With hold luggage often chargeable and weights for hand luggage shrinking, every gram counts, so here are the best pieces to consider for your (increasingly small) bag...
Useless extra weight? Wrong – a scarf can be a little piece of 125g magic in your bag – from covering your head and shoulders for visits to sacred sites to a make-shift towel, blanket, sarong or even bag.
Rain is always a possibility, and a lightweight waterproof jacket also comes in handy in windy conditions as it takes away the chill. This isn’t the lightest jacket on the market but it does offer an amazing number of features while remaining lightweight (185g; size L). It’s waterproof and breathable (using three-layer Pertex – many lightweight offerings use less breathable 2.5 layer) with a roomy fit that lets you put it over other layers to give three-season use. It also has a large zipped pocket, a helmet-compatible hood with a structured brim for keeping it in shape (great for multi-activity trips), adjustable cuffs for warmth, and its own stuff sack.
Forget your big DSLR and lenses, stop worrying about getting your phone wet, and pick up this small and legendary action camera. The latest version offers much to recommend it – 10-megapixel photos (which are big enough to print across two pages in Wanderlust), full HD (1080p) video, image stabilisation, self-timer, touch screen zoom, 2x slo-mo setting and voice control. It’s fully waterproof to 10m without even requiring special underwater housing and there’s also a free downloadable app that lets you wirelessly send your photos and videos to social media or to your smartphone or tablet for editing. And at just 120g, it’s also so compact you won’t even know you’re carrying it. Finally, the fact that you can snap, share and not worry about damaging your equipment will also be a weight off your mind.
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Made from Denim Plus and weighing 460g, these may look like normal jeans but offer a lot more: as well as being quick-drying and crease resistant, they feature UPF 40+ sun protection, sweat-wicking fabric and a zipped security pocket. Jean-ius.
Make packing – and finding – your items so much quicker. Made from ripstop fabric and featuring a wide zip opening for easy stuffing, this three-pack (a small, medium and large) weighs just 6g and is worth every one of them.
There’s no doubt about it: single-use plastic is bad and we must stop relying on it. Enter the LifeStraw, which filters microplastics, parasites, bacteria, chlorine, lead and organic chemical matter out of even the most questionable of water sources. Better yet, this version packs down small and weighs just 90g.
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