A while back a fellow travel blogger asked other travel bloggers what 5 things we couldn’t travel without. It was so great to collaborate and contribute to the post. Here’s the post: http://wellingtonworldtravels.com/from-travel-experts-5-things-we-cant-travel-without/. Upon reading other’s responses, I kept thinking “Oh my gosh, how could I forget that??” So this post is going to expand on those 5 things and just list all my favorite things to have while I travel. (I skip a few basics like ID, passport, sunglasses, toiletries and other essentials).
But first, let’s start with my original 5:
1. A scarf-I love to visit churches, so having a scarf is handy if I’m in a sleeveless top. And sometimes bathrooms run out of paper towels or I get super hot and sweaty. So yes, my scarves are gross by the time my trip is done. But that’s also why my travel wardrobe is pretty plain, simple colors that I wear over and over again and work with the various colorful scarves I’ve brought. I always make sure to pack 2-3 outfits that can use the same scarf as an accessory! I bought this scarf from Cost Plus in every color available at the time, they are perfect for mix and match travel.
2. Portable phone charger-after all my photos and videos, my battery is dying towards the end of the day. This is usually the case when I’m in the US and have cell service. I text my dad endlessly with photos. Maybe my phone wouldn’t die if I wasn’t rubbing it in so much…in any case, take a phone charger if your phone is your map, your camera, your wallet, your ticket holder, your life. I bought this
3. Journal-I love documenting my day and reflecting on my experience, and it’s so useful when I’m back home writing my blog post. I am totally into Bullet Journaling. In Italy, every day after seeing the major sites or museums for the day, I’d find
4. Kindle-I love to read and carry my Kindle anywhere. When I find a cafe or bar where I want to relax with a drink, I also like to have my book with me. This is the way I also got used to traveling alone. On my work trips, I had to go out and eat alone. Room service can be pricey and honestly, I didn’t want to sit in a room by myself! So I’d find a place that was recommended, or served what I was craving (ahem, mac and cheese), or had a good vibe. I’d go in, sit down, order a cocktail (gin and tonic, please!) and start reading.
5. Good shoes-on a most trips, I walk at least 10 miles a day. Not gonna make it through that with poorly made shoes! I have plantar fasciitis and I do not wear the shoes I should for it. So my feet hurt
So, now onto the other vital travel “must-haves” based on other’s lists:
- Podcasts, music, headphones-I love listening to podcasts while walking around exploring. If I can get a cheap deal on Spotify Premium (either a trial or 3 months for the price of 1) or Amazon Music or some other music service, I’ll usually do that before a big trip so I can make some good exploration playlists. I also love to listen to “Stuff You Should Know”-the hosts are hilarious, have a great rapport and I learn so much! It’s my go-to podcast when traveling.
- Flip flops-I live in flip flops….even though they aren’t the best shoes. But I can’t go anywhere without them! My favorites: Rainbow.
- Sunscreen-I often
forgetto put this on, and often end up with a sunburn. I almost always pack it, but just don’t use it. Always pack sunscreen and remember to apply it!
- Maps-I always
getprint maps of areas, especially if I’m in another country or may be in an area where I won’t have service. I rarely get lost when I have my print maps (I can’t say neverbecause some cities are just impossible. I’m looking at you, Venice).
- A good purse- my favorite is this
cross bodypurse that has locks on it, and when my scarf was tied around it, it covers the lock. I recommend something like that. I love it; this purse was a perfect purchase for me, and will forever be my travel purse. It was a great size because I carry my kindle and journal everywhere, and I also buy a small fortune in postcards, so it was easy to carry them, and my water bottle fit. This purse goes everywhere with me now, it’s a great travel bag! This purse should actually probably be in my top 5, I just adore it!
- I also have these small pouches that hook to my bra to carry my backup credit card and all my extra cash. I keep one main card and some cash in my wallet, but the rest I am able to hide away on my body. I take them with me most times I travel, just as a precaution.
How about you? What are things you can’t travel without?