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.
All-in-one Converter for Europe UK EU AUS (Type C/G/A/I)
European Travel Plug Adapter 2 Pack
Bluetooth Wireless Audio Transmitter/Receiver
Noise cancelling headphones
Apple Airtags, 4-pack
Apple Airtag Holders
Noise Cancelling Apple AirPods
Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds
A good alternative to the more expensive AirPods, these TOZO earbuds are ones that some of our guides use and can vouch for. They are a great space-saving alternative to the over ear headphones above.
Portable power banks
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
Carry-on size Pelican case
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.
Carry-on size backpacks
Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag
Compression Packing Cubes
Travel Neck Wallet
Travel money belt
Binocular Chest Harness Strap
Clothing - Iceland or Cold Climate
Waterproof Shell coats and pants
Lightweight Fleece Jacket
3/4 length parka
This are primarily for Iceland in the fall/winter/spring. The long length is really helpful in keeping you warm in the Icelandic climate. Swim parkas work great as well.
Fleece lined pants
Waterproof hiking shoes
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.
Norsari Wearable Wrap
Clothing - Warm Climate. (Australia, Spain, Egypt)
Insect repellent shirts
Mosquito/fly netting for the head
Cooling neck wraps
Toiletries and sundries
Travel Size Duct Tape
Travel Pill Case
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.
Travel Laundry Detergent
Solar Filter Film Sheet (12"x12")
Collapsible water bottle
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.
Instant coffee singles
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.
BPA-Free Water Filter Bottle
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.