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All The Travel Gear I Use and Love

All The Travel Gear I Use and Love

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What camera do you use?

How did you get this picture?

I love that bag! What is it?

What do you travel with?

These are common questions veteran travelers get, I’ve been getting asked these questions and more for over six years now!

Nobody wants to go abroad with something they don’t need nor end up realizing they didn’t bring something that they did! So why not get answers from people who have experience? Well, I’ve finally put together a travel gear list that I hope is helpful to you all!

Travel gear isn’t only a hot topic but it’s a necessary one. No matter if you’re going abroad for a few week, a few months, or indefinitely, you need to make the choices with which gear gets carefully selected for your journey.

I know not everyone travels like me. However, my list of MUST have’s for travel gear might be helpful for those wanting to live a similar lifestyle, simply want a few items that I have, or perhaps trust my recommendations. Ya know since I may know a thing or two about travel gear and how to maneuver continents with them… Just maybe… #SixYearsAndCounting

So what type of travel gear do I have in my bag? Here’s what I’m obsessed with and wouldn’t dare leave home without! Check it out!


Canon Rebel T6i

I’m not a profesh photographer but I want to be and this was a perfect first camera for me to try my hands at photography! It’s not totally massive or heavy for a DSLR (it’s lighter than the Canon 70D for example) and it was really easy to get used to. If you’re a beginner photographer, I can say that I’m super happy I invested in this babe.

It’s not too advanced where you’re going to be so intimidated you’re going to be too scared to use it but it’s not so amateur that you’ll be unhappy with the quality and would be wanting to upgrade next week.


  • 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to H: 25600)
  • EOS Full HD Movie mode helps capture brilliant results in MP4 format
  • High-speed continuous shooting up to 5.0 fps allows you to capture fast action.
  • 19-point all cross-type AF system allows superb autofocus performance
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC


GoPro HERO5 Black

My very first love… Gopro. I’ve been traveling with a GoPro for about five years now and I will never not have one. Between Garrett and I, we have 3 and we might be getting a 4th.

If you get ANY camera out there on the market right now, I’d say a GoPro would have to be one of them. They are the most durable and versatile cameras out there, and again, I’m clumsy AF so if my GoPro still works after the beating it’s been through, you can trust they last!


  • Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos in Single, Burst and Time Lapse modes. Charger not included.
  • Durable by design, HERO5 Black is waterproof to 33ft (10m) without a housing.
  • Preview and playback your shots, change settings and trim your footage, all on your GoPro.
  • Battery can sustain 60-90 minutes of continuous 4K video recording.


MacBook Air 13-inch

This is my first baby. I went “Mac” back in 2012 and I will never go back. My last MacBook Air lasted me 4 years and the only reason I had to get rid of her was that I needed an upgrade to continue with my work online as my last one was overloaded. I actually sold her for $230 USD after FOUR YEARS! Virtually impossible to do that with a PC.

I love this machine and everything about it. I can streamline my work on here without worries of freezing or breakdown as often (if ever) as I did with my PCs. I know they have come along way since my third PC failure in 2012 but I’m converted now.


  • 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display.
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5.
  • 4GB or 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory (I have the 8gb).
  • She’s beautiful and lightweight.



Let’s not get into the iPhone Android debate. I was handed down an iPhone back in the day, and I never went back. I’m currently sporting an SE and I love her.

The most important thing about this iPhone is that it’s unlocked. If you’re traveling, it’s essential to have an unlocked phone.


  • Retina display; 4‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit widescreen Multi‑Touch display
  • 12‑megapixel iSight camera with 1.22µ pixels; ƒ/2.2 aperture; Hybrid IR filter; Panorama (up to 63 megapixels)
  • 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 fps; Slo‑mo video support for 1080p at 120 fps and 720p at 240 fps; Take 8-megapixel still photos while recording 4K video


Joby Tripod

So how can I set up a shot by myself without a person holding my camera?!

Joby Tripod

I have a secret for you… I have another insta-boyfriend! It’s OK, Garrett knows about Joby. Joby is the best insta-boyfriend because he is always there willing to bend and twist to get any shot I want.

