Dave and I focus on outdoor landscape and wildlife photography when we travel. There is essential travel gear, hiking gear and camera equipment we use for our trips.
But what about products for the many other ways people travel? We asked other travel bloggers to help us compile a list of the best travel products to help you prepare for your next vacation.
Wearing makeup is not something I can do when outdoors getting sweaty and dirty. I love this Mary Kay CC Cream with sunscreen. It gives me a bit of color like foundation AND protects my face from the sun!
Sunscreen is a MUST, but we can’t have strong scents when out photographing wildlife. The sunscreen by Mary Kay provides spf 50 protection without the typical strong smell you get with other products.
We use Mary Kay lip protector sunscreen to keep our lips hydrated and protected while outdoors.
After a day of adventure outdoors, it’s important to wash the daily grime (and makeup or sunscreen) off my face. The Mary Kay facial cleansing cloths are wonderful for travelers. They are dry cloths that are easy to pack and use. Simply wet the cloth with water, rub together to lather, cleanse face, rinse and dispose. That’s it!
Dave and I use buff headwear – it’s versatile, dries quickly, wicks away moisture, resists wind and odor, and can be worn 12 different ways. I use it as a headband to keep my hair out of my face. I also wear it over my ears and around my neck when it’s cold or to protect those areas from annoying biting bugs. Dave wears his as a cap on his head and around his neck to protect those areas from the sun and bugs as well.
If you haven’t tried these out yet, they’re magic. I pack a mini Tangle Teezer on every trip I go on, regardless of whether it’s a short city break or month long trek through the wilderness. I love that I can use it on both wet and dry hair, and that it’s very easily cleaned. The miniature version is also great to throw in your purse or backpack for days when you don’t want to waste precious travel time going home to put yourself together again.
For me, having a reusable water bottle is absolutely essential, especially on any trips involving air travel. Besides keeping you hydrated, they can also act as a thermos for tea or soups on long hikes. I personally like the S’well metal water bottles for their size, durability, and temperature regulation.
I always travel with an extra collapsible travel bag. Make sure to choose one that’s lightweight and fold able, but also durable enough to tote act as a backup luggage. My bag of choice is the Longchamp Le Pilage in black- which was durable enough to get me through high school and university without showing any wear and tear! Besides being just stylish enough to wear to nicer venues or events, it’s also water resistant, so anything you pack inside will be protected from rain or spills. It’s also discreet looking, so won’t bring any extra attention to yourself as a tourist like a rucksack.
When it comes to travelling, I can travel on the light, but there are some specific products that I always take with me. I’m obsessed with photos and videos, so I always take my small travel-size make-up palette to look good in the photos.
I also use a selfie stick, which can act like a monopod, for the photos and videos I take as I travel.
I can’t go anywhere without my earplugs. I kept forgetting them for a while and that resulted in countless sleepless nights, so I’m trying not to make the same mistake again and again.
Finally, the third favorite travel product is my waterproof yellow rain coat, which saved me during my trips to Ireland, Balkans, the Isle of Skye and even Russia. No need to carry a bulky umbrella with me (and forget it everywhere).
I generally travel in tropical regions. Monsoon happens to be the best time to enjoy the tropical greenery. Since I love hiking, I often find myself walking on trails under heavy monsoon downpour. The most disgusting part about travelling in this way is the mosquitoes that I need to handle. So, I whip myself up with mosquito repellent cream. I can’t imagine going outside without wearing it.
I can’t stand those direct sun rays on my eyes. When venturing on snow, I can’t imagine going outdoors without putting my sunglasses on. The whiteness all around and the reflecting sun rays blind me. I use Ray Ban sunglasses.
I am a compulsive reader and my Kindle e-reader is a lifesaver so I don’t get bored. All those monotonous moments in airports and airplanes are made bearable and interesting when I read my kindle. I use the travelling time to read up guides of the places I will be visiting. *This is Jamie – if you want to enjoy movies, TV shows, songs, apps and games in addition to Kindle eBooks, then try the Fire Tablet.
One of my favorite travel products I never leave home without is my Klean Kanteen insulated water bottle. Packing a reusable water bottle saves me from having to constantly buy bottles of water while traveling and it keeps my water cold all day.
Travel packing cubes are a must-have travel item for me because they keep me organized. It’s so much easier to pull out a packing cube and grab an item than dig through everything in my luggage. *Jamie chiming in here – this is one of our favorite travel gear items as well!
I always bring hand sanitizer with me when I travel –useful on dirty planes when there is no soap or water.
Matilda shares 51 Best Gifts for Travelers for even more ideas!
The top must-have items I definitely take on all my travels are my trusted backpack, passport holder and wet wipes.
My backpack has a laptop partition along with the regular pockets. It is really convenient for packing my must-haves on any trip. I pack two days’ worth of clothes, toiletry kit, a book and my laptop in my backpack.
A passport holder helps me keep my travel documents safe and in one place. I always carry it on myself.
Wet wipes are a must for me as I keep wiping any surfaces I might touch for a long time in my travels.
This is Jamie – we reference the importance to Fight Germs on an airplane by sanitizing surfaces. Read 6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling.
Since arriving in Asia, there are two specific things that I have found super useful. The first thing is a double plug adapter. You only need one socket to plug it in, but it has two USB outlets so I can charge a couple of things at once which is great.
The second thing is a local sim! Whilst everyone else was scrambling for wifi in Kuala Lumpur, I had spent £4 on a local sim card which gave me almost twice as much data as I got from my £60 package back home!
I’ve had this Bandolier iPhone accessory for over two years now and I can’t live without it. I never drop or lose my phone anymore. It’s also stylish and holds several credit cards. *This is Jamie – we also recommend these cross body cell phone bags if you have other brands of cell phones.
For all of my international trips, I now take my handy personal Skyroam wifi hotspot. This year I have already used it in Costa Rica, Bali, and Thailand. It worked like a charm even in remote areas! Having reliable connection is a must for me on my travels.
I love traveling, but I am not a big fan of flying. To help calm my nerves, I always roll on some lavender oil as I’m boarding my flight. Lavender oil is useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.
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