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Travel gear is a subject that may be different for everyone. So after doing a lot of online and hands on research, I have come up with a short list of the items that have worked for me.

Carry what you need:
Sometimes less is more. When staying at a hotel you can use a small daypack to carry what you need for just the day. This backpack was perfect for day trips it packs up small so throwing it in your suit case is easy. It also fits light rain jackets, bottles of waters, random tech, with plenty of space left over for souvenirs.

Power on the Go:
The cell phone has become our navigation, camera/camcorder, and mobile Internet device but the batteries often fall short of a whole day.  We found ourselves plugging in our phones wherever we could find power. With approx. 4 full charges out of the Jackery Giant Portable External Battery, this thing was a life saver. We slid the charger in the front flap of our backpack and were able to charge our phones while on the move.

Flight Serenity:
I have been looking for quality on the ear bluetooth headphones for flying.  I had tried Beats and for the price they didn't really do it for me. My major issue with Beats was a lack of a passive mode (plugging in to a headphone jack when power dies.) So after doing a lot of research I found the Jabber Revo wireless headphones, they were half the price of Beats headphones and I thought they sounded better, much less bass focused.

Laptop Alternative:
Last but not least I made the leap of faith and did not bring a laptop - instead I brought my iPad with a keyboard case.  I have tried a couple keyboard/cases and this one has been my favorite. I wanted a case that would allow me to use my iPad as a laptop, fold behind like a cover, and protect it when it was in my backpack.  Pro Tip they are asking $79.00 for the cover I bought the cover from the Amazon warehouse used (damaged packaging) for $30.00 and was totally happy, no issues.

Bring your Own Wifi:
Staying in a hotel or a hostel on shared wifi can be a little nerve wracking. If your a tech savvy traveler and you want your own travel wifi router with built in firewall the Travel Sith is for you.  It also has some cool features with IPS and android where you can back your photos us to a local thumb drive you can plug into the wireless route. 

Stay Hydrated:
All to often when your traveling you forget to bring water, or possibly the water where your visiting is suspect. I found this awesome collapsible drinking bottle perfect for stowing away in your day pack.

Platypus PlusBottle, 1 Liter with Push-Pull Cap

Charge your Stuff:
Many times I have run into an issue in hotels where there just isn't enough plugs.  I found this compact power strip that offers 3 outlets and two 5 amp USB outlets. You can charge up to 5 devices at once with this power strip and I have.  


Belkin SurgePlus 3-Outlet Mini Travel Swivel Charger Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports (2.1 AMP / 10 Watt)

Organize your Packing:
I was recently was turned onto these through another travel blog I follow and I love them.  It makes it really easy to organize your clothes and move them from your bag to the hotel dresser.

TravelWise Packing Cube System - Durable 5 Piece Weekender Plus Set [2014 Version] (Teal)

Organize your Cables:
With all the electronics I travel with I hate the mess of cables I end up with. I never knew where they where and I ended up leaving them or losing them half way through the trip. Once I started using this cable organizer it made my life a lot easier. Every cable has it place and it's super easy to see one that may be missing.

BUBM Universal Cable Organizer Electronics Accessories Case Various USB, Phone, Charge, Cable organizer Travel Organizer--king Size (Black)