My Favorite Travel Items

Must-Have Travel Gear

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I am a long term traveler that only likes to pack a carry-on. As a minimalist, all these items are on my packing list because they are essential and make globetrotting easier.

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Lifestraw

One of my biggest pet-peeves is paying for water, but with a LifeStraw you can drink tap water everywhere, since it automatically filters. 

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Scrubba Washbag

I hate paying for laundry, so I wash my own clothes with the Scrubba Washbag. It’s compact and easily fits in my Osprey backpack. 

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Osprey Fairview Wheeled Backpack

A hybrid backpack saves money because it encourages you to walk instead of taking an Uber or Taxi. A backpack with wheels provides the ultimate flexibility. If you are walking a long distance, you can roll the bag, or if there are cobblestone streets you can wear it as a backpack. Also this backpack is carry-on so you can avoid checked luggage fees.

For a full guide on the pros and cons of a wheeled backpack, click here

Electronics

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Pixel 3 + Google Fi Phone Plan

I bought the Pixel because it had the best ratings for a phone camera, and I love the camera.

The second benefit is the Google Fi phone plan that provides unlimited international data, unlimited international texts, free WiFi calls to US numbers, and free calls to international numbers while I’m in the US for ~$70 a month! This phone plan is more expensive than collecting local sim cards, yet the convenience of being connected right when I land in a new country is worth it. Also, the data has fantastic international coverage (better than the T-Mobile international plan). I even had service on top of the Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo!

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Bose Wireless Headphones

I recently purchased these headphones and they are a game changer! Previously, I would only use free headphones that I received on flights, but owning high-quality headphones makes a big difference.

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Kindle

A kindle is practical because it allows me to bring several books on a trip without taking up valuable packing space. Also, the battery life lasts long.

Note: Sign-up for a library subscription in your state so you can rent free e-books.

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