Essential Items for Travelers that Make Great Gifts

Essential Items for Travelers that Make Great Gifts

I am one of those people who LOVE to travel but LOATHE to pack for it. You would think that I would be better at it by now but I still struggle with overpacking. I have found that there are several items that are essential each time that I travel and I think that you will find useful too.

 InStyler TULIP Auto Curler – Seriously, this is the one item responsible for my good hair days. It can curl my thick, long, hair in only 15 minutes. ( I know because I timed it) You can read my review here.  Seriously, worth every penny!

Fabulous Hair in 15 minutes with the InStyler TULIP Auto Curler


Waterproof Camera – An underwater camera is essential for getting great pics by the water without the worry of messing up your phone.

I received my GoPro Camera as a Christmas gift and I unfortunately lost it on the beach in Daytona a few months later.

I did not want to pay the big price again so I purchased the SJCAM SJ4000 WiFi Action Camera FHD 1080P 12MP a few months later. I loved the price, viewing screen on the back, app, and picture quality. 

Here is a picture that I took with the SJCAM SJ4000 underwater camera. You can’t beat the price at under $90!






Aventura Clothing Women’s Kyle Wrap in White and Aventura Women’s Wyatt Short Sleeve shirt in Black. I received both of these items as samples to check out in the colors below. They have been in my suitcase for pretty much every trip ever since.
I like that the white cardigan is lightweight and can be dressed up or dressed down. The same goes for the short sleeve shirt in black. You can’t go wrong with basics. As a chronic overpacker, these items help me have more options with less items to pack in my suitcase.


Secret Scarf by Tammi– Secret Scarf by Tammi was one of our recent Travel Workshop sponsors. The scarves are super cute and also have a secret pocket that allows you to store your passport and money without detection. A great gift at under $25.


JORD Wood Watch – This watch is a combination of art and accessory. Every time I wear this watch it gets noticed and complimented. It’s a great gift for someone who wants something more unique and appreciates a custom gift.

JORD Watch 6

BANDI Wear – Large Pocketed Belt – This is perfect for when you want handsfree options but also want your phone close by. I’ve worn my BANDI when I wanted to take pictures with my phone on the beach but I didn’t have pockets, when I go hiking and also when I’ve gone ziplining. The large pocket belt fits my Iphone 6+ securely along with any credit/ID cards.

Sweatybands Athletic Headbands– I use these headbands to work out in but I also use them for everyday wear as well. The best part is that they don’t slip. I personally like the patterned headbands because they can go with a lot of clothing combinations. Use this link for a discount.


 Columbia Montlake BackpackThis backpack has been a lifesaver. It has saved me fees for luggage that weighs too much because all of it’s compartments and pockets. It also has a special compartment for laptops. The zipper at the top makes it easy to store items that you need to get to often as a carryon. You can even use compress the bag to store under the seat in front of you on an airplane making it your “personal item.” This bag is with me whenever I fly.






I hope you’ve found these travel essentials useful. They are what I use often when I travel which is why I can recommend them without hesitation. They have been tried and tested and passed the test.




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Essential Items for Travelers that Make Great Gifts

Sideline Essentials for Sports Parents

Sideline Essentials for Sports Parents

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Dick’s Sporting Goods. All opinions are my own. #DSGFit4U

As a sports mom,  I spend A LOT of time on the bleachers watching my two boys play multiple sports. If your kids play sports, you might as well come prepared to make the experience more enjoyable. Here are a few sports parent essentials to bring to your next game.

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