Updated for 2021
As I updated this for the first time in several years, I realized that much has changed and I’ve been able to lighten my load quite a bit due to changes in technology.
I now carry a Microsoft Surface instead of iPad, Kindle, and laptop.
My camera gear has changed and lightened. I no longer carry a big Nikon DSLR with multiple lenses. Instead, I have a Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera which is about half the size and weight of my old Nikon. I’m very happy with it. In 2018, I got the Sony 18-135 zoom lens to go with my Sony camera and for me, it’s the perfect travel lens, both compact and powerful.
Copy of passports
Notes and confirmation letters- Separate zip lock bags per destination/city
Gear Bag as shown above.
digital camera- (see above)
Microsoft Surface Tablet with keyboard cover
Noise Canceling Headphones– I have these and really like them. They are cordless and Bluetooth but come with a cable to use on airplanes.
Galaxy Gear Fit2 Watch
Plug adaptors– I’m ashamed to admit I own about a dozen of these (many duplicates) for all over the world.
Multi USB Charger– I like this because it has a long cord which makes it easier to use in hotel rooms with limited outlets.
Extra USB charging cables
Battery power stick
I really like a hanging bag for toiletries (I bought this one and love it), but I also sometimes bring several small bags instead (one for makeup, one for hygiene, one for first aid and medicines, etc).
TSA Liquids 1 qt bag
1st aid kit
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
One of the nice things about traveling with someone is that you can share some toiletries and first aid items.
Other Misc. Items:
Wet Wipes- I make sure to wipe down everything that surrounds me on the airplane as soon as I reach my seat.
extra zip lock bags
No Jet Lag Pills– I’ve found these can help a little
Snacks: Trail mix, oatmeal, chocolate, gum
Cabeau Travel Pillow- I love this because it compresses into its own bag, yet is fully supportive when opened. It also has straps that can connect to the headrest.
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