Joby is a tripod. The best tripod. Because it’s not as a heavy as a small child, doesn’t take up an ungodly amount of space in your bag, and can wrap around trees or poles to get an angle other tripods can’t. Meet your new insta-boyfriend, Joby…


  • Stands strong so you can get crisper shots.
  • Lightweight tripod.
  • Provides ultimate stability.
  • No set up needed.
  • Made to last.


Monopod (AKA a selfie stick)

Say what you will about selfie sticks but they work and have way more function than that all-up-in-your-face picture most people hate (including me). This extends about 4 feet and I only use it with my GoPro which has a wide angle lens so it’s impossible to get too close.

You can screw on a tripod at the bottom of it, it’s waterproof, unlike many selfie sticks which are metal and rust beyond repair with one dive in the ocean, and it’s lightweight. It’s perfect for adventures and wet activities! I often like to use mine to get that “off a cliff” shot that you literally can’t get any other way unless you’re willing to risk your life (even then, your arms aren’t that long!).


  • Designed for GoPro, action cams & digital compacts, cellphones.
  • True universal 10-in-1 compatibility.
  • You choose any extendable length up to 4 feet in a moment.
  • Waterproof with comfort silicon rubber grip.


Rav Power External Battery Charger (Solar Powered)

This thing is a beast! I absolutely love it. I’ll be honest, it’s slightly larger than I anticipated but if you go through your phone juice super quick, are too lazy/can’t charge your devices every night, and love the sun, this is the charger to get.

It can charge an iPhone around 5 times but I use it to charge my gimble and my GoPro too! I’ve left it in the sun (not the blaring sun, be careful) while I was at the beach and it was charging my phone while self-charging. It’s pretty neat and would come in handy when camping.


  • Endless Charging Under the Sun.
  • Fast Recharging from Outlet or Solar.
  • Mega 15000mAh Capacity: Charges an iPhone 7 for 4.2 times, an iPhone 7 Plus for 3 times, and the Galaxy S8 for 2.8 times
  • Ideal for Outdoor Use: Waterproof, shockproof and dustproof plus a LED flashlight.



Here are all the basics I carry with me no matter where I’m going. I constantly travel between random seasons and sometimes I travel spontaneously. I need items that I can use in nearly any situation.

As far as style, I wouldn’t say I’m a fashionista by any means! However, the style I try to put together is usually plain with a pop. I usually purchase plainer looking clothing and dress them up or make something pop with an accessory. I wear a colorful scarf, or a nice necklace, or put a headscarf in my hair…

I don’t like buying “loud” items often as they can be hard to mix and match. This doesn’t mean you can’t be colorful, I just generally try to stay away from crazy prints or things that can match with only one style or color shirt.

I have limited space so everything needs to be able to interchange, be for cold or warm climates, be casual or dressed up and match with more than one thing!

Everyday Anywhere Wear:

These items I have on me no matter where I go or what I do. Everything has a double purpose or is good for anytime. The tanks can be a layer in winter and even the shorts can turn into a winter item. I wear leggings under them so I can wear my shorter length shirts (I hate when leggings are “pants!”)

A good pair of jeans and a few regular tees are never a bad choice and I always need a swimsuit. I even used my swimsuit in Iceland!

I love plain dresses as I never have to worry about matching, it’s an outfit in itself. And long skirts are great for city wanderings or to be more modest (yet not too hot) in a more conservative country. And every single woman needs a black dress. Period.

Accessories I Always Have:

My kimonos and scarfs help me make my plainer outfits pop a bit. I also wear my light scarves as a headband and they can be used to cover up more at a religious site.

A good pair of flip-flops is an absolute must for me, no matter what! I always wear Crocs (crazy, I know) because they will essentially never break – ever.

Sarongs are a must because they can be used for so many different things – a towel, a beach cover-up, a beach towel, a scarf, a blanket… I never leave home without one.

