From towering jungle-lined mountains to colorful coral reefs teeming with life, whilst you’re here you’re going to be visiting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Let’s face it, even if you’re not a #travelblogger you’re still going to want to brag to the folks at home about your #workation. That means you’ll need a camera that does it all, and nothing says lightweight HD quality robustness quite like a GoPro. This little beauty fits in the palm of your hand and can go anywhere you can. Going hiking? Clip it to your backpack. Going diving? Put it in a waterproof case and clip it to your goggles. Going mountain biking? Why not clip it to your helmet? Seriously, there is nowhere your GoPro can’t go.
Sri Lanka is just 772 km away from the equator and enjoys a tropical climate year-round. That might be good news for your suntan but it does mean that you’ll need to take some basic precautions to prevent you getting sick. We suggest bringing a sunscreen that’s 30+ SPF and a strong mosquito repellant. We’re big fans of Bull Frog’s 30+ SPF sunblock. This small bottle will not only keep you safe from the sun, but it also contains a DEET free mosquito repellant which will repel insects for up to 8 hours. Keeping you protected and your luggage light.
Sunglasses are a must for any traveller. They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and pull together any outfit with cool élan. We’re currently loving ROAV foldable sunglasses. They’re ultra-lightweight, super small, scratch resistant and as if that wasn’t enough they’re also crafted from ion plated stainless steel and screwless hinges. ROAV sunglasses are as durable as they are stylish and won’t let you down whilst your hiking up Sigiriya or racing a TukTuk driver on a bumpy backroad to Whiskey Point.
“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have” – The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Who are we to argue? A towel might seem like unnecessary weight but they’re so versatile. They can be extra blankets, impromptu yoga mats, picnic blankets, sunbeds on the beach and protection from unexpected rain showers. We love Tesalate’s range of microfiber beach towels. They’re rapid drying, ultra-lightweight, sand-free and so beautifully designed we’ve even been guilty of doubling them up as cover-ups for temple visits.
Pick-pocketing and theft isn’t really an issue in Sri Lanka (unless you count the monkeys!) but we still recommend taking basic precautions whilst you travel. Lifepack’s backpacks are roomy enough for any daypack and comes loaded with a solarbank USB charger to keep your electronics charged up on the road, Bluetooth speakers and even a bottle opener! It also has a range of features to keep your stuff safe, such as integrated locks, drop proof and weatherproof and RFID blocking hidden pockets.
You’re going to be hiking up tea plantation hills, swimming with dolphins and jostling with the crowds at Pettah market. You don’t have time to deal with shattered phone screens, which mean you’ll need a phone as resilient as you are. Lifeproof cases can be fully submersible in water for up to 1 hour and can survive a drop from up to 6.6 feet. They’re also scratch proof and dirt proof, which means that you can take your phone out on the open road with you without fear.
Let’s face it- sometimes shit happens. You’ll take a risk on a street side kade and it’ll backfire in a big way or you’ll drop your laptop right in the way of an oncoming truck or mother nature will decide that your ongoing flight to Bali just isn’t going to happen because a volcano has erupted. That’s where World Nomad Insurance comes in handy. This travel insurance is especially made for long-term travelers and Digital Nomads. It offers 24/7 emergency coverage and covers everything from adventure sports accidents to natural disasters. And the coolest part? Every policy donates a small percentage to support charities worldwide.
- Global Hot Spot
The top internet speed in Sri Lanka is now 100 Mbps and all of our stations and hubs are built with Digital Nomads in mind, so you’ll always be able to rely on fast reliable interest when you’re staying with us? But what about when you’re stuck on a train to Jaffna or camping in the jungle and your biggest client just HAS to video call you now to make last minute changes to your project? Well, that’s where Skyroam comes in handy. This little gadget is a global hotspot which works in over 100 countries and offers unlimited data to 5 devices for just $8 a day. You only pay for what you use, so there’s no dealing with difficult contracts. And it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
One of the best parts of travelling is dealing with the unexpected. But it’s also one of the worst parts when you’re travelling on a night bus playing Bhangra music at ear-splitting decibels and all you want to do is catch a few hours shut-eye before you arrive the next morning. That’s why we love Bose’s Quiet Comfort 20 noise-cancelling earphones. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket, keep out even the loudest of noises and they have over 17 hours life in between charges- more than enough for the overnight bus to Jaffna!
Any respectable traveller knows that the quickest and easiest way to get sick is by drinking tap water. But when plastics are destroying our coral reefs and damaging local aquatic habitats, how does a responsible traveller balance the needs of the environment and our immune systems? Life Straw Go has the answer. These water bottles are inbuilt with Life Straws which filter contaminated water and remove 99.9% of viruses to make it safe to drink. Now you can fill up your BPA free bottle with water fresh from a waterfall in Ella and not worry about getting sick or harming the environment.