5 Things I Always Pack: Marina K. Villatora of TravelExperta

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Marina Kuperman Villatoro runs TravelExperta, a resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. She lives in beautiful Antigua, Guatemala and travels with her husband and two boys all over the world. So tell us Marina, what travel gear do you always pack?Traveling has fully changed me for me since having children. It's all about ease and organization and peacefulness.1. Hanging Toiletry Bag - I just recently discovered this accessory and now it literally is the most … [Read more...]

5 Things I Always Pack – Lisa Niver Rajna

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Lisa Niver Rajna is the co-founder of We Said Go Travel and co-author of Traveling in Sin (now available in paperback!). She has been living out of her backpack since July 2012 but has mainly been on the road since 1990 with seven of those years on a cruise ship working as an assistant cruise director like Julie McCoy for Princess Cruises: the original Love Boat!So Lisa, what do you always pack?I have very little with me when I am on the road and I find that nearly everything in my … [Read more...]

5 Things I Always Pack – David Lee of GoBackpacking

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David Lee is a the founder of two popular travel blogs, Go Backpacking and Medellin Living. He considers himself a minimalist, and when not on the move is based in Medellin, Colombia. So Dave, what do you always pack?In 2013, I challenged myself to begin traveling ultralight, with nothing but a 1,950 cubic inch North Face Big Shot backpack. Traveling with a small backpack requires boiling down what I take with me to the bare essentials. Here are 5 things I still find room to carry with me … [Read more...]

5 Things I Always Pack – Juno Kim

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Juno Kim runs the popular Runaway Juno blog and she's kicking off our relaunch of the "5 Things I Always Pack" series---items that go in the suitcase or backpack for every trip. Take it away Juno!We all know the critical items to pack before a trip: Passport, Visa (if any), Credit Cards, guidebooks, and so on.  But every traveler has her own packing style, and the subtle differences lie in personalized items and packing procedure. Here I'll introduce five items that have always made my … [Read more...]

5 things I always pack: Amy Whitley

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Amy Whitley is the newest reviewer here at Practical Travel Gear. She's a freelance travel writer and founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids, a site for traveling families (and parents who have heard 'Are we there yet?!' one too many times). A partner of Best Family Travel Experts, Amy's articles have appeared in print newspapers, online travel sites, and Redbook. She makes her home in rural Oregon, and travels extensively with her husband and three children. So Amy, what do you always … [Read more...]

5 Things I Always Pack: Colleen Lanin

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Colleen Lanin is a freelance writer and creator/editor of Travel Mamas, a site for anyone who wants to travel with children…and stay sane. Colleen is a video blogger for Barilla’s Piccolini.tv, the former editor of the Tree.com Travel blog (by Lending Tree), and a family travel expert at BestFamilyTravelAdvice.com. Her articles have appeared in such publications as Parenting Magazine, San Diego Family Magazine, and 101 Things To Do San Diego. She teaches writing classes through San Diego … [Read more...]

5 Things I Always Pack: Julie Ovenell-Carter

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Julie Ovenell-Carter launches her travels from Vancouver, BC. She has learned most of her packing lessons the hard way--which is why she never leaves home without her Canadian sense of humor.Once many years ago, when I packing for a business trip and fretting obsessively about whether to pack one pair of pantyhose or two, my mother wisely observed that “they probably sell pantyhose in Toronto.” That sober advice stuck with me, and when it came time to pass along packing wisdom to my own … [Read more...]

Five Things I Always Pack: Jody Halsted

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Family travel authority Jody Halsted is based in the too-often-overlooked Midwest. Her family travel tales can be found at Family Rambling and Uptake Attractions. Jody also shares her passion for traveling with kids in the Emerald Isle at Ireland with Kids. When not writing -- or traveling -- she's talking to tourism destinations about social technology or speaking to crowds at Irish fests about the magic of family trips to Ireland.Of course there are way more than five things I take when I … [Read more...]

5 Things I Always Pack – Chris Epting

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Chris Epting is the author of 18 books including James Dean Died Here, Roadside Baseball and Hello, It's Me - Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie. He also writes for many publications and is the longtime national spokesman for the Hampton Hotel Save-A-Landmark program. Here's what always goes into his bag:1. My well-worn copy of Blue Highways - this venerable, classic travel tome by William Least Heat-Moon sits in my bag like the old friend that it is. Oh, I'll have some other books and … [Read more...]

Five Things I Always Pack — Mike Barish

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Mike Barish is a freelance travel writer and regular contributor to Gadling. He is a universally respected expert in the SkyMall catalog whose work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Budget Travel, World Hum and Intelligent Travel. He was also the host of Chevrolet’s Travel Cruze-arati web series. You can always see what Mike’s up to on his own site and on Twitter. Mike is based in New York City where he lives with his fiancée and their two dogs.1. Merino Wool UnderwearBetween … [Read more...]