After being a long-time traveler, taking a lot of weekend trips, and traveling solo for a year, I’ve finally compiled all of my favorite travel gear! Most of these items I seriously cannot travel without and many of them got me through an entire year of straight travel! At the bottom, you’ll find other specific packing lists as well. 

My Bags


The Osprey Sojourn Wheeled Luggage

I LOVE this bag. I took it on my year of travel and it was great because it can be wheeled in most places, but also has the option to become a backpack.

carry on luggage

CALPAK Carry-On Luggage

I love this luggage! I’ve had it for years now and truly fits so much more inside for a carry-on than any other bag I’ve had.

lo&sons weekender bag

Lo&Sons Weekender Bag

I love love this bag for weekend trips! My favorite is the extra compartment at the bottom for shoes and other toiletries. Make sure to get the Large.


Large Travel Backpack

I take this bag everywhere with me when traveling. It’s got compartments for everything and room for my camera gear, laptop, or other electronics.


Large Longchamp Tote Bag

This bag is great because it packs really small. I bring it in my larger bag for big trips so I always have a tote to bring around with me.

gatta bag

Camera Purse

This bag is perfect if you’re like me and want to be stylish, but also carry around a camera. This fits a mirrorless camera with two lenses!

Truffle Travel Cases

I love the Truffle travel products! They are such high quality and most of them are clear so you can see everything inside. 


Hanging Shower Kit

I love traveling with this because it hangs in any shower, is waterproof, and holds full-size toiletries perfectly!

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

I can’t speak highly enough about packing cubes. They keep your bag completely organized and help me fit so much more in my bag!

dry bag

Waterproof Dry Bag

This is perfect for holding electronics and important items while traveling so they don’t get wet. I love taking it on diving trips or anytime I’ll be doing water sports or spending time at the beach.

camelback bag

CamelBak Hydration Pack

I love these for hiking, day hikes, or long bike rides. You can also bring these if you’re in a city and plan on doing a lot of walking. I just love that it has room for water and other important items.

packable backpack

Packable Backpack

I am all about bringing items that fit into my larger bag. This packs up really small and can be stuffed in your larger back until you need it.


smaller travel laptop

Travel Sized MacBook

This computer is the PERFECT travel size. I could slip it in my daypack and it’s so light that I couldn’t even tell I had it.

macbook pro

MacBook Pro 13”

This is the computer I use at home and for my job. I actually still have my other MacBook for travel because it’s the perfect size, but this one is good too and more powerful for my job now.

kindle paperwhite

Kindle Paperwhite

I love my Kindle! I also read a lot on my phone, so don’t use it as much as I’d like, but it’s perfect for traveling if you don’t want to haul books with you. 

sony mirrorless camera

Sony a6000 Mirrorless Camera

This camera is seriously the best thing to happen to me! It’s the perfect size for traveling and the photos come out clear and crisp without much fidgeting with the camera. You don’t need to know a thing about photography to get great photos with this thing.

gopro hero 9

GoPro Hero 9

This is perfect if you’re traveling alone and want some epic selfies or want to make some videos! I loved having mine when I was on water adventures or wanted photos of myself when I was solo.

iphone 12

Unlocked iPhone 12

Once I got this phone, my camera almost went obsolete because the images this camera takes are amazing! I also recommend this because it’s unlocked and perfect for other countries if you decide to use Sim cards.

canon 80d

Canon 80D

This is the current camera I use for my travel photos. I love it and the quality is amazing. I usually only use one lens with it.

canon lens

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II Lens

I use this lens with my body only. It’s pretty heavy, but great because I don’t have to haul multiple lenses to get the photos I want. 


iphone charging case

iPhone Battery Charge Case

This case saved my life a million times while on the road! You only have to charge it overnight and then all day you’ll have two full charges. However, I haven’t found one for the iPhone 12, only iPhone 11, but I hear the 12 should be coming out soon. 

usb wall charger

USB International Wall Charger

This thing is a lifesaver because it allows you to charge multiple electronics at once. It’s especially nice if you’re in a hostel with only one plug. Plus, the international plugs help a lot while moving countries!

apple dongle

Apple Dongle

Since the new Macbooks don’t have a USB slot, this is perfect for the different items you need to plug into your computer. Even if you travel with another screen or just want to charge your phone in your computer, this is key.

International wall charger

International Power Adapter

This is a great adapter for all over the world. You can easily plug your computer in it and I loved that it has room for more USBs in the outlet.

master locks


I always travel with one or two locks. They are especially helpful for hostel lockers and if you’d like to lock up your bag. I usually bring one like this with a key and one like this with a code. Different lockers have different hole sizes as well.

phone charger chord

iPhone Charger Chords

I bought a pack of these because I know myself and knew I’d lose some. It was nice to have multiple in case I lost once I could use another I had packed instead of having to go on a search mission to find another one.



I usually bring a few headphones with me just in case I lose a set! I recommend packing ones with chords and ones without for a long-term trip just in case chordless die.

Travel Document Case

Travel Wallet 

I love my travel wallet because it stores my passport and my travel documents. The exact one I have is sold out, but this is almost identical!

gopro selfie stick

3-Way GoPro Tripod and Selfie Stick

I love this gadget because it’s so convertible! You can make the pole long or short and you can also use it as a tripod when you’re traveling solo or want a still image on your Gopro!

skyroam wifi

Skyroam Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot and Power Bank

This is great if you’re going somewhere that doesn’t have great wifi, but you still need it. I used this while I was working in Egypt for a month and it was great! You can get 20% off here.

gimbal stabilizer

Gimbal Stabalizer

Gimbals are great if you’re looking to create a steady video on your trip. They make everything look smooth and are great for travel videography!

lifestraw for travelers


These are amazing if you’re backpacking, hiking where the water isn’t drinkable, or in a country where the water is questionable. It removes bacterias, parasites and microplastics for safer drinking!

Toiletries & Personal Care

Most toiletries you can purchase while you’re on the road, but here are some of my favorite products that I typically always bring with me.


Kiehl’s Face Lotion & Face Wash

I love the travel-size version of the Kiehl’s face lotion. I actually travel with the full-size travel face wash because I love it so much.

salt surf spray

Bumble & Bumble Salt Surf Spray

This stuff has saved my life while on the road. I have naturally wavy hair so I used this after getting out of the shower and my hair gets perfect beachy waves.

living proof dry shampoo

Living Proof Dry Shampoo

Hands down the best dry shampoo I have found! It actually cleans your hair and does an amazing job.

microfiber towel

Microfiber Towel

This was and is the only towel I use while traveling in hostels. It packs light and dries quickly which is perfect for being on the go all the time.

Dr Bronners soap

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap

This travel size can last you so long! It smells great and really gets you clean. I loved it and was sad when it ran out on my long-term trip—even though it lasted so long!

hand sanitizer

Dr. Bronner’s Hand Sanitizer Spray

This is great for travel—especially after the pandemic. Plus, it smells heavenly!

wet brush

Travel-Sized Wet Brush

I love the travel-size wet brush and while they are small, they do the job if you don’t want to pack your large brush with you. They are perfect if you have wavy hair like me and need an easy brush after the shower.

Summer Fridays Jet lag mask

Summer Fridays JetLag Mask

I love this mask. It’s so hydrating after a long flight or just as your overnight moisturizer. My skin always feels so good the next day!

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