So what’s in my suitcase? Here are the essential items that I never leave home without:
When we were in Thailand, my husband got violently sick with food poisoning. After one horrible sleepless night, we were given some all natural charcoal pills to help settle his stomach. The charcoal pills help to absorb and neutralize all your stomach acids to restore the balance in your digestive system. Within the next 12 hours, Carlos was back on his feet and our vacation was saved! When we got back home, we got a bottle of charcoal pills and put it in our travel bag. We will never travel anywhere without it now.
Vitamin C and Zinc
There’s nothing worse than getting sick BEFORE you even get to your vacation! Sitting inside a plane for a long time can expose you to many airborne bacteria from all the other passengers. Prior to boarding our flights, we usually take a couple of Vitamin C pills and a couple of Zinc pills. Together, these all-natural vitamins boost our immune system to fight off the pesky bacteria from causing us to get sick.
Baby Wipes and hand sanitizer
There’s so many uses of baby wipes and hand sanitizers when you’re on vacation, it’s pretty awesome! For one, portable toilets and bathrooms might not be accessible everywhere you go. These two things will be your best friends in that situation LoL. Keep yourself cool and clean with these two things in tow!
We take for granted that we have easy access to electricity in the US. If you’re traveling to a country like Uganda, for example, there might not be an available light source around in the evening time. Take a small LED-powered flashlight just in case you are caught in some dark places while on vacation.
Having a universal adapter on your trip just might save you from having to power up any of your electronic devices like cell phones and tablets while on vacation. When we were in Thailand, for example, there was only one universal plug in the room we were staying at. By having the adapter with us, we were able to convert their existing plugs to safely charge both our phones at the same time.
Portable Cell Phone Charger
While you are out on safari, for example, you’re not always going to have the ability to charge your phone. If you’re traveling internationally, your phone is a critical piece of equipment not just for communication, but for translation, for directions, etc. The portable cell phone charger makes sure that you are able to power up at all times.
Carlos and I love to get into adventures when we’re traveling. Whether that’s kayaking, snorkeling, swimming – name it, we will do it! Investing in a waterproof bag was crucial for us. We know that whatever we get into, our phones, our camera will always be protected from the elements.
When we’re traveling to tropical or humid places like the Dominican Republic, I know that I will inherently come home with a lot of bug bites. I don’t know what I have in my blood that seems to be so irresistible to any and all bugs around the world. For that matter, I will never leave the country without bug spray. It’s a self-preservation thing LoL
You don’t ever expect to get into any trouble anywhere you travel. I’d be very happy to report, that we’ve never encountered any dangerous situations wherever we’ve been. That being said, make sure to pack a pepper spray just in case – especially if you’re traveling alone. (You can’t carry a pepper spray in your carry-on luggage, you have to put it in with the luggage that you check in.)
Our single best favorite travel purchase is our handy-dandy waterproof camera. This thing has been with us everywhere we’ve traveled and it has taken the best pictures – even underwater! It’s the best $200 you will ever spend.
The best things about these items? They can all easily fit inside a small toiletries bag! What are some of your travel must-haves?