I call it my “everything bag” but my “everywhere bag” might be a more accurate description. Packed with a constantly-curated selection of essentials, this little bag has traveled the world with me–and saved me in some unseemly situations. Some of its contents are pretty obvious while others might surprise you but everything featured here qualifies for inclusion on your list of essentials… And everything listed fits perfectly in this tiny bag.
It bares mentioning that this is only the bag I have with me at ALL times abroad, in my purse or backpack. Obviously I travel with a more extensive collection of emergency supplies–and you should too.
1. A Business Card.
2. Nail File.
3. Pen. Comes in handy for filling out customs forms, writing down that Sicilian pesto recipe and impromptu interviews.
4. ElectroMix by EmergenC. Because it is incredibly easy to get dehydrated when you’re traveling and a Ghanaian hospital is not where you want to need a fluid IV… Feel free to trust me on that.
5. Tea Bag. Tea can also help with dehydration–but beyond that, a wet tea bag makes an awesome sunburn remedy (put the wet tea bag directly on the burn); a cloth or cotton ball soaked in hot tea soothes poison ivy rash considerably; a cup of brewed tea makes a good hair conditioner substitute if you’re in a pinch.
6. Fisherman’s Friend Lozenges in Mandarin and Ginger. A tried and true multi-tasker good for a sore throat, a bad cough, a lost voice and mild sea-sickness.
7. A Pad. Pads can double for an impromptu/temporary bandage. Place the pad on the wound, sticky side up and wrap tight with a shirt, tape or whatever else is available.
9. Kind Bar. For when hunger strikes, the airport is taken under siege or you get served guinea pig for lunch.
10. Ear buds. My secondary set of headphones.
11. Oral-B-Brush Ups or GUM or MINTS.
12. Hair elastics/bobby pins.
13. Boscia Green Tea Oil Blotting Papers. Because sometimes its 110 degrees.
15. Sewing Kit.
16. Mosquito Repelling Wipes. Mosquitoes suck and so does malaria. You’re welcome.
17. Jasmine Essential Oil. A few drops on your scarf and even a Bangkok fish market can be a pleasant olfactory experience, a few drops on your pillow and the musty smell of the hotel room is gone, a drop on your wrist serves as all-day perfume, a drop in your hair might almost disguise the fact that you haven’t showered in a week… almost.
18. Tide-to-go pen.
19. See’s Lollipop.
20. Lint roller. Alpaca’s shed (like, a lot) but in what world are you not going to hug them?
21. Tide Travel Packets. Turn your sink or bucket into a washing machine. God send.
22. EO Hand Sanitizer Gel. Simply the best. Smells like lavender–not alcohol. Also comes in wipes.
23. Passport Photos. Must have. Lots of countries require one for Visa’s on-entry. It also makes replacing a lost passport while abroad about 600x easier.
24. Thumb Drive.
27. The Trinity: Softlips, Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, NYX Lipstick.
PS This also makes an awesome and thoughtful gift for your favorite traveler.