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REVIEW: Snugpak Travelpak 2 Sleeping Bag

We take a look at Snugpak’s travel focused sleeping bag the Travelpak 2 which includes a built-in mosquito netContinue readingREVIEW: Snugpak Travelpak 2 Sleeping Bag

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Top 5 Mosquito Nets for Travelling

We round up our five favourite mosquito nets to take on your next backpacking adventure to keep you safe from mosquitoes and other biting insects.Continue readingTop 5 Mosquito Nets for Travelling

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Best Gap Year Sleeping Bags – 2018

It’s been a few years since our top 5 sleeping bags for travelling post, so we figured it was about time we updated our list. Our 2018 list includes some old favourites, which have received a revamp for 2018 and some new additions that could well be the travel sleeping bag of your dreams! So…Continue readingBest Gap Year Sleeping Bags – 2018

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Best Travel Backpacks for Women – 2017

Why buy a women’s backpack? Simply put, men and women are built differently and therefore have different requirements when it comes to travel backpacks. As women have a shorter torso than men, female specific backpacks are designed with a shorter back length, as well as shaped shoulder straps to ensure they don’t dig into your…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks for Women – 2017

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10 Things to Pack for Australia

Australia has so much to offer backpackers, so it’s really no surprise that it’s a popular starting point for many gap year adventures! So what should you pack for a travelling in Australia? Of course your passport, currency and essential travel documents all go without saying, but here are a few Australia travel essentials we would…Continue reading10 Things to Pack for Australia

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REVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

Back in 2016, Pyramid introduced their Trek Ultra repellent (formerly Repel Ultra). This micro-encapsulated DEET formula provides the same long-lasting protection as their now withdrawn Trek 100 repellent (97% DEET), while using only a third of the DEET. I got the chance to put Trek Ultra to the test on a recent trip to Southeast…Continue readingREVIEW: Pyramid Trek Ultra Mosquito Repellent

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Top 20 Travel Essentials

Knowing what to pack for travelling can be tricky, so we’ve compiled a list of our top 20 gap year travel essentials to ensure you don’t leave any must-have accessories behind! Some of the entries on this list may seem obvious, while others may be handy add-ons that you’d never even thought of packing!  1) Travel Backpack We…Continue readingTop 20 Travel Essentials

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Caribee Wheeled Backpacks: Fast Track vs Skymaster

One of the most common questions asked by our customers is ‘What is the difference between the Caribee Fast Track and Caribee Sky Master?’. While both are top of the range wheeled backpacks for travelling, they have some key differences that set them apart. In this post we will discuss these differences and hopefully shed…Continue readingCaribee Wheeled Backpacks: Fast Track vs Skymaster

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Best Travel Backpacks – 2017

*Disclaimer – this is an old post, related to our best backpacks in 2017 – check out our best travel backpacks for 2018 here.* As we’re now in our Spring/Summer 2017 season, it’s time to select our favourite travel backpacks for 2017. We’ve included a few backpacks from last year’s list, with some new models making…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks – 2017

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New F16 Range: Osprey Meridian Vs Sojourn

A new season means an update to both the Osprey Meridian and Osprey Sojourn wheeled backpacks, which have proven popular with our customers since they were introduced to our wheeled backpack range in October 2015. As Osprey have updated some of their range for Fall 2016, there have been a couple of changes to their…Continue readingNew F16 Range: Osprey Meridian Vs Sojourn

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Top 5 Travel Wash Bags

You may have decided that a travel wash bag is an item you can do without when travelling, especially if you’re looking to save space. However, packing your toiletries and wash gear inside a wash bag will actually save you space, as well as preventing a major shampoo explosion in your backpack! In this blog…Continue readingTop 5 Travel Wash Bags

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Best Travel Backpacks for 2016

*Disclaimer – this is an old post, related to our best backpacks in 2016 – check out our best travel backpacks for 2018 here.* A new year means new travel backpacks, so we thought we’d run through our top 5 travel backpacks for 2016. We’ve included backpacks to suit all budgets in this post, so whether…Continue readingBest Travel Backpacks for 2016

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Travel Packing List: South America

