In the past two years I have had the incredible opportunity to travel the world and taste some delicious flavors. Along the way I have eaten a lot, and I couldn’t have done it without some of my favorite gadgets.
1) Reusable Utensils
The best thing about backpacking is street food, and you’ll need something to eat it with. I like the To-Go-Wear pair best because they aren’t metal so you can bring it in your carry on (metal sets can be considered a weapon). The pack also includes chopsticks in case you’re travelling to Asia.
I always keep a few different sizes of Snapware in my pack in case I have delicious leftovers and want to bring them to my next location. Remember to write your name on them in permanent marker, so when you stash a package in the hostel’s refrigerator it’s less likely to get snatched.
Trying new foods and flavors is the best thing about travelling, but stomach issues can make street meat your worst enemy. Keep your stomach acids and enzymes strong with these vitamins. The Jarro-Dophilus brand seem to work best for my tummy, but I suggest you try several out before your next trip to see what works for you.
This will keep your local beer cold and your coffee piping hot. When you’re on a 20-hour bus ride, it’s pretty essential. Hydroflasks are the best quality bottles for the best price.
iPhones just don’t do the trick when it comes to food photography. Food photography is an art form, and should be treated with the highest level of respect. Sharing your eating experiences with friends and family back home can be a great way to introduce them to a new culture if they can’t travel there. The Canon G-16 is the camera I have had for the past few years and it has worked wonderfully. It’s compact, and it has wifi-capability so you can send photos to your smartphone and post photos quickly without needing your laptop.
Traveller’s Tip: Bring Small Bills
So this is not actually a gadget, but it’s an important tip for any backpacking foodie who wants to eat the most with the most ease. The best way to experience a culture is to experience its street food. Since most street food is cheap and sold out of a cart, many vendors will not have change for large bills, so I always keep a stash of small bills within close reach in case some delicious smell catches my attention when I least expect it. Having exact change also limits any communication issues when you’re grabbing a quickie.