9 Things I Bring When Traveling

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We all have our go-to things when we set out to travel. We want to be prepared, entertained, and even be productive on-the-go. For me, I want to feel connected but also remove myself from everything Internet wise. Of course, this isn’t totally possible since we have to update loved ones of our whereabouts or consult our phones for restaurant times, maps, online dining recommendations, and etc.

I’d like to share with you a list of my “must-have stuff” when we travel:

Smartphone: BlackBerry Passport

One of my favorite devices, my BlackBerry Passport helps me be more organized and connected when I need to be, especially when traveling. One killer feature is its super long battery life.Β  On light usage, I get a little more than two days without charging. This means sending a few emails, taking a few calls, and checking random things on the Web. On moderate use, I get about a day and a half without charging. This could include posting on IG, checking apps often, watching a pre-loaded video, music, and etc.

The BlackBerry Passport’s battery life is great and have never let me down when leaving the house or traveling to far away places.

Also, I get to take pictures!

Get it on Amazon and it’s pretty affordable right now at $395 – BlackBerry Passport Factory Unlocked Cellphone, 32GB, Black

Over-the-Counter Medication

You never know when you’re going to need Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, cold-relief medication, heartburn relief tablets, or even anti-diarrea pills! We always stock up on these when planning to leave for vacations. Better safe than sorry!

Disposable Wipes: Wet-Ones

Disposable wipes are a must bring for us. When water isn’t available to clean anything, especially on our skin, wipes are our friends.

E-reader or book: Kindle Paperwhite

During long flights or train rides, my Kindle Paperwhite keeps me sane. I usually look for good books in advance and download them just the night before we need to leave. Reading in itself is a journey to far away places, tucked deep in our minds. You find yourself a good book, and instantly, you’re traveling!

What I like most about the Paperwhite is the lighting. Having the light on at all times on a night flight may annoy some people, so the Paperwhite is perfect for that setting.

Extra clothes in our carry-on

We usually pack our clothes in the checked bags when traveling but to be extra-prepared, we also pack spare clothes in our carry-ons. You never know when you’re going to need that extra clean shirt or pair of socks.

Portable Charger: Jackery

If you have a smartphone, tablet, Kindle, or anything else that uses rechargeable batteries through a USB/micro-USB cord–this is a must have! I personally use the 12,000mah Jackery portable charger. It does a great job and is pretty cheap on Amazon right now. It even has a led flashlight. You can also charge two devices at once!

My BlackBerry doesn’t need it much but it helps when you find using your smartphone more than usual.

Laptop or Tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

For entertainment purposes or blogging on-the-go, it’s nice to have a laptop or tablet around. Some aircrafts on airlines like United doesn’t have personal screens and this is when a laptop or tablet comes in handy, especially when you have children.

You’re not at your destination yet so why not keep yourself busy.

If you’re an artist, you could also bust out that Surface Pro and sketch while on the plane or train. It’s also nice to have when you plan on Skyping with friends and family back home.


This is probably the most important especially when traveling overseas. Your plastic debit/credit cards might not work in some places so cash is always your friend. You also never know if your card company puts a hold on your account just because you’re traveling overseas or out of state. It happened to me once before when pumping gas in Washington!


We can’t go without little bottles of face wash, shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion, etc. It’s nice to refresh yourself when on a long flight or train ride. Don’t forget to bring toothbrush, toothpaste, and even mouthwash!

So that’s about it for necessities. Of course, you might want to bring extra pillows, sweaters, and a blanket. Whatever works, right?

We try to bring a little bit of home with us for some comfort but sometimes, it’s wise not to, especially if you have to pack light.


Do you have a list of things you must have with you when leaving for a vacation or even just leaving the house? Share it with us by leaving a comment below! Happy travels!

  • Annie


    Great tips! I usually drag most of those along wherever I go. But my “must have” is also a mini first aid kit, a pocket knife, and a flashlight.

    • Ron

      Yes! We now bring a first aid kit with us. Great must haves, Annie!

  • kittylimon


    No matter where I’m going even if it’s only for a few hours I have to take with me wet wipes, deodorant, a book, my music player and a notepad and pen. I feel lost without them.

    • Ron

      I believe all that you listed are necessities!

  • Salwa


    Love your tips Ron! Cash is certainly the most important one on your list. There are so many places where the plastic is simply useless. Otherwise, I also love the toiletries, especially on long haul flight. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

    • Ron

      Thanks, Salwa! Yes, I learned many years ago that cash is king! In this day and age, there are still so many places that only accept cash. I hope you’re doing well πŸ™‚

  • Sarah from Lavender Life


    I always take a lot of medication with me as well! I hate getting sick on vacation, especially when I’m stuck on a plain for a couple of hours.

    • Ron

      Hi Sarah! Yes. Recently, we actually bought a medication container with little compartments. It’s travel size and we bring that everywhere we go when we’re traveling for the “just in case.”

  • Jasmin N


    So great tips! Have to keep these in mind the next time when traveling πŸ™‚

    ~ Jasmin N
    Little Things With Jassy

    • Ron

      Thanks, Jasmin! I hope you’re well πŸ™‚

  • Alex


    I always say to myself to bring wet-wipes … but unfortunately I forget them most of the time …

    X, Alex

    • Ron

      Every now and then, I forget some things too πŸ™‚

  • Nnenna Echem


    I always bring wet wipes! I cannot cope without!

    • Ron

      Everyone seems to be packing wet wipes when traveling! It’s a must bring!

  • Ree


    These are all the things I take as well ! Apart from the blackberry passport? I don’t even know what that is! Spare underwear as well as clothes always go in my carry on ? Ree Love30

    • Ron

      Hi Ree! Gotta have these right? I feel silly sometimes when people ask about my phone (BlackBerry Passport) but it really is a great phone for traveling! Oh yes, spare underwear and t-shirt too. I do put those in my backpack!

  • Alexandra


    Wet wipes and portable charger are the most needed! haha πŸ˜€ Anyway, amazing post, I liked to read it. Tips are very useful. πŸ™‚

    • Ron

      Hi Alexandra! Yes, wet wipes are always a must bring! Hope you’re well πŸ™‚

  • January


    The wet wipes is truly a must-bring! For after no. 2, dealing with oily face, cooling down, and getting dirt off my pet’s paws and toosh.

    • Ron

      Oh yes, Jan! It’s always with us-a pack or even a tub of wet-ones!

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