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Our family is always thinking about that next trip we want to take; whether it’s back to Colorado, the state we love and was once called home, or exploring a new city in California. Back in March, we took a family trip to San Francisco and Yosemite. We spent the first half in a cabin enjoying the sights, hikes and amazing scenery Yosemite has to offer, and the second half touring San Francisco. It is definitely up there with one of our best vacations yet.
When it comes to traveling, I am one of those women who like to be prepared. I’ve traveled quite a bit throughout Europe, Mexico and all over the United States in my 40 years of life. One thing I’ve learned, is what to pack in my purse or backpack when I know I’ll be exploring a new city all day.
From life’s little surprises to that moment when I realize if I don’t eat a little something I’ll pass out, I’ve learned what necessities I need to pack and what extras to bring just in case.
Here’s what I pack in my purse for a day of sightseeing out and about in a new city.
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Small Scissors: I bring these with me just because. You would be amazed at how many times I’ve used this tiny pair of scissors. From cutting tags off new sunglasses to loose threads from a shirt, they come in handy.
Medicines & Bandages: I carry with me my migraine medicine everywhere I go, plus pain reliever, stomach tablets and something for motion sickness. The little mint box you see actually holds pain reliever. I like to store them in tins instead of carrying around a bottle. Bandages are a necessity for life’s cuts, scrapes and blisters from wearing the wrong shoes while being on your feet all day. (Yes, I’m speaking from experience.)
Wipes and Hand Sanitizer: Whether it’s from a sticky ice cream cone your child just ate or there wasn’t any soap in a public restroom, both of these come in handy while traveling. I’ve wiped down tables at restaurants and given everyone a good dose of hand sanitizer before we’ve eaten on many occasions.
Stain remover & tissues: I keep these on hand because life gets messy doesn’t it? Especially while traveling.
Extra cash, ID and Debit Card: When I’m traveling for the day, I don’t like to carry a heavy wallet around with me. I leave my wallet locked in the safe at the hotel and only carry the bare necessities. If you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to have your passport with you at all times.
Sunglasses, Lip balm & Gum: These are three essentials for me while out for the day; sunglasses for protecting my eyes from the sun, lip balm for keeping my lips from getting chapped and gum since I can’t brush my teeth after meals.
Water bottle: My entire family carries a reusable water bottle in their backpacks while we’re traveling. We fill them up before we leave for the day and refill them throughout the day from water fountains and restaurants that are kind enough to fill them for us. When flying, we empty the bottles before going through security and refill them while on the airplane. Keeping ourselves hydrated while traveling saves us from getting headaches and helps keep our energy level up.
Phone: Since I upgraded to a larger phone, I use it as my camera, e-reader, note pad and GPS. I also use it to look up restaurant reviews, fun things to do in the city and to find any other information I might need. This keeps my load lighter, which is always a plus while traveling.
Snacks: I don’t know about you, but traveling makes me hungry! It also makes my kids hungry, so carrying a few snacks to tide us over until we can find somewhere to eat a meal, helps a lot. When you mix being hungry + being in a new city + the tiredness that naturally comes along; it can make for some stressful moments. I like to carry with me almonds, pretzels and mini bars for a boost of energy.
Most of these items, excluding the water bottle and phone, fit nicely into small pouches. It keeps my bag organized and helps me find what I need in a jiffy.
The Carefree Acti-Fresh liners barely take up any space and fit into one of the pouches easily, leaving plenty of room for other items. When I’m traveling, I’ll often wear a liner just in case to keep me feeling fresh. It gives me the peace of mind I need, so I focus on the fun day ahead. Because the only surprises I want throughout the day are the exciting sights of the city! Are you with me on that?!
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With a bag packed with all of the essentials, I’m ready for a day of travel and fun with the family. I like to carry either a soft cloth tote bag or a back pack instead of a handbag. It’s easier on my back and I don’t have the extra heaviness that many handbags add.
Do you have any tips for what to carry with you on a day of travel in a new city?
I pack all this stuff as well. I have a great purse that is a backpack or a purse. Actually it can be a cross body bag too. It’s perfect to use as a backpack for walking around a city, then switching it to a purse style when museums don’t let you have a backpack.
I love how you packed everything!! I agree with everything you wrote. I would pack my bag the same as you did!! Great share.
I pack a lot of the same things! I really need to get a stain remover, though. 🙂
Small scissors seem so random but totally come in handy!
All great items to include! I LOVE the small baggies with the measurements on them! Have you ever seen the water bottles that deflate to be flat? I want one of those for airplane travel (I do what you do and dump and refill a bottle)!
I do the same with hard sided and collapsible water bottles. Great thing about collapsible is many sporting events won’t allow hard plastic or glass water bottles, but will the collapsible. Found this out when I went to a Yankees/Red Sox game and had to rent a locker near by to avoid throwing away my expensive refillable that was hard plastic.
I refill mine at a restaurant or bar after I get through security. I give the bartender a dollar tip for being kind – much cheaper than buying at the news stand
I pack all of these as well! Except when I am in a hurry and have to switch purses/travel bags and forget something left in the other bag… which sometimes happens too often with me 😉 Thanks for the helpful tips for each item, too!
Yep, I pack about the same when I’m out exploring for the day! The only addition I can think of would be a portable charger for your phone, just in case the dreaded 10% warning shows up ages before you’re ready to return to the hotel!
I agree. The phone charger is a must for me. My phone is constantly being used while we travel: GPS, Yelp, toilet finding app, water fountain finding app, public transit app, step counter, plus using it for still and video, uploading to Facebook, eReader while waiting, friending new people on social media that I meet, etc, etc, etc.
I have a charger that can take my phone from 1% to full several times along with an extra long charger cable sonI can keep the charger in my bag and still utilize my phone.
I pack many of the same things you do. Great tip on the pouches, I’ll have to try that!
I love seeing what others pack in their travel bags! Looks like you’re all set for adventure. 🙂
Oh wow, you are so prepared! I also usually carry a tiny pair of scissors on me – it ALWAYS comes in handy!
A snack somewhere in the bag is so incredibly important, because I absolutely love the idea of having a snack when I get a little peckish! xx Adaleta Avdic
Great list. The cash and wipes are something you always be glad you have. I also always brings bottle especially if I’m going to be at the airport long. You can bring an empty bottle through security and then fill it up instead of paying $3 for water.
I also pack scrunchies, hair clips and a small brush and comb. My hair is a medium length and I never know if it will be windy or warm. This may require my hair to be pulled up.
Great tips…I’ve gotten on the zipper pouches bandwagon for better organization in that dark hole I call my purse. I would add a trial size lotion because handwashing makes my hands so dry. Pen & mini post-it along with my business/personal cards. It is surprising how many times I need those cards! Good way to give your info to new friends or business acquaintances if you ate at aconference,etc…
This list has all the great essentials! xo Loren // http://www.thinkelysian.com
Where did you buy your zip pouches from? Now my children are getting older I don’t need to carry around quite so much stuff so like the idea of having a more organised handbag.
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