Flashlights are an item many travelers forget to pack for their trips or they convince themselves they don’t need it and later wish they had it. But for certain trips, you’ll want to bring a travel headlamp instead of a traditional flashlight. To some, it may seem like an unnecessary product to purchase if you already own a flashlight, but you’ll be surprised at how many uses you can find.
Headlamps have advantages over traditional flashlights:
- The actual light part is rather small and the strap can be folded down, so headlamps are much smaller than flashlights, making for more room in your bag.
- When you’re wearing them, you can keep your hands free to carry other things, and the light is directional like your car’s headlights.
Common Travel Uses of a Headlamp
- I most commonly use my headlamp for reading at night in my hostel dorm to avoid keeping my bunkmates awake.
- I’ve also found it useful when camping in the outback, stumbling my way to the bathrooms in the middle of the night, and to find my campsite at a music festival.
- Brooke wished she had one while going to a squat toilet in the Ukraine.
- Headlamps can also be helpful when running/walking in the evening.
- Headlamps are essential for trips into caves, to Everest Base Camp and the Inca Trail.
- If you’re going camping, you can put your headlamp around a bottle of water to turn it into a lantern.
There are brands for every price range, but I personally love my Petzl Tikkina, a great starter headlamp that costs around $20 USD. (Check out the prices on Amazon for this headlamp.)
You can also get different settings and features from other companies, like a flashing beacon setting and red light to keep bugs from being attracted to the light. Black Diamond and Mammut also make quality headlamps, although for a higher price. Be sure to carry backup batteries for your headlamp, although they keep charge for a long time if you’re not using it regularly.