Minimalist DIY Travel ESSENTIALS | PRO Packing Tips Transcript Minimalist DIY Travel ESSENTIALS | PRO Packing Tips 0:00 Whether you’re a lady, a gentleman, or for a friend 0:02 here you go, Bro. 0:03 Even if your’re in a relationship, bring 0:04 these for someone else because someone 0:05 always asks for condoms. 0:07 Hello everyone and welcome back to 0:08 Vagabrothers, your go-to channel for 0:10 travel advice and inspiration on youtube. 0:13 Now if you’re new, you don’t know we are 0:14 I’m Alex. I’m Marko, and we are two 0:16 brothers who’ve been traveling the world as 0:18 full- time travel vloggers for the last 0:20 four years. We generally spend over half 0:22 the year on the road ,so we know exactly 0:24 what you need to pack for any trip of 0:27 any size. Now we’re guys, but whether you’re a 0:29 guy or girl , a lot of these principles 0:32 are the same. We always travel carry-on, but 0:35 we’re going to teach you how to pack in 0:36 a separate video. This video is our 0:38 minimalist travel essentials packing 0:41 list to help you bring everything you need 0:43 and nothing you don’t. We’re going to put a 0:45 links down below in the info box for all 0:47 the products that we mentioned. So if 0:49 you’re new, make sure you hit the 0:50 subscribe button and get ready take some 0:53 notes. 0:53 First off the absolute essentials: 0:56 Your passport. Sounds basic, but you’d be 0:59 surprised how many people forget it. 1:01 Also, get a digital copy and email it to 1:02 yourself. 1:03 Bring some cash. I go to my bank and I 1:05 carry crisp, hundred-dollar bills. 1:08 This is specifically for emergencies, 1:11 like worse comes to worse, you’ve lost a lot 1:13 of stuff or your bank accounts are 1:15 frozen. 1:16 This is what you can use go to exchange at 1:18 a bank and get the local currencies. 1:19 I thought you were going to say, ” This is what you’re going to use 1:20 when you’re doubling down on the roulette table” 1:22 Exactly. Also bring an ATM card if you 1:25 need to get local cash. There are going to 1:27 some transaction fees, but it’s pretty 1:29 affordable. Also some small bills for 1:31 tipping or some baksheesh, which means 1:34 money to make things happen in certain 1:36 parts of the world. 1:36 Thought you said hashish- different. No do not 1:40 travel with that. Travel essential is a 1:42 credit card. 1:44 Obviously, most places around the world 1:46 accept credit cards, 1:48 just make sure that you call the company 1:49 beforehand and notify them that you’re 1:51 going to be out of the country because 1:52 if not , they made freeze your credit card. 1:55 Then you have to spend hours on the phone 1:57 trying to get unfrozen from a foreign 1:59 country. 2:00 Another good tip is to get a credit card 2:02 that gets you miles. 2:03 We’ll go into that in a different video. 2:04 Lastly, you can put everything 2:06 together in a passport organizer. 2:08 This one’s from Belroy. It’s really nice quality, 2:10 but anything will do as long as it’s safe and secure 2:13 and you won’t be spilling your passport and 2:14 tickets on stuff on the ground. If you’re 2:16 also a frequent traveler you might just 2:18 consider keeping your oyster card 2:20 or metro card from New York or Paris 2:22 if you’re through those cities more than 2:24 once every few years, 2:25 it’s worthwhile to put those in there as well. 2:27 Next up: electronics also extremely 2:29 essential these days. So first off a 2:32 power converter. This is what’s going to let you 2:34 charge your electronics in any country. 2:37 We recommend getting a universal one so 2:39 that you can change it whether you go to 2:40 England, which is different than Europe, which is 2:42 different than Australia and Asia. 2:44 Just get a good one you can use in multiple 2:46 countries that should last you for years. 2:47 A cellphone. Obviously not many people are 2:50 traveling without these things nowadays. 