3 Travel Must-Haves

This week I’ll be taking my first trip of 2017. Preparing for it got me to thinking: what are my 3 travel must haves?

  1. Leather backpack: So your backpack doesn’t have to be leather, but mine is and I’d definitely recommend it. I’m currently rocking a classic black leather backpack from Coach, and it literally can carry everything. Typically, I’ll put my water bottle, headphones, wallet, passport, and any other small things I don’t want getting lost or crushed in my luggage, in my backpack. I treated it with waterproof spray so that it’s more of an all-weather bag. If you don’t have a durable backpack, I recommend that you get one ASAP.
  2. First-Aid kit: I’m a bit of a spazz when I travel. I’m always conscious of what I’m eating, drinking, touching; so it’s only natural that I would see the importance of being prepared for the worst. I’ll typically carry an anti-hystemine, a digestive aid, cold meds and an antiseptic. It only takes one time for you to fall victim to Montezuma’s revenge and you aren’t prepared to know the utmost importance of having meds readily available. 
  3. Camera: Well, duh. No need to even explain this one. I do want to sing the praises on this Sony camera though. I primarily use this Sony a5000 when I go on trips. I’ve had it for a couple years and it still gets the job done. It’s ease of use, compact body and the ability to transfer photos to my phone via wifi makes this camera great choice for amateur photos, like myself.

**Honorable mention: Travel adapterIf you’re traveling abroad, this honorable mention item truly is a ‘must-have’. If you’ve never travelled out of your home country, you probably haven’t even thought about the fact that not all countries use the same style of power adapter. Save yourself from learning the hard way… blowing a fuse, starting a fire or shocking yourself, by picking up a travel converter.  They’re super inexpensive and worth it!

Now that I’ve shared mine, what are the items that you just can’t leave without?

My Travel Story

What sparked your love of travel?

For me, most of my favorite childhood memories are from the trips my family took together. Our travels were mostly domestic but they allowed my siblings and I to experience all the beauty that America has to offer. 

Cross country trips on Amtrak (One of the best ways to see the country. See sample trips here .)…shopping trips to New York City, road trips to the beaches of Miami… I am eternally grateful to my parents for providing us with experiences that showed us what life was like beyond our hometown.
Our family vacations also sparked my desire to learn about different cultures, further fueled by an obsession with National Geographic Magazine.

My childhood trips are what continue to feed my current travel bug. Two years ago I made a commitment to see more of the world. I challenged myself to leave my comfort zone, booked a trip to Dubai on a whim, and I haven’t looked back since. I’m half a dozen countries in, with more exciting adventures in my near future.

Travel fulfills me in a  way nothing else has. Meeting new people, experiencing delicious cuisines, seeing the sights… everything about seeing more of the world inspires and energizes me. I can’t wait to begin sharing my travels and more with you all.

What’s your travel story?