My Basic Winter Wear:

Nearly everything on my clothing list can turn into a winter item. I can wear leggings under my dresses, I can double up my tanks and tees, and I even wear leggings under my shorts. Everything else here is my top layer or my accessory to make sure I’m fully warm!

The Colombia jacket I recommend I have in pink and it’s one of the best items I’ve ever bought. It’s TWO jackets in ONE! It’s warm and water resistant and not the most hideous thing you’ve seen. I love it!

Travel Insurance With Allianz

While not an actual physical item, if you’re thinking about traveling without insurance—ya know—I can’t blame you. I traveled for many years without travel insurance (*SHOCK!* *HORROR!*).

I know, I know… Bad example right? Well, why and how I got on those years without it is another story, however, now that I’m a bit more of a mature traveler (aka feeling old AF) I know that it’s smart to travel with it, and really, a must!

Not to mention, with some plans being so affordable, is it really something you want to skimp on? For a few hundred bucks, depending on the length of your trip, you could be worry-free when it comes to emergencies, doctor visits, and lost luggage. All very possible things that can happen on your trip.

So which travel insurance do I use? Safety Wing! (not sponsored)


  • Reasonably priced!
  • No end date required (so perfect for nomads)

Dry Bag (Ocean Pack)

I’ve been traveling with a dry bag since I started traveling. It’s something I never ever leave at home. If you want to snorkel, travel in a rainy place, or need an extra bag because you bought too many souvenirs, then a dry bag is a must. You’re technically not supposed to, but I’ve submerged it while snorkeling and it still kept my stuff dry.

dry bags

I use it as a purse on rainy days as well. It’s a perfect extra bag to have and it can even keep your electronics safe should you find yourself in wet conditions. I carry the 15L.

Weird thing I use it for: When on the road with no washer, I hand wash my clothes in it!


  • Waterproof protection: for even the most rugged users. Built to last years.
  • With detachable and adjustable shoulder strap for different size people and various carry style.
  • Keep your items dry and protected: protect your valuables with our dry bags!
  • Lightweight: our dry bag made of premium lightweight material help you travel light.

iFly Suitcase

NO, I’m not team “carry on only.” Did you see how many electronic items I own? That takes up my entire carryon and I’m always overweight. Good I’ve come up with some flight hacks to avoid overcharges! This is the piece of luggage I use. I bought it in the beginning of 2017 and it’s survived one year, 13 (or 15? whatever) countries so far and it still has all of its wheels and full functionality. I’m happy with it!


  • Lightweight: 8.6 lbs / 3.9 kg (24)
  • 4 easy spin double wheels makes 360 navigation effortless
  • Strong ABS/PC design / Scratch-resistant
  • Expansion zipper increases packing space
  • Deluxe full lining pocket creates second compartment

Pacsafe Bags

Sooo how do I travel with all this gear and how do I keep it safe? Oh, so glad you asked. I will be the first to say that Pacsafe isn’t the cheapest of bags out on the market but do you really want to put all of your precious electronic items in the cheapest bag out there? I’m sure you’d agree they deserve better.

Pacsafe makes me feel better knowing that my stuff is safe in that slightly questionable hotel I left my electronics in. You can literally tie up your stuff to the point where a thief wouldn’t be able to grab and run, thus making the appeal of stealing your stuff over the next person’s way less desirable.

They also keep my stuff safe when I’m out and about, it’s impossible to open these bags without me noticing. There are multiple locks to get through! Everything is splashproof and has interlocking zippers and like, essentially every other thief-deterring feature you can think of.

More info on anti-theft bags here!

Write a comment below on what your fav travel electronics and accessories are! Anything from this list? Something else? Let us know!

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  1. Lucy says:

    I’ve been stalking pacsafe bags for sales for years! I’ve researched they are the best!

  2. Peri says:

    I actually saw a lot of my musts on your list. A life proof case is totally essential. I also love using Peshtemals instead of normal towels or travel towels. They are super soft and lightweight and don’t take up a lot of room.

