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The One Item I Can’t Travel Without [Collab Post]

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!

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Tracker Luggage Scale

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.

 

Diva Cup

Diva Cup

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

Jessica @ The Belle Voyage

Jessica @ 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

Sally @ 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

Danielle @ Like Riding a Bicycle

Danielle @ 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

Iain @ The Kiwi Has Landed

Iain @ 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

Amanda @ Beginners Backpacking Dream

Amanda @ 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

Anna @ Global Gallivanting

Anna @ 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

Patti @ The Savvy Globetrotter

Patti @ 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.

 

What is the number one item you can’t travel without? Let me know in the comments below! And if you loved this post, repin it on Pinterest!

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Jen
    October 12, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    The luggage scale is truly a convenience for those who loves to travel. It is important to be sure and prepared when planning to pack things up. It so much hassle if in the check-in counter you will know that your baggage exceeds the weight limit.

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    Jeannette
    April 27, 2016 at 2:24 am

    PENS!
    I’m old-school–I need to be able to write things down (also my damn phone battery dies a lot). And I journal on the bus/while waiting. And I write post cards to the entire world.

    I love that you included ear plugs. Since I turned 25 and stopped being able to pass out literally anywhere, having ear plugs and an eye mask has stopped me from murdering my hostel roommates on numerous trips.

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      Expat and the City
      May 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

      It’s always good to accompany a notebook with a pen. Plus when you’re on the flight and have to fill out those immigration cards, but they don’t have enough pens to go around. It’s just easy to have your own! I just bought an eyemask and I’ll be sure to use it on my next longggg flight (and in the hostel, of course!)

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    Gina Bear
    April 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    How have I not gotten hold of that digital luggage scale? Definitely need this in my life!

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      Expat and the City
      May 17, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Luggage scales are a must! So convenient!

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    Andreja Jernejčič
    April 12, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Damn, I need to get this diva cup asap, I always tell this to me, before evry journey. My sister is usually the one travelling with earplugs, lol!

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    Cassie
    April 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    It’s interesting how many of these items are technology! My must have travel item is a scarf! I love my travel scale too though 🙂

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    One More Backpacker
    April 10, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    For me it’s my Sarong… You are gonna laugh at me but it’s very useful!
    It’s a provisional bed sheet for dirty hostel beds, a cover for cold bus rides, a towel for unexpected swims and a pillow for airport sleeps. Can’t travel without it 😛

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    Ajaya Kumar Rout
    April 9, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Great list of travel items.I personally cannt miss a notebook and a map during my travel.

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    Votel Travels
    April 9, 2016 at 1:31 am

    Great subject matter, great topic, great blog. Looked like you had a great time. Look forward to reading more

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    Tom
    April 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    100% agree with ear plugs!! Sleeping in hostel dorms without ear plugs is a guaranteed way to have an awful night’s sleep!

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      Expat and the City
      April 12, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      I haven’t traveled with ear plugs before. But I have not been in many (noisy) hostels. But I should have some just in case!!

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    Bernard Tan
    April 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I cant travel with out my deodorant, I hate it when i am all sticky and sweaty.

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      Expat and the City
      April 12, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Ah yes… any and ALL toiletries are a MUST – especially in those hot climates!

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    kayla
    April 8, 2016 at 11:29 am

    What a great post! Such a good idea to do a collab session like that! I just wrote a similar post on my blog http://www.kelanabykayla.com/10-items-never-travel-without/

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      Expat and the City
      April 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      I checked out your post and love it, too! All essential items to bring! Especially the universal adapter and plastic baggies for dirty laundry!!

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    thetraveloguer
    April 8, 2016 at 10:11 am

    I can never travel without a notebook, camera and Kindle or multiple books! I really need to try the Diva cup soon 🙂

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      Expat and the City
      April 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      I’ve heard there’s lots of other menstrual cups on the market! Regardless of which one you get, it’ll change your world for the better!! 🙂

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    weegypsygirl
    April 8, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Love love love LOVE my diva cup!!

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      Expat and the City
      April 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      I’m so in love with it too! Best purchase ever!

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    Jessica Corson
    April 3, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Thanks for including me, Sam! How fun to read everyone else’s must-haves.
    Cheers,
    Jessica

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      Expat and the City
      April 12, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Not a problem! It was fun writing my first collab post! Hope to do this again!

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    Hung Thai [Up Up and a Bear]
    April 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Earplugs! Yes! I’ve been on so many flights with crying children and those earplugs have saved my sanity many a times!

    • Reply
      Expat and the City
      April 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      I’ve never traveled with earplugs before…only ear buds for my music, which I blast loudly to drown out any annoying sounds.

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