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.



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

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. Stephanie unfolds her yoga mat, starts a Yoga Collective class on her iPhone, and can get her sweat on anywhere. Check out Groupon for a $15 1 year unlimited online subscription to the Yoga Collective.

Sensory Theory

Traveling can be stressful. When we feel the beginning of a headache, we massage a dab of Peace of Mind into our 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 and 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.scrubba.PNG

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.

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These are Stephanie’s go to travel flats. They are comfortable for a lot of walking, the neutral colors can be worn with any outfit, and 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 we also use rain jackets 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 we 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 if needed.


  • Sarong

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


We love these wipes to freshen up on the go. They don’t irritate sensitive skin and hints of cucumber and aloe leave our faces feeling refreshed. We were glad we carried these wipes in situations where a shower wasn’t available.

August 2018

Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

The Traveling Gingerbread is a place for us to share budget travel tips for people with full time jobs, fun facts, itineraries, and where to find the best craft beer. We have been traveling together since 2013. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, experiences, and local breweries. We can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. In 2019, we brewed our first beer and were hooked, although, we have no intentions of brewing more than small batches. We'll continue our self appointed roles of professional testers and creating craft beer trails.

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