When traveling, everyone has one thing they can’t be without. That one item that makes the good day better and the bad day good.
For me, it is my iPod. I love music. It makes my world go around. You will rarely find me not listening to something. I once had my iPod stolen and was without music for five months. It was the longest five months ever.
So, heading into the second to last part of my community questions series leading up to my five-year travel anniversary (and huge giveaway), I wanted to know what is the one thing YOU can’t travel without!
“My laptop.” – Sarah
“Pen and paper. You can’t always get Internet connections, batteries have a finite supply — especially during power outages, but you can always write (or draw) to remind yourself, explain yourself, communicate.” – Maria
“My iPhone…I can write on it, take pictures with it, and it has been known to get me out of some pretty hairy situations in the past!” – Nicole
“I’d say my diary. The diary I need, as I always want to take down notes, in case I forget some small detail in the future. Needless to say, though, I have forgotten many times to write down things, but there is no harm in attempting.” – Rob
“My cameras. I can’t imagine being unable to document my travels. Not only are photographs the best souvenir, but I think stopping, composing an image, and preserving it forever makes you more intimate with the subject. I have actual nightmares about my battery running out at a beautiful moment, my underwater housing flooding during a great dive.” – Alex
“I would say my greenstone necklace gifted to me in NZ. It reminds me that this life isn’t always about work or play. Balance is essential.” – Crystal
“Our RV. It is our home, and we love it. Our eight-year-old likes to tell people we are homeless. This isn’t exactly true — it’s just that our home is on wheels and we rarely stay anywhere for more than a week.” – Amy
“Aloe. No matter what I do, I always get a burn somewhere, and aloe saves me every time.” – Julie
“Books. Not even necessarily good books, because the random castoffs from hostel libraries will do in a pinch. There’s not much mundanely worse, though, than boarding an overnight bus/train without an unread book to pass the time.” – Stephen
“I suffer from bad ear pain while flying so I can’t live without Airwaves chewing gum (an Australian brand). The gum contains eucalyptus, which helps my head decongest, and chewing the gum unblocks my ears.” – Justine
“Ipod. I couldn’t sleep most nights in hostels without it.” – Mike
“Lipgloss.” – Jenni
“I hate to admit it, but I love having my laptop with me. My laptop provides me instant communication with friends and family back home (so important when traveling long-term), and it provides security when managing my finances and other personal affairs online.” – Stephanie
“My camera, to be cliché. Or a notebook: I like to write on buses and planes so I don’t forget everything that just happened.” – Penny
“My personal travel-sized air purifier. I never travel without it!”- Kelly
“Obviously, my passport, but next would be a camera.”- Niki
“My BlackBerry smartphone. It does many things. I can use it as GPS if I get lost, take pictures and post ’em to Facebook. And it’s fun when people always know where I go, so if you’re in trouble they can track you.” – Emir
“My camera.” – James
“I have grown accustomed to having my MacBook with me, so I can write, email, and upload my photos immediately.” – Michael
“An iPhone. Having instant access to maps, directions, and GPS (not to mention all the other apps) has been a huge advantage on the road.” – Christy
“In these times of high technology, I couldn’t live without…the soap container! A fantastic plastic box that solves forever the problem of a drying multi-purpose soap bar.” – Fabio
“Solid shampoo and conditioner from Lush. It doesn’t count towards your liquid allowance on a plane as it’s, well, not a liquid. Plus it smells great, and you can also buy a travel tin so the insides of your backpack don’t turn into a gooey, albeit pleasant-smelling, mess.” – Tom
“A folded, zippered tote bag ready to be stuffed with clothes so the main suitcase is available for purchases.” – Margy
“Hands down my PackTowl quick-dry towel”- Kelly
“A hoodie. It’s a good pillow/comfy for car travel, a hair protector, a cover from rain and cold, and a clever disguise!” – Margot
“My Kindle. It really helps to pass the time at airports, weighs next to nothing, and doesn’t take up any space in my suitcase!” – Pinai
I asked my readers a series of six questions about travel. Read their answers to the other five intriguing questions:
Why did you start traveling?
What is your greatest travel memory?
What’s the worst thing that has happened to you?
What advice would you give to new travelers?
What is your greatest regret?