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My Top Five Travel Accessories (So Far!)

Submitted by Bethany on Tue, 08/21/2018 - 10:00

We've been out of the United States for a little over a month now, and I've been on the go since July 5th when I left our house in Fort Dodge for the last time. Since we've been traveling so much (with much more to come!) I thought I'd fill you all in on my favorite travel accessories so far. Whether your travel is around the world or just around town, I think you might find some of these items useful!

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Travel Accessory #1: New Skin Liquid Bandage 

This first pick is more of a first aid type item, but it has come in so handy over the last couple months. We used it a lot at home too, and I must say I'm glad we didn't leave home without it! For those of you who don't know me, I am a major klutz. Just last night I tripped over my own feet while we were out walking the dog. Needless to say I often end up with cuts, scrapes, and blisters, and sometimes I don't even know where they came from! Whenever I injure myself and have broken skin, this is the first thing we reach for. It goes on easily (though it can sting!) and dries quickly, leaving you with a protective, waterproof barrier over any open wound. It is so much better than a band-aid because it doesn't come off! No matter where it is on your body (fingers, knees, toes, etc.) it will stay put, no matter what you are doing. With an active traveling lifestyle it has been a lifesaver more than once. If you have kids or are accident prone yourself, you should definitely have some on hand - you get it on Amazon here

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Travel Accessory #2: Thermos

We first got this Thermos in the summer of 2015, right before my last work trip with my church at the time. I was going to be spending long days in the Appalachian Mountains doing construction work and my past experience told me that the number one thing I needed was cold water on those hot days. This was my fourth trip and none of the water bottles I had taken in the past quite did the job. Joel insisted we purchase this one even though it was way more than I had ever spent or considered spending on a water bottle in my life. I let him win this one, and let's just say I am so glad I did. After one day out in the heat I decided this bottle was worth its weight in gold. It keeps cold things cold all. day. long. I can put ice water in it in the morning, leave it in my scorching hot car for an entire day, and come back to ice cold water. Supposedly it does the same thing with hot liquids too, but I've never tried it. As we travel it has been amazing - we keep it full and with us at all times. This one is still going strong after three years but if it ever wears out you can bet I'll be buying a new one ASAP! I couldn't find the exact one I have anymore, but this one on Amazon seems pretty close if you want to grab one for yourself! 

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Travel Accessory #3: Passport Holder/Small Purse

The one I have is from Baggallini and my mom gave it to me as a gift - she has used it in the past for her travels and loved it, so she sent it off with me this time! It has been amazing. When we were traveling through airports I shortened the strap so I could wear it around my neck like a necklace (yes it looks dorky, but it's convenient so who cares?). It held my phone, passport, plane tickets, other ID and credit cards, and in the back I fit eye drops and headphones. It was everything I needed to easily grab to get through security, and once on the plane I could grab my tablet and put everything else away, knowing I had what I needed in this little guy. Since we've been in Cyprus it's been my go to purse! I lengthened the strap to sit cross body and it's still perfect for carrying just what I need - my phone, ID, eyedrops and chapstick. I love it so much, thanks mom! I couldn't find the same one on the Baggalini website anymore, but on Amazon this one appears similar.

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Travel Accessory #4: Tieks

I bought my first pair of Tieks in 2015 after seeing them online and wondering, could these shoes possibly be worth the price? I had just finished a mountain of writing and paperwork for my ordination and decided to treat myself to my most expensive pair of shoes ever. Turns out, they are worth every penny! This is the only pair of flats (and any shoes really!) that didn't give me a blister on first wear. [Full disclosure I do get blisters from them occasionally (rocking one on my right foot right now) but I've learned that comes from user error. I know how to prevent it sometimes I just get lazy. Also, I think that might just be me, I am super blister prone (even after years of dancing should have toughened up my feet) - others who wear these shoes never seem to have a problem!] They are fantastic for travel because they fold up on themselves and take up hardly any room in a suitcase. They are super comfortable and fabulous for walking around all day long (I wore them all day in Paphos with no trouble!). I currently have three pairs with me on this trip, and my wish list is growing. They are an investment but I promise they are worth it. Think about what you spend on a pair of cheap flats and how long they last you, then realize that these will last you so much longer. As I get older I've learned to invest in quality over quantity, especially when it comes to shoes! 

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Travel Accessory #5: Clothes with Pockets

So this is really more of a category than a specific item but I know you ladies feel me - pockets are so darn useful, and yet so dang rare in women's clothing! What is that all about? I really wanted to wear leggings and tunic on our long journey here, but the lack of pockets had me turning instead to my trusty LuLaRoe Amelia dress. (Btw, if you need a LLR dealer so you can get a fabulous dress with pockets let me know and I will hook you up!) While I felt a bit overdressed, I was actually incredibly comfortable in a dress and leggings, and ever so grateful for the pockets that held anything from some tissues to gum to loose change. Since we've been in Cyprus I find myself always reaching for items that have pockets, and wishing I had more of them! I recently discovered a new clothing line (thanks Facebook ads!) based out of Canada that makes every single item they have with pockets - dress, skirts, rompers, pants and yes, even leggings. Leggings with pockets! Sign me up! Their name is Poche Posh if you want to check them out. I'm not planning to buy any new clothes until I get closer to my goal weight, but when I do (and I'll need pretty much a whole new wardrobe) I'm only going to buy items with pockets. They are so darn useful whether you are traveling or not. Viva le pockets!

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As we continue to travel around the world (we leave for Germany September 1st!) I'm sure I'll find more things I love for travel, but for now these are my favorites. What are your favorite items to use when you travel? Of the ones I named, do you love any of them for travel or for when you are at home? I used all of these items but #3 at home. Let me know what you think below!

XOXO, Bethany

p.s. Not sponsored (YET! *Looks at Tieks*), but there are some affiliate links. If you click an Amazon link and purchase something there, we get a small advertising kickback! Yay!

Your thoughts?

I wouldn't have survived beginning pointe without your #1, but oddly I haven't used any since being in dance. I should change that. 

Bethany

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 05:08

In reply to by sekarber

You really should! I'm so accident prone I don't know what I would do without it, lol.