The One Little Thing You Can’t Travel Without

I’ve gone through and asked several traveling females about the one little thing they just can’t travel without. There are some great items in these mini-interviews, all of which are listed below.

If you are a traveling female and want to share your one little thing, drop me a line!


Wraps, Scarves and Accessories

  • Turkish towel by Camille Willemain: Versatile like a sarong, but absorbent like a towel.
  • Pagne by Kelly Nicole Baug: Wrap that can be used in many situations, similar to a sarong.
  • Sarong by Megan Davies Wykes: As a skirt, towel, scarf, beach cover-up and more!
  • Hat by Johnie Gall: To block the sun, protect from bad hair, and napping.
  • Circle scarf by Sarah Clarke: A versatile accessory.
  • Buff Headwear by Bobbi Lee Hitchon: A convertible headband, hat, ear warmer.
  • My Scarf by Beverley Reinemann: the perfect accessory to spruce up any outfit.
  • Bandana by Erica Kuschel: This multipurpose item is also fashionable.

Make-up and Cosmetics

First Aid and Hygiene


  • Pillowcase by Julia Haase: For a soft clean pillow option across the world.
  • Nemo Fillo Pillow by Kathleen: For sleeping comfort.
  • Eye Mask by Michelle Belair: For a good night’s sleep, anywhere, anytime.
  • Earplugs by Jade Johnston: To sleep better when you travel.
  • The Silk Sleep Sack by Lauren McLeod: It keeps you safe from suspicious hostel beds.


  • Laundry Sheets by Julia Sweeney: These all-in-one sheets act as a fabric softener, detergent and static guard.
  • Rick Steves Braided Laundry Line by Diana Szpotowicz: Great for hanging clothes to dry after a day at the beach or hand-washing.

Eating on the Road

  • Tea sachets by Abby Woody: For making your own soothing warm cup of tea on the go.
  • Vapur water bottle by Lauriane Giroux: A handy, soft, foldable water bottle.
  • Travel Spork by Cassie Kifer: Great for eating on the go.
  • Water Bottles by Rebecca Several: To stay hydrated without hurting the environment.

Packing and Electronics

Money and Security

Journals and Keeping in Touch

Odds and Ends

  • Easy Rider Tour by Mariska Roothman: The journey that made one woman’s trip through Vietnam unforgettable.
  • Teddy bear by Kate Sedrowski: A little piece of home that makes a great conversation starter.

This is a great list so far, but wouldn’t it be better if your one little thing was here as well? I thought so, too! Drop me a line.


    • BARB mILES says

      If you are driving internationally and have a handicap placard, remember to bring it. It is legal everywhere in the world.

  1. says

    A sarong. I purchased several over the years in the caribbean on various islands I’ve visited. They pack super light, and can be used as multipurpose items for example:
    – to sit on at beach sand
    – (if ground dry) trailside rest stop or picnic
    – coverup for sun
    – as skirt over bathingsuit – length depends on preference
    – under sleepingbag at hostels
    – as light blanket
    – cover tent floor
    – turn into a bag to carry stuff
    – a friend of mine wore one as makeshift dress (i havent figured that out yet)
    – cover valuables in rental car
    – fold up as travel pillow
    – roll up as back support
    – for quick privacy outdoors to change clothes etc
    – wall hanging to brighten up ugly room
    – over window to cover light & sleep in (if curtain inadequate or nonexistent)
    – mosquito shield
    – to dry off feet after rinsing sand
    – cover ugly furniture (at home) or dirty untrusted furniture in travel

    The list goes on….
    Tips for sarong multiuse:
    1) Just test first to make sure color wont run if using where may get wet. Some of mine run bold color like crazy regardless how often washed. Others don’t run much or at all.
    2) Bring more than one on a trip since depending on type of use, they need washed. But they dry fast.
    3) Get them cheap and get several. Mine all cost between $6 at Key West tourist trap, to $20 in St Maarten for original hand painted (or so I was told it was; don’t know but it had a big lizard on it so had to have it)

  2. says

    Duct tape! Repairs tents, coats, luggage even skin (someone I ripped his legal open mountain climbing, deep cut, sealed it with duct tape until he could get medical attention). make a lightweight roll by putting a business-card-sized piece of paper/cardboard on the end, and then wrap up as much or as little as you want to carry.


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