When was the last time you dropped off film to develop? Or took out a paper map to plot your route? This summer, we recommend leaving the digital world behind (at least for a little while) and really taking in your surroundings. But what will you do without Instagram, or the Google Maps app? We've got you covered. Here are five essential items you'll need on your next off-the-grid vacation. 

Streetwise Maps

User-friendly and weatherproof, Streetwise Maps will help you get from point A to B with ease. But even if you don’t have Google Maps to tell you that you’ve made the wrong turn, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little bit lost. You never know what you might stumble upon. 

Diane F+ Instant Camera

Use an instant camera for a candid photo, #nofilter. You won’t have to worry about using up your phone’s memory, and instead, you’ll focus on capturing the moment in just one shot. Be sure to shake it like a Polaroid picture!

Where Chefs Eat 

70 countries, 600 chefs, 3,200 restaurant recommendations—Where Chefs Eat is the ultimate international dining resource. TripAdvisor is great and all, but consulting this guide is like asking your foodie friend for a place to eat—except that friend is David Chang or René Redzepi

Tasting Journals 

Become a conoisseur with 33 Books tasting journals for wine, whiskey, cheese, and even hot sauce. Scribble notes onto the designated flavor wheel and record the sensations from your taste buds. It will help you record your memories from the road, and narrow in on your favorite flavors around the world.  


With the efficiency and speed of emailing and texting, communication is easily taken for granted. But nothing says, “Wish you were here” quite like a postcard—snail mail and handwritten notes still hold a certain charm that technology can’t exactly capture. Pick up some unique local finds on your next trip, and send them to the people you miss most.