Welcome to my travel shop!

My shop consists of highly-curated, non-sponsored items that I personally own and that I have tested (and, therefore, approved of) over my 8+ years of travel – it includes all of my favourite travel gear, from photography equipment to travel accessories and gadgets. Getting equipped for travel is a rather considerable investment, and, understandably, everyone wants to make the best purchases possible. Which is why I created this space: as a very picky person myself, the items that I choose to buy have already gone through an exhaustive checklist – why not let you guys save yourself a packing headache and benefit from my gruelling decision-making process?

Because I like to keep it real, every product recommended on this page is something I personally endorse and not paid placements; however, some contain affiliate links, which means I earn a small percentage of the sale when you purchase through them at no extra cost to you. This helps cover the increasing costs of running this blog – thank you for supporting To Europe And Beyond!

Carry On Travel Essentials

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Noise Cancelling Headphones

They not only cancel the screams of tired infants but they also dampen the noise of the plane itself. They’re life-savers for red-eye flights and long travel days! I never leave the house without them.

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Ultra soft sleeping mask

Micro modal is amazing for four reasons: it has an impossibly luxe softness to it, it’s completely light-proof, it’s highly breathable, and it’s stretchy enough that it doesn’t pull my hair or feel tight.

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Compression Socks

These compression socks are not stylish, not cheap, and not pretty, but they could prevent you from developing blood clots on long flights, so I guess they’re rather handy to have.

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Cashmere Scarf

Scarves make for a great travel presents as they are extremely versatile: they can be used as a wrap, a pillow, a throw, or even a picnic blanket if you’re feeling creative. The cashmere and wool mix makes this scarf a bargain that doesn’t feel like one.

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Carry-On Bag

You’re going to need a sturdy, functional bag to fit all of this stuff. The OG Weekender features a padded laptop compartment with several pockets, crafted from premium materials. Fits perfectly underneath most airplane seats.

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Notebook

Like many people, I often get brilliant thoughts right when I’m about to fall asleep. My notebook allows me to jot down new ideas, coordinate my travel itinerary, and write reminders for when I get off the plane.

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Luggage And Travel Accessories

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Heys 30-inch Luggage

This is the best luggage I ever had: lightweight with a 360-degree spinner wheel system, a TSA-approved lock, and a 5-year warranty. Perfect for the frequent traveller and the uneven, cobblestone European streets.

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Packing Cubes – Various Sizes

I am a bit of a neat freak and few things irritate me more than rummaging through my suitcase in search of that one item. These packing cubes help me stay organised – I have one for underwear, one for tech and one for food.

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Travel-Size Laundry Bag

This indulgent Kate Spade laundry bag is self-explanatory but essential nonetheless—especially when travelling in humid climates or on sports-oriented trips. You don’t want your clean clothes to smell like your dirty ones, do you?

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Leather Toiletry Bag

One of the best travel accessories for women. I love the luxe feel of this leather wash bag, makes me feel very fancy. Large enough to fit and carry all my toiletries and cosmetics in style.

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Luggage Hanging Scale

To avoid pesky (not to mention costly!) surprises at the airport. This money-saving travel gadget has an easy-to-read LCD display with low battery and overload indications.

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Travel Size Toiletry Container

I hate non-squeezable containers because there’s always a certain quantity you can never quite get out. These feature a leak-proof top and strong suction cup for hands-free use.

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Travel Photography Equipment & Tech

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless

I wanted a light and powerful camera that was simple to use on my travels, with changeable lenses and within my price range; I wanted the unicorn of travel photography – I found it with this Olympus.

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Olympus 25mm prime lens

My go-to lens! I use in roughly 75% of the time. Ideal for portraits, food photos, and close-up shots. It has a nice natural brightness to it and requires very little post-editing work.

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Olympus 9-18mm wide angle lens

This is a wide angle lens that is both versatile and easy to use. There are other wide angle lenses that perform far better in low light, but this is a great option for entry-level travel photographers.

