My Favorite Clothing & Gear

Travel goodies are just plain fun. I have become obsessed with anything that can make travel easier, lighter weight, or happier. I've gone through a lot of trial and error to find useful items, and I'd love to share my"finds" with you here!

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Travel Towel

Travel Towel

Any of the light pack towels are great. I do usually go for the largest one just for personal preference. I like to be able to wrap it around me. Some are a bit more chomois-like than others but the technology has improved over the years.

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Travel Washcloth

Travel Washcloth

A recent addition to my travel gear, I use this mostly in hot climates as a, well, a sweat rag. That sounds kind of gross but it's so nice to able to wipe the sweat off your forehead when you're out and about. It's also handy if there are no napkins at the roadside stand where you're grabbing lunch. It's so small that I just keep it in my purse.

gadgets / stuff, towel

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 Rubber Sink Stopper

Rubber Sink Stopper

You DO NOT want to travel without one of these! Plain and simple, it will fit any size drain so you can do your laundry in the sink.

gadgets / stuff, flat sink stopper

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32 Degrees Cool Tee Shirt

32 Degrees Cool Tee Shirt

So far so good! I just got a 2-pack of these at Costco for $16! I have been wearing them on these hot days at home. They are fitted so are cute and have done well in the heat keeping me dry and smell-free. They are light and thin but not too thin.

clothing, tops, short-sleeve shirt, base layer, t-shirt

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32 Degrees Stretch Waterproof Rain Jacket

32 Degrees Stretch Waterproof Rain Jacket

This was pretty inexpensive at Costco so I was wary, but I used it in an absolute torrential downpour in Mexico City and I kept dry! For some reason my arms were a bit wet but the rest of me was dry. It's a bit stiff and plasticy but I love the color, weight, price, and functionality so it's a keeper. As an extra bonus, I love the colors, too.

clothing, outerwear, rain jacket

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AfterBite Plus

AfterBite Plus

This stuff has saved me more than once from scratching my skin off. The best one to get is the one with antihisthimine in it.This stuff has saved me more than once from scratching my skin off. The best one to get is the one with antihistamine in it.

health & beauty, anti-itch cream

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Athleta All Day Skort

Athleta All Day Skort

I love a-line skirts and this is the perfect length.

clothing, bottoms, skirt, skort

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Ben's 100 Max Formula Insect Repellent

Ben's 100 Max Formula Insect Repellent

Strong deet in a pump spray. This size will last me 1-2 months in full mosquito battle conditions. You might hear mixed reviews since deet is so toxic, but this works, plain and simple.

health & beauty, insect repellant

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Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

Black Diamond Cosmo Headlamp

You want some sort of flashlight for sure since you might be somewhere without electricity, or on a night hike. I don't necessarily wear this on my head, but it's nice to have the option. I like having a red light to keep your night vision.

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Carve Designs Dunmore Top

Carve Designs Dunmore Top

clothing, long-sleeve top, tops

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Cocoon Coupler

Cocoon Coupler

Although these don't seem as necessary as they once were since most hostels and cheap hotels now provide sheets, hands down the best travel sheet is Cocoon. Not just the brand, but the one w/ the zipper! This will allow you to use it as a flat sheet or just unzip it part of the way so you are not trapped in a sheet sleeve. Also, if you are a couple, you can zip two of them together to form one big sleep sack for the two of you! My little treat to myself is the silk-cotton combo but the cotton one is great too.

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Columbia Omni-Freeze Some R Chill III

Columbia Omni-Freeze Some R Chill III

clothing, short-sleeve shirt, tops, t-shirt

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Columbia River Chill

Columbia River Chill

This t-shirt performs well in the heat but is not quite as soft as the Zero Rules shirt. The fabric is also not quite as soft.

clothing, short-sleeve shirt, tops, t-shirt

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Columbia Zero Rules

Columbia Zero Rules

clothing, short-sleeve shirt, tops, t-shirt

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Conair Purse Size Brush

Conair Purse Size Brush

I keep it pretty simple but I do have my preference of these inexpensive purse-sized brushes.

health & beauty, hairbrush

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Diva Cup Menstrual Cup

Diva Cup Menstrual Cup

Now I will admit that I have not used one of these but I have traveled with ladies who have. They love them.

