My favorite travel gear
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When I first began traveling, I was definitely an over-preparer. I took multiple massive bags packed with huge first aid kits, emergency sewing supplies, and every travel gadget you could imagine. Over the years I have amassed a pretty substantial collection of travel gear much of which is now sitting in the bottom of a box at the back of a closet. Nowadays, while I still love to plan and research, I make a considerable effort to pack and buy less for upcoming trips. In general, I can fit everything I need in a 26-liter backpack regardless of whether I am packing for 2 days or 12. Here are a few of the products I have purchased over the years, that consistently make the cut when deciding what to keep in my backpack.
1. Packing Cubes
I will happily join the throngs of people on the internet to give these a glowing recommendation. Packing cubes make it SO easy to stay organized on the road and help me be able to pack everything I need in just a backpack on the majority of my trips.
2. Lewis N. Clark eyemask
This is seriously the best eyemask. I love it. It is like a pillow for your eyes. Not only is it perfect for the plane, but I use mine in hostels, on buses, or just about everywhere.
3. Dry Shampoo
I hate washing my hair all the time especially when I am traveling and don't always have access to a blow dryer. Dry shampoo makes it easy to put off washing and drying my hair by an extra day (or two).
5. Columbia Arcadia II Rain jacket
I swear the rain has a habit of following me on my travels no matter where I go. Greg and I purchased these jackets back before our trip to Taiwan last year and they have been one of our favorite purchases. They work great to keep off the rain and I love that they can compact down into a pocket (which makes for a great little pillow on the plane). The pockets are HUGE and can even fit my Sony a6000 in a pinch.
What do you keep in your travel bag? Any tried and tested favorites?