the top 5 best travel things i purchased in 2023 for myself and loved ones

January 16, 2024

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Happy Tuesday friends! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and day yesterday remembering Martin Luther King Jr! Today I wanted to share the five best travel items that I purchased in 2023 for myself and loved ones! Travel in 2023 was busy! It was a beautiful year of adventure and restorative travel and I am so excited to share with y'all the beautiful adventures coming in 2024!!

2023 travel started with a trip to Florida in March (you can read all the adventures HERE!), a trip to Georgia in April (click HERE), followed by a trip to California for work (click HERE!)and the beautiful opportunity to meet a hero of mine, Robin Jones Gunn (read all about this amazing meeting HERE!), a trip to Washington DC in September for work, our beautiful New York and Ohio Fall Road Trip in October (click HERE to read about these adventures!), a quick trip to Boston in November, and rounded out the year with a trip south (visiting South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia) in December! 

After more than ten years blogging here about travel, I am always excited to find a few travel items that help with trips and that I use not only in my travels but throughout the year. These are truly 100% worth the investment (many are cheap and under $20!!). Here are my top five best travel things I purchased and will use throughout this year also! 

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If you have been around this blog for any amount of time then you know I have spoken about eye masks for all different occasions of travel, but this one is my new favorite! It is perfect if you are a side sleeper (which I am) and it is perfect if you are wanting to block out light without putting pressure on your eyes! There are more than 13,000 positive reviews so you know that I am not the only one loving this! *smiles* And y'all, the best thing is that it is SUPER affordable. It is typically under $16 but is currently on sale for $6.99 WITH a 12% off coupon which brings your total to $6.64!! Run and go purchase this TODAY. You will NOT regret it! 

Click HERE to purchase!
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Over the last 10 (almost 11 years of blogging I have done a LOT of traveling - and a lot of it has been MAJOR road trips. Starting in 2017 (and with the exception of the pandemic) I collaborated with some amazing brands to travel to some of the most unique and beautiful places around the world- in a car! 

These included road trips to and through New England, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia in 2017, an Alaskan Road Trip Adventure in 2018, an Alaskan Road Trip in 2019, a New England Winter Road Trip through New Hampshire and Maine in 2020 , a 2020 Virginia Road Trip, a 2022 Pennsylvania Holiday Road Trip, and last year a Eastern (New York, Canada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Road Trip) in the Fall. There were other trips not shared on the blog, but in each of these trips (or just daily around town) I have always disliked how the seatbelt would dig into my shoulder or neck. Years ago my grandmother found a cover for the seatbelt but I never thought much about it until I started driving a lot. SO I found one that I absolutely love and it is a great price (less than $10) AND is also on sale y'all for less than $8!! Run and go purchase this TODAY. It will help all of your trips- long or short be much more comfortable! You will NOT regret it! 

Click HERE to purchase!
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 3. Delsey Luggage Chatelet- 21 Inch Carry On (Champagne)
I purchased this Carry On from Delsey in 2018 and nearly SIX years later I am still in love with the original one I purchased, it has held up AMAZINGLY and I still hands down recommend it to everyone as an investment piece. I am including it in this list today because I recently purchased this for a loved one and they absolutely LOVE it. 

I have had many carry-on suitcases over the years but can't recommend this one enough. Back in 2017/2018 I had seen several bloggers that I follow recommend this luggage and was a bit shell-shocked at the price. Starting in 2014 I tried several other cheaper carry-on luggage options and was disappointed with each of them for various reasons and the fact that they would eventually fall apart after a year or two. Finally, I found this carry-on on sale on Amazon and purchased it. 

Friends, save your money on the cheaper options and purchase this carry-on. It is worth every. single. penny. This is a carry-on that I have had for nearly six years (purchased in June of 2018) and plan to have it for MANY more years to come. It still looks brand new and I have been so impressed with the quality of it, the durability, and the way it cleans up so easily and looks brand new even though it is white. It holds tons of items and you will be amazed at all you are able to pack in it. (I traveled for more than 10 days on trips and it all fit!) 

It is typically under $325 but is currently on sale for 25% off and is available for less than $240! NOW that is still a lot of money, but I purchased mine on sale and I paid about $250. I have had it for five years, almost six years. Even at 5 years it is like I paid only $50 a year (which is what I had been paying for the cheaper ones! Starting in year 6 it is like I only paid $42 a year. It is WORTH the investment. Trust me!

If you are interested in the suitcase you can find it on Amazon HERE. If you are looking for other products that match the carry on you can find a smaller carry on for under a plane seat HERE and a carry on bag HERE.
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4. Sturdy Purse Organizer
This is another product that I have mentioned before but recently just purchased a new one (after nearly 5 years!). It is so good that it is worth mentioning again in this post! I first read about this organizer years ago, but was a bit skeptical of how well it would work. I was also getting tired of needing to search my purse for items and feeling desperate to organize my purse- not just for the trip but in general. hahaha! And then once I got it and used it... I started talking about non-stop and telling everyone about. Just the other day I was telling two friends that they needed to get one! It is life-changing! Hahaha! 

This felt organizer (I chose the beige color so that it will go with any of my purses!) comes in 11 different colors and is less than $12 on Amazon (you can find it HERE). I love that I can easily switch purses now just by taking this out and changing it from one purse to another. SO simple and easy! Even if you don't travel a lot you will love it for daily life (for size reference I chose a medium)! For traveling mine was loaded up with tons of items and it was the easiest trip in the airports because of how organized it kept things in my purse! If you are interested in it you can find it HERE and it comes in so many different sizes!! 
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Y'all. This sound machine has been the answer to the lugging/packing/unpacking of a fan in many different places! Haha I am laughing as I remember the way that we even dragged a fan into the outback of Alaska and if only we had had this! haha! 

I discovered this a few years ago and finally purchased one and it is AMAZING. Y'all. It is a perfect size for travel (it fits right into your carry on) and is incredibly light weight at 1.2 pounds. It is only 4.4 x4.4 x 2 inches wide and hide so it is the tiniest little thing, that is absolutely perfect. You can set it to a white noise type level or you can put it really high if you are wanting to have a very loud noise machine. There are 10 different fan noises and 10 different volumes to match so you have lots of choices!

There are nearly 30,000 positive reviews on this product and it is currently on sale for 37% off, making it less than $37 dollars! Run and go purchase one now y'all! You won't regret it! 

I hope that these five items are as helpful for you as they have been for me! 2023 was a beautiful year of travel and I am so excited to share with y'all the beautiful adventures coming in 2024!! Let me know if there are any travel items you have found helpful in the last year that I should check out for this coming year! 

Happy Tuesday! Have a wonderful day! 

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