I pack differently for each trip but there are a few items that I must have with me and that I highly recommend. I receive a small commission from these affiliate links, but I use all of these products extensively and wouldn’t link to them unless I did. For more information on my specific packing lists for past trips, see above. For packing lists for nearly every destination, check out Her Packing List, a website designed to solve female packing dilemmas.
Osprey Sirrus 36 L Backpack
I previously had a Kelty 65 L pack but found it to be too large, so I downsized to the Osprey Sirrus 36 liter pack. It has a built in rain cover and slots for your water bottles, not to mention a front and top loading design.
>>>Osprey Sirrus 36-Litre Backpack on Amazon
My sister bought me a compression sack for Christmas before I left for Australia and it shrunk down most of my wardrobe into half the size. While I took that as an invitation to pack more, it’s a great way to save room in your backpack.
>>>Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Compression Sack on Amazon
Canon Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera
I started looking for a digital SLR that was smaller and lighter weight than my mom’s Nikon D90. Two of my previous cameras were Canons and I loved them both. My camera has great features and is excellent in low light.
iOmega external hard drive
If you’re traveling with a computer, or even if you’re not, an external hard drive is a must have. It’s easy to back up all your files and images so you won’t forget a moment of your trip. It has FireWire and USB ports.
Petzl Tikkina 2 LED headlamp
Not every trip requires a flashlight, but when I was wandering in the dark to the toilets in the Australian Outback, this headlamp sure came in handy. I’ve had it for almost two years and have never had to replace the batteries. It’s also great for reading in bed once everyone else has gone to sleep.
>>>Petzl E91 PL Tikkina 2 Headlamp, Lime Green on Amazon
iPod Nano 8 GB, 5th Generation
I got my iPod for Christmas before I had an iPhone and watched movies on the itty bitty screen, played Solitaire and listened to music of course.
>>>Apple iPod nano 8 GB Blue (5th Generation) OLD MODEL on Amazon
Moleskin Small Notebooks
These pocket sized notebooks are my item of choice for keeping notes and saving receipts. They may be on the pricey side, but are tough.
My life would be so different if I had never given the Diva Cup a try. Without getting too detailed, it means you don’t have to pack sanitary items, it’s eco-friendly and easy to clean.
>>>Diva Cup Model 1 Pre-Childbirth on Amazon
If you want to purchase any of these items, please check out my Amazon aStore with the links to the right or any of the ones above. In addition to the gear you see above, I wouldn’t travel without travel insurance. World Nomads is my preferred brand for their cost and coverage.