We've done a lot of traveling to collect our gallery photographs and during those journeys we've collected tips for making the next trip easier.
Things to bring
- Ziploc bags to store your cables, small items, wet items and things you want to keep dry
- Bongo Ties (heavy duty rubber bands with wooden peg) for attaching a sweater to a belt loop when it gets too warm to wear
- Small power strip (3 sockets) so that you can use three devices with a single wall plug adapter. Better yet, see Mogics Bagel below.
- Non-TSA lock for use in your hotel since TSA locks have been compromised anyone can have the master keys
- Hand sanitizer
- Buff for dust and wind
- Lots of $1.00 bills
- Journal so you can recall one day from another
- Small tote for those shopping days
- Collapsible backpack
- Temple socks, if you are visiting a muslim country
- Compression socks for those long flights
- Mosquito patches
- School supplies if you are visiting schools
- No-Jet-Lag homeopathic tablets
- Toilet tissue/covers
- Rain poncho with belt
- Braided rubber clothes line; no clothespins required
- Inflatable clothes hangers for drying your laundry
- Sink stopper for washing your clothes; so many times sinks won't hold water
- Johnson's Baby Soap for washing your clothes
Things to do
- Take your hotel's business card with you while you explore; make it easy to get back if you don't speak the language
- Make friends with your cabbie, get their mobile number, and call them for your return trip
- Carry-on whenever possible; travel light and avoid the pilfering by airport staff. Downside is 3oz limit for liquids
- Soft-sided luggage conforms to limited overhead space on planes and buses
- Cubeze for camera gear; makes any bag a camera bag
- Use your camera neck-strap to hold extra batteries and memory cards for the day
- Mogics Bagel - a very compact power strip + dual USB charging ports + universal power plug adapter.
- AUKEY Arcs Wired Headphones - these inexpensive headphones block out the screaming kids and engine noise during flights and sound great. If you lose them, no big deal, since they don't cost much. I've used numerous noise cancelling headphones in the past, but these are MUCH more effective and compact.
- SD/SDHC Memory Card Case - I use this to store and track my memory cards while on a trip. I start with all unused cards showing their label, then as I use them I store them label-side down.