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Tsh Oxenreider is the full-time blogger behind Simple Mom and the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, a blog network dedicated to helping people live intentionally (while throwing perfection out the window). She thinks a library card, a Netflix subscription, and a passport are some of the greatest parenting tools in the universe.

She’s a wife to Kyle, mama to Tate, Reed, and Finn, and is the author of Organized Simplicity and One Bite at a Time: 52 Bites for Making Life Simpler. She is currently working on her next book. Tsh and her nomadic family currently live in Bend, Oregon, but several dots around the globe have also been called home (her 7-year-old has been on 53 airplanes and counting). Together, they love to travel, read books, go camping, and make homemade pizza for Friday Family Movie Night.

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12 Favorite Travel Gear Essentials

By Tsh Oxenreider |

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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Must-have Travel Gear Essentials From a Frequent Jet-Setter

Eagle Creek Pack-Its

We bought these for a round-the-world trip a decade ago, and they're still in great shape. These envelope-like sleeves help you pack your clothes neatly yet tightly, giving you lots of organized room.

From $17 on Amazon


Those are just a few of my favorites… What have I missed? What are some of your travel gear essentials?

Read more from Tsh at Simple Mom, or follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.


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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh Oxenreider is the founder and creative director of Simple Living Media, the editor of Simple Mom, the voice behind The Simple Mom Podcast, and the author of several books. While she's working on her next book, Tsh lives in Oregon with her husband and three kids and enjoys sunshine, running, and good coffee. Read bio and latest posts → Read Tsh's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “12 Favorite Travel Gear Essentials

  1. Jaymi says:

    You know what makes the kindle even better??? You can download the app on your Iphone… and read all your books that way. I love that I always have my books with me now! :D

  2. Casi says:

    You have some really great tips! I especially LOVE the ziploc bag idea! Great idea – especially for wet clothes!

  3. If you’re still on the fence: grab your favorite earphones, head down to a Best Buy and ask to plug them into a Zune then an iPod and see which one sounds better to you, and which interface makes you smile more. Then you’ll know which is right for you.

  4. Thanks for sharing. Great info.

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