These are my actual bags that I use. For other options, including a great rolling bag, see ricksteves.com.
Main Backpack- Tom Bihn TriStar
Day Bag- Tom Bihn Small Cafe Bag
Extra Bag- Lewis n Clark Electrolight Duffle
Packing Cubes- Eagle Creek Specter
Shoe Cube- Lewis N Clark Packing Cube
Stuff Sacks- Lewis N Clark Tote 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 Down Jacket
Summer- Eddie Bauer Rainfoil Packable Jacket
Vest- 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 Silk Knit Top (Anything Eileen Fisher is a winner)
Pants- Eileen Fisher Silk Slouchy Pants
Cardigan- Eddie Bauer Verstrex Wrap
Sweater- Lark and Roe Cashmere Pullover in Black
Leggings- Felina Black Leggings
Skirt- Jubilee Flowy Knee Length Skirt
Scarf- Cashmere Travel Scarf
Tank Top- Banana Republic Essential Tank
Dress- 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 Moneybelt
Socks- Kirkland Signature Merino Wool Socks
Compression Socks- Sockwell Graduated Compression socks
Undies- OnGossamer Bikini
Bras- Running Girl Sports Bra
Bathing suit- Freya Bikini
Pajamas- 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- Propet Travelwalker
Flip Flop- Teva Mandalyn Mush Wedges
Spring/Fall Slip-On- Propet Travelfit
Summer Slip On- Skechers Sweet Pea
Sandal- Skechers Reggae Slim
Specific thoughts on each of these items HERE.
Toiletries 3-1-1 Bag- Tom Bihn 3D Organizer
3 oz Toiletries Bottles-Kitsch Refillable Flat Pouch Travel Bottle Set
Lipstick- Revlon Colorstay Overtime
Mascara- Thrive Causemetics Liquid Lash Extensions
Moisturizer- Neutrogena SPF Face Cream
Face Powder- BareMinerals Matte SPF 15
Toothbrush- Philips One Sonicare
Shampoo- Biolage Shampoo
Conditioner- Biolage Conditioner
Razor- Venus Travel Razor
Deodorant- Lume Cream Deodorant (Yes, it really really works!)
Phone- iPhone 11
Back-up battery- Anker Powercore 10000 (Seriously don’t forget this)
6 ft extra durable Charging Cable- Lightning Cable
Plug Adaptor- European Travel Plug Adapter, 3 pack
Tablet- Ipad Air
Reader when traveling without iPad- Kindle Paperwhite
Headphones- Bose Quiet Comfort
Waterbottle- Vapur Collapsible Water Bottle
Pens- Sharpie Stainless Pen
First Aid Kit- First Aid Kit (A starter version of my Box of Awesome)
Travel Emergency Kit (Box of Awesome Starter)
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.
Packable Goody Bag- Lewis n Clark Collapsible Duffel
Phone Mount- WixGear Cell Phone Holder
Laundry Sheets- Earth Breeze
Watercolor Set- Windsor and Newton Travel Set
Brushes- Folding brushes for watercolor
Notebook- Moleskine Journal
Down Pillow- Soft Down Standard Pillow
Zippered Pillow Case- Linenspa Pillow Protector (Doubles as laundry bag!)
Coil Water Heater- Lewis N Clark Immersion Heater
Titanium Mug- Outxe Titanium Pot with Lid, Foldable Handle
Wine Bottle Opener, Travel Friendly- Jetsetter TSA Compliant Corkscrew
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