2:51 Even if you don’t have an international 2:53 data plan, you can just flip your phone 2:55 in airplane mode and pick up Wi-Fi along 2:58 the way. 2:59 Also make sure that you download google 3:01 maps. You can use it offline, and this 3:03 will help you get from the airport to 3:05 the hotel. Next up not as essential, 3:08 but a tablet is a good idea, either 3:10 an ipad or any other form of tablet. 3:12 What’s really great is Netflix app which 3:14 allows you to download shows to watch 3:16 offline. 3:17 You can download a whole season of 3:18 something and binge-watch on the 3:20 airplane. It’s a really great way to make 3:22 time fly. Netflix and travel. Pretty chill 3:24 Super-important are noise-canceling 3:27 headphones. Train travel, plane travel, 3:31 all very loud. 3:32 You want a good set of noise cancelling 3:33 headphones. If your headphones are 3:35 bluetooth headphones, make sure that you 3:36 bring the cord so that you can plug it 3:38 in and watch movies on the plane. 3:40 All right next up: to document your travels, 3:42 your going to want to bring some sort of camera. 3:44 The GoPro Hero 4 or 5 session 3:47 They’re all really good, especially if 3:48 you’re going to be outdoors or doing 3:50 water activities . If you want to do 3:51 something a bit more minimalist, you can 3:53 just take an ollo clip which is pretty 3:54 cheap, and it basically turns your cell 3:56 phone into a wide angle lens or fish eye, 3:59 which is a lot easier for taking selfies. 4:01 If you want something a bit more 4:02 sophisticated, you can get one of these point and 4:05 shoot cameras. We use the Sony RX100 4, 4:09 but the new 5 version is even better. 4:11 It takes great video, great photos. 4:13 We actually use it a lot on this vlogging 4:14 channel, so we definitely recommend it. 4:17 We just get this little tripod on the 4:19 bottom ,and then you have a pretty good 4:21 thing for doing all sorts of cool photography.. 4:22 Remember guys, There’re links to all of 4:25 the products that were talking about in 4:26 the description box. Super-important, easy 4:29 to forget, easy to lose …charging cables. 4:31 iPhone cable or Android if you use that 4:34 a mini-usb..this will charge the vast 4:36 majority of your electronic products, and 4:38 if you have a GoPro, a GoPro charging 4:40 cable. To store your cables, I prefer 4:42 using the Digital Burrito. Yes, this is a 4:45 real thing from Jansport. No you cannot 4:47 eat it. You cannot eat it. People have tried. 4:48 It’s a great thing for storing your 4:50 cords right here. You can put your 4:52 power converters over here, maybe USB 4:54 drive, whatever you want, and it rolls 4:56 right on up. 4:58 Viola! Organizing and staying cool. 5:02 The main question a lot of you might have is 5:04 do you need to bring your laptop? In our 5:06 case, we definitely do. We bring laptops; we bring 5:09 external hard drives. But for a lot 5:12 of you that might not actually be 5:13 necessary. 5:14 Most of these new cameras allow you to 5:16 sync your photos directly from the 5:18 cameras to the phone where you can put them 5:19 on the cloud. So bringing a laptop is 5:22 definitely a personal choice, but for us 5:25 it’s an essential. Last things here: do not 5:27 forget to bring the USB charger where 5:29 all these chords plug into. If you can 5:30 get one has multiple ports, that’s way 5:32 better. It will save you from having 5:35 to have a bunch of different adapters. 5:36 Also smart to bring a battery pack, 5:38 especially if you’re using your phone a lot 5:40 This one here is from Anchor. It’s really slim. 5:42 Definitely recommended it. These things 5:44 charge up overnight and will give you 5:46 that crucial re- up when you need in 5:48 the middle of day. I need that battery, Mate. 5:51 Next up: in flight gear. I never go 5:54 anywhere without a journal and a pen. 5:56 It’s a great way to keep track of how 5:58 your travels changed you as a person. 