If it’s not obvious already, I love to travel! The beginning of my journey always begins with writing a (long) list of things to pack. Depending on where I’m going, my packing list differs (why bring my flat iron to the island when my hair will just end up frizzy anyways?!). However, there are a couple ‘must-bring’ items that I stow into my suitcase regardless of the adventure!
One of these items is my handy-dandy luggage scale, which I purchased at a luggage store where I used to work. It’s super light, displays weight in both kilograms and pounds, and can fit into a small pocket of my carry-on. I know that you can weigh your luggage once you approach the check-in counter at the airport. But I always like to weigh my luggage before I even get to the airport. Because the worst is when you get up to the counter, and the red numbers read that your baggage is too heavy. No one wants to be that person having to reorganize their undies and tank tops in line.
My next travel necessity is actually a newly purchased item. Ladies: this one’s for you! I recently got the Diva Cup and it’s been a gift from menstrual heaven! I know for certain that I will bring it with me when I travel from here on out! Why is the Diva Cup (or any other menstrual cup) so great for traveling? Two main reasons: 1) you don’t have to pack a million tampons; 2) you can leave the menstrual cup in there for up to 12 hours! It’s perfect for those long flights or bus rides that don’t have a bathroom on board!
I was curious to know what other people bring on their travels. So I reached out to the blogging community and asked this question: what’s the number one item you can’t travel without? Here’s what they had to say. By the way, this is my first collaboration post, yippee!
Dan from The New Travel Blog
A notebook. A new notebook, an old notebook, a clean notebook, a dirty notebook – it doesn’t matter. Somewhere to jot down random thoughts, or the time of my next flight, or the name and email of a new friend. Sure, modern phone can do all this and a lot more. But there is something about the pen on paper that just feels right. Besides, long after our phones have all ended up in garbage dumps, I’ll still have my notebooks. They will be saved away in a shoebox, along with all of the memories they hold.
Jessica from The Belle Voyage
If there’s one thing I bring with me on EVERY trip, it’s my GHD flat iron. I have long hair and when I travel, I love to have my hair look decent, but I hate spending time on it when I could be exploring instead! I bring my flat iron along to smooth out my hair every day, and with a little dry shampoo, I can get ready in the morning in minutes and go for a few days without washing my hair! GHD flat irons are available at Sephora, Ulta and many other beauty supply stores. At $185, they’re pretty pricey, but I’ve had mine for YEARS, and I think it’s worth the investment!
Sally from Pocket of Words
The item I can’t travel without is my iPhone. It’s so multipurpose and I’ve found a smart phone has helped me out in so many situations. If I need a map I have one at my finger tips. If I’ve got a long layover at the airport I download podcasts to listen to. And when I’m on a plane and can’t settle, I listen to my playlists of music. Prices vary between countries but I get mine on a monthly plan from New Zealand.
On a non-tech front, the item I can’t travel without is my bear. Despite being 29 he’s my one home comfort who’s traveled the world with me 🙂
Danielle from Like Riding a Bicycle
The number one item I can’t travel without, and feel lost if I don’t have, is my trusty tent! She’s sturdy and saves me from the wind and the rain, and in all honesty, she’s my home. She comes with my everywhere, and I’d probably go on a rampage if someone took her from me!
EDIT: Danielle’s tent has unfortunately kicked the can. Since this is Danielle’s home for at least six months out of the year, she needs a proper abode that will withstand wind, rain and everything else mother nature throws at us. Click here if you would like to support Danielle’s campaign for a new trusty tent!
Iain from The Kiwi Has Landed
The item I absolutely, 100% never ever leave for traveling without is my iPod (previously portable CD player). India was the only trip I have ever forgotten music and it’s probably the one place it isn’t needed as there is already enough going on. Some may say I am missing out on what is around me but I say, it puts a stride in my step and helps me to remember where I am at certain times in my life. For example, when I hear Pink Floyd it takes me back to a campsite in Patagonia, watching a sea of water swept up from the heavy winds breathe its way across the watery surface. When I hear Coldplay it reminds me of a border crossing from Argentina into Bolivia. So you see for me music is a catalyst to remember times in my life and when I hear the same music years later, it transports me back to another time and another place.
Amanda from Beginners Backpacking Dream
I would have to say my Kindle is important for my travels. I spent about £50 on mine from Amazon and it’s great as I can read plenty of books without using up space in my backpack. I’m going on a 19 hour flight to Bali from the U.K. I will be traveling on my own for the first time so I’m a little nervous. I’m hoping to read lots of books on the plane to take my mind off it. Once in Bali, I will be too busy to read. My plans are to go surfing, visit temples, volcanoes and learn how coffee is made. I will be staying in a hostel so I will be meeting lots of new people, too.
Anna from Global Gallivanting
My number one item I can’t travel without is ear plugs! They’re so cheap and small you would be crazy not to take them. I travel a lot in India and Asia and ear plugs have been the key to a good night’s sleep many times on buses, trains and planes; in hostels; and even in budget hotels where you can hear the honking traffic or the other guests through the thin walls. Traveling can be tiring and so a good day of sightseeing needs a good night’s sleep and I never leave home without ear plugs. A sleep mask is also invaluable.
Ankita from Transforming Escapes
The number one item I cannot travel without is my camera. I’m not a DSLR fan, so I carry a pocket sized camera wherever I go. Being a travel blogger, a camera is a must for me because pictures are the best way to share my travel experiences with my audience. I believe I see the world differently with a camera in my hand. The sights and the streets are no longer the same. I have the Sony Cybershot DSC wx350 which is priced at $300.
Patti from The Savvy Globetrotter
My beloved Klean Kanteen is absolutely the one item I can’t live without on my travels and really, even at home. It might look like just a regular water bottle but this thing is leakproof, double-wall vacuum insulated (meaning no condensation) and a trusty travel companion. It has never leaked when tossed upside down in my bag and keeps my drink temp the way I want all day, no matter how hot or cold. Best of all, I’ve had it for years so between not needing a replacement or purchasing drinks along the way, it is environmentally friendly too.
Matilda from The Travel Sisters
I prefer to travel light and be organized so my essential travel item is my trusty packing cubes…I never pack a bag without them. They are a time-saver, space-saver and sanity-saver. It’s so much easier to pull out a cube and grab an item than dig through everything in your luggage. Best of all, you get to keep dirty clothes separate from clean and always have a spot to stash a soggy swimsuit from that last minute swim.
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