3 Must Have Items for Travel


Welcome to another #TravelTuesday link up on A Compass Rose! Next week will be our monthly themed Travel Tuesday and since it will be for the month of December the prompt shall be ‘Holidays’.  Share the places you have traveled to on your holidays, your wanderlust lists of where you would love to go during the holidays, why people should travel to your city for the holidays, or anything you would like! Dream big and let us travel vicariously through your post for next week.

This week I wanted to share with you all some thoughts my sponsors and I have on traveling.
I asked these lovely ladies the following question and you can read their replies below.

“You are going on a trip, what are the three must have items in your travel bag?”

TravelTuesdayCRYSTAL | The Happy Type
1. This is easy! Chapstick (because dry lips are the pits)
2. Hand Sanitizer (I apparently touch EVERYTHING)
3. A pack of toilet paper (When you have lived and traveled in Asia a small cache of TP is GOLD)

KIM | A Moving Story
1. A pashmina. I am terrified of airplane blankets. Pashminas can serve as a blanket, jacket and nose scarf in stinky places. One can never be over-prepared when traveling!
2. A Sharpie marker. I rarely go anyplace without at least one sharpie. It comes in handy when marking up maps, labeling purchases and taking notes on the road.
3. Haribo Gummi Bears. I like to have Gummi Bears on me in case I go someplace and don’t like the food. They’re a great snack if you happen to get sick and want to slowly reintroduce food, and let’s be honest, they’re great motivators if you need to bribe someone (hotel clerk, bellman, taxi driver) to hook you up. Unlike chocolate, they don’t melt, travel well and have many uses!

KATE | Diaries of an Essex Girl
1. My kindle
2. A hair brush
3. Definitely a toothbrush too! As long as I’ve covered hygiene and entertainment for any long journeys, I’m a happy lady.

LIX | A Classic Notion
1. My camera is my number one priority. I love the experience of traveling, but traveling without being able to capture the images I see would be an absolute nightmare.
2. Unless it’s a very short or very wildlife-involving trip, at risk of being super boring and sounding like a tech addict, I’ll also take my laptop — to transfer photos into and to stay connected to the people I love.
3. For the third, well — my meds. Paroxetine because you can’t quit cold turkey and lorazepam and ibuprofen just in case. And my wallet. And deodorant and a hairbrush and a toothbrush and toothpaste, probably. I can be a little obsessive about personal hygiene.

MELANIE | Melanie Fontaine
1. My camera
2. A good guide book of my location that includes my map and my phone.
3. My camera because travel photography fascinates me to no end, the guide book so I never lose my way and the phone in case any of the other two fails.

LOUISA | My Family & Abruzzo
1. The iPad so my 5 year old can play Angry Birds Star Wars on the plane/in the car.
2. Baby wipes (especially if you’re flying with a certain low cost airline)
3. These days, my iphone.  Goodness, I sound like a tech freak now.  I do read a lot of books and I draw too, I promise!

LINDSEY | A Broad’s World
1. My camera
2. My backup camera because I’m clumsy and have broken one too many while on holiday.
3. My handy dandy first aid kit, because who knows what I’m going to eat or accidentally step on.

BONNIE | A Compass Rose
1. My camera bag with everything I would need for my photography. We are talking the camera body itself, lenses, memory cards, external drive (for backup), cords, batteries, tripod or monopod, LED light, etc.
2. A journal.  Whether it be on my phone or an actual book I can write in with a pen.  I love writing down inspirations as they happen, writing poetry, or just writing about my experiences.
3. Packing Merry Poppins Style. Okay so perhaps this is not an ‘object’ but I like to see what all I can pack in my bag so that I am prepared for all occasions without feeling like I am lugging around my kitchen sink. Packing is an art!


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 Q: You are going on a trip, what are the three must have items in your travel bag?


*Photograph courtesy of Ryan Aherin during his travels to Japan
  • http://www.chicadeedee.com/ Dannielle @ Chic-a-DeeDee

    My three things :: Chapsick, camera, phone. Pretty much my phone is a necessity anymore because we use it for maps and to find things to do wherever we are. Handy little thing!

  • http://www.thegrassisdancing.com/ Claire

    I’d love to say I have a must have, but the reality is, it’s whatever happens to make it into my bag/case in the 15 minutes before I absolutely have to leave home to check in… even my passport isn’t a given 😉

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  • http://www.thewanderblogger.com/ Sarah Shumate

    Good question! I love Crystal’s #3 about the TP in Asia – so true!!! I learned my lesson the hard way about that one…

    My list:
    1. Camera
    2. Comfortable walking shoes {we typically walk about 5-7 miles a day on our trips}
    3. Meds {Something for an upset stomach and headaches b/c both typically happen to me while traveling!}

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  • Foreign Geek

    Travel bag must haves:

    1. iPhone — for Instagram-ing.
    2. Travel PJs — Traveling time should be treated with the utmost respect and that means sleeping in a mega comfortable PJs.
    3. Sunglasses — to channel celebrity at the airport look.

  • http://www.everydayplanet.co/ Christy Childers

    A book, my passport, & my phone (with headphones!)

  • http://www.diariesofanessexgirl.com/ Kate Hall

    Ooohhh a theme. Why didn’t I notice travel Tuesday had themes before!! All over this next week.

  • http://www.chasingthedonkey.com/ Mrs Chasing the Donkey

    I must have wet wipes, they get used for all kinds of thing. Including loo paper when you find yourself without any. (apols I never saw the theme before I linked up…)

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  • http://www.mishfish13.com/ Michelle

    1. Camera, obviously.
    2. iPhone, to look up things when I get lost/emails/general upkeep
    3. kindle

    Wow, I am such a tech geek.

  • Benedict Lane

    I definitely need to have:
    1. A Camera
    2. A First Aid Kit (somehow always comes in handy)
    3. A good read, to pass the time on the long bus rides!


  • http://www.kayliwanders.com/ Kayli Schattner

    All of these are so great! But I really agree with Lix, the thought of traveling without a camera is a complete and utter nightmare. I at least have to TRY and capture the beauty around me!

  • Lorna Sandison

    I agree with Crystal, although I might have to be bold and ditch the hand sanitizer for my camera because as much as I’d love for holidays to exist entirely in my memory, inevitably they just don’t. I have to have my Vaseline though – I’d be a moaning pain in the backside without it – and toilet paper is essential. I’ve paid £2 for a sheet of toilet paper thinner than Sainsbury’s basics before and have no desire to do so again!

  • http://thechaponthechelseaomnibus.blogspot.co.uk/ Robert Wareham

    This is easy for me:
    1. Camera
    2. Kindle
    3. Toothbrush (which I’m surprised only Kate listed! – bad breath is never cool)