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I have a few different lists below on travel, camping, and backpacking resources as well as my favorite travel credit cards & travel insurance.

🧳 Things I Bring with Me on Any Trip

Power Adapter– This only works for North America, the UK, and Europe so if you’re going to another destination you’ll have to pick a different one. I love this because it has so many ports.

Portable Charger– A must have when traveling or backpacking. These chargers will last me a few full charges on my phone.

Inflatable Travel Pillow– I love this for planes as it can collapse back into a small bag.

My Personal Item Backpack– I’ve used this for 4 trips now and it’s holding up great. It’s a cheap and cute backpack that comes in many colors.

Reusable LifeStraw Water Bottle– I love taking a reusable water bottle with me and the addition of a filter is awesome.

🛏️ Best Accommodation Resources– I like using as their website is easy to navigate and use a rewards program.

Airbnb– There are very mixed feelings amongst Airbnb users but personally I’ve had *mostly* great experience with my stays. I try to stay in Airbnbs that have hosts that are locals and have had their listings for a long time.

💸 Travel Insurance

World Nomads or SafetyWing– Travel insurance is something I (thankfully) I have not had to use yet but I started to get this for every trip recently. If you’ve invested $$$ in a trip, it is imperative to get trip insurance for unexpected things like weather, cancelled flights, health emergencies, & more. I personally have only used World Nomads but haven’t had to file a claim. SafetyWing is also a trusted company.

🏕️ My Camping Must Haves  

I have a whole post on my car camping must haves include what we use to sleep, eat, shower, and have power while off grid. ⬇️

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    🥾 My Backpacking Essentials

    Backpack– I love my Gregory 60L pack. Plus it’s in my favorite color.

    REI Co-Op Half Dome Tent– 2 person tent that’s not super lightweight but it does the trick.

    1 Person Backpacking Tent– This is the tent I’ve used for solo backpacking. Pretty lightweight, durable, and affordable.

    Sleeping Pad– Inflatable lightweight 4 season sleeping pad.

    Jetboil– Super quick water boiling system to reheat dehydrated meals.

    Reusable Utensils– Must have for eating while camping and reducing waste.

    Budget Lightweight Down Sleeping Bag– Not the best quality but okay if you’re starting out and not camping somewhere too cold. I’ve also used this thicker sleeping bag which is more durable & warm, but adds weight & space.

    📝 Find Things to Do in Your Destination

    Viator– I booked my boat trip on Capri through Viator and had a great time.

    Get Your Guide– I have personally used this website a few times to book a tour or transportation and had a great experience each time.

    Airbnb Experiences– I’ve also used this a few times on international trips with good experiences.

    💳 My Favorite Travel Credit Cards

    I’m not really into travel hacking & travel rewards yet but there are a few credit cards I think are worth having and that I have found use of! I also only will open a card if there is an opening promo going on, like “X amount of bonus miles”.

    Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card– Great travel rewards and we use this card whenever booking a rental car because it offers car rental insurance!

    Chase United Explorer Credit Card– I love it because you receive 2 Unit Club passes a year, free checked bag for you & a companion, $100 Global Entry or TSA Precheck reimbursement. This card is the reason I got Global Entry!

    American Airlines Credit Card– I like to use this card because it is the airline I find myself using the most. I got the card on a great opening promo and used those miles for a free roundtrip ticket with miles still left over.