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2 months of world travel means you need to pack the right items that can withstand it all. The best place to find all the random travel things you will need in one place is Amazon. I started to browse the site, read the reviews and compared Amazon carts with friends who were also traveling. So I’m here to share which items I loved and think you might love to on your next adventure.
These 2 items are the favorites that I bought. The hardest part of my traveling was the size and weight restrictions our budget airlines put us on. Only my carry on suitcase was ever weighed, so a backpack was a necessity. This allowed me to pack my liquids and electronics for easy removal during security and lightened my suitcase load. This backpack is so roomy- I have fit my toiletries bag, scarf, iPad, snacks and my blender bottle in it. It has a doctor’s bag opening allowing you to see everything that is inside. There is also a small strap that allows it to easily fit over the handle of your carry on. Plus, the bag just looks chic and doesn’t make me feel too touristy if I am walking around with it.
Along with the backpack, I needed a cross body clutch for when we were exploring the city.
(I don’t like to carry around a backpack on our days when we aren’t traveling outside the city). I liked that this clutch was small and had great reviews. When I received it, I realized that the zipper that I thought was decoration ACTUALLY OPENED TO ANOTHER POCKET! This is where I kept my passport and money because there was no way someone could casually get into this since it is zipped shut and is folded over the clutch. There is also a small pocket in the back where I stored my old school iPod. I picked up this travel wallet and it fits perfectly in this hidden pocket. Then I only had my phone and LipSense gloss in the main space.
To get through the countless customs and security lines we were going to travel though, I needed a toiletry case that was definitely TSA approved but gave me as much space as possible. This bag will zip to the bottom of the bag, allowing you to take it off for TSA checks. The top pocket was perfect to hold my elastics and bobby pins, reducing another container I would’ve needed to pack. The bottom compartment completely zips up, allowing smaller toiletries to stay put. The top section has a pocket covering it allowing for makeup or other larger toiletries to be grabbed easily. I could pack it full and still zip it up if I kept out my liquids bag (which I needed to do anyways for TSA). Having everything together made it easy to unpack at the next hotel and hop right into a shower. Come check out my post on how I prepped and packed my toiletries for 2 months abroad
This scarf isn’t just a regular scarf. It has a decent-sized pocket in it so you can store your passport, snacks or whatever else you need to. It was perfect for days that were chilly on our travels, and provided some cushion for my head during flights, and could help change up my outfits. Since I was packing light, I only brought a few pieces of clothes with me. To help switch up my outfits, I brought this full-length skirt that would work with the tops I packed. It’s lightweight, elastic waistband, and so flowy. It was fun to wear on days that we weren’t on the move. Days like wine tastings and fancy dinners. There are lots of patterns available from the brand, so you can find one that works with your outfits.
Bonus- Non-Amazon purchase
My husband had been doing a lot of youtube research on what to pack for long term travel. Merino wool was constantly recommended. It dries quick (since you likely have to wash clothes in your hotel room sink) odor resistant, keeping you warm or cool and maintains its elasticity. There are merino wool t-shirts, underwear, socks, and light outerwear. You can wash these items in your hotel sink by scrubbing with a solid laundry bar, letting them soak in soapy water for about 10 minutes, then rinsing and letting them lay flat on a towel overnight to dry. My socks were always dry by morning- which meant I only needed to pack a couple of pairs. I grabbed these ones from my local REI store, but you can find merino wool apparel online and on amazon. But I really liked this brand and think you should try them out.
That’s my top 5 purchases for traveling I grabbed from Amazon ( as well as the one I got from REI). If you are traveling for a couple weeks or more, these are definitely items you should order before you pack! I traveled in the summer- so let me know what items I should add to the list for winter traveling. Also, share with us in the comments what are your favorite travel items!