Express your love of travel with these perfect shirt designs

Iconspeak travel shirt

Do you have special t-shirts that you wear when you travel or shirts that show what kind of traveller you are? There is no shortage of clever and well-designed shirts out there to choose from, but here are a few that I like that you can buy on Etsy.

Iconspeak travel shirt
Translation apps might make this icon shirt for travellers less useful these days, but if you’re going somewhere particularly obscure where people speak a lesser-known language then it might come in handy. It might also be a good fallback for when the battery runs out on your phone. You can buy the shirt here.

Work Travel Repeat t-shirtLet’s face it, we only work so we can take afford to travel. If that’s you, then this shirt undoubtedly speaks to you. Grab one here.

Travel More Work Less
‘Don’t worry, be happy’ is a nice sentiment, but this one seems more appropriate for travellers. If you travel more, then you’ll worry less, unless you count the worrying you do when you travel. This one comes as a cosy sweatshirt that you can buy here.

Airplane mode shirtThis comfortable shirt with its cheeky play on words is the perfect choice for your in-flight wardrobe for your next trip. Get one in your favourite colour here.

world map shirt
If you want a travel shirt that’s universal, then this map of the world is the obvious choice. Best of all, when you meet people when you travel who don’t know where you’re from, then simply point out your homeland on the map. Buy one here.

If none of those appeals to you, then browse even more travel-themed t-shirts on Etsy until you find the one that best suits your style.

Use these backpacker-tested items to keep yourself safe when you travel

If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us about travel it’s to take our hygiene seriously in order to avoid harmful bacteria and viruses. If you’ve spent any time backpacking or going off the map to explore places where the rest of the crowd doesn’t follow, then chances are you’ve already been taking precautions with some specialized equipment. Here are some items I recommend every travel take with them to avoid all kinds of nasty things, not just coronavirus.


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

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When they tell you to not drink the water, they really mean don’t drink the water, but when you’re hot and thirsty, it’s tempting to take a swig from the faucet. Unless you like cholera or e. coli infections, stick to bottled or boiled water or use one of these incredible LifeStraws which let you drink the nastiest, germiest water with virtually no chance of ingesting any bacteria because it’s filtered out.

Five-Star Review: “I know and trust the brand as this filter saves lives daily in 3rd world countries. I am an army veteran and I believe everyone should have at least one of these *Per Person* in their household for unexpected events seeing that we need water to survive and in todays world with constant fracking, a clean drinking water guarantee never exists.
Forget the water boiling when water advisories are on….Just use one of these. Always try to prepare for the unexpected, Your very life may very well depend on it someday.”

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Lightweight Mosquito Net

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No one wants COVID, but malaria and zika virus aren’t much fun either. Limit the odds of you contracting these, or any other mosquito-borne illnesses, with a compact mosquito net that you can toss over your bed at night. Don’t have a hook on the ceiling to hang it? I bring sturdy thumb tacks and have been known to MacGyver fastenings with lengths of dental floss when necessary.

Five-Star Review: “Good product meets specifications.”

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Reusable Hand Sanitizer Bottle 5-pack

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Hand sanitizer is seemingly everywhere, except when you really need it. By now, you’re likely carrying some with you wherever you go, but if you’re not, get a pack of these cheap and handy 30 or 60-ml bottles and fill them with sanitizer from your own supply. They are easy to attach with their handy carabiner clips and you get five in a pack so there’s one for everyone in your group. Best of all, it reduces the amount of plastic you throw away because you’re using refillable bottles.

Five-Star Review: “Yes, Absolutely as described. Seller has integrity. Buy with confidence.”

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