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ExOfficio Bugsaway

ExOfficio Bugsaway

clothing, cardigan / cover, tops, long-sleeve top

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Fisher Bullet Space Pen

Fisher Bullet Space Pen

I love my space pen. It works anywhere even if it gets wet. Lying in bed doing crossword puzzles? This is the pen for you! Extra bonus that it's compact.

gadgets / stuff, pen

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Fozzils Solo Pack

Fozzils Solo Pack

These are so cool to have in your bag. These coupled with your utensils allow you to eat anywhere and save a bunch of money by buying food at the grocery store.

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Frau Fowler Toothpaste Powder

Frau Fowler Toothpaste Powder

I originally bought this to try traveling to have fewer liquids and less weight. Then after my first use -wow- my teeth feel so clean! And you don't rinse it either which is way more convenient for travel.

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George Stanley Soft Cover Journal

George Stanley Soft Cover Journal

These slim journals are all you need. Perfect for backpacking.

gadgets / stuff, journal

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Go Girl Portable Urinal for Women

Go Girl Portable Urinal for Women

Stand up to pee outdoors or in yucky toilets! My boyfriend's daughter has one of these and just loves it.

health & beauty, women's urinal

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Gold Bond Body Powder

Gold Bond Body Powder

It can be a bit messy but it helps in hot and humid climates.

health & beauty, body powder

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Goody Mini Hair Brush

Goody Mini Hair Brush

I keep it pretty simple but I do have my preference of these inexpensive purse-sized brushes.

health & beauty, hairbrush

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GSI Outdoors 3-Piece Ring Cutlery Set

GSI Outdoors 3-Piece Ring Cutlery Set

I love these inexpensive, lightweight, full-sized, heat resistant utensils.

gadgets / stuff, utensils

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Havaianas Brazil Flip Flops

Havaianas Brazil Flip Flops

Pretty standard rubber flip flops but these have a nice thick base and hold up really well.

shoes, flip flops

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Johnson's No More Tears Baby Shampoo

Johnson's No More Tears Baby Shampoo

If you are planning on snorkeling, bring a tiny bottle of this along. It's the BEST thing to use for no fog in your mask. Better than spit! ;)

gadgets / stuff, baby shampoo

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Lewis N. Clark Braided Clothesline

Lewis N. Clark Braided Clothesline

With the braided laundry line, you don't need clothespins. You just stuff a corner of your garment in the braid. I don't use the suction cups (just leave those at home). You can almost always find a place to hang this either in your room our outside. I just loop the hook back onto the clothesline to attach it to something. This is my long time favorite.

gadgets / stuff, laundry line (braided)

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Lewis N. Clark Immersion Heater

Lewis N. Clark Immersion Heater

I don't always bring this but it's great to have for in-room coffee. You boil water in minutes. Use the flat cup (above) and some 3-in-1 coffee packets and you're all set!

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Lewis N. Clark Original Neckrest Inflatable Pillow

Lewis N. Clark Original Neckrest Inflatable Pillow

I have never understood the giant things people tote around with them around their necks or hanging off of their luggage. Such monstrosities! This has been my favorite pillow for many years. It folds down to nothing, is pretty sturdy (I have only gone through 2 or 3 of them in 18 years) and I like the shape the best of all the pillows I've tried.

gadgets / stuff, inflatable neck pillow

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Lonely Planet Travel Notebook

Lonely Planet Travel Notebook

Thin-lined, water-resistant cover, lightweight and flexible for portability.

gadgets / stuff, journal

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Love Bags Stash It

Love Bags Stash It

If only this bag had a zipper. BUT I still love it. It's small and strong and I use it everywhere as a day bag if I don't need a daypack.

luggage / organizers, gadgets / stuff, packable sling

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Lucy Get Going Capri

Lucy Get Going Capri

Not as rugged as travel clothing, but cute, lightweight, and comfy.

clothing, capris, bottoms

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Master Backpack Lock

Master Backpack Lock

I don't know why the best type of lock is the least seldom sold out there in travel-land. I find that the type of lock that is sort of like a carabiner is best because you can easily leave it clipped onto your zipper pull even when it's unlocked. I really only even lock my locks some of the time and the rest of the time they hang on my zipper pull as a deterrent - the thieves don't know if it's locked or not. Definitely always use a combination lock. The sleeker version seems to have gone away but these models do the trick:

gadgets / stuff, luggage locks

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Master Retractable Cable Combination Lock

Master Retractable Cable Combination Lock

This comes in handy from time to time. Sometimes you need to supply your own lock at a hostel or you want to lock your bag to a pole while sleeping on an overnight train, at an airport, or leaving your luggage at a hotel for a few days.

