If there is one thing I insist on traveling with it is a small travel backpack. I have been using one since I went overseas after college graduation to the Mediterranean and have loved it. It is so much better than a purse and holds a lot of my essentials. My most recent trip to Hong Kong (see posts here, here, and here), it was once again a no-brainer. Read below what essentials I always pack for traveling and why.
The main reason I carry a small, travel backpack is that for the most part, everything and I mean everything fits, and the double straps on your back makes carrying around much easier. I am usually a traveler that likes to venture to a specific location and do and explore everything in that area. So sometimes, you might need extra things to transition from day to night, visit the beach, or every purchase that cool dress you saw in the shop. This little thing is like the Mary Poppins of bags for traveling ha.
The first thing I always like to pack is my cosmetic essentials. So depending on the trip or what is on the itinerary for the day I typically like to include things like chap stick, small travel makeup, sunscreen, deodorant, etc. I also like to keep it in a small convenient pouch so it is not rolling around in the bottom of your bag and is easy to get out when you need it.
I always have my passport on me at all times because you never know. I love a passport holder to keep not only my passport but my plane or train tickets as well. I love this new slide in sleeve from Anthropologie since it makes it easier to grab when needed.
Make sure to carry those essential electronics, my two most important electronic gadgets is a selfie stick and portable battery charger. I highly recommend getting a portable battery charger so that you can have your phone to look up directions or use in case of an emergency. Also, you are probably thinking ehh... a selfie stick. Did she really just type that?? Ha, yes, if I am traveling by myself or just me and my husband you cannot rely on people passing by to take photos of you all the time. It makes it easy to just snap the photos you want whenever and wherever. I really like this selfie stick. If you plan on carrying a camera, make sure you have backup battery packs and extra storage cards.
I also like to pack sunglasses, baby wipes, tissues, and bottles of water. I end up always needing at least one of these a day when traveling. Remember to get the travel sizes of some things in order to save space and make your backpack as light as possible.
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