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My favorite tried and trusted accessories for a roots & wings lifestyle, compiled in one easy to browse place for your shopping pleasure, dear reader!

Tieks Flats by Gavrieli

Tieks Flats by Gavrieli
I’m up to six pairs of these flats and wear them almost every day. Tieks are great because they’re durable, comfortable, foldable and they come in every color imaginable. I even wore Romantic Blush Tieks to my wedding!

Incase GoPro Backpack

Incase GoPro Backpack
If you’re thinking of splashing out for a new GoPro set up, consider the lightweight, waterproof InCase pack to carry it around. I like having all my GoPro accessories, cords, cards, adapters and doodads in one place.

ExOfficio Clothing

ExOfficio Travel Clothing
I wear a ton of this stuff. The Storm Logic jacket is my go-to winter coat, has a zillion pockets and it folds neatly into a travel pillow. I also wear BugsAway items to keep mosquitoes at bay without having to douse myself in chemicals.

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Talk about life changing! I don’t go anywhere without my trusty packing cubes in my luggage. They keep everything sorted, like a mini closet organizer that lives in your suitcase. These make long-term travel so much easier.

Baggallini Rolling Tote

Baggallini Rolling Tote
I’ve just started traveling on short trips with this pint-sized Baggallini tote and it’s amazing just how much it holds, from clothes and shoes to laptops and cords. It’s a smart choice for weekend warriors.

ABEO B.I.O. System Sandal

ABEO B.I.O. System Sandal
If I’m not wearing my Tieks flats, I’m wearing flip-flops. A favorite is the Abeo, with built-in orthotics. I have high arches and Achilles tendonitis, so these are helpful when I need a little extra support.

Travel Voltage Converter

Travel Voltage Converter
I can often find myself with limited power outlets, so I use a multipurpose converter with 4 USB ports and 3 international adapters, plus a surge protector. Don’t leave home without one of these!

Universal Cable Organizer

Universal Cable Organizer
I always carry-on my chargers and cords, just in case my checked luggage goes missing. This bag is an easy way to keep things organized, accessible and untangled, saving you time and stress on the go.

GoPro HERO4 Camera

GoPro HERO4 Camera
Friends don’t let friends travel without a GoPro! What was I thinking going around the world without one? I use the HERO4 as I wasn’t wild about the limited dive capability for the Session. I love it for underwater video, action and cinematic wide-angle shots, plus it’s so tiny, it’s no trouble to pack no matter how light I’m traveling.

Underwater Photography

Underwater Photography
I’m one of those divers who needs an underwater camera to feel productive, so I wrote a post with some recommendations on what I personally use to capture video and photos. Check it out here! Obviously the GoPro is the lightest and easiest to transport, but I’m also a huge fan of the Canon G12 camera and underwater housing.

Digital Camera Set-up

Digital Camera Set-up
Every traveler has her own priorities when it comes to photography. For me, I focus on lightweight equipment. Depending on the needs of my assignment, I’ll use a combo of GoPro, iPhone 6S, Canon G12 and Olympus E-PL6. You can easily jazz up the Olympus body (and your photos) with a pancake lens.

MacBook Air 13” Laptop

MacBook Air 13” Laptop
Once I got used to using an external hard drive for all my video and music libraries, I really began to love my 13” MacBook Air. It’s so lightweight – there’s really no better laptop for a traveler. I switched from a heavy MacBook Pro a few years ago and it’s made all the difference in the weight of my carry-on. I’m converted for life!

Memory Cards and Reader

Memory Cards and Reader
Travelers can never have too many memory cards. I recommend getting at least two, just in case something happens while you’re on the road. They’re so inexpensive now, so get one with a big capacity. Don’t forget a multipurpose memory card reader, too.

External Hard Drive

External Hard Drive
I always have my LaCie Rugged Mini hard drive with me. Rugged is important when you’re traveling as your hard drive needs to withstand a lot. I like that this hard drive essentially has bumper pads around it in case you drop it. Which I often do.

Cobra JumPack Charger

Cobra JumPack Charger
Not only is the JumPack a portable charger that holds up to four iPhone charges at a time, it’s also got a mega-powerful flashlight with a strobe and emergency SOS settings. And it can start a car with included mini-jumper cables. How cool is that?

Kindle eReader

Kindle eReader
I love a hard copy book as much as the next person, but for a voracious reader who also lives out of a suitcase much of the time, the Kindle has been a life-saver. I’m currently saving for the Kindle Voyage with WiFi, but am still using a Paperwhite until then.

AIRFARE

Flight aggregators are a great tool to see what’s out there before you commit, so I never book a flight without checking Momondo and Kayak first. As for loyalty programs, I’m an AAdvantage member, but it’s strictly because there’s more airlift out of my home airport on American Airlines. I prefer JetBlue, Alaska, Southwest and Delta domestically, and Virgin Atlantic for hopping across the pond. Skip Silver Airways altogether.

ACCOMMODATION

I have been known to spend hours pouring over travel reviews to find the perfect place to stay. I used to use TripAdvisor but find it so filled with fakery – I don’t waste my time there any more. Now I use Travelocity for hotel booking because they offer a 24/7 personal assistance guarantee on all services booked through the site. I wish we’d booked our wedding hotel through Travelocity – we would’ve had a much better experience, I’m sure! A great way to feel like a local in a new place, or pursue slow travel rather than hotel-hopping. Sign up with this link and get a free credit on your first stay!

INSURANCE

Leaving home without travel insurance? Don’t be ridiculous. I’ve filed 3 claims with World Nomads>World Nomads – twice for broken camera equipment and once for a sprained ankle – and it was a seamless process. Paid for itself many times over.

WIFI ON THE GO

You’ll find Boingo hotspots in just about every major airport, and even on some flights! With 600,000 hotspots around the world, Boingo has saved me many times during unexpected layovers and delays.

JANE AUSTEN BOX SET

A must for the Janeite with a home and a bookshelf. For the traveling Austen fan, you can download each novel for free on Kindle.

OUT OF AFRICA

A classic by Karen Blixen, this a beautiful must-read for anyone heading to Africa.

SWAHILI FOR THE BROKENHEARTED

A poignant, funny read about a recently single guy traveling from Cape Town to Cairo. Great insight into African culture along the way. Grab your copy here.

THE SUN ALSO RISES

The Ernest Hemingway classic. I read this on a bus to Pamplona for Running of the Bulls and it made the experience much richer to imagine it as it once was, before it became a frat party.

WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING

A gut-splittingly funny travel memoir from Hollywood sitcom writer, Kristen Newman.

THE WAY OF WANDERLUST

Want to become a travel writer? Start here with this lovely anthology by the sweetest man in travel, Don George.

VAGABONDING

Wonderfully inspiring read for the journeyer, plus the author, Rolf Potts, is a nice person in real life.

THE LOST GIRLS

Jen, Holly and Amanda were some of the first women to quit their jobs, start a blog and travel the world. Love their story told from three POVs.

50 ESSENTIAL ITEMS FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS

If you follow traveling women writers then get your hands on this awesome pocket-sized guide. You’ll find lots of familiar faces in this – including mine! Filled with 50 handy suggestions, it’s ideal for the wandering lady.

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