Don’t leave home without them: 5 travel essentials to pack for your next trip

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Lucia No Comments

It’s almost here, our annual trip to Cambodia is less than a week away! Of course there is quite a bit of planning and packing that goes along with traveling across the globe, (especially to a tropical climate in the developing world). While I was in the process of getting all of my travel ducks in a row I thought it would be fun to share 5 things that I don’t travel without.

1) Malia Designs’ travel wallet

This is one I definitely can’t do without. Available in a bright recycled feed bag material, a funky cement bag print and a colorful hand screen printed silk, you are sure to find one to fit your unique style. The best things about our travel wallet are its roomy interior which has multiple sections for travel docs, passport and receipts; the wristlet strap which lets you ditch your larger purse or tote; and the fact your smart phone will also fit snugly and safely inside. I love this shot below of Holly from Fair Earth and her Malia Designs’ travel wallet shopping in Africa, and of course the awesome Shifra Whiteman at the Louvre in Paris is priceless.

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2) A pair of Prana pants

Are you familiar with Prana? They are a sportswear brand primarily know for yoga wear. They are committed to sustainability, transparency in their supply chains and have even developed a Fair Trade certified apparel line. The pants that are my “go-to” are not yoga tights or leggings, but are constructed of a performance fabric that is light weight, wrinkle resistant and quick drying. That last part is key. You can wash these bad boys in the sink and they’ll be completely dry in an hour or two (even in 90% humididty).

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3) Awesome ethical earrings

When I am traveling, I always bring a selection of fun earrings. They don’t take up much room in my suitcase, and I have a little silk travel pouch and I fill it up with my fave pairs. This way I am easily able to dress up a “plain Jane” outfit, I look better in my travel pics (vain, yes I know) and I’ll also have cool memories of the trip when I wear the earrings back at home. Check out the beauties below from Greenola Style.

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4) A book with pages

My husband gifted me a Kindle a few years ago and so I do most of my reading on it, and for the most part I enjoy it. I know it may seem like a weird travel tip to promote lugging an actual book around, but there is something different (and better) about reading a book with actual pages. It’s easier on your eyes, if it gets a little wet from poolside lounging your pages just have a few wrinkles as opposed to a major malfunction, and I love choosing juicy books to bring along with me and making myself wait to start them until I am on the plane. The anticipation!

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5) Your positive attitude and patience

Traveling can be stressful, even if you are going on a vacation. There are lots of moving pieces and people involved in a big trip, and undoubtedly something is going to go wrong. When it does, try to summon your patience and open your mind to new experiences that may be available to you as a result of the mishap. The good stories never start out with, “and then we followed our itinerary exactly as we planned” anyway so roll with the changes and journey onward!

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