While the clothes and shoes I pack in my suitcase for each trip change, the items that go in my backpack stay pretty consistent. Here is the list of my 2019 travel gear. I’ve added links to items I use, love, and recommend. I hope you’ll find it useful next time you’re packing and perhaps will find some items you hadn’t thought of before!
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First off, I’m using the Osprey Packs Nova Daypack.
Let’s talk POUCHES
After discovering suitcase packing cubes are LIFE CHANGING, I’ve also upped my backpack life by sorting everything into pouches. Camera gear, pens and notepads, passports, money, medication, jewelry… Everything in my pack is sorted into different-looking pouches which helps immensely with staying organized during the trip. I know exactly which pouch to reach for when I need something. Also, when TSA upends your bag, everything doesn’t go sprawling everywhere.
My favorite are:
- Pouches from Out of Print
- Pencil Pouches with clear fronts
- Stand-up pencil pouches
- For SD cards I use a Fjallraven Kanken Card Wallet
- For jewelry or foreign coins and bills I use a coin purse from Yoshi’s Bookworm collection
Now that we’re all sorted, this year since I picked up vlogging my camera gear and electronics I carry with me have increased.
- Battery backup (can also be used for the GoPro) – I use one similar to this one from Pocket Juice
- Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones: Bose QC 35II in rose gold
- Photo & Vlogging Camera: Canon Powershot G7x Mark II – This is the perfect camera for the beginner to get out of auto and has an awesome flip-up screen for taking selfies or vlogging. It’s also small enough that I can fit it in my pocket.
- Action Camera: GoPro Hero 7 Black
- Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Air – (Check out the rules of the place you’re traveling first! This only goes in the pack if drone cameras are allowed in the destination.)
- Laptop computer: MacBook Pro 13in.
- iPad Mini – used for Kindle reading
- USB data blocker – This is the newest equipment to be added. This is a good idea to use as a safety precaution when charging your iPhone in unknown USB ports like on airplanes.
- Fitbit – It’s always fun to see how far you’ve walked at the end of a vacation day. It’s usually much more than you usually do!
Here are a few more odds and ends I’ve found essential. Take a day pack or purse with you so that you don’t have to unpack/repack your carry-on to use as a day pack while you’re out and about. Print out confirmations and reservations and stick them in a folder just in case. This was a life-saver when we had limited WiFi or couldn’t speak the local language. Finally, I always carry a notebook and a water bottle.
- Moleskine Notebook (I like to personalize mine with stickers)
- Hydro Flask water bottle
- Stuff day pack
- Purse or small backpack
- Folder – for your Passport and print-outs of all your reservations and confirmations
Did you find anything on this list you’re missing? Have I missed something? Tell me your favorite travel carry-on items in the comments below!
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