The Traveling Gingerbread Essentials

A few items that make traveling a little easier from travel guides and refillable water bottles to pack-able shoes and anti-theft bags.


These guides are filled with travel and safety tips, maps, history, self guided tours, and recommendations. We always research before a trip to learn the culture and create a list of must see places.

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We always carry a couple drawstring bags in our suitcases. This bag is the perfect size to carry our essentials for the day to the beach, on a hike, or sightseeing. We have collected many of these from giveaways at events, but the Nike Brasilia Training Gymsack is a favorite because of its durability.

Made from upcycled foam, this pillow can compress down for easy packing during travel and expands quickly when unrolled. We use this pillow on planes, buses, sleeper trains, at Airbnbs, and hotels. charger.PNG

We take this mini charger everywhere. With a full battery, we can fully charge an IPhone at least 3 times. After using the mini charger, we recharge it when we get home for next time. This mini charger holds the charge until we need it again.

This aloe has saved our sunburns many times. It’s available in a 2oz travel size and 15oz to use at home. We also love Key West Aloe’s Save a Tan moisturizer, Sunsorb coconut SPF 30 lip balm, and Sunsorb SPF 30 sunscreen, all available in travel sizes in the Sun Kissed to Go-Coconut set.

water bottle

This BPA free water bottle will stand when filled and takes up almost no room when empty. Because it’s extremely flexible, it can be refilled at a regular drinking fountain. In addition to saving money, a reusable water bottle helps decrease the amount of plastic waste.Adapter.PNG

Recommended by another blogger, we purchased this universal adapter for our recent trip to Asia and love it. With two USB ports, we can charge multiple things at once. 


We love our ultra light weight suitcases. The outer soft shell gives us just a little more room when we need to squeeze in a couple more items and the spinner wheels make bringing this suitcase along a breeze.

Yoga Mat

This 2mm thick yoga mat easily folds into a square for yoga on the go and only weighs 1 pound. I unfold my yoga mat, start my Yoga Collective class on my IPhone and can get my sweat on anywhere. Check out Groupon for a $15 one year unlimited online subscription to the Yoga Collective.

Sensory Theory

Traveling can be stressful. When I feel the beginning of a headache, I massage a dab of Peace of Mind into my temples and let the peppermint work its magic.

We quickly learned toilet paper is not common in Asian bathrooms. The plastic dispenser protects the toilet tissue from breaking down in our bag. With no cardboard insert, the roll is small and biodegradable.

cell phone

As a precaution, our cell phones go in a waterproof bag any time we are near water. We put the lanyard around our neck and have no worries on the boat, swimming in waterfalls, or kayaking. These bags are also great to hold our cash and credit cards.


We pack light during our longer trips and don’t bring enough clothes for every day. Finding an Airbnb with a washer or hotel with inexpensive laundry services is a challenge. This works great to conveniently wash clothes throughout our trip and the bag is quick to dry for repacking.

Ladies Travel


These are my go to travel flats. They are comfortable for a lot of walking, the neutral colors can be worn with any outfit, and compact packing doesn’t cause them to lose shape.


This rain jacket is lightweight and can fold into a pocket for easy packing. It has zippered pockets, adjustable sleeves and waist, and a hide away hood. When the temperatures are cooler I also use it  as another layer to stay warm.

This cross-body bag is easy to carry, can fit our essentials for the day, and keeps our cash and credit cards safe. The features I love about this bag are the cut proof strap, main compartment locking zipper, and RIDF blocking pockets.


We always pack this expandable travel bag in the bottom of our suitcase in case we go overboard souvenir shopping. The bag is sturdy enough we can check it on our return flight home if needed.


  • Sarong

This has become the most versatile piece of clothing in my bag; a cover up, dress, towel, and skirt. Thin and lightweight, I can easily put my sarong in my day bag as an emergency towel. It’s perfect for visiting temples that require my knees to be covered.


I love these wipes to freshen up on the go. They don’t irritate my sensitive skin and hints of cucumber and aloe leave my face feeling refreshed. I was glad I carried these wipes in situations where a shower wasn’t available.

August 2018


Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My husband, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over 6 years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours,  and experiences to maximize our time. We always try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. CREATION OF THE TRAVELING GINGERBREAD: In Tokyo, we smiled every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

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