6:01 I do my first one before the trip. I always do 6:03 them on trains or whenever i’m going from 6:05 A to B, and then a last one to recap it all. 6:08 With travel a lot of time you are sitting around 6:09 waiting for stuff, so having a good book, 6:12 having a journal definitely great ways to 6:14 pass time. Speaking of reading, we recommend 6:16 you get a good book. I usually travel with 6:19 a Kindle. I like to have a Kindle. 6:21 I do paperback because you can trade the 6:23 travelers. This is the most time-honored tradition 6:25 ever… trading books with other travelers. 6:27 Other travel essential is a refillable 6:30 water bottle. We use Nalgenes with the 6:33 carabiner clip.This thing is crucial 6:35 because you can hang it off of the seat 6:38 in front of you on a plane and 6:39 definitely you’re saving the environment 6:41 by using a refillable water bottle. 6:43 Other travel essentials are eyeshades and 6:47 ear plugs. Both are good for sleeping, but they can 6:50 also be good to cut off conversation 6:52 from the talkative person next to you 6:55 on an airplane. 6:59 Doesn’t work on your brother. Okay moving 7:02 on to clothes…very essential. Start off 7:05 with underwear. 7:06 We recommend Ex-Offici. They are both 7:09 for girls and guys, but they’re easy to 7:11 wash, and they’re very breathable. 7:14 They’re really easy to wash in your hotel room, 7:16 which is why you don’t need to bring 7:17 that many pairs. Their tagline is one pair 7:19 of underwear for a trip all the way 7:20 around the world. We recommend going 7:22 with three, but definitely an essential piece 7:25 of kit. Four pairs of socks: one dress 7:28 here; one warm and cozy for the plane and 7:31 then two pairs of athletic socks. 7:33 Next moving onto layers, starting off 7:35 with shirts. We typically bringing three 7:37 shirts. I mean you don’t want to pack too 7:39 much. You can always buy something later. 7:41 I typically go with two button-down shirts and 7:44 also a t-shirt..Keep in mind to pack 7:46 in outfits. So whatever you’re going to pack 7:48 for pants, you want to make sure they 7:50 coordinate. We’ll be doing a video about 7:51 travel style a little bit later where we 7:53 go into further depth about that. 7:56 Two pairs of pants, one light one dark. 7:59 We recommend the Traveler Jean by Banana Republic. 8:01 It looks like a jean, but it’s 8:03 super stretchy and breathable and super 8:05 comfortable. A jacket if you’re not going to 8:07 be wearing it all the time, 8:09 get a Patagonia kind of puff jacket 8:10 that you can crunch down and zip up or 8:13 just a normal sweatshirt, which you can 8:15 wear pretty much every day. Regardless of 8:17 where you’re going to travel how cold it 8:18 is, the principle’s the same: if you’re 8:20 going to the snow, you still bring one jacket. 8:21 If you’re going to place that could be 8:23 cold, you still bring one jacket. You just 8:25 change that jacket depending on the 8:26 weather and layers. 8:28 Lastly, you do need to bring some sort of 8:30 waterproof shell… a rain jacket is good, 8:33 but if you’re going to the snow, you might 8:34 want to bring something thicker, like a parka. 8:36 The rain jacket that I’m wearing here 8:37 is from Rains. It’s a Danish company packs down light, 8:40 and it’s got some cool stuff. 8:42 Next up: shoes 8:44 Shoes and travel don’t necessarily 8:48 go together very well. A lot of people 8:49 tend to overpack shoes. We recommend 8:52 doing it like this: one primary shoe. 8:55 We usually bring boots, and we wear those on 8:57 the plane. A pair of flip-flops for 8:59 lounging or if you’re going to go to the beach, 9:01 or if you’re in a hostel for going 9:03 into the shower, and an ultra-light kind 9:06 of running shoe. So if you’re going to 9:08 be doing anything active or if you want to go for 9:09 a jog or hike, you have that option as well. 9:13 A final few things here: 9:15 swimsuit, which can double as workout 9:17 shorts, sunglasses, hats. A lot of people 9:20 have asked where I get my hats. 9:22 I get the crushable Jackson Fedora from 9:24 the Village Hat Shop. com 9:26 There’s a lot of crushible options out 9:28 there. It’s easy to travel with Fedora as 9:29 long as you can crush it, and it comes back to life. 9:32 Also bring a quick dry towel, which is 9:34 really handy for the beach or showers 9:35 in hostels. This one’s from Nomadix. 