travel: 5 things I wish I’d packed

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So you packed and repacked your things a dozen times for your trip, but somehow you arrived at your destination with important things missing. Or at least… that’s what happened to me during my trip to Kenya last week!

I felt like I’d thought of everything I’d possibly need, but once there, discovered I’d definitely missed a handful of items. Here’s 5 things I wish I’d packed during my trip (and will make sure to remember next time):

1. Slip on shoes:

I chose my white vans high tops as my main shoe for my trip, and that was a huge mistake. When you walk into buildings (and houses) in Kenya you often have to take your shoes off in exchange for house slippers or flip-flops, and constantly unlacing high tops is a major pain in the butt. I’ll definitely be investing in some low slip ons, maybe like these or these.

2. Bentonite clay:

I set some of this aside on a little carry-on jar to take with me, but changed my mind last minute. While I’m pretty sure the jar was the appropriate size for TSA requirements, I wasn’t sure if they’d be picky about someone carrying an unlabeled container of powder onto the plane. That said, my skin went crazy due to the weather change and the hard water over in Kenya and it definitely would’ve fared better with the detoxifying bentonite clay. Next time I’ll take the risk. [clickToTweet tweet=”5 things I forgot to pack while #traveling, so you don’t forget them too!” quote=”5 things I forgot to pack while traveling, so you don’t forget them too!”]

3. iPod:

I don’t have an iPod, but oh my goodness I definitely need to invest in one before I take my next trip. It was fine not having it on the plane to Nairobi because there were in flight movies (hellooo James Bond for 12 hours), but the long car rides averaging 2-4 hours were KILLER without music! Anyone wanna suggest some good playlist additions?

4. Zoom lens:

I made the mistake of only bringing my 50mm lens with me and I’m kind of sad about all the rad landscape and safari shots I missed because of it. I generally prefer to stick with the 50mm since I love how pictures turn out with it, but there’s definitely a time and place to utilize something else (and I’m pretty sure that was last week, all over Kenya… dang).

5. Lavendar essential oil:

Guys, jet lag is so friggin real. I wish I’d brought this along to help me sleep not only on the multiple plane rides, but also when I was struggling to adjust to a normal schedule. I debated taking sleeping pills instead but the idea of struggling to wake up because of a chemically induced sleep just doesn’t sit right with me, ya know?

( Related: DIY essential oil roll-on )

Can you suggest any other items people might need?


  1. Ashlyn April 27, 2016 / 9:37 am

    So I’ve been hearing about oils more and more and how good they can be for you and how much they help. Does the lavender oil really help you sleep better at night? I’ve forgotten my iPod before, and I agree with you, it makes long trips seem so dull. Thanks for the tips!

    • Kate • The Gold Sister
      April 28, 2016 / 3:10 pm

      I feel like it works, but maybe it’s just a placebo effect? I’ve been trying to play around with them more recently–I’ll probably do a big post in the future on it.

      And you’re welcome! :))

  2. Joanna April 28, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I bet you missed the zoom lens, especially in a safari! Something to definitely remember for the next time you are traveling and want to photograph animals. I actually went into a woods walk a few days ago and I encountered a pack of friendly deer. I so wish I had my camera with me.

  3. Jessica Ryles April 28, 2016 / 10:42 am

    I’m also a huge fan of the 50mm, and I’ve totally been in the same spot missing my zoom lens. Glad I’m not the only one! My husband teases me about carting a couple lens around, but sometimes you just need that long distance shot!

  4. Nellwyn April 28, 2016 / 11:44 am

    Great list! Worrying about forgetting stuff is why I get serious packing anxiety… I would never have thought to bring lavender oil for sleep, that’s a great idea!

    Nellwyn |

    • Kate • The Gold Sister
      April 28, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Thanks!! and it’s usually okay if I forget something when I travel close, but I was going so dang far!

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