  3. April Correa says:

    As you mentioned, I’m obsessed with my GoPro as well! Its the perfect camera- wide shot, small, and waterproof! I can’t travel without it. We can’t forget the selfie stick! A globetrotters best friend when traveling alone.

  4. Sarah says:

    Hi Nina! I studied abroad in the Czech Republic a year ago and have some other awesome travel gear I recommend.
    1 – I used the ebags TLS mother lode convertible 45l backpack. I absolutely loved it! The backpack had several compartments making organization on the trip so easy. It’s only flaw is that it doesn’t have a waist strap so all the weight is on your shoulders.
    2 – I bought the Canon Rebel T5i and got some amazing pics on the trip. It’s a great, easy-to-use DSLR camera with a touch screen. It’s an older version of your camera but still works great!
    3 – I highly recommend a quick-dry travel towel. There are several brands on Amazon with high reviews! This was a life-saver.

    My biggest regret was not having a GoPro on the trip! I plan on getting one before my next trip.

  5. Stephanie Vahos says:

    Hi Nina!

    Hope all is well in Mexico!
    I am big on light and simple traveling so I don’t really have much options or accessories to recommend that are good quality! One of the essentials that I like to bring on my travels though is a hammock! Which is great for evening sunrise or sunset hangouts! Just make sure there are good set of trees to place it! :))

  6. josely says:

    I love my GoPro! I always travel with my MacBook and I like to buy accessories that can are versatile in use!

  7. Breeanna Christian says:

    Hi, Nina!!

    I’m actually leaving this Saturday for Aruba and my gopro along with my new Nikon D7200 will always be with me! I love following your adventures, thank you for sharing!!

  8. Olivia says:

    I have an incase backpack that is kinda a staple! ?

  9. Mike Bowman says:

    I’m just now getting to the point of traveling more and I take everything you share as gospel, so I’ll definitely be checking out gear from this post!

  10. Martha says:

    Great tips and gear! My fav travel gear is my Swiss Army backpack very durable and I’ve had it for years. Never travel without it and of course my iPhone and MacBook ?

  11. Priscila says:

    I love the go pro, its definelty a must. I gave up on the DSRL because they are just to heavy to carry and I decided to enjoy more and pic a little less. At the end I had the impression I’d spend more time changing lens and putting the camera on and off the case than ejoying the moment.
    Thanks for the tips on clothing. I always overdo. But I suffer to wash clothes. How do you keep you clothes clean?

  12. Nina Ragusa says:

    They seriously are! I’m SO happy with my bags. If I didn’t have a plethora, I’d hoard all of them lol

  13. Nina Ragusa says:

    Haven’t heard of it! I’ll check it out 🙂

  14. Nina Ragusa says:

    Seriously! Make fun of me all you want, guess whose pics are coming out better? haha.

  15. Nina Ragusa says:

    Great list! I use a sarong instead of a towel, it dries quicker than the quick dry towels and is just as small AND can be used for other things. But I know people who love their small quick dry towels. Whichever is best for you! 🙂

  16. Nina Ragusa says:

    I LOVE hammocks and I have one but I never have enough room for it. It’s small but the rope takes up a lot of space! Maybe there’s a better way nowadays? This was about 5-6 years ago!

  17. Nina Ragusa says:

    Versatile accessories are KEY!

  18. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thank you, Breeanna! Have an amazing time! Would love to visit Aruba.

  19. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, Taylor! Dying for the 6!!! 🙂

  20. Nina Ragusa says:

    I long-term travel and carry all this stuff and more! lol. Totally doable but I will say some of the accessories for my electronics might be a bit overkill for someone who just travels as opposed to someone who does video, photos, and blogs! haha

  21. Nina Ragusa says:

    Yes! An extra day bag is essential! I’d maybe get one with more support depending what you do. Doesn’t the drawstring hurt your shoulders!? I hated those bc they always dug into me. But I also filled it up as obnoxious as I am…soo…lol.

  22. Evelyn Kapell says:

    My favorite is my backpack, i keep it stocked and ready to go. But it isn’t as awesome as those safepak bags those are pretty sweet. I definately need to get those I love the security they provide.