9:37 And lastly, a reusable grocery bag. I tend 9:40 to put my ultralight running shoes in 9:43 that bag, and then I use the same bag for 9:45 dirty laundry when I’m traveling. 9:47 Last but not least: toiletries 9:49 Ladies we’re not going to cover makeup 9:51 in this, but a lot of these toiletries have 9:53 overlapped with you, so stay tuned. 9:54 A toothbrush; this one’s designed 9:57 for travel and packs into itself. 9:59 Toothpaste. Nail clippers because 10:02 you don’t want to borrow someone else’s. 10:04 Hand sanitizer because traveling 10:05 gets you dirty. Deodorant for the people 10:08 you’re traveling with. A razor unless 10:11 you’re growing a beard. Chapstick 10:13 Honestly, chapstick is super important, 10:15 especially when you’re on the plane. 10:17 Get that dry mouth, and there’s nothing worse 10:19 than that. If you want shaving cream, I 10:21 recommend Trive and Disaster. They have…. 10:23 It’s under a hundred milliliters. It’s 10:25 super smooth ,and they also make a whole 10:28 kit here of travel poetries, that include 10:31 moisturizing cream, face cleanser and 10:34 body wash and shaving cream. All smells really 10:36 nice too. Clone or perfume for those 10:39 intimate moments, I prefer a solid clone. 10:42 They also make solid perfumed, but this 10:44 one’s from Fulton & Roark. 10:46 It can go on carry-on, not liquid. 10:47 Whether you’re a lady, 10:48 a gentleman or for a friend… here you go, Bro 10:50 Even if you’re in a relationship, bring 10:52 these for someone else because someone 10:53 always asks you for condoms. Pills…. not the type 10:56 that you take at the club, but the ones that 10:59 actually do good things for you. 11:01 This is the daily vitamin. I basically 11:04 fill this up with daily vitamins ..Advil 11:07 and melatonin for going to sleep on the plane. 11:09 If you don’t know what melatonin is, it’s a 11:10 natural sleep aid. It’s available over the 11:12 counter, and it’s really effective in 11:14 combating jetlag. Also bring barroca or 11:17 vitamin B, which help for hangovers 11:19 because when you’re traveling, you can’t 11:20 afford to lose a day because you had a wild 11:22 night the night before. Also it’s just good for 11:24 staving off a sickness when you travel 11:26 you don’t get a lot of sleep your 11:28 internal body clock is all off so you’re 11:31 way more susceptible to getting sick 11:33 which is why the daily vitamins, the 11:35 barocas, the vitamin B supplements, all of 11:38 these things are really going to help 11:39 you when you travel. Also if you’re going to a tropical 11:41 area, vitamin B can help prevent 11:43 mosquito bites, so it’s really good. 11:45 This may sound weird, but X-Lax seriously 11:48 when you travel, irregularity happens 11:51 and X-Lax is your friend, just don’t get 11:53 the chocolate because maybe one of your 11:55 friends eats it on accident, and bad 11:58 things happen. Don’t know what you’re 12:00 talking about. Neither do I. Lastly, a 12:03 sewing kit. You can take these from hotel 12:05 amenity areas, and for that reason you 12:08 can also take shampoo and stuff from 12:09 hotels. It’s not steeling. It’s reusing. 12:12 Take all your toiletries and put 12:14 them into a toiletry bag . This one is a 12:16 Dopp kit by Topo Designs. They make some 12:19 good stuff, and yeah, it’s all 12:21 organized in there. That’s our 12:23 essential kit. 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