This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing.” Each week or two, we’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she can’t travel without. This one comes to you from Cora.
Hello my name is Cora, I’m a French writer and a passionate green traveler. After itching from wanderlust for years, I ditched my full time job a few months ago and I’m now focusing on traveling as much as possible. I’m traveling with only a carry on, so everything in my bag earned its place there, but there’s one thing in particular that never left me yet…
What one little thing can you not travel without?
I always have my dynamo torch with me (also called a dyno torch). It’s a bit bulky, definitely noisy, but oh-so-useful. There’s a lot of different designs out there, but mine is a big green one with a thin rope that you have to pull to get light. If you pull it enough times, it can make light on its own for at least one hour.
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Why has this one item been so important to you?
I think every traveler agrees a torch is an essential. But my dyno torch is not only practical, it’s also a big step towards traveling green, which is something very important to me. Not using batteries (and then throwing them away) is making a huge difference, so I always like to flaunt my dyno torch in front of other travelers, it might make them want one!
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
Mine is rather bulky, but lighter models exist. It’s all made of light plastic though, so it’s not very heavy. I never had trouble packing it, and it’s very resistant as well as waterproof, so it’s also possible to leave it dangling outside of my backpack if I’m really out of space. The fact that there’s no need to pack extra batteries is also an added advantage.
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
It’s practical, cheap, environmentally friendly, it will last a lifetime, and it’s the only way to be sure that your torch is working when you need it!
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
In Turkey I went for a night hike with a couple of other travelers. On the way out it was fine, we all had our own torch to light the way. On the way back, it started raining. It was more like a downpour actually, with a huge storm and everything. Everybody but me had to put their torches away so as not to kill them with the water. We were in the countryside, there was not a single light. Complete darkness. It was scary enough as it was, but honestly I don’t know if we could have found our way home without the light from my dyno torch.
How did you hear about this item?
It was a travel gift my family gave me, otherwise I would never have thought of it in the first place!
What sort of traveler is this item perfect for?
I think it’s the perfect item for everybody. Unless you intend to stay in big cities and hotels the whole trip, a torch is really a must have. Whether it’s for camping, hiking, reading or just in case of emergency!
About the author: Cora is a french writer and traveler living in Paris. She likes hiking, swooning over any kind of wildlife and has a reputation for easily getting lost. She’s also invested in environmental projects and will get mad at anybody that kills a spider. You can follow all her adventures, from accidentally stabbing a taxi driver with a broken tent to, once again, getting lost while hiking, on her personal blog The Path She Took or on Facebook and Instagram.
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