  23. Nina Ragusa says:

    LOVE the gorilla tripod!

  24. Nina Ragusa says:

    haha nice! I have one too! I use it as a day bag and a shopping bag too.

  25. Nina Ragusa says:

    Amazing! Thank you! I hope I can be helpful. 🙂

  26. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, Laura! Hopefully, this will be useful in the future for you!

  27. Nina Ragusa says:

    Those are great bags! iPhone and Macbooks are total musts 🙂

  28. Nina Ragusa says:

    DSLRs aren’t for everyone! A phone and GoPro are easy enough and good for the average pic! Maybe you can try the Canon g7x too. It’s a point a shoot camera which is super small and still takes great pics!
    For cleaning clothes, I usually hand wash. I actually often use that dry bag I mention above as a bucket for handwashing! It’s so much easier than finding an affordable place to clean my clothes and hope they don’t damage or lose anything! haha.

  29. Nina Ragusa says:

    The peace of mind with those bags are unmatched!

  30. Maribeth says:

    I find DSLRs and switching lenses too much work for on the go. I just got a tiny Lumix to try. Otherwise it’s my iPhone. After starting with 2 suitcases and hand carry, I finally learned how to travel without the suitcases—just a hand carry and “personal item, “ so your giveaway backpack would be wonderful! 14 countries last year!

  31. Lindsay says:

    I just love a camera, I try not to be on my phone too much! I also live in th black tank kimono combo white travelling!

  32. Yadira says:

    Great post Nina, everything on your list is fab, and its hard to choose. I love the venture safe carry-on because it has 5 anti-theft features. That’s one of my biggest worries when i travel and #1 priority for my stuff. I’m starting to get into photography so I love, love the Go pro. I want to get one for my trip to SE this spring and it’s a nice addition to my Sony a6000 which is light-i love it. The pixel intervalometer seems to be handy! Loved your blog posts on Oregon! Thanks for giving us some love <3 Keep shinning!

  33. Nina Ragusa says:

    That’s awesome, Maribeth! Downsizing is the worst. I still have troubles! I’m down to a suitcase, a carry on and a personal item. I can’t be carry on only with all my gear :-/ Both my carry on and personal item bags are Pacsafe! It’s awesome!

  34. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks so much, Jess! That’s amazing to hear! They are all great bags. Good luck!

  35. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, Karen. I’m running this by myself. There are tons of ways to do a giveaway. Honestly, this is my first! haha.

  36. Nina Ragusa says:

    Tanks and kimonos for the win!! ha

  37. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thank you, Yadira! You def need a GoPro in SE Asia! Too many underwater opportunities and sometimes random rainy days 🙂

  38. Jamie Reyes says:

    My Go Pro is the best! I just got it last year and now can’t imagine traveling without it. I’m finally heading to Thailand in March and you have given me ideas as to what to pack! Thank you for your tips and for sharing your experiences! Truly inspirational

  39. Taylor says:

    I just got the new GoPro, and I love it! Also totally agree with the simple prints and flexible clothes items. There’s nothing worse than having too many clothes that you can only match with one other thing!

  40. Laura says:

    Hell yeah! Thanks for the giveaway, super sweet! I’m preparing for long term travel so I don’t have much gear just yet. My iPhone has been my lens for my shorter term trips but all these things look super legit to use.

  41. Amy Geronaitis says:

    Hi Nina !
    So far my travel accessory has actually been a drawstring bag ! I wore it all around Peru and I could definitely use an upgrade ! My iPhone has been my best accessory because I always want to capture every moment.

  42. Mireya Cedeno says:

    Hi Nina! Hope you enjoyed my beautiful Mexico. My favorite travel accessories are the gorilla pod tripod for cameras and the GoPro chest strap mount !

  43. Laura says:

    Hell yeah, thanks for the giveaway, super sweet! 2018 is my year of prepping for long term travel for 2019 so I don’t have much gear yet other than what I’ve used for my short-term trips for the past 3 years. My iphone has been my lens though. This list is super helpful!

