Recommended Travel Gear: What's in Sarah's Bag?
Recommended Travel Gear lists abound on the internet, but are they for real? Some are clickbait, some are top ten lists written without much expertise or thought. I have been traveling professionally around the globe for a long time and I'd like to think that I have it down to a science. If you're looking for the best recommended travel gear, either for a travel gift or for yourself, here you're going to find what is actually in my bag. For reals. No joke.This is a list for quick reference, as a companion to my blog and YouTube packing videos, with links to take you directly to the things I use. Most of these items have been written about at some point on this blog, but always ask if you'd like more information. A reminder: I only suggest things that I truly like and use, none of my suggestions are paid, but I do work for Rick Steves, just so you know.
These are my actual bags that I use. For other options, including a great rolling bag, see ricksteves.com.Main Backpack- Tom Bihn TriStarDay Bag- Tom Bihn Medium Cafe BagExtra Bag- Lewis n Clark Hideaway DufflePacking Cubes- Eagle Creek SpecterShoe Cube- Lewis N Clark Packing TubeStuff Sacks- Lewis N Clark Ditty Bag
I've done some exhaustive research on jackets and found some great solutions. More on that hunt HERE.Winter- Arcteryx Nuri (Best Coat EVER)Spring/Fall- Eddie Bauer Microtherm Storm Down JacketSummer- Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable JacketVest- 32 Degrees Packable Down Vest
Clothes are very subjective! Below are some of my classic favorite items, basics that will work for almost anyone.Top-Eileen Fisher Stretch Silk Jersey (Anything Eileen Fisher is a winner)Pants- Eileen Fisher Washable Stretch CrepeCardigan- Eddie Bauer 7 Days 7 Ways CardiganSweater- Lark and Roe Cashmere Pullover in BlackLeggings- Felina Black LeggingsSkirt- Fold Over Knit SkirtScarf- Big Gray Silk ScarfTank Top- Banana Republic Essential TankDress- Eddie Bauer Aster Crossover Dress
A truly subjective item for recommended travel gear, but these are solid picks. Costco often carries great socks and undies.Moneybelt- Rick Steves MoneybeltSocks- Kirkland Signature Merino Wool SocksCompression Socks- Sockwell Graduated Compression socksUndies- Felina Bikini Bras- Freya Balconette, Black and NudeBathing suit- Freya BikiniPajamas- Fisher's Finery Silk Chemise
My shoe choices change frequently, but these are the most reliable which I've used for several years. For more, see my recommended travel gear shoe spreadsheet.Walking Shoe- Asics MetrolyteFlip Flop- Teva Mandalyn Mush WedgesSpring/Fall Slip-On- Tom's Black Wool ShoesSummer Slip On- Sketchers Sweet PeaSandal- Birkenstock Mayari
Specific thoughts on each of these items HERE.3-1-1 Toiletries Bag and Bottles- Lewis n Clark Flat Bottle Set (Great Value!)Lipstick- Revlon Colorstay OvertimeMascara- Neutrogena WaterproofMoisturizer- Neutrogena Healthy SkinFace Powder- Bare Essentials Bare MineralsToothbrush- Violife SlimSonicToothpaste- MarvisShampoo- Biolage ShampooConditioner- Biolage ConditionerRazor- Venus Travel RazorDeodorant- Milk and Honey Natural Cream Deodorant (Yes, it really really works!)
Phone- iPhone 7Back-up battery- Anker Powercore 10000 (Seriously don't forget this)6 ft extra durable Charging Cable- Amazon BasicsPlug Adaptor- DuaFire Travel Plug Adaptor with USBTablet- Ipad AirReader when traveling without iPad- Kindle PaperwhiteHeadphones- Bose Soundsport Comfort Earbuds (These are the best and last forever.)Waterbottle- HydroflaskPens- Sharpie Stainless PenFirst Aid Kit- Rick Steves Travel Aid Kit (A starter version of my Box of Awesome)Guidebook- Rick Steves, obviously!
You really don't NEED any of these things, but you want them, I know. It's ok. Pick only one or two.Watercolor Set- Windsor and Newton Travel SetBrushes- Folding brushes for watercolorSketchbook- Artist field journalFlat Iron- BaByliss Pro Nano Iron (This is AWESOME for curling hair in minutes)Down Pillow- Soft Down Standard PillowZippered Pillow Case- Linenspa Pillow Protector (Doubles as laundry bag!)Travel Blanket- Pembrook Fleece BlanketCoil Water Heater- Lewis N Clark Immersion HeaterTitanium Mug- Ninja Prepper Mizu Double Wall MugSpork/Bottle Opener- Ninja Prepper YariWine Bottle Opener, Travel Friendly- Jetsetter TSA Compliant CorkscrewThat covers most of what I pack. I will add to this from time to time, so check back. Details on all of these things (mostly) can be found in my packing articles, which you can find HEREComment if you have anything to add to this list.Happy Packing!