When it comes to planning your trip to South America, you’ve probably done your research on safety, vaccines, visas, flights and things to do…But what do you need to pack?! We’ve compiled a travel packing list for South America in this post, but as climates and conditions can vary throughout the continent we’ve left out…Continue readingTravel Packing List: South America

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How to Fit & Pack a Travel Backpack

Surely you can just throw your backpack on your back, tighten the shoulder straps and you’re good to go? WRONG. Once backpacks get out of daypack and small backpack sizing (approximately 15-40 litres) you’ll find that they come with more advanced back systems, which can be adjusted. Ensuring your backpack has been adjusted correctly before…Continue readingHow to Fit & Pack a Travel Backpack

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REVIEW: Snugpak Jungle Bag Sleeping Bag

We’ve been selling the Snugpak Jungle Bag sleeping bag for a number of years, as this was one of the first ‘anti-mosquito’ bags available. But with so many newer additions to the sleeping bag market, including the Vango Planet & Highlander Voyager ranges, why should you consider the Jungle Bag when choosing your travel sleeping…Continue readingREVIEW: Snugpak Jungle Bag Sleeping Bag

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REVIEW: Osprey Meridian 75 Wheeled Backpack

*25/08/16 – Disclaimer* – This review is for the 2015 version of the Osprey Meridian 75, which has since received a specification update! See the latest Osprey range here. This week I’m reviewing the latest (and long overdue) addition to our wheeled travel backpack range, the Osprey Meridian 75. If you’ve done your research on…Continue readingREVIEW: Osprey Meridian 75 Wheeled Backpack

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Our Favourite Travel Gifts for 2015

*Disclaimer* – This is our 2015 travel gift guide, you can view our 2016 gift guide here. We like to think we have some pretty amazing and useful gadgets in our online travel store, and since our last travel gift guide we’ve had some great new additions to our range. So we thought we’d share…Continue readingOur Favourite Travel Gifts for 2015

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A Guide to Mosquito Repellents

Choosing the right mosquito repellent for travelling can be a daunting task, will it be strong enough for high risk Malaria areas? Will your skin have a reaction? How much mosquito repellent should you take with you? These are all common questions we are asked here at the Gap Year Travel Store on a regular…Continue readingA Guide to Mosquito Repellents

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Top 5 Sleeping Bags for Travelling

When it comes to packing for your gap year, you’re faced with the dilemma of fitting everything into your backpack…So it’s understandable that choosing a sleeping bag can be tricky, and some people may even consider travelling without one to save on space. However, sleeping bags don’t have to be bulky, in fact, there are…Continue readingTop 5 Sleeping Bags for Travelling

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How to Purify Water Abroad

Hydration is an important part of everyday life, and something that cannot be compromised on. This is particularly true when you’re travelling abroad and in hot climates, where more fluids are required to keep you healthy. When travelling, you will quickly become aware of the potential risks of drinking water from contaminated sources. Drinking contaminated…Continue readingHow to Purify Water Abroad

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Top 5 Travel Accessories for Women

We all love a good gadget, and when it comes to travelling there are lots of great accessories out there to make your life easier. Gadgets for men are often easier to find but what about women? We’ve put together a list of travel accessories for women, including security accessories and health products, all of…Continue readingTop 5 Travel Accessories for Women

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A Guide to Buying Women’s Backpacks

When it comes to buying a backpack for travelling, it can be difficult to know where to start. You probably have a number of questions going around your head such as “do I need an adjustable back system?”, “which size backpack should I buy?” and finally, “what is the difference between unisex and women’s backpacks?”…Continue readingA Guide to Buying Women’s Backpacks

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Vango Planet 50 Sleeping Bag Review

The Vango Planet sleeping bag range has proven a hit with our customers over the years, and Vango have certainly upped their game with their 2015 model. Although they’ve kept all the key features from the previous model, the 2015 version comes with two main changes in the form of upgraded anti-microbial and insect repellent…Continue readingVango Planet 50 Sleeping Bag Review

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5 of the Best Towels for Travelling

If you’re trying to decide which travel towel to buy for your gap year, you’ll probably find yourself faced with a wide range of options from suede-feel softfibre to microfibre towels that feel more like the ones you use at home…but which towel is the best option for you and your destination? We’ve put together a…Continue reading5 of the Best Towels for Travelling