  44. Jessica Martin says:

    I’ve been a fan of your instagram for over a year now! You’ve inspired me to get my passport and take my first trip abroad this summer. Thank you for all the info! I’m most interested in the pacsafe bags- I didn’t even know they existed. I also liked the dry bags… I never would have thought of those. Thanks again, Jess

  45. Anna Goes says:

    Great post Nina!
    I’m a passionate traveler as well and have been to several countries. However I regret not having invested in good gears to take my pics before … so now I’m doing some research. This post really helped me on my choosing, thanks again for all your tips !

  46. Karem Ortiz says:

    Hi Nina!
    Another travel blogger here starting 🙂

    Would love to enter the giveaway, thank you! as you are running solely the giveaway I am curious how are you doing it? Are you being sponsored or you bought yourself the prizes?

    Much appreciated if you could advise on how to run one in the future 🙂

    Karem (travelhunkydory)

  47. Greta Wells says:

    My favourite travel gear is my iPhone. Lightweight. Always close at hand. Takes pretty good photos and vid.

  48. Nina Ragusa says:

    Great! Thanks so much, Jamie! Have fun 🙂

  49. Nina Ragusa says:

    That sounds like a hell of an adventure! Amazing!!!

  50. Nina Ragusa says:

    Awesome, Anna! Glad it was helpful!

  51. Nina Ragusa says:

    I did the same my first year in Thailand! It was one of those old-school Nokias with the game snake on it and everything…lol. So lame to have two phones!

  52. Nina Ragusa says:

    A total must! 🙂

  53. Hope Ryals says:

    I am a new world adventurer. I love to travel all over the US and this year has some fun possibilities. Hawaii in February. Uganda in April. Oregon in July. Thank you for all of the great suggestions! My Sseko Designs Wanderlust Shawl is my traveling must have. It is beautifully hand woven in East Africa, sends young women to University and is so versatile.

  54. Kimberly says:

    Love my Gecko waterproof bag. It’s perfect at keeping valuables dry when boating or on the beach.

  55. Lauren says:

    I totally agree on the GoPro! A definite must have. You’re also so right about needing to have an unlocked phone — I’m living in Tanzania right now and had to buy a whole separate phone to use here. Carrying two around gets very old!

    Great tips 🙂

  56. Yvette hensley says:

    My go to favorite travel gear is a really good DSLR camera or a go pro. Because what’s a getaway without your memories frozen in time for you to go back and reminisce or when you take that crazy off the beaten path to a scenic beach and take that dive to swim with the fishes!

  57. Angie Lugo says:

    Love the camera! A great camera is something that I can’t live without when traveling!

  58. Chris Patterson says:

    Nina youre so cool for sharing this with us. And the giveaway! Hope Mexico was fun.

  59. Alexandra says:

    My GoPro is definitely my must have travel accessory. My two favorite things are scruba diving and snorkeling followed closely by other water related activities (kayaking, swimming, jet skiing etc.) so the GoPro is a must.

  60. Cate says:

    Yay, so Happ to he entered in your contest, I love your FB page,!

  61. Carol says:

    Novice traveler here. I usually just bring my phone with me… sometimes my tablet as well. I enjoyed reading your list. Hopefully, one day I will be able to travel more.

  62. DyAnn Carlson says:

    Hi Nina, I recently came across this article while researching travel tips for an upcoming week-long work trip & being a fairly experienced traveler myself (mostly driving cross country rather than flying) I agree with almost everything in this article, except I’m not a dress/skirt person. One thing I would like to add in the area of luggage & backpacks is another brand of bags called Maxpedition. I have an extensive collection of their stuff that I’ve collected over the last 12 years or so ranging from small coin purse type pouches to check-in size duffel bags & I love it all! I wish there was a way to combine Maxpedition’s bomb-proofness & durability with Pacsafe’s security features & I think I may have finally figured it out: Get a Maxpedition backpack & put a Pacsafe insert in it like the Travelsafe X15. I will be trying out this combination for my trip & I hope it works. I’m looking forward to reading more of your articles in the near future. Cheers!

