Over packing is one of the most common travel mistakes. Packing only those items you will actually use will enable you to travel lighter, faster and be more flexible.
Every traveler should have a packing list with essential items that will make your trip more comfortable and memorable. As you would imagine, no two are alike though. Most will certainly contain toiletries, important documents, travel aids, electronics and clothes. However, your list will ultimately be influenced by where you are going, the kind of activities you are planning and your travel destination's environment.
Here are a few small items and some of our favorite travel gear for you to consider on your next journey.
- Petty cash (both in dollar and foreign currency)
- Copies of important documents (e.g. passports, ID, credit cards)
- Phone/table/computer chargers
- Headphones/ear buds
- Earplugs & an eye mask
- Small flashlight
- Comfortable shoes & flip flops
- A scarf (so many uses!)
Canon EOS Rebel SL1
Best Compact Mirrorless - A great alternative to carrying a heavy DSLR, but with similar quality and not much larger than your traditional point-and-shoot. Perfect for street photography and portraits. Weighing in at 15.5 oz., the X100T features 16.3 MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, 1080p video resolution, a 23mm f/2 lens with lightning fast focus, a 3.0" display and a hybrid viewfinder and a max ISO at 25600. Price → $1,299
Best Digital DSLR - The most compact and lightweight DSLR on the market. Perfect for fast moving subjects and landscapes. Weighing in at 14.4 oz., the EOS Rebel SL1 features 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 1080p video resolution, a EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, a 3" touchscreen display and a max ISO at 25600. Price → $599
Canon PowerShot S120
Olympus tough TG-3
Best Pocket-friendly - The S120 is one of the most advanced performance point-and-shoots on the market. Weighing in at 7.65 oz, the S120 features 12.1 MP 1/1.7" CMOS sensor, 1080p video resolution, 5x zoom lens (24-120mm), a 3" touchscreen display, a max ISO at 12800 and Wi-Fi connectivity. Price → $449.
Best for Adventures - Going for a swim? Maybe a winter trek? The TG-3 may just be the most versatile outdoor camera ever. Weighing in at 8.6 oz, it features 16 MP 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor, 1080p video resolution, 4x zoom lens (25-100mm), 3" display, and most importantly, waterpoof to 50ft, crushproof to 220 ibf, shockproff to 7ft, freezeproof to 14°F, GPS, e.Compass, Wi-Fi and panorama. Price → $349
Conserve space, stay organized and fly through customs with the help of packing cubes. Use them once and you'll never travel without them again. Price → $30
Featuring an 18"x12" clothing folder and lightweight folding board to help minimize wrinkling in addition to a 14"x8"x3" full-size and 10"x7"x3" half cube. Price → $44
Ceptics 5pc Set with Pouch
Includes 5 adapter plugs labeled by country or region for use. Price → $10
Targus World Travel Adapter
The interchangeable compact design is ideal if space is limited. Price → $20
The lightweight (11oz) Patagonia Nano Puff jacket features 60-g PrimaLoft® ONE insulation which not only provides excellent warmth, but the compressibility to pack down to fit in the palm of your hand. Price → $199
Packable Day Bags
Patagonia Travel Sling
Chicobag Travel Pack
Tough, lightweight and folds down to the size of a pair of socks into its own pocket. This bag is great for carrying a travel guide and a bottle of water, stashing little treasures and keeping your camera out of sight. Weight: 5.8 oz. Volume: 7L. Price → $69
Made of recycled PET ripstop fabric, this bag also packs into itself. It features a large zippered main compartment, side and top stash pockets and a storage area for a hydration reservoir. Weight: 7.2 oz. Volume: 15L. Price → $29
Cabeau "Evolution Pillow"
Cabeau "Air Evolution"
Most travel pillows are not only uncomfortable, but are a pain to pack. Cabeau is the exception. Finally, a travel pillow that works! Price → $37
Looking to take up minimal space? Cabeau's inflatable pillow packs down to the size of a soda can. Price → $27
Nite Ize S-Biner
Master Lock Cable (TSA Approved)
Very useful to secure your bags (to each other or to a rail) while traveling on trains and buses. Price → $8
Features a flexible cable, custom combination and allows TSA to inspect and relock your baggage. Price → $8
Klean Kanteen "27 oz. Classic"
Famed for making the first BPA-free metal bottle, Klean Kanteens keep drinks fresh and clean tasting. The slim design of their "Classic" series will fit in your bag's water bottle pouch and is perfect for stashing. Made of stainless steel and a BPA-free polypropylene sport cap. Price → $18
Grayl Water Filtration Cup
Made of stainless steel and with the function of a coffee press, Grayl's filtration cup uses the most advance technology available to provide safe, great tasting water. Simple, convenient, efficient and designed for those on the go; filter 16 oz. of water in just 15 seconds! Price → $69