My Favorite Travel Accessories

I know a few things about traveling and packing and it is all through trial and error. It didn’t come naturally, I promise. Every time I forgot something on a trip, I learned a lesson or two and I got better every time. I most recently packed for a trip to Amsterdam in less than an hour in a carry on. Here are a few of my favorite travel accessories that I can’t live without. I hope this post helps when you plan your next trip.

If there is something you can’t live without or have a great travel/packing trip, comment below.

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Packing Cubes

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These make packing so much easier! I like having everything in one spot so I know exactly where it is. If you need to grab socks, tanks, underwear in a pinch. Some of the hotels I have stayed in recently have had very little drawer space. Packing cubes keep things organized.

I typically pack in a carry on, unless I am going on a longer trip. I really LOVE my Away suitcase. I didn’t think it would live up to the hype but it really does.

Travel Wallet

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I prefer to carry a small wallet when traveling for safety. This Cuyana wallet holds a few cards including my credit card and license along with coins for coffee and euros. I keep one card in my wallet and the rest of my cards in the safe at the hotel or back at the apartment. If for some reason, I loose my wallet or get pickpockets, I will always have a backup card for emergencies. You can read more about my safety tips for traveling in this post here.

Back up Battery

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my favorite travel accessories everyday parisian

I have a collection of adapters that I have used for years. I have one that fits my Mac and one that goes on my iPhone charger. It is second nature to switch over once I land and set up my mini office in Paris. This adapter for $10 from Target is an easy solution to charge multiple devices. I would keep this in my suitcase because it is small and inexpensive.


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I still love my SLR Canon don’t get me wrong. I can operate it with my eyes closed. But carrying around 4 lenses ( I prefer fixed lenses) can really take a toll on my back. I purchased this FUJI camera last year and I am so happy I did. It is more powerful than my SLR just because the technology is more recent and the files are huge (if you shoot RAW). I love the color and quality of the prints. I have brought it everywhere with me this year from Italy, France, and Australia. I even let Emma (age 6) shoot with it this Summer.

SIM Card

SIM Card Orange My favorite Travel Accessories

My phone provider in the US is Verizon which offers an International plan of $10 a day. I prefer to switch my SIM to Orange which is $50 for 2 weeks. You can get 10 GB or 20 GB. I honestly have never used the full 10 GB in two weeks and I am always on Google Maps, Instagram, and WhatsApp. It seems to be the most cost effective option if you are staying a week or more. My whole family got them this Summer and it made communication so much easier.

Just switch out your SIM from your iPhone with the SIM from Orange. I used to wait in line at Orange in Paris and you have to bring your passport and it takes forever. Plus, they are closed on Sundays. This is way easier and it takes less than 2 minutes. I always leave a little masking tape on the inside of the envelope for my SIM card so it doesn’t get lost.

Bags (Cuyana)

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My zippered tote from Cuyana is one of my favorite things I own. I use it everyday. I think it is perfect for travel especially if you have the insert which allows me to keep my laptop separate and my wallet, iPhone, passport, and camera all in one spot. The zip top makes it great for safety too.


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When it comes to arriving looking like you haven’t flown overnight, I always like to use this Eye Contour Mask from Sisley. I put it under my eyes before flying and it lasts the whole trip. I keep it in my Cuyana bag along with their Sisley Black Rose Mask and my Bioderma face wipes for when I land. I like to freshen up when I land with one of these wipes.

Toiletry Bags

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I have had these Cuyana Travel Bags for years and use them on every trip small or big. It comes with two bags and I use the small one for makeup and the larger one for my skincare. You can see where my priorities are 😉 These also make the best gift for someone that travels a bunch. They have a men’s and women’s version.

Oversized Cashmere Scarf

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A few years ago, my aunt sent me an oversized cashmere scarf. I always asked to borrow one of hers when we were together. She loves bright colors but she sent me a black one ( my preferred color choice) that I use on almost all international flights. I can’t find the brand she purchase for me but this one is similar.

P.S. If you enjoyed this post, don’t miss My Favorite Apps for Paris and What I Pack in My Carry On

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  1. For the orange Sim card, do you have to have a phone that is paid for, meaning you were no longer making monthly payments on it? I’ve heard that the wireless carriers will not unlock the phone for you unless it is paid off. Thanks in advance for the info!

    • Hi Amy,

      I have never had a problem. My iPhone is an iPhone 6s and it was paid for a long time ago. My family all used them this Summer and no one had trouble and their phones are more current than mine. I use Verizon as my carrier. You might want to double-check with your carrier to be certain but I have never heard of any issues. Good luck!


  2. Thank you so much for this post. Have a ? About the camera. I gave 2 dslrs and 1 mirrored (yes I have camera addition!) and am wondering how you deal with no zoom. I understand that it forces you too be creative, but say you want to take pic of Tour Eiffel from a distance, you are still limited in what you can do. This isn’t a cheap camera so am pondering if it’s worth it. Also want to say I really appreciate your posts!

    • Hi Lisa,

      Great questions! If there is something, in particular, I want to shoot that is at a different focal point than the x100f, I will use my DSLR. My back aches from the day to day walking around but I never want to miss a shot. If I go out for sunset or a walk and I don’t think I will be shooting a lot, I will take the Fuji. I think it is a great camera.

      I took a big risk on the Fuji as I didn’t try it before, I just went off of ratings and it wasn’t cheap. Overall, I feel it was worth the investment and I am happy with the images.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂


  3. Great post! I’m a huge Cuyana fan myself 😁 Questions on your Fuji camera – I use a mirrorless Sony and I’d like to try something different. I see so many options out there. Is this one manual and what’s the lowest aperture? Do you film any video with this Fuji? Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Kimber! Which is your favorite Cuyana product?

      I love the Fuji but I wish the F stop was a little lower than 2. I haven’t shot a video with it, but you can. The files are quite large and I am afraid my Mac couldn’t handle them. I need to upgrade. I love the different film effects you can choose. Let me know if you have any other questions!


  4. Is there any problem flying with the phone charger and lithium battery? My package said do not carry on planes and I have the same charger. Thanks.