Oh how I love packing, and packing lists, and clever gadgets.

Prompt #28: The right gear can make or break your trip. What is your favorite/must-have gear item?

“A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.” –Coco Chanel

wet suit bagI originally found this bag after returning from Panama with a bag even the customs agents didn’t want to open. Mildew happens.

 

I took a 35L backpack on my round the world trip. Occasionally I wished I had a bigger pack, but ultimately it was just the right size for me. While I’ve been told that I’m a pretty paired down traveler, (I try not to let this go to my head), I do pack a number of unnecessary awesome items… from perfume atomizers to stockpiles of Burt’s Bees chapstick. So I had a hard time narrowing down to just one ‘must-have gear favorite’ from my hypothetical list of “things you really don’t need to take traveling, but I like to bring anyway”. So I picked the most useful item, that is now a must-bring for me. Can I travel without it? Definitely, but life on the road is way easier with it.

Flight 001?s Wet Suit bag is on my must-pack list. After returning from Panama with a bag even the customs agents didn’t want to open, I decided I needed a strategy for my bag not mildewing on my upcoming RTW trip. I stumbled across Flight001?s wet suit bag, and 21 countries later, I don’t travel without it. It’s called ‘wet suit’, in that you can put a wet swimsuit in it and toss it in the top of your bag and arrive at your next destination with a dry swimsuit. Ha, that was a lie — that would be magic. The beauty of the bag is that you arrive at your next destination with a wet suit (in a bag) and dry everything else (in your pack). So whether you’re throwing your tiny travel towel in it before an early flight, or decided to go on an impromptu swimming adventure, it keeps your stuff from mildewing, saving on laundry money and time. Mildew happens.

Go Clean Wet Suit Bag, $18, Flight 001

What is your favorite gear item?

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