TRAVEL GEAR AND PACKING TIPS

For some people, packing for travel is their biggest stress AND choosing the wrong travel gear can quickly turn into your biggest nightmare on the road.

After over 22 years of global travel - living in 5 countries, traveling to over 50 and full time with our kids (+ homeschooling) we've learned a lot about traveling and the right gear!

It's more about quality than quantity, value over cheapest price, and of course, the old adage - less is more.

Although with all my experience, I am still a chronic overpacker.

Keep scrolling to find our recommendations and favorite travel gear and packing tips!

BEST SUITCASES

Looking for the best suitcases for travel? And how to choose the best travel suitcase size for you?

We are here to help! we did a ton of research online to discover what are the best suitcase brands and which is the best suitcase for international travel (or domestic travel).W

We share what we think are stand out suitcases and a review of our favorite!

Delsey suitcase review.

Delsey Suitcase Review: Best Travel Luggage for Style, Durability, and Price!

I LOVE my new Delsey suitcase. It’s by far the best travel suitcase I have owned. In the past I’ve used cheap luggage which usually doesn’t make my travel life easy or glamorous! A few […]

8 of the best selling carry-on suitcases on Amazon

8 of the Best Carry-On Suitcases (Amazon Best Sellers)

What are the best carry-on suitcases? If you are like us and have been looking around to buy new carry on luggage, this post is for you! I know how time-consuming and confusing it can […]

Delsey suitcase review.

11 of the Best Suitcases for Travel (plus how to choose a suitcase size)

Looking for the best suitcases for travel? And how to choose the best travel suitcase size for you? We are here to help! In case you don’t know, we travel a lot and like to […]

Our trip is shaping up more and more, made quite a few changes since the last email exchange we had – I just wanted to shout out that your blogs have been super helpful in planning! Thank you again. All the best to you & your lovely family.

Suxanne Hopmans

WHAT IS YOUR TRAVEL STYLE?

Click the image to see the articles we have on that particular style of travel.

BEST BACKPACKS

While we aren't really backpack travelers anymore, I can't not see a backpack and have my  heart swell with wonderful travel memories.

It was our luggage of choice for over 10 years before we started traveling with kids.

I still own a wonderful Tortuga backpack which I take every now and then on trips.

A good backpack is vital for your travel adventures. You want something that supports your back with enough space to carry your essentials.

My personal preference is a backpack that opens up from the front, not the top. I find them annoying and impractical, especially if you want to quickly get something out - like a sweatshirt in a freezing cold airport.

Best Laptop Backpack Review (1)

Best Laptop Backpack For Travel -Tortuga Setout Review

Do you struggle to find a laptop backpack that suits a traveler and frequent flyer? Finding the best laptop bag for travel with enough space, comfort, and one that can fit under the seat in […]

Tortuga backpacks with lots of pockets

Tortuga Backpack Review for a carry on backpack?

Is this the best carry on backpack? I review the Tortuga Setout Backpack which is the maximum size for carry on luggage only. I loved the comfort, support and space of this bag. It also looks pretty sleek!

10 of the best travel backpacks for traveling

Looking for a new backpack? Check out these travel bags

Recently I published an article about the best suitcases for checked-in luggage and carry-on luggage for those who like to travel with a suitcase. In this post, I’m sharing advice on what are the best travel backpacks for […]

BEST TRAVEL GEAR (GIFT IDEAS)

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15 Awesome Christmas Gifts for Kids Who Love to Travel 2019

Do you have kids who love to travel? Are you looking for the best Christmas gifts for kids this holiday season? It’s easy to get tired of the same plastic toys, games, and bikes. Our […]

Essential hiking gear for Australia

Essential Hiking Gear for Australia – Checklist & Tips from Anaconda

What is the essential hiking gear for Australia? There are endless hiking trails in Australia and the experts at Anaconda have partnered with us to share with you their tips for the best hiking gear […]

Misery Ridge Trail, Smith Rock State Park

14 Exciting Travel Gifts for Her (for glam and organization) 2020

Looking for the best travel gifts for her this holiday season? Sharing the best travel products and services that offer the woman you love glam and travel organization

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Best Travel Gear for Kids – 30 Items to Keep Them Happy and Safe!

