TRAVEL MUST HAVES
Back in 2014, a friend recommending getting a fast dry towel on my first trip to Guatemala and it’s been a life saver ever since. I have used this towel non-stop since getting it. When I go out to the jungles of Guatemala on the east coast, it dries over night despite the humidity. When I go to the US, I still bring it with me because it takes up less space. It doesn’t get that funky, musty smell either. I recommend the large.
With all of the ruckus about Zika lately, I’m way more aware about my bug spray usage. I always go for a bug spray with 40% Deet, which can be hard to find in stores. I usually buy it online and the bottle is small enough to not take up too much space in the suitcase.
Let’s be unglamorous for a second. No one likes chafing and no one likes talking about it. For the sake of comfortable travel, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outside in a hot climate, get some anti-chafing balm. Whether it’s to protect your feet from a bunch of walking, or any other use, you’ll thank me later.
These ziploc vacuum seal bags were a life-saver for me this past winter. After being abroad for nearly a year without my own pillow, I longed for some of the random luxuries from back home. The variety box is amazing and can fit big items (like a mattress pad) all the way down to shorts and shirts. Must have for travel whether you are heading out for a week or have no end date in sight.
I’m going to be honest. I have the attention span of a toddler and it comes out in full force during travel. After an hour in a bus or plane, I am squirming to get out and on to the next activity. As embarrassing as it is, I always pack things to do when I travel. The main thing: my iPad. I download books and games and can change it up as I get bored.
A good suitcase is a must when traveling. This Travelpro Maxlite3 suitcase is often used by pilots and stewards, meaning it must be a quality bag. The suitcase comes in a variety of sizes and is lightweight and durable. Suitcases are best if you’re staying in your travel destination for a bit of time (vs. only spending 3-4 days in each location).
The Osprey Women’s Ariel 55 backpack is a great alternative to a suitcase, especially when bouncing around to different places. It has three access points (top drawstring, front zipper and bottom zipper) which is helpful to not have to pack and repack all the time.
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