Over the years of traveling throughout 45+ countries… I’ve learned a thing or two about packing…. I typically use just a backpack or just a carry on, for a week or a three month trip. You don’t need much on the road; if you need something, you can buy it; if it’s not available, no biggie… people have been doing without in the country you are traveling in and are surviving–you can too!
I’ve listed some of my favorite travel products that make my travels soo much easier. I’ve gone through LOTS of equipment and these are my recommendations.
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
One of my all-time favorite pieces of travel gear is my invaluable Eagle Creek Packing Cube set!
I never travel without them, period! They simplify my entire travel experience and keeps the inside of my backpack in order. It also helps keep my clothes clean and they are water resistant, in case of spills. They are always changing the color of these things so I have a rainbow in my backpack; however, it lets me easily identify what I have in each one (there are different sizes and colors). I dedicate one for: shirts, underwear, bathing suit, shorts/jeans, shoes, first aid kit and a separate for dirty laundry.
Eagle Creek Ultralight TSA Lock
I have been using the Eagle Creek combination lock for about 10 years now and it’s soo convenient to use. I’ve set the code once and I was done. I always keep my luggage locked, even in my room, when I leave for the day.
And, to take it a step further, to protect my luggage while it’s in the hotel room, I zip and lock my bag and chain it to a piece of furniture, so that it accidentally doesn’t disappear. I’ve never had a problem, but why start!
When you’re on the road for three months at a time, like I am, it’s nice to have some essential and just in case items for when you need it. Getting a few small toiletries may come in handy. I found a company that sells ALL sorts of travel-sized products and small (think less than an ounce) sauces, snacks, perfume, and even gluten free personal care items.
Eagle Creek Specter Wallaby-Hanging Toiletry Kit
I’ve used just about every toiletry bag available and this is my FAVORITE!! I initially thought it was going to be too big (there’s a sm & lg) but it’s perfect. One thing I really like is that the bottom pocket holds a LOT of bottles and does NOT let them fall out (which was a problem I had with many others), it keeps them really secured. I was sold on that feature alone. It has a little padding, which I thought was annoying at first, but I now like it, it gives it structure.
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Quick Trip Toiletry Bag
My husband, Eddie, also found his perfect toiletry bag, finally! The main compartment holds everything he needs and there two zippered compartments on either side, and a handle to hang it up. It’s the same material as the packing cubes, thin and strong. This bag was also the result of a lot of research, trial & error. Let’s just say this Eagle Creek Pack-It is a keeper!
REI Fleece Large-Valve Inflatable Neck Pillow
The REI Fleece Large-Valve Inflatable Neck Pillow wraps around your neck for comfortable support on long flights and car trips.
This is my one ‘splurge’ I put in my bag–every trip! I use it all the times, especially on the airplane rides.
It is easy to inflate/deflate and pretty much lays flat in my bag, when deflated.
The only downfall is that both the REI and Eagle Creek neck pillows tend to leak at the seam after not too much wear. Which ever one you buy make SURE you keep the receipt handy in case it leaks during the first year, and return it.
Grayl Ultralight Purifier Bottle
I’ve been searching for the best water purifier/filter and I believe I may have found it! The Grayl Water Purifier is extremely lightweight and delivers fresh clean water in literally 15 seconds. If your traveling to a 3rd world country you might want to pack this…..and if your backpacking in the woods it never hurts to be safe! Highest level of protection possible while saving time. No squeezing, sucking, sifting, powders, chemicals, pills, etc……just fill….press….drink.
I’ve been wearing a money belt’s on every trip since 1990. It’s an indispensable way to keep your passport, credit cards and cash safe while traveling, especially when you are sleeping on a train/plane or just walking from the airport to your hotel.
I’ve had several different styles and the one I prefer has a thin layer of cloth on the side that touches your skin. Money belts are worn UNDER your jeans/shorts. You should never let anyone see you (in public) getting into it. It’s supposed to be secret!