Alright! You’re ready to travel with kids more. Don’t panic. Family travel is amazing! One of your biggest concerns may be what are the best kids travel items and how to keep your kids safe […]

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55 of the Best Travel Gifts for Travelers You Love for 2020

Looking for gift ideas for travelers? This list of the best travel gifts includes gifts for women, kids, electronics, packing essentials and more! Written from 20 years of travel experience! We know travel essential!

TRAVEL PACKING

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The Ultimate Cruise Packing Checklist (+ helpful packing tips)

Wondering what to wear on a cruise? My cruise packing checklist will make your cruise travel planning effortless. I’ll also share some cruise packing tips and some of my favourite resources.

Underwear Organizer - one of the best travel gifts for women!

Travel Underwear Organizer: How to pack underwear for a trip

Tired of underwear and socks getting lost in your luggage? Origami Unicorn travel underwear organizer will teach you how to pack underwear for a trip. No more losing your socks and undies or getting them wet on the bathroom floor!

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How to pack carry-on only for any trip and season

Packing a carry-on suitcase only is the secret to stress-free travel. You save time at airports – there’s no need to wait at the check-in desk or baggage carousel. You save money on checked baggage […]

Caz loves her Barton Dress because it's light and comfortable, and she can wear it casually or when going out. It comes in two colors, coal or koi (Caz's choice) and it features a recycled poly fabric with an interior shelf bra. 

10 Easy style & Packing Tips for your travels

No, I’m not writing this post. I’m definitely not the person who can teach you about style, nor about packing. I’m a last minute throw-in-the-bag kinda girl! I’ve asked my stylist and friend Kirsty Ashe […]

Easy Packing Tips for Solo Women Travelers

Perhaps the bane of many women traveler’s existence is figuring out how to pack a bag that fits the weight restrictions, especially at airports. At least, for me, it has been. I’ve been called many […]

The Best Way to Pack a Suitcase – Tips from a Pro

I’ve never really known how to pack a suitcase efficiently. I was born without an organization gene. It doesn’t matter that I’ve traveled the world for over 17 years, I’ve only ever packed a suitcase […]

FANTASTIC ROAD TRIP DESTINATIONS IDEAS

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR

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AKASO V50 Pro Review: A Worthy & Affordable GoPro Alternative for 2020

Christmas is on the way, and you may be looking for a unique and fun travel gift for the travel lover in your life. Actually, you may just be looking for it yourself. I finished […]

8 of the best selling point-and-shoot-compact-cameras on Amazon

8 Best Point-and-Shoot Compact Cameras on Amazon

If you are looking around to buy a point-and-shoot digital camera, a lightweight camera that literally fits in your pocket, this post is for you! I know how time-consuming and confusing it can be looking […]

What's in our camera bag? - 4 Canon lenses we use!

What’s In Our Camera Bag? – 4 Canon Lenses We Use

If there’s one aspect of our blogging we’ve wanted to take to a higher level over the years it’s definitely our travel photography. Being a travel blogger photos play a huge role in what we […]

FEATURED VIDEO: Tortuga Backpack Review

We take you through some 15 simple steps to planning a trip! Press play and be sure to share it with your friends! Enjoy the fun of travel planning.

FAVORTE TRAVEL CLOTHES

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How to Stay Cool and Protected in Summer with Columbia Sportswear

Thank you Columbia Sportswear for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Columbia, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. As we always say, travel does not have to stop once you […]

Caz by the pool in her Lahari One Piece Bathing Suit

Introducing Prana Clothing – welcome additions to our travel wardrobe

To say Caz and I have been overdue for new additions to our travel wardrobe would be an understatement. My go to jacket has traveled with me all over the world for the past 10 […]

Introducing the Anti-Chafe Boardshorts by NoNetz

This post is sponsored by NoNetz swimwear I grew up five minutes from the beach and currently live across the road from one of the best family beaches in Australia – Burleigh Heads – so I’ve […]

BEAUTY

How to take care of your hair when you travel

I promised you ages ago I would write a post on hair care tips while travelling. It’s taken me that long to find something that worked!! I wanted to use natural hair care products but […]

7 products to help you manage your skin care regime on the road

How to Take Care of your Skin When you Travel

I’m a simple girl. I’m also very natural. I don’t really like make up, nor lotions and potions. I find it too much hassle and I much prefer my good-life skin glow to artificial radiance. As […]

FOLLOW OUR CURRENT ADVENTURES

Travel has been the focus of our life since 1997 - intentionally.

