Travel Essentials: Our Favorite Travel Gear

After being on the road for a few months, there are some items we couldn’t live without, even if we didn’t think to bring some of them the first time around. Here are our favorite products in our backpacks that make traveling so much easier!

Power Strip


We didn’t have a power strip for the first two months of traveling, and I can tell you – having one has made such a big difference. It doesn’t take up too much space in your bag, and it’s so nice to be able to charge multiple devices at once without having multiple adapters. $19.99


Doing laundry has never been fun, but doing it while traveling is a serious pain in the butt. It’s incredibly useful to have this clothesline handy; you can pretty much string it anywhere, and you don’t need any clothespins! $13.05

Chord Organizer


In addition to keeping your chords organized and not a tangled mess, this chord organizer keeps all of your small electronics in one consolidated place. $10.99

Noise Cancelling Head Phones


Crying babies. Loud plane engines. Partying Australians. Your traveling partner has a bad encounter with travelers diarrhea. No fear, the noise-canceling headphones are here to save your sanity! These are an expensive investment, but we can’t imagine traveling without them. They barely take up any room, either. $249

Packing Cubes


I started out with a compression bag, and Pete had packing cubes. It didn’t take long for me to get jealous of his cubes and buy my own set. They keep everything organized and don’t take too long to pack, like the compression bag did. $22.99

Battery Pack

anker battery pack

We have one of these battery packs between the two of us, and I can’t tell you how many times it has come in handy. It’s relatively small, charges our devices very quickly (and can charge both of our phones at once), and it even has a nice flashlight. $32.99

Portable Speaker

Sure this speaker isn’t necessarily as practical as the other items on this list. But I needed to add it for a couple reasons: I can’t imagine traveling without it, it’s so small that you will barely notice you’re carrying it, and it actually produces pretty great sound! The battery lasts a long time, it’s easy to charge and easy to use. And you’ll never know when you want a spontaneous dance party… $19.99

For the Ladies…

Wet Brush

My best friend post scuba dives!
My best friend post scuba dives!

For all you long-haired ladies out there, this one’s for you. I went the first two months of traveling without a brush, thinking everything would be fine and dandy. Having fine, curly hair and no way to brush it turned out to be quite a nightmare. This wet brush saved my life. (Okay, not really, but it made me a much happier camper, especially after being in the ocean!) $8.96

Rubber Sandals

Originally, I was torn – should I buy those ugly (but practical) Chacos, or bring a simple pair of flip flops? I decided to buy the in-between option and I’m so glad I did. These guys have gotten so much wear, it’s insane, and they’re still in great shape. They’re extremely comfortable, durable (so far) and decently cute! $30

All photos are what we actually bought, from Amazon. This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you buy one of these products through these links, you’ll be gifting us some cent$ at no cost to you! We are eternally grateful for your support 🙂 

2 Comment

  1. Craig says: Reply

    Thank you for the great ideas! I especially like the Packing Cubes and the battery pack!

    1. Brittany says: Reply

      Glad you liked them! They definitely make our lives easier 🙂

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