Kaspars in Himalayas, using Zero Grid Travel Gear

Zero Grid Travel Gear: Our Experience

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At the end of the last year we were contacted by the travel accessories company from the USA – Zero Grid, who asked us if we would be interested to try out their travel gear. We liked what we saw online, and so we said – Yes! The same like founders of Zero Grid we are big advocates for traveling light. Whenever we can we are traveling with a carry on only, taking with us only the most important stuff, that we really know we are going to use.

Another thing we liked was how high they value their customer satisfaction with the quality of  their travel gear. All Zero Grid products are backed by a 100% lifetime money – back guarantee. When you want to pack less and travel with fewer possessions, quality becomes one of the top parameters for you.

In January we received a package full with different travel gear from Zero Grid. And now, 3 months later, we are ready to share our thoughts about it.

Zero Grid Travel Gear We Have Been Using

1. Travel Neck Wallet

It’s an ultra-lightweight and water resistant neck wallet with 3 zipped compartments. During the last 3 months I have used it quite a few times. When I was in Nepal, hiking Annapurna Circuit, then for 2 weeks I used it daily. Back of this wallet is soft and it feels really good on your body. Few days I was wearing it under the t-shirt, and it felt much better than I was expecting. So far I really like it.

I used it to carry my hiking permit and cash (some 20-30 bills at a time). But it’s also big enough to put in 4 or more passports, 6 credit cards + something else. For extra safety the wallet features a RFID blocking security.

Read more about it on Amazon and on the company’s website!

Looking for a travel wallet, check out also this list of the best wallets for travel and everyday use!

2. Electronics Travel Organizer

I would say, that because of its size it’s more like a cable organizer. It has two flip-over compartments with many elastic attachment points for cables and other thin and small items (e.g. external hard disk drives). Also there is a small zippered pocket for other small items, such as memory cards and earphones.

On pictures it looks bigger (at least for me) than it actually is. When you put in a few cables and a hard disk or two, there is only a little space left. And it’s not that easy to put in even a phone charger, unless its plug-end is detachable. I couldn’t fit in my laptop charger. It’s not that big, but it’s bigger than a Macbook charger and its power plug is not detachable. But, yes, a Macbook charger will fit in.

I’m using a bigger electronics organizer from Case Logic, where I can also put in my camera and a GoPro. Something similar to this one on Amazon. Only mine doesn’t have a waterproof bottom. Una now uses Zero Grid electronics organizer.

Read more about it on Amazon and on the company’s website!

3. Compression Packing Cubes

We need to get packing cubes, this thought had crossed my mind several times during the last year. But we never bought any, and kept organizing our clothes in plastic bags.

Until we got these from Zero Grid. It’a a set of 3 compression packing cubes + a shoe bag. You can’t really tell that by looking at the picture above, but the small ones are exactly 1/2 the size of the big one. And all together they are about the right size to fit in easily in most of the carry on size bags (see the best carry on size backpacks). In fact, if your travel luggage is exactly the size of the carry on, then there will be still quite a lot of space left, mostly at the front, because the depth of these packing cubes is only 3.14” (about 8 centimeters). Which is really cool!

Otherwise, I can’t really put into words how much easier it is with packing cubes.

I have got to the point, when mostly I have that little clothes with me, that I’m completely fine with only one packing cube. So I’m using the biggest one, Una – both of the smallest ones.

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4. RFID Blocking Passport Holder – Travel Wallet

Durable and water resistant passport holder, made from a quality ripstop nylon. It has three pockets – one where to secure your passport and two credit card-sized pockets. In the middle there is a small compartment with a small pen inside of it. Useful for people like me, who always forget to take a pen.

I’m sure, that we just weren’t lucky this time, but the zipper of our passport holder broke after some time. But, as I already mentioned, All Zero Grid travel products have a 100% lifetime money – back guarantee.

Read more about it on Amazon and on the company’s website!

5. RFID Blocking Phone Wallet

Minimalist wallet? Kind of. It’s a credit card holder, that you can stick on the case of your phone. And when you need only one credit card with you, then you easily go out leaving your wallet at home. Similar like other Zero Grid travel wallets it has a RFID protection against unwanted scanning of your credit card.

We haven’t really used it. Because in the last months we were mostly in Southeast Asia, and there you don’t use your credit card that much daily.

I must also admit, that the idea itself about attaching a bank card to the back of my phone seems strange.

Read more about it on Amazon and on the company’s website!

6. Microfiber Travel Towel Set

We are using microfiber towels since 2013. Because they are lightweight, quick drying and they don’t smell after being used for many times. All of what is important, when you are traveling a lot and/or going on hiking and camping trips. We heard about these kind of towels for the first time as special towels for hiking. Turns out they are the same as useful for the backpackers.

In this Zero Grid Microfiber Travel Towel Set you have 1 small and 1 extra large towel. The big one has dimensions of 30” x 60” (76 x 152 cm). But the small one is 4 times shorter. I would prefer to have something in between. So right now, willing to save space, I would go only with the small one. Yes, the big one isn’t taking that much space when folded either, and it’s cool to have a big towel, but for me it’s an unnecessary luxury, when traveling long term. But that’s me.

Zero Grid towels come in a package with a carabiner clip. So you can attach it to the outside of your backpack as well, or hang on just about anything in the hostel bathroom, for example.

You can choose between blue and grey color.

Read more about these towels on Amazon and on the company’s website!

7. Compact Travel Umbrella with Flashlight

Quality umbrella. Its frame is made from steel and fiberglass. To close it you need to push a bit harder than we were used to. But that’s not a problem at all. It only means that the umbrella is not that easy to break! Which is good for backpacking, when you can’t always take the best care of your gear.

It comes with a nice pouch with a carabiner. It is very easy to attach it to a backpack. And, of course, as its name suggests it has a built in torch, a pretty bright one.

Read more about it on Amazon and on the company’s website!

Zero Grid Travel Gear We Use

All Zero Grid Travel Gear We Use

See all Zero Grid travel gear on Amazon and on their website!

Kaspars Misins

Author: Kaspars Misins

Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.

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