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Travel Hacks: 11 Things to Pack While Roaming Rio During the 2016 Summer Olympics

2016 Summer Olympics will officially open on August 5 and you want to witness it firsthand and travel around Rio de Janeiro at the same time. Despite your intention to relax and enjoy the sights, traveling can be stressful, especially if you aren’t sure about what to take and what to do once you get there. This can take the fun out of your visit and we don’t want this to happen.

Because we want you to enjoy your trip and this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we give you the essentials to take, the stops to make, and the things to watch out for, so you can have an unforgettable Rio experience.

Carry-All Bag

bag-travel-bag-voyager-cognac-carryall.jpgVoyager by This Is Ground
International shipping weight -5.5 kg

With such a huge event happening during your visit, it is best to pack your things in a bag that is small and light enough to carry your stuff around in one go. This is ideal especially if you’re going on a short trip and will be constantly on the move. Voyager is a literal carry-all and perfect for light-packers.

This bag can contain a pair of your shoes, some change of clothes, your passport, and electronic devices (iPad, iPhone, camera, etc.) among others. Not only that, Voyager is also Wi-Fi capable (this feature is currently only enabled within the United States) and this option is available upon purchase.

Venturesafe-325-Crossbody-Pack-by-PacsafeVenturesafe 325 Crossbody Pack by Pacsafe
International shipping weight – 4 kg

If you want a more hands-free bag, Pacsafe Venturesafe 325 is another option. It is a crossbody type specially designed to carry your day things safely. Equipped with anti-theft features (slash-proof exterior, RFID-blocked pockets, Smart Zipper Security™), Venturesafe 325 takes its name seriously, which is ideal when you’re in the middle of large crowds. This bag is big enough to hold your basic necessities, such as your electronics, not to mention water-resistant just in case you decide to hang out in one of Rio’s many beaches.


Cord Organizer

Cordito Cord and Plug Rollup by This Is Ground
International shipping weight – 1 kg

Keep your devices’ USB cables and chargers tangle-free and in order using the Cordito organizer. The zipped pocket can also gold smaller gears, such as small plugs, etc.

Outdoor Walking Shoes

shoes-walking-shoes-new-balance-10651065 Women’s Walking Shoe by New Balance
International shipping weight – 3.5 kg

Traveling is best enjoyed on foot and this requires a good pair of shoes. New Balance 1065 is perfect for women-on-the-go with its mesh upper that gives more room for ventilation, FantomFit support, and midsole cushioning (REVlite) for long hours of walking and standing on your feet.


887 Men’s Walking Shoe by New Balance
International shipping weight – 3.5 kg

As for our male travelers, New Balance 887 walker can provide your feet with the comfort and breathability for the long strolls you’re going to take.


digital-camera-canon-powershot-g7-xPowershot G7 X by Canon
International shipping weight -2.5 kg

Don’t miss out on the exciting moments you want to keep by capturing them using Canon Powershot G7X in full HD. This digital camera is loaded with sophisticated features packed in its compact body, which makes it even more convenient to bring during your trip.

Capture Rio’s amazing sights and colorful festivities. (Photo by Stuart Dee from Getty Images)

You can even flip the screen for taking selfies with, probably, celebrities you might come across with! Who knows you might get the chance to snap a shot with Giselle Bündchen who will grace the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

Rio comes to life at night with its beautiful city lights. (Photo taken from Imgur)


powerbank-anker-powercore+-10050PowerCore+ 10050 by Anker
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

There usually isn’t a readily available power socket when you’re out of your hotel room sightseeing, and it is too much a trouble to charge your devices on the sidelines when you’re supposed to be on the move. Although there might no longer be a room in your bag,  Anker’s  PowerCore+ 10050 won’t take up much. Dubbed as the world’s smallest 10,000 mAh power bank, PowerCore+ charges two times faster than the larger power banks with the same battery capacity. Not only that, it also has its own travel pouch for protection and, of course, aesthetics.


Original Wayfarer Classic is also available in 6 other colors.

Original Wayfarer Classic by Ray-Ban
International shipping weight – 1.5 kg

A pair of sunglasses is a must when traveling to sunny places like Rio (or other parts of Brazil) to protect your eyes from the glare, smoke and other eye-irritants. This Wayfarer sports a classic design that has been Ray-Ban’s signature style since 1952. This pair is also compatible with Ray-Ban’s Special Edition Rugged Case in the same classic and stylish look this brand is known for. This can even double-up as holder of things small enough to fit in it if you aren’t using it as your sunny’s case.

Ray-Ban’s Special Edition Rugged Case is available in 2 colors (grey and brown).

Mosquito Repellent

Mosquito Bracelets by Ultra Band
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

Zika virus is still Brazil’s biggest health risk. Make sure to have a pack of Ultra Band mosquito repellents in bracelet type to ward off mosquitoes and 150 other bugs. One strip can last up to 240 hours, providing you with longer protection while walking around and doing other activities.


Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent Lotion by Bull Frog
International shipping weight – 1.5 kg

Rio de Janeiro is a warm place and its August weather range from 24° to 28°. Protect your skin from the hot sun by applying Bull Frog sunscreen. This also doubles as an insect repellent and can keep mosquitoes and other bugs away for 8 hours.


Tasmin Bikini Top by Kiini
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

Tasmin Bikini Bottom by Kiini
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

Your visit won’t be complete without getting the Brazil beach experience. Channel your #kiinispirit by donning up this colorful pair of swimsuits from Kiini on your beach day.

The Copacobana Beach is a popular hub and one of Rio’s tourist spots. (Photo from

Hangover Medicine

Blowfish for Hangovers by Blowfish
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

Excitement in Rio doesn’t end at the setting of the sun because the day’s activities are just making way for the nighttime fun. Nightlife in Rio is another round of festivities, live music, street parties, nonstop dancing, food, and drinks. This is, of course, a fun experience until hangover hits you in the morning. To avoid this from happening, bring a pack of Blowfish tablets with you to keep your head clear after a night of partying.

Portuguese – English Reference

Berlitz Brazilian Portuguese Phrase Book & Dictionary by Barnes & Noble
International shipping weight – 0.5 kg

Don’t be too much of a stranger despite being in a strange land. Bring a pocket-sized language guide with you to familiarize yourself with the basics of local communication. As a tourist, this is more convenient and can also give you plus points among the locals who will appreciate your efforts to learn more about their culture.

While in Rio, don’t forget to visit the Museum of Tomorrow, an extraordinary structure that has is one of city’s most recent pride . (Photo by Daniel Ramalho/Rio2016)







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