  63. JB says:

    Hi Nina,

    This post has so many great highlights. Next time I do any travel, I am definitely getting a Pacsafe bag!

    For now, my favorite travel accessory would be my camera! It’s an essential 🙂

  64. Kelsey says:

    I do not go anywhere without my kindle. Perfect for long plane or train trips, a day off from sight seeing, or for a bit of a brain break.

  65. Abhaya says:

    Awesome advice! Thank you so much!
    I love my iPhone and MacBook as well. Such a life saver! And the new iPhones take awesome photos too so you always have a decent camera with you.
    Just purchased a GoPro and I can’t wait to try it out on my next adventure!

  66. Jennifer says:

    Hi Nina!!

    Long time listener, first time caller. 😛

    Favorite electronics and accessories while traveling include: canon dslr, iphone, lenovo laptop (its indestructible!), kindle, battery pack, waterproof bag, osprey farpoint 70 L backpack, and my crocs flip flops. Never Go anywhere without these items… everything else rotates 🙂

    Safe & happy travels everyone!

  67. Jennifer says:

    PS – Thanks for the giveaway! When will the winners be chosen/announced?

  68. Nina Ragusa says:

    Nice! Thanks for commenting.

  69. Nina Ragusa says:

    Gotta take pics!! 🙂

  70. Nina Ragusa says:

    It’s impossible!! 🙂

  71. Nina Ragusa says:

    Gotta love GoPro! 🙂

  72. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks so much, Cate!

  73. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, DyAnn! I’ll have to look into Maxpedition!

  74. Nina Ragusa says:

    Nice, JB! Thanks!

  75. Nina Ragusa says:

    I think I really want one! I hardly bc books are heavy and I can’t bare staring any my computer any more than I do!

  76. Nina Ragusa says:

    I’m sure you’ll love it! Thanks Abhaya!

  77. Nina Ragusa says:

    Well, Thanks for ringing in, Jennifer! haha. Great list! 🙂

  78. Nina Ragusa says:

    Good question! I was going to give it a few weeks! I’ll add an end date soon 🙂

  79. Mayra H says:

    I always have my kindle with me when I travel…actually, it’s with me every time I leave the house. I also travel with a Cannon T2i, that I’m thinking about updating. Just saw your posts and video about Iceland. I’ll be going in July. Thanks for the tips! I’ll be adding new places to my itinerary. 🙂

  80. Nina Ragusa says:

    Sounds awesome! Thanks, Mayra 🙂

  81. Nina Ragusa says:

    It’s seriously a great item, don’t care what others think! haha

  82. Peggy Palm says:

    I cant tell you the number of pics I have to remember my adventures but none on me in them. So my son bought me a selfie stick. Easy to use and fits in any bag. Never leave home without it!

  83. Colleen Lawrence says:

    my iPhone is honestly my favor mite travel accessory. I can do so much on it!

  84. Ange says:

    Hi Nina!
    DSLR aren’t really my thing, I prefer small, compact camera that I actually take with me then leave at my hotel because I can’t carry them 🙂 !
    I really looked into the different types of “thief-safe” bags out there, and I don’t see the big difference between packsafe and the Tortuga backpacks. Have you ever use the Tortuga ones?

  85. Kelsey says:

    I have both a kindle fire and the paperwhite. I love the fire for watching movies and tv shows, but the paperwhite is nice when you are sick of staring at a traditional screen.

  86. Morgan says:

    I love this list! I’ve managed some minor traveling this past year, and I’m really wanting to start doing longer trips. I don’t actually own any major travel equipment, just a medium sized dry bag and the absolute essentials! And this list has given me some awesome ideas ?

  87. Miranda E says:

    Hi Nina!
    I just stumbled across this while researching for my dream trip to Ireland, I would love to win this giveaway! It would be amazing since im looking for bags like this for my trip but cannot afford them. 🙁 Well thanks!
    Also if you have any tips for me i would love to hear them!

