Here are the items I have found most useful in my travels! I hope they help you out also. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
For working while traveling (or even personal computer use) I decided to try these small and lightweight Laptop Stand, Keyboard and mouse to see if they made a difference. They have! It is so nice to not be hunched over my laptop in what I know is a terrible position ergonomically. Being able to raise my computer screen to eye level and have a comfortable separate keyboard and mouse has made a world of difference for me! The last thing I need while traveling is extra neck/shoulder/arm/wrist strain!
The laptop case folds up and comes with its own little pouch. Logi keyboard and mouse have a good feel and easily connect to up to 3 difference computers/tablets at the touch of a button/key.
This pink portable door lock fits into the slot of your door lock and prevents anyone from opening the door from the outside, even if they have a key! It’s only 6 inches long x 1.65 inches wide and comes in it’s own pink pouch. Its so small it’s easy to just keep in the pocket of your suitcase just incase you’re staying someplace that feels just a bit dodgy!
This set of 6 Packing Cubes has been awesome for organized and stress-free packing! I have 2 sets of 6 so I have lots of flexibility depending on the length / packing needs of my trip. I roll my clothes, organize them by type (tops, bottoms, socks/underwear, sweaters, shoes, etc). I love being able to “unpack” my suitcase in literally 5 seconds when I arrive at my destination! There are 13 different colors to choose from.
I am always on the lookout for a good sunhat. With my white-as-a-sheet Irish skin I am obsessive about trying to stay covered! This one has been the best I’ve found! Keeps its shape really well even after being packed (I don’t crush it flat when packed, but fill it in with other items). I love that it has a drawstring strap to keep it on in the wind. It’s also eco-friendly, made from recycled paper. Comes in 8 different colors and different sizes.
These books by Corinna Cooke really helped get me excited for going to Italy. They are full of great ideas and history. Also who doesn’t want to think of themself as embarking on a glamorous trip to Rome or Venice!