Put These Underrated Travel Essentials on Your Checklist

No frills, just functional.

No frills, just functional. This phrase has steered people’s decisions in making online purchases in the past two years. The pandemic has made people realize that more than being economic, simplicity is actually more valuable. Now that restrictions are easing and people are starting to travel more, we consider two simple, functional, and underrated brands that deserve consideration. 

Tigernu Philippines boasts functional and durable bags for daily commuters and frequent travelers. McDodo, on the other hand, manufactures and designs smartphone accessories such as chargers and cords, with the promise that these will last. 

Tigernu Laptop Bag. Price: P1,157

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This laptop backpack repels water, is scratch-proof, has anti-theft zippers, and comes with secret back pockets for storing small items. Priced just above P1,000, the bag can compete with renowned brands selling similar features. 

Tigernu Messenger Sling Crossbody Bag. Price: P558


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The messenger sling crossbody bag is slim and compact but does not easily wear. The slim structure allows you to carry a limited number of items such as your wallet, phone, charger, and powerbank. It also has a couple of handy compartments inside. The simple design makes it easy to match with most outfits. 

Tigernu White Laptop Bag. Price: P1,008

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This sporty white laptop bag is also waterproof and has a light-colored interior, making it easier for you to find your things inside. It has a capacity of 21 liters and has a scratch-resistant exterior. 

McDodo 20,000mAh Powerbank. Price: P1,068

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The Mcdodo MC-605 20,000mAh powerbank features 22.5W super fast charging on dual USB ports, and is compatible with a wide range of devices including iPhones and Android phones. It also feartures overcharge protection, making it a safe portable charger for your phone's battery. This comes on top of short circuit protection, overheat protection, overvoltage protection, and overcurrent protection, among others. It comes it its own charging cable. 

McDodo Super Charge Data Cables Type C. Price: P180-P400

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Three months into using this data cable, I can still not find any wear or damage to the cord and it still charges devices fast. That's something I would expect for cables in the price range of P500 to P1,000. What I like about this one is its 1.8-meter length and the 90-degree angle of the type C plug—a more ergonomic design that minimizes tension on this sensitive part of the cord. 

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