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My favorite travel gear

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). 

4. Lush dry products
Two of my absolute favorite things to travel with are Lush shampoo bars and toothy tabs. I love these because they aren't liquids so they never cause a hassle in security and I never have to worry about them spilling in my bag.

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?

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