Tom and I are off on holiday to Egypt this weekend and words can’t even describe how excited we both are. I’ve started my mental packing list, and thought that I’d pass along my travel must-haves for this Travel Tuesday post! Check out this list of what I always bring with me when I go on vacation.
#1- Space Bags
For years now, I’ve never traveled without using Space Bags to pack. These handy things help you pack more by vacuum-packing your clothes– and I also love the fact that I can be a bit organized with them. I highly recommend them, but just be aware that you’ll need to take an iron to some of your gentler clothing once you arrive to your destination!
#2 – A good pair of leggings
Leggings are just the BEST. They are super comfy, look great with a nice sweater, and they keep ya warm on chilly flights and trains. They’re a traveler’s best friend. I always end up wearing leggings on travel days or bringing a pair with me to wear to bed at night, as they take up less space in my luggage than sweatpants (my usual PJs of choice).
#3 – Green tea bags
Anyone who knows me knows that I drink at least 2 cups of green tea every day (often with a squeeze of lemon juice– yummy AND good for you!) So whenever I’m off to a destination where I don’t think I’ll be able to easily find green tea, I bring a few tea bags with me.
#4 – Camera
Ok, this is kinda a no-brainer, but how I could not include it? My go-to camera is my new Nikon D3200, but Tom loves taking photos on his iPhone when we’re on holiday. Whatever camera type works best for you is fine– I just can’t image a vacation without lots of photos to scroll through after arriving back home. If you’re in the market for a new camera, I wrote a post on The Abroad Guide a while ago about the best cameras for study abroad, but really, it’s a list of three cameras that I’ve used while traveling and that I think are fantastic for it.
Just a side note– I’m super excited about the wireless mobile adapter that I just purchased for my Nikon. It’s a teeny little piece of technology that plugs into my camera and wirelessly sends the photos on my memory card to a smartphone or tablet. This little purchase was 100% worth it– now I don’t have to keep switching back and forth between my nice camera (where I can take super-high quality photos) and my iPhone (on which I take photos that I want to upload to Instagram and Twitter.)
#5 – Workout shoes
I’ll admit… I don’t always break out the workout shoes when I’m on holiday. But I like having the option to. You never know when you’ll be offered the chance to go for a cool hike, to go for a bike ride, or to play a round of tennis with one of the locals that you meet… so why not just bring the appropriate footwear with you so there are no missed opportunities? The resort that Tom and I will be staying at has a nice gym and tennis courts, so we plan on taking advantage in between our lazy sun-bathing stints.
#6 – Various over-the-counter drugs
While I love to travel, there are a few things that can make me cranky while on vacation, such as lack of sleep and I-need-to-eat-something-NOW headaches. So I always bring sleeping pills and some form of pain medication when I travel.
#7 – Kindle
One of the things I’m most looking forward to doing while we’re in Egypt is just laying by the pool and getting lost in a good book. Tom gave me a Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday, and although I still seriously love a good paperback book, I love how lightweight my Kindle is.
Those are my must-haves when I’m off on a holiday– what are yours?