My 5 Favorite Travel Items

My 5 Favorite Travel Items

I live out of a 65-liter backpack. Besides a box of clothes I left back in the States, whatever is in my Osprey is all that I have to my name. I love living this way and I've gotten great at not buying new things, selling the old and better yet giving away what I don't need. Maybe you are wondering.. okay then what do you travel with? I'll answer this eventually (the suspense.. right?), but first, let me share my top 5 must-haves!

1) Tye-dye Kimono

If I were a cartoon character wearing the same signature outfit on each episode.. this kimono would be it. Essentially, it's a cover up for the beach, when it's chilly out or when I need to dress more modestly for temple. It is my comfort item to use as a pillow or hide from the sun. I've seen kimonos similar to mine in the markets of where I travel but none quite the same so its a permanent part of my packing family. 

 Sun shield in the Wadi Rum desert

Sun shield in the Wadi Rum desert

 Cover up at the Dead Sea

Cover up at the Dead Sea

2) Textile Blanket

I bought this blanket on the way to burning man for 10 bucks. I realized I had no bedding for camping in the desert and planned to toss it afterwards. A year later now.. I'm so happy to have it. This gem is my piece of consistency when I feel homeless. I sleep with it on every hostel bed, freezing night bus or train, airport floors, when we beach camp or sit by a bonfire. It is quite bulky but I try not to talk about it that way lol.

 Freezing airport in Paris

Freezing airport in Paris

 2 day train across India

2 day train across India

3) Electronic Accessories (Headphones & External Battery Pack)

Headphones are a must for all of my days whether I'm on a bus for a couple hours, walking through town or watching netflix late at night while others are sleeping. Unfortunately, I break headphones as often as I lose sunglasses. I also rely on my external battery pack (holds 5 full charges) so I can keep my phone battery up when I won't be around electricity or I don't have time to wait on a wall outlet's full charge. Who does?

Here’s a link to the battery pack I use daily.

4) Art Supplies (Paints/Canvas)

I love making art while traveling. I'd feel a little lost if I didn't feed this creative outlet of mine daily. I find art stores in each country when I need new materials but I still have plenty of the paint I originally left home with too. I've learned how to mix what colors I have to make any new ones I don't have tubes of. Lately, I also travel with a big roll of canvas that I can measure and cut into the dimensions I need to make my paintings.

5) Resistance Bands

I feel best when I'm regularly working out and these bands help me stay fit on the go. They take up barely any space in my bag and serve as a great replacement for not having a gym membership anymore. I normally use the heavier resistances for my lower body and the lighter for my arms. 

Here’s a link to a similar brand incase you want to try them.


Thanks for reading. Please continue to ask questions and suggest topics.

I appreciate the love and support!

Caroline