Every product listed are products I have used and loved. There’s a mix of items and if you’ve seen my past gift ideas posts you’ll recognize a lot of them. What works, works.
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For a more complete guide to the items I use and love peruse my Amazon store. I have lists based on safaris, cruising, essentials, and more. I’ve also put together a list of my camera gear and accessories.
This is another device a company sent to me to test drive. Packing a portable charger is a must today and I’m always on the lookout for models which make my life easier. I’ve used it for a while now and I really like it. It’s sleek, compact, and the integrated cords (I don’t have to worry about forgetting mine) is a great feature. I can charge my phone at least 3 times with MyCharge before having to recharge the device. Another nice touch: When you plug it into the wall you can simultaneously charge other devices too.
I won’t be without a mini power strip. It’s probably the one thing other than my phone I always have with me when I travel. I like this model by Upwade because it has two widely spaced international outlets which provide ample room for those pesky wide plugs that come with cameras and other devices, as well as four USB ports. The cord is a little longer than I need at 5 ft but I’d rather have it longer than too short. At 6 inches in length, it fits in any purse or carry-on bag.
A lot of people like universal cubes that contain every adapter known to man deployed by a series of sliders, and while I appreciate the concept, I’ve never found one that doesn’t break almost immediately or size-wise didn’t annoy me. Too clunky. This 5-piece set is great because I can cherry pick what I need and plop it into my Think Tank case (see below) which I pack into my carry-on. I use the case that comes with it to keep all the adapters together at home; I rarely take the whole shebang with me.
I use this tiny flashlight all the time. The beam is powerful and can be adjusted and it’s maybe 3″ long. I keep it in my carry-on bag in case I need to find something in my bag on a dark plane and I use a lanyard to wear it around my neck when I’m on Safari.
This saved my life. Ok, that is an overstatement but it really helped me a lot. I rarely travel without my computer and The Roost collapsible laptop stand has been instrumental in alleviating neck and shoulder pain as a result of hunching over my computer by holding my computer screen at eye level. The Roost weighs almost nothing, is adjustable, and packs easily. There’s also an optional case (sold separately) that holds a keyboard, mouse and The Roost in one sleek pouch.
Bags and Backpacks
It’s always a good idea to have an extra bag in your luggage if you need it. Souvenirs anyone? I’ve used this foldable large backpack to carry towels and sunscreen in the summer and extra layers and gloves in the cold. It’s not for serious hiking but for a few miles carrying a little wine, bread, and cheese? Divine.
Beauty and Wellness
I’m pretty lucky, I can fall asleep almost anywhere but I have a more restful sleep when I can make my space nice and dark. (I especially love these on trains where you can’t shut the window shades.) Another great touch, the eyes are molded so the mask doesn’t rest on your eyelids. When delivered it comes with a small pouch and earplugs.
For almost everything I prefer digital. I rarely print something unless I have to and most of my day-to-day notes I write in my Notes app. But when it comes to thoughts and reflections about my trips, I still like to go old school. The process of writing longhand helps me to remember important details.
We’ve all been there right?
You wake up after a long day of travel and your eyes look tiny pillows were glued to your face while you slept. You may feel wide awake but your eyes say, “I’m overworked and I am swelling in protest.”
Or heaven forbid you broke up with someone on vacation (that happened to me, it sucked), and you cried all night. If you’re like me, my eyes react so violently to tears that afterward, I look like I’ve been beaten up by Rocky Balboa.
In these circumstances I pull out the big guns. My Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches. In short: They work.
I use them at home and take them with me when I travel. The wipes are more convenient than bottle cleaners and pack easier. They’re also great when camping for a sponge bath or when you want to freshen up in a hot/humid destination but don’t have time for a shower.
If you’ve ever been in a foreign country in a questionable bathroom stall without any TP, you know why I love travel toilet paper. It’s compact, self-contained (no unrolling in your bag) ready when you are, and there are about 1200 sheets to a roll. Ok, that’s exaggerating but there’s a lot. It really comes in handy when you’re dealing with allergies or a never-ending runny nose.
Don’t be caught with your pants down and nothing but your smile….. you’ll thank me later.