alex’s travel essentials

hey hey! I had a request recently to share some of my travel essentials for the travel newbie and I’m happy to share the few things that I love and can’t leave behind on my travels.

First, let me start from the initial booking! My go-to booking site is skiplagged! It finds the flights that other airlines don’t want you to find and combines flights from various airlines as well so it’s a way to cut some corners and save some pennies! I got my roundtrip flights to Europe for $800 and have found some other great flights on the site since. Make an account and get to booking your next vacay!

Second, let me direct you to my AMAZON IDEA LIST for TRAVEL! Many items I’ve mentioned below can be found HERE! I appreciate your support when you purchase through my amazon storefront.

Now for all the things!

  • Capsule Wardrobe
    • Clothes that all work together, share similar colors, and can make plenty of outfits
    • Good accessories to add: a neutral hat, a scarf that fits in the capsule, simple jewelry, sunglasses
    • Summer shoes: highly recommend Chacos
  • Packing cubes or space saver bags
  • Neck pillow – highly recommend one with memory foam
  • Headphones
  • Microfiber towel – a perfect blanket and/or towel (in European hostels, towels cost 5 Euros)
  • Eye mask for solid sleeping anywhere
  • Good baggage
    • here’s my favorites: backpack, carry-on, and purse/fanny pack
    • RFID-blocking wallet … make sure no one can scan your credit cards!
  • Makeup Wipes
  • Baggage Locks
  • Travel adapter – a necessity for international travel
  • A good book – paperback


A Couple Reminders:

  • Travel size — if you’re flying with only a backpack and carry-on (my preferred way to travel!) be sure to downsize to less than 3 oz. bottles of all your favorites!
  • Roll your clothes — rolling your clothes saves space and allows you to stack more.

Places I’ve Been, If You’re Wondering or Want Specifics!

  • Albania
  • Rome, Italy
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Munich, Germany
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Tbilisi, Georgia *the country
  • Batumi, Georgia *the country
United States
  • Much of the Midwest! (SD is home, of course)
    • ND, MN, NE, IA, WI
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • St. Louis, Missouri (mostly just the Arch, though)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (though just for one night)
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Hollywood, Florida
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Austin, Texas
  • Phoenix, AZ (Chandler area)
  • San Clemente, California
  • Seattle, Washington
North America / Caribbean
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Cozumel, Mexico
  • Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  • Martha Brae River, Jamaica
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

Traveling is such a blessing & I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had to do so! For further inspiration, visit my Pinterest board full of great travel & adventure quotes 🙂

2 thoughts on “alex’s travel essentials

  1. What great tips, Alex!! I hope you are doing well. You know you always have a place in AZ to stay if you travel this way!
    “Auntie Joy”

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