10) Travel Speakers – It is amazing how music has the power to bring people together and to turn a dull evening at a hostel into a lively social gathering of soon-to-be best friends. Sure you can use headphones for private listening, but like a good bottle of tequila, music is better shared. Gone are the days of the big bulky travel speakers that need to be connected to a wall plug. Today, most portable travel speakers are small, light weight and battery-powered, making them a perfect addition to any backpack. I use the X-Mini II Capsule Speakers and I am very happy with the sound quality and battery life. For more on travel speakers, see the Best Travel Speakers of 2001.

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