  88. Karin says:

    Hey Nina,
    Great article, definitely love the waterproof bag. I have one myself and it is a fav but didn’t think of the idea of using it to do laundry. Love it!!
    If you have any tips on a good ruck you can share, that would be awesome.
    Keep exploring the world

  89. saju sukumar says:

    Dear Nina,
    Great article…it consolidated most stuff required on a travel. I am into minimalistic style and like the way you choose the dress too… the one particular item of interest is the 45L bag.. lots of concern goes into the safety when you are in a unknown land especially in a crowded scene…

    Have a safe journey to your next destination….enjoy..

  90. Brett says:

    Wow, lots of great recs for so many things I have been looking into! Traveling back to AK from FL, and was not prepared the first time. Thanks for the advice! Fingers crossed for the contest…

  91. Darla says:

    I kinda want one of the Pixel intervalometers. I have been wanting one but had no idea what get, so it is nice to see a suggestion on one especially with a good price.

  92. Nina Ragusa says:

    I haven’t used or heard of it! Thanks for letting me know about it though!

  93. Nina Ragusa says:

    Happy to hear it helped, Morgan!

  94. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, Miranda!

  95. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, Karin! My old rucksacks were whatever off brand ones and totally sucked haha. I wouldn’t recommend my old ones. I use a suitcase now as I just have a bit too much to carry to put it all my shoulders :-/

  96. Nina Ragusa says:

    There’s always a learning curve! 🙂

  97. Nina Ragusa says:

    It’s a fab tool, Darla! And yeah, not expensive at all. I love mine.

  98. Jocelyn says:

    Having an iPhone or any decent camera no matter how expensive or cheap is always such a great thing! Pictures are a must for you to look back on. Pacsafe products seems so useful and I hope to travel more in the future. Thank you for the advice! Excited to see more of your travels 🙂

  99. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks so much Jocelyn!

  100. Mari says:

    Hi Nina!
    Just getting acquainted with your site and, as a seasoned traveler but new blogger, I appreciate the tips and tricks and trials and errors you’ve shared and will keep them in mind as I move forward! For me, I am attempting (and usually failing at) a more minimalist setup, but currently can seem to detach myself from bringing actual books and more shoes than necessary. I will try to be more inspired by all of you flip-floppers! As for essentials, I’m down with basically everything you mentioned, but additionally I have to add in that the right sleeping bag makes a huge difference. I operate with a Deuter 0deg female-specific bag and as someone who sleeps cold, it’s handy to have on me at all times. Keeps me comfy while camping even in very cold and wet situations and is a nice extra blanket when I’m lodging. See you around the world!! X

  101. Lydia Michailow says:

    I have an Olympus underwater camera because I love snorkeling, but I think it is time I upgraded to a GoPro!

  102. Maria Sceva says:

    What a great list! I’ve been doing solo trips for about 6 years and somehow still don’t have a tripod. I hate having my picture taken but then I’m always sad to come home with no photos of ME haha Definitely time to look into the insta-boyfriend, Joby!

  103. Samantha says:

    Girl i can appreciate how long this post must’ve taken to put together so thank you! I love the tips on the camera accessories, I’m looking into getting something other than my GoPro and iPhone for some nicer shots! Do you edit your photos in photoshop?

  104. Varun Gupta says:

    My favorite travel gear is my OnePlus phone & a DSLR camera. One for quick photography and selfies, the other for some great shots. Both help in keeping the momeries alive.

  105. Nina Ragusa says:

    Sounds great, Mari! Thank you!

  106. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thank you! I actually use Lightroom and then Photoshop after if needed 🙂

  107. Nina Ragusa says:

    I used to have one and mine broke after like 6 months 🙁 I blame all the salt water… (and myself for not rinsing enough)

  108. Nina Ragusa says:

    hahah ommmggg, yes! You deserve to be in those pics! Go get one! 🙂

  109. Nina Ragusa says:

    Thanks, Varun! Gotta capture those memories 🙂

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