The Traveler’s Gift Guide My Top 21 Items to Carry When Traveling

top-21-items-to-carry-when-traveling-pinterest-liwbfAmong many other ventures I’m tackling in 2017 comes a very special adventure. I’ve made the decision to get my TEFL certification. TEFL stands for teaching English as a foreign language. Now this won’t be an overnight process or something I’ll complete within six months or any set time frame. However, I’ve waded back and forth between the decision to stay and the decision to go for some time now. I’ve written several novels with story lines that take place in Italy. The books went over so well with readers that most people thought I’d recently traveled to these places.

In the meantime, I’ll keep taking day and weekend trips and documenting more of these adventures for you to share along with me. I don’t know about you, but I always feel as though taking a trip creates a magical feeling. There’s just something uninhibited about taking to the road and driving until your heart’s content. Or on the other end of the travel spectrum, there’s nothing like boarding a plane headed to a place you’ve never been. Especially when said destination involves magically historical destinations such as Venice or Greece or Egypt… Morrocco, Romania… the list could go on forever.

This article won’t get into the details of international travel. We’re going to save that tidbit for another one of our remote Mediterranean Muse writers. Instead, I’m going to share with you some of the survival goodies that help me keep my sanity in check when I travel. Whether it’s a road trip or an international excursion, I hope this list of things I’ve learned to carry along with me will help you be successful as you begin a beguine.

1. Super Cute Carry On Bag Read up on carry on bag requirements and make sure to list them here for folks.



2. Sonia KaShuk Hair brush



3. Neutrogena naturals Towelettes


4. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm


5. Burt’s Bees Lip Stick


6. Honest Company Natural hand sanitizer spray


7. Portable Battery Charger


155837808.Travel size toothpaste


9. Chic Luv Buds in-ear Headphones – Because I have learned the hard way that you should not take your Beats  or any expensive headset on busy road/air or any other kind of trip.


10. Toothbrush and holder (See item 8 for inspiration)
11. Concealer

Regular Price


Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer Spf 30

12. Tampons Pearl $6.99

13. Face Wash by Roc Skin Care


14. Hair, Skin, Nails Vitamins (My shiny hair secret… shhh) – Put about 15 or so in a small 2oz size container


15. Nyx Makeup Setting Spray Mist (Yes, I do the celebrity thing cuz I love the way it makes my face look fresh) $7.9914711296
16. Express Lip Gloss


17. L’Oreal 48 Hr Hydration Lotion


18. Fave Novels … I have tons. But these two are the ones I keep coming back to again and again. No Room in the bag? No problem. You can order NOOK versions for your cell phone and read until your literary heart grows content.

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19. Super Cute Artsy Journal – Because I am a writer and the inspiration always hits when I least expect it to do so.



20. Hair moisturizer – Yet another one of my beauty secrets. Shea Yogurt hair moisturizer.

$15.99shea-yogurt-hair-moisturizer21. Lounge Clothes … Because there’s nothing quite like a comfy pair of yoga pants for tackling all the running and walking we have to do inside an airport. Go with black which will look classy enough for both coach and first class.



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