What to Take when Traveling the World
You are probably wondering what in the heck would you pack when leaving for a longtime overseas. You may think the only way to travel is by a carry-on and a one or two checked bags. Today with more and more airlines charging money for a carry on. I wanted to show you a way to get around having to pay that extra charge, while also bringing just as much, if not more then you normally would. That way is traveling the way of the backpacker. Often times when we think of ‘backpacking” we think of roughing it out camping, or traveling across Europe by foot. With new advances in backpacks, and technology you can still travel stylishly, with all your tech, and just as much clothes, with more flexibility than a carry-on. Just imagine the freedom a backpack gives you, instead of a wheeled carry-on. Imagine wheeling a carry-on as you try to catch different subways in Japan to the airport, or walking a mile in Thailand with one. It gets old pretty fast, so i’ve included a list of how to be the most efficient, and mobile traveler without giving up comfort.
Below are my top suggestions of what i’ve bought to travel with. My must haves for traveling abroad in the 21st century.
This travel backpack bundle by Tortuga features a backpack, and also packing cubes to further organization. With a seperate pocket for a laptop, iPad, and different electronics this pocket opens from the back keeping everything seperate, it also is relatively easy when going through airport security to remove a laptop, or tablet. Also it features a main pouch for clothes that opens sideways like a regular suitcase. This backpack can fit lots of tech, and clothes in such a small space and is perfectly fine to take on a plane, and stow above you. This is the backpack that I purchased even though it is quite large. But hey a girls gotta have clothes right?
This bag while I haven’t owned, Zach owned and loved! He thinks very highly of Osprey, and started to swear by backpacking using this very bag over a year ago. This is a cheaper, and smaller option than the Tortuga bag.
This garment folder from Eagle Creek is perfect for keeping wrinkle free shorts, pants, t-shirts, button up shirts, and dresses all the while compacting them to allow more space in your backpack, or suitcase.
Travel locks to keep any unwanted people, or pickpocketer from getting into your things. Simply create your own three digit code, and use these on your backpack zippers, or luggage. These locks are TSA approved so no need to worry about them getting cut into at the airport.
These waterproof nylon bags, are perfect for packing any type of shoe and keeping them from dirtying your other clothes.
Looks like a cute little bag, but it actually unzips to become a sack for dirty clothes with a drawstring. Being able to zip this up makes it that much more compact for packing.
This bag is perfect for stowing all your toiletries in a compact bag, with different pockets. It also can be hung for more space in smaller bathrooms.
You can put those cruel moments to rest of when you open your bag to discover shampoo is over everything it shouldn’t be! Since getting these bottles, I have never had another accidental leak, or spill. Made of durable silicon, these tubes are extremely easy to clean and reuse. I’ve used them for sunscreen, soap, shampoo, and lotion. Mine have stayed intact over a year of use.
Water shoes are a must when traveling anywhere with water, for under $15 and a ton of sizes and designs for women and men these are perfect. They can be rolled up to make more room when traveling.
After my extensive research trying to find travel spray bottles that weren’t cheaply, or poorly made. Also that wouldn’t leak in my bag. I found these spray mist bottles. I use them all the time, they are perfect for hairspray, facial mister, perfume, and so much more. They each come in at 3.4oz so they are perfect for a carryon.
Joomfeen makes one of the best travel adaptors for an inexpensive price. This little guy is great for keeping your phone, computer charged in over 150 countries in the world.
This surge protector is great to plug into your travel adapter, it will make sure none of your electronics get damaged. Since some countries have sketchier and older power outlets, and it has 3 ac ports, and 3 fast charging USB ports to make sure you always have enough ports to charge your things. Another plus about this surge protector is that the cord plugs in to the travel adapter. Other surge protectors I’ve used in the past plug directly into the travel adapter without a cord, the weight of it always constantly pulls the adapter out of the plug.
A portable charger is always a must for keeping all your devices juiced up, this Anker portable charger has enough power to charge an iPhone XS four times.
Having a travel router is an excellent addition to your travels, and I would highly recommend getting one. At a hotel you can use this little guy to login once on the hotel network, and create your own wifi to hook up any of your devices. Or hook it to an ethernet cable to create your own wifi network. When overseas you can use a VPN (Virtual Privacy Network) with this router for privacy, or for your devices to access Netflix, and Hulu as if in the United States. To learn more about a VPN, or see which one we use visit Express VPN.
Great for using with the travel router, it is retractable so it’s easier to stay organized.
Of course we had to bring an Apple TV, to keep up to date on all our shows, and of course GOT Season 8!
Having a retractable HDMI cable frees up a lot of space, and keeps you organized when wanting to hook up your Apple TV, to a TV.