My Top Ten Travel Buddies

I have purchased a lot of travel gadgets and accessories in the past.  Some I love, and some just fizzled.  Today, I want to talk about the 10 things I love to travel with – in no particular order:

1. Mophie Juice Pack

Mophie finally came out with their Juice Pack for the Iphone 5.  It works as a super strong case to protect your phone, and doubles as a spare battery.  When your phone’s battery is just about dead, just flip the switch and it starts charging up again to full battery life.  I wouldn’t travel anywhere without it.

139342. Polaroid Camera

The first time I used this camera was in Morocco.  It was a huge hit.  The camera uses a standard SD card, and includes little 2″ x 3″ stickers.   After taking a picture, you can choose to print it.  It prints using inkless technology (the chemicals are in the paper).  So not only do you have a great picture (on the SD card), but your model gets to keep a souvenir sticker of himself.  Genious!  This camera is especially popular in poorer areas where children don’t often get to see a picture of themselves, let alone get it on a sticker.  Kids love stickers 🙂

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3. Lush Shampoo Bar

I haven’t traveled with this yet, but I can’t wait to bring it along.  I’ve been using it at home as a shampoo and body bar, and I love it.  It lathers up surprisingly well, and smells amazing (I love things that smell nice).  Apparently one small bar is equivalent to three full bottles of shampoo!  If that’s true, one bar should last me for several vacations.  I also purchased a tin container to keep it in.

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4. Antimicrobial bags

Have you ever packed to come home from vacation, and wished you could have one last swim?  But you don’t, because then you’d have a wet bathing suit to deal with.  By the time you got home, your suitcase would smell like a mildew explosion.  Enter the antimicrobial bag.  This bag is made of a material that inhibits the growth of microorganisms that cause the stinky funk, plus it keeps the rest of your things from getting damp.  The downside of these bags is that they are almost impossible to find.  I had one for years and it finally wore out.  Finding a new one took me a couple of years.   I finally found them out of sheer luck when I was at La Vie En Rose.  They happened to be at the checkout counter next to the swimsuit shampoo (what a scam that is).  They sold for $5 each.  You should have seen me when I noticed them, it was like winning the lottery.

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5. Olympus Pen Camera

I love my big Canon 60D, but it’s way too heavy to drag around with me when I travel.  My Olympus Pen is a micro 4/3 interchangeable lens camera that takes high quality raw photographs.  I admit I’m a bit of a filter freak, and this camera has some great filters built right in.  It’s a fun camera to shoot.  I took it with me to India, and those are some of my favourite travel pics.

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6.  A Tiny Journal

I always pack a small journal and pen in my carryon or purse.  Keeping small details in one spot is a smart thing to do, especially if you tend to get disorganized.  Little notes like which gate your flight is at, the address of your hotel, or which train to take all very helpful in a confusing new environment.

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7. Ipad

I go months at a time without ever turning on my ipad.  When it comes to travel though, it’s one of the first things I pack.  A few days before I leave, I log into itunes, and download movies and tv shows.  This keeps me well entertained, especially during those long hours at the airport.

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8. Unshoe Wikova Feathers

I LOVE these barefoot sandals.  When I bought mine, they were literally made to fit me.  I had to draw an outline of my feet, and make a pencil mark where the toe strap should go.  I emailed the drawings to Utah, and several weeks later these awesome sandals arrived in the mail.  From what I understand, they no longer make them from your drawings, but with standard sizing.  That makes me sad.  I’m not sure if I would like them as much, because my feet are a bit unique, and these are the most comfortable sandals I have ever owned.

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9. Sleep Phones

Sometimes when you travel, you end up sharing a room.  Sometimes your room mate snores.  I am a VERY light sleeper, and had a vacation almost ruined because my room mate snored.  Not lightly, not on occasion, but loudly, and consistently from the time she fell asleep till the sun came up the next day.  Sleep phones are a soft headband with flat speakers sewn in.  It has a tiny plug in the back that you attach to a mini ipod.  I play white noise on mine.  As a side-sleeper, these sleep phones are brilliant because they are the only headphones that let you turn your head in any direction.  They are also a lot more comfortable than ear plugs.  Bonus – they work well to drown out crying babies on the plane too!

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10.  Lululemon Studio Pants

Hands down, the most comfortable travel pants you can buy.  Well made, they keep their fit, nice deep pockets, and quick dry.  The only negative is that because I’m on the short side, I had to get mine altered.  Lululemon alters for free, but they had to cut the cinch string from the bottom of the pants.  I don’t like the ankle cinch, but I feel like I paid for this neat feature and got ripped off.  Silly, I know.  But at least it would be nice to have the choice.

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So there you have it.  My top 10 travel buddies.  I don’t take all ten every time I travel (the sleep phones are only for when I have a room mate and the polaroid camera is only when I travel to poorer areas), but they are all tried and true.

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