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Shawna’s Top 5 Items So Far

After being on the road for a month, I’ve already identified a few “top” items that I would HIGHLY recommend to any traveler.

Drink it all up...

#1-My collapsible water bottle.It doesn’t sound like much but this has been really handy because we never have to buy bottled water and in airports we can fold it up and store it when we go through security and never worry about carrying liquids through. It’s tiny, it’s practical, it keeps us hydrated, which is super important.And… and it saves us money!

#2-My Black “Marrakesh Dress” by Columbia. I had to order this online after coming across it at SportsChek but not being able to get my size. It is AMAZING! It looks awesome, it feels light and breezy and best of all, it’s made out of sporty, synthetic material that breathes and doesn’t wrinkle. Basically, after feeling grungy and worn out, you can dig this little doozy out of your bag, throw it on, and feel like a million bucks!

#3-My Sanuk Flip Flops. Comfortable footwear is key for traveling. I don’t think I’ve ever walked this much in my life!I chose these Sanuk Flip Flops because they felt comfortable (they are made out of recycled yoga mats), they seemed versatile enough to wear for shower and swimming flip flops in addition to city wear, and they are good looking – they’re black with gold on the other side to give them a hint of bling. I’ve never had a problem with them pinching or giving me blisters!

Sleeping Beauty...or so he thinks!

#4-My eye mask & ear plugs.
The ear plugs need very little explanation-they block out partiers (or seagulls) in the hostels and crying children on the planes. Enough said. My little eye mask reminds me of Blanche from the Golden Girls. I brought it more as a “just in case”, thinking that it may be something I ditched early on but it’s actually been really key to getting some much needed sleep. I used it in Scotland because they’re further up north so it doesn’t get dark at night until really late. I use it on the buses and trains to catch a few winks when we’ve gotten up ridiculously early to catch our connection and I’ve used iton our flights so that my neighbour (ahem, Skott!!) can still have the light on and read while I sleep. A good sleep is key to enjoying your RTW adventure so this one is a real help!

#5-My Buff. We ordered these at Buff Canada and it is fabulous! It’s a great way to keep your hair out of your face, or conceal it when it’s getting quite dirty. It keeps the sweat out of your eyes (which was great when we were hiking in the Alps) and you can wear it around your neck at night to keep you warmer or on your face to keepthe dust out of your mouth and nose.

Mmmm, peanut butter....

#6-Our Spork!!
(I know I said 5, but this little gadget cannot be left out…besides, I have never been thaaat great at math!)

This tiny little device was a Christmas gift. Again, it was one of those things that I thought might be a little gimmicky but it has been SO key to cheap meals on the road. With this little baby we have been able to whip up anything from the local grocery store into a quick breakfast, lunch or supper. Any kind of salad, sammy or taster from the local farmer’s market can become an instant meal on the go with our spork!

What about any other world travellers?? What were some of the things which you brought, which you would recommend to anyone?

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3 Responses to “Shawna’s Top 5 Items So Far”

  1. Jaime July 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Oh man now I want a collapsable water bottle and a spork. For real… I have one never heard of a collapsable water bottle and now want one and well a spork Ive heard of them but never thought it would be practical and now that I think of it it really would. Congrats on a month on the road!

  2. Alouise July 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    I have a spork that I use all the time at home, I stick it in my lunch kit at work. I never thought about taking it when I travel, but I guess it would be pretty handy.

    • Skott and Shawna July 26, 2011 at 12:42 am #

      Seriously – it has saved us on many a street side lunch!! Pack it :)

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