Hand Luggage

 

Hand Luggage

I travel a lot, both within the UK and abroad. I thought I’d do a quick run-down of what I carry (and why). Some of the things I don’t always take everywhere i.e I don’t take my passport to Wales ūüėČ

Starting from bottom left and going clockwise

Monocle Magazine – I love this magazine, it has nothing to do with the outdoors but, everything to do with everything else, news, fashion, business, design, environmentalism etc… I usually pick up a copy at the airport.

Cap – nothing special here, I have a few caps this one happens to be a black Arc’teryx Bird Cap.

I-phone – I use my phone for pretty much everything; ¬†social media, emails, internet¬†browsing, notes, photos, videos, podcasts, music and so on… I also like to have my boarding passes loaded on my phone (top tip – rather than having to go into the “wallet” function on your I-phone to get your boarding pass, simply take a screen shot of your pass and set it as a tempory background – that way your not fumbling at check-in/lounges)

Plugs & Cables – I’m not too keen on those “travel adapters” I always feel there a bit¬†bulky and can hang out of the wall too much (or not even fit) I like to have a plug for the countries I’m travelling to. I also like to have a UK one too. Cables-wise I take cables for everything electronic, generally I like stubby cables, I-phone cables; I’ll take 2; one short one and one standard one (the stubby one, not many people have so it’s hard for them to “confuse” their broken cable for yours) I also make sure that the cables are marked in some way so I know which are mine; I’m pretty sure everyone has experienced “Cable Theft”. Headphones – I’m not that into headphones; these are the ones that came with my phone and are just fine.

Cosmetic stuff – Lip Salve, Moisturiser, Chewing Gum are Essential – Planes dry your skin and sleeping combined with AC make your mouth feel grim. These 3 are Lifesystems SPF 20 Sun Stick; Clarins Hydra-Quench; Wrigley’s Extra.

Wallet – I hate those “outdoor wallets” they’re pointless and look awful, this is my everyday dark brown leather wallet by Bill Amberg; nothing special in it – cash and credit cards which are unlocked to any country in the World.

Watch – just a watch – I use this watch in the mountains and when training; it tells the time, and that’s all I need to know when travelling. It’s a Suunto Ambit 3 Peak.

Writing Material РI get bored very easily, I like to have notes and a diary on my phone, but I also like having a written copy. I carry a notepad, a diary and 3 pens; 1 nice pen, 1 BIC biro, and 1 Sharpie. The Diary and Notebook are both by Leuchtturm1917.

Card-Holder and Business Cards.

Power Bricks – Charged Power Bricks – these 2 are on their last legs and need updating.

Brew-Kit – I carry this little bag; it has an old Light my Fire – pot in it and some Pukka Tea bags, there’s also an MSR Mug Mate. Coffee and Tea is crap on trains, busses, planes and almost anywhere else. I brew my own.

Travel Wallet – this may look over-kill, and it probably is. But, I have never lost it or left it anywhere. Inside this is my passport, EHIC Card, Yellow Fever certificate, airmiles cards and memberships, ear plugs, eye-mask and sick bags. It’s (obviously) The North Face Travel Wallet.

House Key – so I can get back into my house, I also have a lucky silver “Owl of Athenia” key ring; symbolising: Knowledge and Wisdom.

Sunglasses – I put some other ones in my hold luggage for “outdoor”! use, but I carry these Ray Ban New Wayfarer’s when I’m “on-the-road”.

Glasses – so I can see – these are some Hugo Boss glasses (they were the only ones I thought looked half-decent!)

Reading Material – I like to read a lot, and I like to read lots of different things. I always take my Kindle Fire HD, which has a host of different titles on it (and a Sonic the Hedghog game!) However, I do not use the Kindle exclusively, I still like a book! When I go away I like to take one Adventure type book (like this one by Jim Perrin about Shipton and Tilman) and I take 1 book which is absolutely not and Adventure type book (this one being Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh) I also never forget the other book (peekingy at the bottom) which is a special book written for me by my partner; Charlie!

What do you carry?

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Mark Walker
<p>Mark is a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Climbing guide. With over 20 years mountaineering experience and 10 years leading experience over 6 continents. Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. Mark specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out – he offers superb local knowledge and can take you far from the crowds!</p>

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