Travel Top 10: 10 Things I Never Travel Without
A tried-and-true list of items I simply cannot travel without, whether I'm leaving for 24 hours or 24 days.
1. TRAVEL BACKPACK
A place to put all of the below items and carry them comfortably. Also, a very accessible thing for day trips to the beach, hiking, into town.... anywhere.
I know we are in the days of technology, but travel is about unplugging, checking in with yourself and digesting your surroundings. Even if you're not one for journaling, I recommend writing down something new you discover every day. I use notebooks to keep track of places I've been and things I've seen as well in case the old laptop fails me.
A good, fresh pair of socks can do wonders for your psyche. It's a comfort of home that we completely take for granted until you're on a long flight and just want to kick off your shoes and be cozy. Also crucial when you're walking in and out of spiritual sanctuaries where you must remove your shoes or to avoid a janky hostel floor...
Obvious, yes, but whether it's your phone or the latest Nikon, capturing the moment in priceless. You'll look back for years to come.
Getting lost in a good book is the best way to lose track of time while you're on the road. Pick two up before your trip and swap with other travelers; it's a great way to meet people.
6. NECK PILLOW
These are not just for airplanes! When you're traveling on a budget, buses are often your chosen mode of transportation. Trust me, your neck and back will thank you. Pro tip: get one that you can inflate so you can fold it right up in your bag.
7. NOISE CANCELING HEADPHONES
Perfect for a plane ride or to buffer out a snoring hostel roommate. Invest in a good pair, it is 110% worthwhile and you'll have them forever. I like the Bose QuietComfort 35.
Wipe your face, wipe away germs, these are ESSENTIAL.
9. BLANKET SCARF
It's a scarf, it's a blanket, it's the best investment you'll ever make when the climate changes during travel and you're suddenly freezing on a bus or get a draft at night.
I've hiked volcanoes in these bad boys. If you're going to bring any shoe on your travels, bring the Birks. Perfect in any climate except freezing.
Bonus: I love to travel with some sort of hat I can throw on at any juncture. It blocks the sun... and a bad hair day, so is just generally useful.