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My Top 5 Must Pack Items For Any Trip

As an avid hiker, wedding photographer, travel blogger and just all around practical person, these are my top 5 must-pack items for any trip. I will never leave home without them!

Nothing is worse than traveling with people where things are falling out of their purse and are what I call my mother: a ‘hot mess‘…

My goal while traveling is to be streamlined in motion and in packing! So, here you go…

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Travel Blogger shares her top 5 must pack items for any trip while traveling

Magnetic Car Mount Holder

Mengo Slim-Snap Aluminum Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount Holder. Seriously. This thing is ah-mazing and didn’t drop the phone once while driving the crazy bumpy back roads of Costa Rica. Not even on the craziest of roads. I’m in love! The hardest part is remembering to grab it when you turn in the rental car (DOH! Ireland!)

Currency Conversion

A QUICK conversion chart for local currency is a TOP must-pack item for every international trip. --> I save it as a photo on my phone and mark as “Favorite” for quick access when stumbling in a market! (Don't forget that you might not have internet for an app on your phone)

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Packable Protein

Protein snacks for the flight, delays and long road trips are a must-pack carry on item. My favorites are Lara Bars and squeezable peanut butter... all airports have bananas and apples, so it makes a cheap and easy quick snack option with protein to fuel your travel.

Water Bottle

Collapsable water bottle for all travel and day trips is for sure a must-pack travel items. I attach a carabiner to your water bottle and to your bag for hands free ease (I always bring several carabiners on my trips...). You can also fill the water bottle after going through airport security, thereby saving a few $ each time you travel.

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A Go Pro camera

Another must-pack travel item is a GoPro camera for Ziplining or any other adventure! Did you know that you can also pull single images out of a GoPro video really easily?? Yep!

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I brought my GoPro Pole to Costa Rica and it was a cinch to use while zipping through the rainforest canopy. Our guides even offered to film us, though I liked the challenge of figuring it out myself.

When I did a bucket list microlight flight over Victoria Falls, they offered either still or video images from their GoPro mounted on the wing.

Always opt for the video! That way you have both! 

What else do I typically bring on any trip?

Well, my iPhone (a local SIM card is cheaper than the international phone plan, a pair of shoes I can wash in a sink, ear plugs/eye mask, and wet wipes or similar for what my Dad calls a “G.I. shower”.

What do you never leave the house without?? Do you have a must-pack item that you bring on every trip? Share with us your top tips…

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