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This small travel gear on Amazon Prime keeps our editors moving on the road

PACKING CORRECTLY FOR TRAVEL takes practice and repetition. The most experienced travelers know to leave the must-have travel items in their travel pack so there’s no chance they will be forgotten. Matador’s Travel and Outdoor editors are among those believers — in fact, each has spent years honing his or her travel setup to be optimized for the type of travel and activities they most frequently embark on, whether that be a yoga retreat or tour of Paris museums. Here are those small travel items, each of which can fit in your travel pack without hogging all the room you need for clothes, laptop, and other must-haves. Every item on this list is available via Amazon Prime. So go ahead — trip out your travel pack and own the road on your next adventure.

Sawyer Products SP 134 TAP Water Filtration System

Gone are the days of needing to buy plastic water bottles when traveling in places without drinkable tap water. The Sawyer Products SP 134 TAP Water Filtration System connects to taps and filters the water into your water bottle, so you can have a zero-waste water source while traveling. The filter is small and portable, and is designed for travel. It can filter up to 500 gallons per day and is reusable. And, it connects to things like hoses and other Sawyer products giving you an extra dose of versatility.

Find the complete list of travel gear compiled by the Matador Team here.


May 7, 2022

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Of all the creepy crawlers, ticks keep me on high alert. They can be very tiny in the nymph stage and difficult to see. They love to hang out in tall grasses along the trail and hitch a ride on hikers passing by. I plan on treating most of my clothes and gear with Sawyer Permethrin.

Joanne Gigliotti


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I would often just drink directly from the sawyer squeeze if I was feeling lazy- which by the way works wonderfully.

Rachel McVittie