In my opinion a headlamp is an absolutely essential piece of travel gear for backpackers and travelers. Here are some of the reasons why.
Headlamps are 100x better than hand-held flashlights. The obvious reason? you can attach it to your head!
This gives you hands-free access for reading a book in the dark, climbing into a cave, or searching through your backpack in the middle of the night. Plus if you really miss holding a flashlight — you can always put it in your hand if you really want to.
I’ve owned a few headlamps over the years, but I really love my new Black Diamond Spot, and it’s the best headlamp I’ve ever used.
The Spot is extremely lightweight, has amazing battery life, the ability to dim intensity, broad and narrow beams, a lock function (prevents turning on by mistake in your bag), and boasts both red & white light.
It’s also weather sealed so you can use it in the rain.
Sure there are others out there that might be brighter, but as far as I’m concerned this model is the best value. It’s above-average in all these categories, and still available at a reasonable price.
My favorite feature is the red LEDs. They’re great for when you need to get up early for sunrise photos. The subdued red glow won’t wake up your hostel roommates.
This feature is also perfect for preserving your natural night vision. I always find new uses for this headlamp. Want to light up a tent? Strap it around your backpack and aim it at the roof.
How about painting the inside of a volcanic crater with light while taking a long-exposure photograph? No problem.
A nice headlamp is definitely an essential piece of travel gear for me. ★
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Do you prefer a flashlight or headlamp?