trips to remote places often mean at least some time in a small, noisy plane or on a small, noisy boat. Besides, what if there’s an enthusiastic population of birds or howler monkeys outside your room? Just pack ’em. You won’t be sorry.
- Dramamine or your favorite motion sickness remedy. Again, trips to remote locations often mean rough travel, so be prepared. While your at it, toss in bug repellent, sunscreen, and a first aid kit too.
- A flashlight or headlamp – if a composting outhouse is your only available facility, don’t navigate it in the dark. You may not be the only creature in there!
- A water purifier – handheld portable water purification systems use ultraviolet light to destroy waterborne microbes, the same one that can make you deathly ill.
- Sturdy shoes – hey, ‘off the grid’ means there won’t be those nice smooth sidewalks to walk on. You should also pack a hat (for sun shade), decent socks, and comfortable clothing appropriate to the weather conditions.
- Luggage with backpack straps – unless you’re hiring a personal sherpa, these can save your back if you have to walk for any distance and it’s likely you will.
- Extra camera batteries – you’re going to want lots of pictures to make your Facebook friends jealous when you get back home, but you won’t have a place to recharge, so pack extra camera batteries.