Travel Gear that we recommend
The items on this page have been tried and tested by our staff unless otherwise indicated.
Sirius Travel Inc. has been leading tours around the world since 1999 and in that time we have found some gear that we like. The links below are Amazon Affiliate links to products we have used ourselves and can recommend.
Portable chargers are essential modern travel gear to maintain your cell phone charge through a long day of touring / photographing. They must be carried in carry-on luggage. We like ones with 10,000mAh or more and that include cables (I personally own the one linked here) but it is a matter of personal preference.
Luggage, bags, and related items
This is a crush proof roller case that is the maximum FAA allowed size for carry-on luggage. We own three, two for the small telescopes that I travel with and one for camera equipment. It provides great peace of mind when I need to bring a telescope on a trip. You can expect it to be searched regularly as you go through security but fortunately the word “telescope” is fairly universal and a great conversation starter.
Clothing - Iceland or Cold Climate
For Iceland. This skirt is amazing if you are outside in the cold for long periods of time (such as observing the stars or the northern lights!). You wear it over whatever other clothes you have on and it is like a wearable blanket! Also makes it easy to lie on the ground and not worry about the dirt. Warning: unless you are petite, order up a couple sizes. Norsari makes another option/style.
Clothing - Warm Climate. (Australia, Spain, Egypt)
Toiletries and sundries
Why a pill case and why this one? This one is compact and it is encased so that pills don’t fly all over your bag if a compartment pops open. These are handy even if you don’t carry prescriptions – I keep one filled with generic medicine like Advil, Tylenol, Cold medicine, Dramamine, antihistamine, etc (I label the lids with tape). A one-stop-shop pharmacy while on the road.
A collapsible water bottle is space saving and ideal if you have a safe water supply to refill from. This is perfect for Iceland where the tap water is excellent and safe. We have tried a lot of these and have settled on this one because it is BPA-free and after a full day the water still tastes like water and not plastic.
Full confession, I have not traveled without Via packets since 2010. It is always possible to get a cup of hot water, often for free, and voila! Coffee when you want it! Admittedly, it helps if you can drink it black. If you find yourself in a tea-drinking country, these will let you enjoy a cup of coffee when none is available otherwise.
LifeStraw Go Series – BPA-Free water filter bottle for travel and everyday use. Removes bacteria, parasites, microplastics, and improves taste. This is very useful if you travel to places where the tap water is not potable. We never recommend pulling water from streams but if you must, you need this.