This was pretty hard because we don’t know exactly how long we’re gonna be over there, but here are the things I just couldn’t leave at home.
BEAR GRYLLS ULTIMATE MULTI-TOOL, NYLON SHEATH : ($66) – Because it’s a thousand times easier than carrying around my toolbox.
Passport Holder : ($30) – I made sure to get one with RFID blocking technology because I’ve been burned by scammers one too many times. This is the perfect size for all my cards, tickets, money and other papers I need to have on me.
Carry-On Cocktail Kit : ($20) – Just a little something to take the edge off.
Travel Towel: ($13.99) – A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.
Panasonic ER-GB40-S Trimmer : ($50) – I’ve been using this trimmer for manscaping for years. It’s perfect for any beard or mustache trimming, and I’ll probably end up buzzing (what’s left) of my hair with it.
Lacrosse ball : ($2) – I’m big on myofascial release, and I know I’ll be getting tight with all the sitting done while we travel. I use this for pinpointing any muscle soreness, and especially for massaging my feet.
I’ve also brought some journals for writing in, my iPad and Amazon Kindle Fire for games, books, blogging and other stuff I’ll need a bigger screen for, and a deck of cards so Ashley can whip me in gin rummy.
Packing was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Stuff was covering our living room; shoes and clothes and Target bags and anything we could possibly think of to take. Our suitcases are High Sierra rolling duffels (that turn into backpacks) and they are a LOT more shallow than I originally thought. I would like to say it was all fun and exciting, but we took a lot of trips to the store and had to make some (tough for me) decisions on leaving things behind. Downsizing and condensing became my focus and thankfully I got everything in one bag! My scale says it weighs 48.8lbs so the airport should be interesting…
Before I even start thinking and talking about clothes, here is my packing list of things that I am really excited for. Since we knew we would be traveling, I put this list together on Amazon before Christmas. My family logged in to my Amazon account and Voilà! Christmas shopping done and travel-necessities ready. Plus, you won’t believe that all of this stuff cost, with tax and shipping, (we do have Amazon prime, but not all of it was covered) less than $200! Since all of these ended up being gifts from my dad, mom, sister, and brother, we didn’t even have to pay a dime.
Packing Cubes: ($15.99 a set) These little babies are just the best. They are used for organizing your suitcase and they make keeping everything separate so much easier! I got these in a cute floral pattern, and Tyler got his in navy. Amazon has tons of different packing cube options, and I have used these exact ones a few times now. They are super inexpensive, so remember that you pay for quality. We are all about doing this on a budget, so they are perfect for us.
Infinity Scarf with Pocket: ($12.95) This might be the item I am most excited about! This infinity scarf has a discreet pocket to put money, your passport, ID, or any other small item in. Obviously the heavier the item, the more noticeable the sagging. I got black so I can wear it with different outfits. I tried it with my passport, and if you hang it around your neck a certain way, you can’t even notice it.
Phone Charger Cables: ($11.99) Both Tyler and I have iPhones and iPads and we are always stealing each other’s cords. I made sure they worked and we each got 2.
Travel Adapter: ($21.99) I chose this universal travel adapter because we do not know what country we will be in. You use an adapter to still be able to use your American plugs, just in other country’s sockets. They ADAPT your plug to fit correctly 🙂 While this isn’t a converter (some American items, like hair dryers and straighteners with a certain voltage need a converter so they do not blow out) it is perfect for converting our phone chargers and other small items.
Charging Station: ($26.99) To use this, we will plug in our adapter, and then plug this in. This will just be a port to add more USB ports if needed, and to keep our phones and iPads organized.
Travel Towel: ($13.99) I got these so we do not have to rely on using hostel towels. Plus they will be great for yoga or picnics. I have already tested this out. It is SUPER compact (perfect for packing) and dries incredibly quickly.
Travel Headphones: ($19.97) I wake up if someone breathes near me, so I definitely needed something to block out noise while on planes, trains, or anywhere else we might go. These headphones fit like a headband and lay flat over your ears. I can listen to white noise or soft music and they drown out most sound. These aren’t noise-canceling Bose headphones by any means, but they do work well for someone like me who doesn’t sleep well in strange places. (Hopefully that will change…) They are a little bit big around my head, so they slip sometimes. Overall though, would recommend!
Sleeping Liner: ($18.99) I asked Tyler if he wanted one of these and he said no. I will keep you posted on if he regrets that decision or not… A sleep liner is essentially a sheet, fashioned like a sleeping bag. You put it in a bed and crawl inside so you aren’t touching the actual bed. I don’t love the idea of sleeping in a bed that 100 other people have slept in, sheets clean or not. This version specifically is super lightweight (I get hot at night) and very compact, so I will just hide it in my suitcase and not let Tyler steal it.
Headphone Splitter Keychains: ($5.99) These keychains come in set of two and you use them for splitting headphones. With these, Tyler and I can watch the same movie on a plane at the same time or listen to music together.
Hydro Flask Everything: We already had these water bottles, so they didn’t count on my Amazon list, but these water bottles are THE BEST. We both have the 12 oz Standard-Mouth bottle, perfect for tea or coffee in the morning. I also have the 24 oz Standard Mouth with a sports clip that is, in fact, the perfect water bottle. These things keep water cold for the entire day (and night and the next day…) They have tons of different colors too. Bonus: We also have the Hydro Flask Tumbler sets that we use instead of regular cups. These will be staying in our storage container at home, but they are the best if you need something for your home.
Have any suggestion? Feel free to comment if we are missing something important! We want to be as prepared as possible.