This short travel blog post was originally intended to announce the result of my Craghoppers giveaway. As I went through some of the comments though, I thought it would be great to show what my readers thought was essential travel gear.
Craghoppers Giveaway Result
My recent Craghoppers giveaway is the first I have ever run on Dave's Travel Pages. Considering this travel blog has been online since 2005, it was well overdue! Although it took a bit of work to put together, I really enjoyed it, and hope to run another one within the next couple of months. The giveaway is now closed of course, and in fact the winner has already been chosen. You can check out my video below to see the process.
As I hope you can see, it was all fair and above board. Kind of relieving that my Mum didn't win as well! (Sorry Mum). Congratulations Jane – You should check your inbox and claim your prize!
Reading through the comments, there were three that really stood out, and I have taken the liberty of including them below. You will probably find a blog post on these exact essential travel gear ideas in a few days!
Essential Travel Gear according to readers
Mark Clouse wrote:
As a beginner, my gear that I know enough about is the inspiration I receive from videos and blogs like yours. I think you are unusually honest with being negative and I really appreciate that. Let the viewer figure out what’s challenging to them personally and hopefully they can work through it. I especially like the narrative character of your vids as it explains what you are thinking more than just seeing and I understand a lot more about touring than just some La La stuff. A lot of use beginners are trying to grasp a kind of understanding to fill in the “dream” of touring. My plans for this season (oh ya, I’m not ready to ride and camp when it’s cold and wet) plus, because I live in Seattle, USA, damn I need that jacket.
Ed Cowsar wrote:
The most important thing when I travel?
Keeps me curious, open and approachable and I don’t get upset when the schedule, service or experience doesn’t meet my often ill founded expectations. I met a gentleman from Germany cycling along the Continental Divide, after seeing him several times was able to hear his story over a hot cup of cocoa out of the cold blowing fog atop Trail Ridge Road in Colorado, Gunther was retired German Navy and was cycling to every State’s capitol in the US, something so unique and hardly any American has been to all 50 states.
Gunther later(the next year) cycled through Texas and spent the night at my house and was such a humble and wonderful guest. He later shared over dinner that his father was a Nazi, jailed many years as Gunther was growing up, a humiliating experience for a son to witnesss. However Gunther remained humble, served in the West German Navy through the unification period of the two halves, seeing family he’d not seen for decades finally. Gunther’s humility, his sharing, and my wife’s humble hostility to allow him to draw with us was a warning and educational experience for all of us, especially my three impressionable sons.
Humility, keeps us open to conversation new friendships and forgiveness. Shelters us from the bitter winds of regret, remorse and anger line a enveloping wind and waterproof jacket of comfort and confidence.
Thanks for letting me share.
I don’t really have ‘gear’ that I’m committed to. Perhaps that’s why packing is the worst part of travelling for me…
I never travel without my curiosity and imagination. Those are my essentials!!
Dave – your blog is awesome.
Inspiration, humility, curiosity, and imagination – sounds like essential travel gear to me!