You’ve planned a trip now it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to bring. Do you need any special items? Do you have any must bring items that you never forget? I’m going to try and not put the obvious items such as travel sized cleansing products, an extra pair of socks or electronics chargers. I’m sharing a few items i’m pretty much guaranteed to pack no matter the destination that maybe aren’t so obvious. These are my travel must have items:
- Camera: Ok, yeah, sorry this one is pretty obvious. I always bring my camera when I travel you never know what you’ll come across. I always triple check to make sure I have my camera. Currently I use a Cannon Rebel T5i.
- Fitbit: While I wear my Fitbit daily and recommend it for your everyday life, I find myself especially thankful for it when i’m traveling. I like to know generally how active I am and this gives me a great idea of how far i’ve walked, how many calories i’ve burned, and how well I slept the night before. While I’m vacationing it’s a great tool to have to get a sense of how much more active or less active I’m being compared to my normal daily routine. After much research I decided on the FItbit Charge 2. It has everything I need. I specifically chose this model because it has a screen that you can do quick checks on instead of having to pull your phone out and open the app. The screen will display text messages, and who is calling you if you’re receiving a call. I couldn’t say enough good things about it!
- Eno Hammock (& straps): As you may already know, I try to incorporate some kind of nature exploring or hiking into each of my trips. A hammock is perfect to bring if you’re into outdoorsy activities. I really LOVE this hammock. I actually use it regularly at home and really try to always bring it on trips. It really doesn’t take up that much room and I find myself using it more than I would’ve thought. Don’t forget to purchase hammock straps too! I found these straps to be the most popular and have never had an issue with them.
- Wallet Belt: I initially bought this for my trip overseas. All throughout Europe this was a LIFESAVER. I wore it every day, everywhere I went. I heard SO may stores about professional pick pocketers that I was determined to find a solution that made me feel more safe. You can never be too safe especially when traveling to a foreign country. I put my ID, credit cards, cash and sometimes cell phone in there. I would just put it on underneath my shirt and you couldn’t even tell I had it on. After that, I started bringing it on all my travels since it was so convenient. It’s perfect for hiking or spending all day outside exploring the city since you won’t want to carry a purse or backpack when you don’t have to. Really a travel must have in my opinion. Theres also a more affordable belt option that my mom has, and likes. It’s cheaper and gets the job done but it is a little bit more bulky and fits less items.
- Travel Steamer: Guys, this thing is unreal. I think it’s literally saved lives before. I’m pretty much guaranteed to pack this for any trip if I have enough room in my suitcase (If I don’t have enough room I make room 🙂 ). My clothes get so creased after being folded up in a suitcase. This steamer is so great I actually use it even when I’m not traveling. I got rid of my iron and solely use this steamer to iron my clothes. In my opinion it works better than any iron i’ve ever used (granted I was never good at ironing in the first place). I received this as a Christmas gift a couple years ago and now that I think about it, it was probably one of the best most practical gifts i’ve ever gotten.
- Book(s): This is probably an obvious one as well, but I always bring a book when I travel. There’s time on a road trip, airplane, or some evenings and downtime. Some of the most recent books i’ve read are Love Does by Bob Goff for the 6th time, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller was seriously a life changing book for me, and I Am That Girl by by Alexis Jones and Sophia Bush. I just ordered and will start reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and after that i’m thinking about ordering The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. If anyone has any book suggestions, don’t hesitate to throw them my way! I get overwhelmed trying to research books to read on my own if i’m being honest. I’d love to hear what you’re currently reading or your favorite book.
- Water Bottle: I always bring an empty water bottle with me to the airport. ALWAYS. I fill it up once i get inside the gate. It’s been a true lifesaver on a longer flights. I also use it when I’m at my destination because sometimes you don’t know when you’ll be able to get water next, especially if you’re out in nature. I always bring this one (here) with me when I travel. I like it because it’s really heavy duty. I’ve dropped it hundreds of times and it’s still in perfect condition.
- Lock: Just in case. I know it may sound kind of strange or random to make sure to bring a lock, but there have been multiple situations I’ve been in where there were free lockers available, and I had all these bags. All you needed was a lock to store your things. They’re honestly so small I just throw it in my purse to have it if i need it. If I didn’t need it, it’s not a big deal because it didn’t take up a bunch of space. I think it comes in handy the most is when you’re traveling abroad.
- First Aid Kit: It’s really always good to cary a small first aid kit around with you. I have a tiny tin (about the size of the Altoids mint can) with disinfectant wipes and band-aids. Lots of band aids. The main reason I bring my first aid kit with me is for the band aids. I use them more often than i’d like to admit. The key for me here was to find one that was extremely small that I could just throw in my purse or bag. It becomes more of a traveling pain the bigger the kit is. So, keep it to the basics when it comes to bringing this along. If you still think it’s too much my advice would be to grab a handful of bandaids and stick them in one of your jean pockets so that you’ll have them just in case.
Travel Wish List:
- Camera Backpack: (available on amazon here) This VINTA backpack is probably the most stylish camera backpack i’ve seen. It comes with a hefty $250 price tag, and the amazon reviews really question the quality. I would be very hesitant on purchasing a bag that expensive that potentially wouldn’t last. You have to admit it’s pretty, though. Honestly what I’m looking for in a travel backpack is something stylish, versatile, light weight, water resistant small enough to travel with, but big enough to travel with. I want to be able to use it as a backpack but since I always travel with my DSLR camera I also need it to double as a camera bag. So some other, more affordable backpack options I love are: here, here, — a littler pricer options are here and here! (I will say I’ve heard amazing things from this camera bag brand, ONA.)
- Travel Wallet: I’m always misplacing travel documents in my purse when I’m at the airport or checking in somewhere. Having a travel wallet where I can store my tickets, and passport and whatever else would be nice. I like this one, and this one.
- Headphones: I’ve been meaning to purchase some over the ear headphones for awhile and these have a nice price tag ($15) and great reviews. I’m not sure they would be the most “travel friendly” though since they are quite large. I also think it would be good to get a pair of bluetooth headphones. I like these here for working out or doing something active as well as saving space when traveling. I also think these rose gold headphones are so darn cute.
- Eye Mask: I’ve always wanted a cute eye mask and where better to get it than Etsy? I think this one is cute with the eyelashes, this floral one, and this burgundy one. Not really a travel necessity for me, but It would be nice to have.
As you can tell I do a lot of my shopping on Amazon. Free 2-day shipping?! Can it get any better? But also I rely heavily on reviews to make my decisions when purchasing any product. Amazon reviews are typically very honest unbiased reviews that haven’t let me down yet! I hope this post gives you some insight into what items I travel with and why they’re important to me. If you were curious, now you know my travel must haves are and my travel wish list!
Do you have any must have travel items you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about them!