gadgets / stuff, cable lock

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Mountain Hardware DrySpun Sleeveless T

Mountain Hardware DrySpun Sleeveless T

This top really surprised me. It's so versatile and rather flattering. It is modest enough to wear in lieu of a tank top and goes with almost everything. It also performs extremely well in the heat.

clothing, tank top / sleeveless, tops

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Osprey Fairview 40

luggage / organizers, backpack

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Pacsafe Retractasafe 250 Cable Lock

Pacsafe Retractasafe 250 Cable Lock

This comes in handy from time to time. Sometimes you need to supply your own lock at a hostel or you want to lock your bag to a pole while sleeping on an overnight train, at an airport, or leaving your luggage at a hotel for a few days.

gadgets / stuff, cable lock

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Reef Fanning

Reef Fanning

These are a great rugged flip-flop. This is the only shoe I bring on some trips. The bottle opener on the bottom has actually come in handy!

flip flops, shoes

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REI Co-op RFID Wallet Protector

REI Co-op RFID Wallet Protector

This falls under "better safe than sorry". These are so slim that there's no reason not to use them.

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Royal Robbins Essential Tencel Stripe Short Sleeve

Royal Robbins Essential Tencel Stripe Short Sleeve

clothing, short-sleeve shirt, tops

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Sawyer Jungle Juice

Sawyer Jungle Juice

Strong deet in a pump spray. This size will last me 1-2 months in full mosquito battle conditions. You might hear mixed reviews since deet is so toxic, but this works, plain and simple.

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Sawyer Maxi-Deet

Sawyer Maxi-Deet

Strong deet in a pump spray. This size will last me 1-2 months in full mosquito battle conditions. You might hear mixed reviews since deet is so toxic, but this works, plain and simple.

health & beauty, insect repellant

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Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent

New kid on the block claims to be just as effective as deet without melting your gear. Woohoo!!

health & beauty, insect repellant

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Scunci Luxe Active No Slip Headwraps

Scunci Luxe Active No Slip Headwraps

For some reason most non-slip headbands seem like they are made for children. Way too small for me. This one is perfect. It's snug, DOES stay in place all day long, dries quickly, and it not hot on my head. Unfortunately it does get stretched out after a while.

health & beauty, hair bands, clips, barrettes

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Scunci No-Slip Jaw Clips

Scunci No-Slip Jaw Clips

I can't tell you how many times I have either dropped or leaned on or smushed hair clips and broken off the tines. These are fantastic! They are designed so they don't have tines sticking out, they're sturdy, and even have rubber pieces inside to really make sure they stay put. I love these!

health & beauty, hair bands, clips, barrettes

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Sea to Summit Pocket Laundry Wash

Sea to Summit Pocket Laundry Wash

I love that this is small, lightweight, and not liquid but I found it was just not soapy enough for me. I needed a lot of sheets to wash anything of substance.

gadgets / stuff, laundry soap

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Sea to Summit Trek and Travel Laundry Wash

Sea to Summit Trek and Travel Laundry Wash

This stuff is concentrated and biodegradable!

gadgets / stuff, laundry soap

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SheWee Portable Urinal for Women

SheWee Portable Urinal for Women

Stand up to pee outdoors or in yucky toilets!

health & beauty, women's urinal

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SipWell

SipWell

I used this all the time in SE Asia. A few shop owners even asked me where I got it.

gadgets / stuff, reusable straw

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Sunday Afternoon Sun Tripper Cap

Sunday Afternoon Sun Tripper Cap

I can't stand wearing hats when I travel to hot climates. My head gets all sweaty and uncomfortable. I have tried everything from a standard baseball cap to a more stylish brimmed hat. I end up sacrificing coolness for keeping the sun off my face which I pretty much don't see the point. Enter the SunDay Afternoons Sun Tripper Cap. OMG my head doesn't get hot! And to top it off, it packs flat and dries quickly. I'm in love.

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Uniqlo Airism

Uniqlo Airism

clothing

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Uniqlo Airism Mesh Hoodie

Uniqlo Airism Mesh Hoodie

clothing, cardigan / cover, tops, outerwear, light jacket

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Uniqlo HeatTech

Uniqlo HeatTech

clothing, base layer, tops

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Venus to Mars Portable Urinal for Women

Venus to Mars Portable Urinal for Women

Stand up to pee outdoors or in yucky toilets!

health & beauty, women's urinal

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