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I pack light when I travel. I've spent three months in Europe and traveled with only a carry-on bag and a personal item. There are certain items I take whenever I travel. Some of them I need, and some of them are conveniences I just like to have.

“We don't need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites.
                       ~ lloyd Alexander

MBT Shoes
I have tried a number of different shoes when traveling, but the only ones I've found that help keep my feet from becoming balloons at the bottom of my legs are MBTs.  The shoes have a rocker bottom that take the pressure off of the balls and heels of my feet.
iPad
I freely admit that I'm addicted to technology. I always carry my iPad with me because I can use it to read (with my Kindle or Nook apps), write (with Pages), draw (Paper 53), or play games to keep me occupied on long flights.  I really like having an English-Italian and Italian-English dictionary with me.
Lolly Zip
Lolly Zip was my favorite and gets a 10-out-of-10 points. Owner Jill Dybdahl designed kits that are both functional and sturdy. The containers are easy-to-fill, leak-proof, and reusable, and the TSA-compliant bag stands on its own and has a lot of extra space due to its design.   READ MY REVIEW.
Nikon
Mio Water Enhancers
I am now shooting with Nikon 5100D. I'd considered getting a more professional camera (I used a Canon EOS Pro when I shot film.), but this one offers everything that I want, has features that I like, and costs a lot less than the pro cameras. I upgraded my lens to a Tamron 18-270mm.
I am not a big fan of drinking plain water, so I carry Mio water enhancers with me wherever I go. Mio offers a variety of types of enhancers (original, electrolytes, vitamins, energy) in dozens of flavors. 

​Cabeau evolution cool pillow

All too often the flights we take are more than a couple of hours long, and that usually means that my head bounces left and right and forward and backward as I doze off. I've tried travel pillows galore, but nothing worked. They were too hot. Too flimsy. Too big. Too useless. Last year, I discovered the Cabeau Evolution Cool Pillow, and when the company sent me one to sample, I figured I had nothing to lose. The flat back allowed me to sit in a comfortable position since it wasn't pushing my neck away from the seat back. The drawstrings made it easy to position the pillow so that it supported my chin when I needed it but loosening them made it comfortable when I didn't try to sleep. The pillow, made of dual-density memory foam, comes with a carry-case and ear plugs, both big pros. I had hoped that the air holes would help the pillow stay a lot cooler than most travel pillows, but I found that the difference was not as much as I'd hoped. That said, it was still cooler than other pillows. 

Macbook1

Iphone 7Plus

My MacBook Air has been dying for a few months, and I decided to replace it with the MacBook. It's not only lighter, it's faster, has more memory, and it's PINK. What more could I want?
Let's face it. I'm a fanatic for fan of Apple products. The only thing I don't own—as of this writing—is the Apple Watch. I recently upgraded to the iPhone 7Plus from the 6S, mostly because of the new camera features, and in my opinion, they live up to the hype. I've taken a lot of the photos on this website with the iPhone 6, and as 2017 progresses, more from the 7Plus will appear.