When we head off again in August for another year of travel our suitcase will not look the same as when we left the first time 18 months ago. We have learned what works, what doesn’t and what are our favorite things. So here are some of my travel favorites in my suitcase.
Battery Power Pack – possibly our most used and most valuable item. Mophie is the brand we have and we spent $40 on it. We use it everyday it fits in a purse or pocket and holds a charge for several days. Definitely one of my travel favorites in my suitcase.
Packing cubes – not sure how I traveled all those years without packing cubes because they are now my best friend. Especially as a fulltime traveler it’s so great to keep kinds of clothes and other items categorized in my suitcase.
Cooler – our collapsible portable lunchbox size Igloo cooler was a gift from our niece and it is just perfect for our travel life, picnics and beach days. We have even used it to keep things (Mayo, cheese, eggs) cold as we traveled by car from one lodging to the next. A very handy item and portable and one of my travel favorites in my suitcase.
Ice pack – purchased for $2 this ice pack fits perfect in our little cooler and really changed the way we travel. Such a simple item with a big impact.
Freezer Bags and trash bags – with endless uses for storage and packing we have used gallon size freezer bags and kitchen size trash bags to keep things dry, to keep things wet, to organize, to protect and to store. From wet shoes to dirty clothes and olive oil to medicines plastic bags make our life easier.
Notecards and post it notes – having a package of notecards with envelopes and post-it notes has come in handy. I like to leave notes for our Airbnb hosts or tuck notes in a package I’m mailing or a multitude of other uses these small and simple items are one of my travel favorites in my suitcase.
Packing tape – our roll of packing tape has done a lot more than wrap up boxes. We used it to fix a splintered iPhone cord and to make a cardboard sleeve for our butcher knife. We repaired a book binding and even a hat.
Clothes pens – I initially packed these to use on the Camino but they have come in handy in so many ways. As hangers when we don’t have any, to secure and close bags, to hold back mosquito netting on beds and to of course hang our laundry.
Manicure kit – it’s not always easy to find a place to have a manicure, and I’ve learned over the years I need to care frequently for my nails or they get cracked and nasty. So I carry a small manicure kit that serves my needs while on the road. It takes no room at all and is one of my travel favorites in my suitcase.
Scrabble – since leaving the USA in November 2016 we have played more than 400 games of Scrabble. Wow that sounds crazy! But we love the game and the only problem is we are now both really good at it and we find ourselves occasionally in a bit of a stalemate!
Noise cancelling headphones – this is Arne’s Favorite item on this list. We both have Bose headphones we use on the plane. Arne also uses his sometimes to listen to music off his iPad or watch movies. He votes this as his travel favorite in his suitcase.
French Press – we added a French Press about half way and it recently broke BUT we love having one and will be getting another. Almost all the places we stay have a hot water pot and we love to make French Press each morning instead of drinking the usual Nescafé. Traveling with a French Press is one of my travel favorites in my suitcase.
Foldaway daypack – A few months into our journey we added this item and have used it a ton. It folds up into a little square but when open it is perfect for hikes or city walks when we want to carry a sweater, beach towels, water or just about anything for the day.
There are things we have been carrying that we don’t plan to include any longer. This includes our kitchen knives, chess board, hiking poles, chamois towel and our giant toilette bag. I plan to buy a smaller toilette bag and force myself to carry less.
I’ll hold on to a few tried and true clothing items but plan to throw out many things and replace them with new, Comfy, loose-fitting clothes in mix and match colors. I clearly know what works and what doesn’t now, and I think I can bring fewer items while feeling like I have more. It’s a challenge I am looking forward to.
What’s in my suitcase? My travel favorites, the bare necessities and the tried and true.
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