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What's the 1 (or even 3) item that you absolutely can't travel without?

Be creative, clever, or everyday as you want. What travel gear can you not leave home without?

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  • Tiffany Weber

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    1. I don't even go to the grocery store without my DLSR camera. Phones do a good job, but I want high res photos of the places I go and you never know when you'll see something truly special/odd/unique/amazing.

    2. If I'm allowed a second thing, it's my smart phone because it has my email, itinerary, plane tickets, alarm clock, currency converter, maps, and a ton of other utilities that make life and travel easier. Plus, I use it for photos that I can post instantly to social media.

    3. My third item would be the #oldschool real paper and a pen. I still love notebooks. They allow me to take notes and doodle in a much more efficient way than on my phone. I like to journal while traveling and write down quotes and ideas.

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      love the #oldschool paper & pen. couldn't agree more! · (0 likelikes)

    • John W.

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      I have been severely lectured in French by a grocery employee in a Hypermarche for taking pictures of the produce. Be discreet. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Michelle Dunner

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    I do all my research on the road using my iPad and take pictures for my blog on the iPhone - at least one of those items is with me the entire time. The other 'item' I can't travel without is my best buddy, my husband.

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  • Ross Sparks

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    The "Ice Mule" cooler if you don't know it , get one its a game changer. And it's a dry bag for electronics when it's not keeping beer cold!

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  • Monika Ligocka

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    It must be 3 things for me - my phone, my bank card or cash and my contact lenses pack! The rest I can do without :)

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  • Stephanie Scheff Bramell

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    Aquaphor and Baby wipes!

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  • Sheila Englebardt

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    My iPad ( with Kindle App), Passport, and first aid kit with medications

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  • Tonya Russ Price

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    I have a consistent travel list. Sunscreen, sunglasses, chargers/adapters, camera, moleskin journal, cash, sometimes, even Barbie for photo ops, but if only one thing. My beloved phone!

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  • Gina Czupka

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    Beyond the obvious money, meds and phone, my bag is never without:

    1. Packing cubes. Fricking miraculous, the way these help me not only minimize the size of the clothes I'm packing, but also keep it all organized.

    2. My little spoon-fork-knife combo. Peel a mango, scoop out a pithaya, stab some street meat, whatever you need to do—there's always something waiting to be eaten!

    3. Mint gum. You don't need to look like a cow and chew it for hours on end. It's just nice for a little freshening up when you can't brush your teeth right away, and peppermint has the added benefit of calming motion-disturbed tummies.


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      A thousand times YES to the packing cubes, thought they were a gimmick until I tried them...now every time I see a bag without packing cubes it looks odd to me. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Katharine Zumbro Crosson

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    A blow up pillow for the plane.

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  • Mohsin A

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    My Swiss Army Penknife. THE most useful gadget that I own.

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  • Roxanne Cormier

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    Well, the obvius is credit cardit and debit card. But for me it's my skechbook, a pensil and a sharpener. It's the best way to capture scenes of everyday life.

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  • John Baillie

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    My iPhone - GPS, mapping, yelp etc - invaluable.

    My family - or my phone to FaceTime them (see above)

    My credit card - you can't pack perfectly - so I travel light and buy what I need.

    A sense of adventure - you can't plan perfectly - so go with the flow and discover new things.

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  • Brian Huang

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    Camera and zip block bags.

    Camera for obvious reasons, large zip block bags because they are great for weatherproofing/organizing electronics as well as personal items such as toothbrush, paste, contact lens solutions etc. You can also put dirty laundry in there. I've also put wine bottles in zip block bags and wrap clothes around it in my luggage just in case the bottle breaks.

    I never travel without shoving some extra zip block bags in my luggage.

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  • Hazel B

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    Candle or nail file.

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  • Greg Maino

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    Besides the obvious... Chocolate. When traveling to new places I like to bring a bunch of small individually wrapped chocolates from a small non-herseys vendor. They are great ice breakers... And provide an easy way to say thank you to the people you meet.

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  • Leonard Lee

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    Ear plugs! (no, not because of the baby in seat 3A) You will not believe how much more refreshed and alert you will feel when you land. As a former airline pilot I can tell you, much of the fatigue comes from the low-level, high-frequency noise in the cabin. (Drink lot of water to stay hydrated and you'll also solve cause #2!)

    Sonic Valve II are ideal because they allow voice frequencies through. But Ear Planes or any ol' ear plugs you can pick up at Walgreens or CVS will do.

    Noise cancelling headphones are also a must if you're going to spend time watching a DVD or listening to music onboard.

    Enjoy. Travel safe!

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  • Ashley and Ryan R

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    Camera

    Gravol or Dramamine

    Comfortable shoes

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  • Stef Poessel

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    I cannot travel without my Kindle, my camera and my lap top as I work location independent. omg I'm obviously a true techie ;)

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  • Terry Lipford

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    1) Gotta have my Kindle with me, as well as it's charging cord. I am an avid reader, and my Kindle allows me to use travel time as useful reading time.

    2) Prefer to have my laptop with me, my wife and I are avid Bloggers about our travels, and having my (or my wife's) laptop, allows me to merge our travel pics and text into a form suitable for publishing.

    3) Sleeping pills; we have traveled so often, and we know how difficult it can be to "beat" jet lag, so we always take a half of a sleeping aid once we are there to help us get into the time zone.

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  • Warren Animator

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    My typical everyday carry, I must have it, but sometimes you have to change it from place to place because of restricting laws if you carry a knife or something a long those lines.


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