We don't plan on stopping that. We now have a base in Raleigh, NC - after being granted a Green Card for our extraordinary ability in the art of travel blogging.

We will continue to explore more of the US but also intend on traveling further abroad - Europe, South East Asia and Central and South America.

We can't wait to share more of our favorites as we experience them.

Be sure to join our free VIP email community - form below to grab your free travel planning checklists and more freebies!

And connect with us on social for live udpates!

FREE TRAVEL PLANNING CHECKLISTS

Want help planning your travels? Our free pre-departure checklists will save you time and ensure you don't miss an important step. Our free VIP email community gets access to a range of checklists, tipping guides, and itinerary ideas. All easy to print off and follow PDF formats! Fill in the form to join.

ALL TRAVEL GEAR AND PACKING ARTICLES

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AKASO Brave 6 Plus Action Camera – GoPro alternative just over $100

We’re back reviewing a new AKASO Camera – the Brave 6 Plus action camera. It’s a Go-Pro alternative camera at a much cheaper price at $119.99 MSRP. We recently worked with AKASO to review their […]

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AKASO V50 Pro Review: A Worthy & Affordable GoPro Alternative for 2020

Christmas is on the way, and you may be looking for a unique and fun travel gift for the travel lover in your life. Actually, you may just be looking for it yourself. I finished […]

Essential hiking gear for Australia

Essential Hiking Gear for Australia – Checklist & Tips from Anaconda

What is the essential hiking gear for Australia? There are endless hiking trails in Australia and the experts at Anaconda have partnered with us to share with you their tips for the best hiking gear […]

Best Laptop Backpack Review (1)

Best Laptop Backpack For Travel -Tortuga Setout Review

Do you struggle to find a laptop backpack that suits a traveler and frequent flyer? Finding the best laptop bag for travel with enough space, comfort, and one that can fit under the seat in […]

Tortuga backpacks with lots of pockets

Tortuga Backpack Review for a carry on backpack?

Is this the best carry on backpack? I review the Tortuga Setout Backpack which is the maximum size for carry on luggage only. I loved the comfort, support and space of this bag. It also looks pretty sleek!

Columbia clothes for biking with kids

How to Stay Cool and Protected in Summer with Columbia Sportswear

Thank you Columbia Sportswear for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Columbia, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. As we always say, travel does not have to stop once you […]

Delsey suitcase review.

Delsey Suitcase Review: Best Travel Luggage for Style, Durability, and Price!

I LOVE my new Delsey suitcase. It’s by far the best travel suitcase I have owned. In the past I’ve used cheap luggage which usually doesn’t make my travel life easy or glamorous! A few […]

Misery Ridge Trail, Smith Rock State Park

14 Exciting Travel Gifts for Her (for glam and organization) 2020

Looking for the best travel gifts for her this holiday season? Sharing the best travel products and services that offer the woman you love glam and travel organization

Serenity Deck on board Carnival Vista

The Ultimate Cruise Packing Checklist (+ helpful packing tips)

Wondering what to wear on a cruise? My cruise packing checklist will make your cruise travel planning effortless. I’ll also share some cruise packing tips and some of my favourite resources.

Caz by the pool in her Lahari One Piece Bathing Suit

Introducing Prana Clothing – welcome additions to our travel wardrobe

To say Caz and I have been overdue for new additions to our travel wardrobe would be an understatement. My go to jacket has traveled with me all over the world for the past 10 […]

4 Powerful Ways to Travel More & Create Better Memories

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This is what gives us incredible memories to share around the campfire. Join our community for insider tips and updates!

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