I’m fresh off a crazy=long traveling adventure. In the past six weeks, I’ve been on the road (or in the air) for 23 days. It’s all been fulfilling, much-needed travel—seeking answers, learning and gathering ideas for next steps in my writing, and spending quality time as a family.
But that doesn’t mean travel doesn’t take it out of me. Almost a week back from my last trip, and I’m still recovering from jet lag and the ungodly laundry pile. Just a synopsis of my May and early June:
• In early May, I met with a few other blog friends in Virginia, and together, we interviewed and sat wide-eyed with one of our favorite authors and thinkers. We also chatted til our hearts were content, and we ate and toured only as homeschooling parents can: in Colonial Williamsburg.
• Later that month, I traveled with my family on a Norwegian cruise to the Bahamas. I wrote about it, sure, but I would have gladly paid to go on vacation, writing assignment or not. It was sheer bliss to travel with them again, and I had no idea how badly we needed a break.
• And just a few days ago, I went to Queensland, Australia alongside several other bloggers to meet with Darren Rowse of ProBlogger. I had the time of my life and crossed out several items on my life list (but it really wasn’t the same without my family. Trust me).
My suitcase stayed permanently open in our bedroom, and I merely washed and repacked most of my clothing. And because I fly at least four to six times annually and have lived in several countries over the past decade, I get asked a lot about how and what to pack.
It’s not exactly rocket science, but I do have my favorites and except for the occasional brain fritz where I completely forget to pack something uber essential (SCUBA diving in glasses because you forgot your contacts, anyone?), I’ve got packing down pat.
Aside from the obvious, like my iPhone, MacBook, and sunglasses, here are some of my essentials.
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Those are just a few of my favorites… What have I missed? What are some of your travel gear essentials?
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