Whether it’s Christmas or Birthday gifts you are hunting for a travelling friend or you simply want to stock up on some travel essentials yourself, most shopping lists focus on consumerism and affiliate links. I’ve decided to go a different route and try and focus on useful shit that also has a bit of a positive impact.
Whether you have a responsible traveller as a friend, an eco-tourist on a mission in the family or simply want a few stocking fillers that give back to the world, these 10 products and ideas will help to make your travel-planning shopping impact a positive.
1. Wee Pal
What it does: Wee Pal is a portable charger for your mobile (or anything with a USB connection). I took this little wizard on a test run through the desert of Oman this month and it packed a good 3/4 phone chargers to keep me snapping away. Any traveller knows thats keeping their devices charged is an essential these days and at a compact size and a price of £25 it’s super handy.
How they help: Wee Pal is one of the products from Power A Life and for each product sold they give a solar charging reading light to a child in Africa which can help studies as well as using renewable energy.
2. Zorpads Shoe Odor Controlers
What it does: Let’s be honest, smelly feet aren’t a conversation anyone wants to bring up but if you’ve ever stayed in a hostel, it’s likely been a topic you’ve wanted to shout at someone, or yourself, about. As someone who travels for extended periods of time with one or two pairs of shoes max I’ve been guilty of chucking the odd paid when I’ve not had time to launder them and they’ve got damp/smelly/backpacker-style gross and I don’t want to subject my room-mates to the smell. I was a bit sceptical about these at first and on the first pair of shoes I tried them on (a fabric pair) they didn’t make much difference but in my sneakers, they had them smelling pretty fresh in a few hours. Simply stick them in and through some science that escapes my mind, they de-odorize your footwear. A cheaper and more environmental alternative to replacing your footwear.
How they help: Apart from the nose-pleasing, friend making affect they’ll have in any shared dorm, they’ll ultimately help you minimise your waste on the road by not needing to go disposable-fashion style on an extended backpacking trip.