Today on Tuesday’s Travel Essentials I’m talking about a torch. I have used the same torch for three years. It is essential to have a torch on your travels, even if you are not camping. Staying in remote settlements late at night you will never know the mass advantages of having a torch until you get lost in the dark somewhere. Once I get these Tuesday’s Travel Essentials up to a mass number, I’ll be telling you what I pack for long term travel in my backpack and my day bag so we’re doing one essential at a time.
My torch was less than $10 Australian Dollars and takes 2 batteries. It’s bright, light, yet bulky. Yet I LOVE it. I have yet to change the batteries in THREE years (you can tell I’m a lightskate cheapskate too – I use it very sparingly). Here are the advantages of having a torch:
– Provides a light in a tent
– Helps you go to the toilet at night
– Helps you read sign posts at night
– Helps you read books at night
– Provides a light on night buses and night trains
– Lights the way when you’re hiking
– Scares off animals if you’re hiking at night
– Allows you to read maps at night
– Can be used on aeroplanes
– Never needs charged
– Rarely needs new batteries
– Is cheap to buy and easily replaced, also for cheap
– use it to creep up and scare the shit out of people (OK this is a bad idea, but it can be done)
And yes, having a torch may seem obvious to me or you, but you won’t believe the number of fellow travellers who don’t carry a torch. In essence it could actually save your life. You never know where that cliff edge is on a night time hike!
I’m hiking in Borneo as we speak!! (Or as you read this pre-typed post!)
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4 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: A Torch”
I’ve had a mini maglight in my backpack for years and it’s been extremely useful countless times. Very important item.
I agree Forest – never when you might trip over a rock or see a snake at night! Safe travels, Jonny