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Professional Lexar SD Card

Never underestimate how much space you need on an SD card! Lexar cards are best for travel as they capture high-quality images and extended lengths of 1080p full-HD. They also feature high-speed file transfer from card to computer.

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Rechargeable Battery Case

Because I use my phone A LOT when I travel (for taking photos, consulting maps, updating social networks, taking notes, etc.), my battery drains very quickly. This iPhone battery case has been a life-saver on many occasions.

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Teeny Tiny GorillaPod

I dislike heavy camera equipment, but I am not willing to sacrifice performance or quality; cue this light-weight tripod and its flexible, wrappable joints. This is what I use for night-time travel photography or lengthy aperture shots.

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1TB Portable Hard Drive

Because cloud backups are only as good as your WiFi connection – this trusty travel gadget can easily create a physical backup of all your files (including heavy video). Especially useful for bloggers!

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Mini Swivel Charger

Because every single one of our fabulous device needs to be charged at some point and because most hotel rooms never seem to have enough sockets to charge all of them at once.

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MacBook Air 13.3-Inch

This incredibly light laptop is a breeze to carry around and allows me to do my regular work (write, edit photos, download videos, etc.) when I’m away from home. Definitely worth the expense.

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Portable Speaker

I enjoy listening to background music when I’m preparing an itinerary or just lounging in my hotel room. This lightweight and compact speaker connects straight to my iPhone and features a long-lasting internal battery.

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Waterproof Case

Perfect for adventurous travellers! This phone case is fully submersible (2 meters/1 hour), dirt proof and shock proof (withstands drops from 2 meters). It also features a built-in scratch protector with full access to buttons and controls.

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Travel Adapter Kit

For use in the United Kingdom, continental Europe, Asia, North America, Russia, New Zealand, Africa and the Middle East. Comes with a little travel pouch so you don’t lose any of them!

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Favourite Travel Books

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Montreal City Guide

My very first book! Whether you’re visiting Montreal for the first or the hundredth time, this insightful guide will take you to places locals hold in high regards. Find out where they go for a romantic date, for happy hour drinks, and for Instagram-friendly coffee shops.

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The Big Trip: Guide to Gap Years

Because planning gap years can be quite a daunting task (I can confirm first-hand that it is!), this comprehensive companion provides essential pre-trip planning advice, regional overviews and practical resources for finding work abroad.

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World’s Best Cities – 220 Destinations

This is a great book for travellers looking for urban inspiration (Paris is overrated, right?). This book delves into the heart of more than 225 cities around the globe, some long-established, some up-and-coming – a glorious tribute to cosmopolitan life.

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The Book of Everything

This amazing book taught me how to wear a kilt, prevent a hangover, get out of a sinking car, eat a lobster, greet an alien, predict the weather, play croquet and much, much more!

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36 Hours: World Edition

Calling all globetrotters: the three volumes of the best-selling 36 Hours travel series from the New York Times now come in a beautifully illustrated book set, covering 365 destinations worldwide.

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City guides

These are my favourite city guides (aside from my own, of course); I love their minimalist allure and how non-touristy the suggestions are. I discovered a-many fantastic cafés with these guides.

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Travel Gifts Under $40

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Carry-On Cocktail Kit

If you are lucky enough to fly an airline that will mix a cocktail for you, then carry on. All others, please do yourself a favour, and get this amazingly quirky carry-on cocktail kit. You can thank me later.

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Travel Listography Journal

This whimsical gift is perfect for writers and list-aficionados, with 70 topics quintessential (countries to visit, cuisines to try) and idiosyncratic (memorable people, animals seen in the wild, etc.) topics.

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Shock-Proof Phone Case

Durable hardshell exterior is co-molded with an impact-absorbing inner layer for complete protection in a flexible, secure and lightweight form – and not to mention, super stylish patterns.

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Eat Well, Travel Often tote

I have one of these totes and I love carrying it around at the market. They are hand-sewn in the US and double-stitched for durability.

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Scratch Map

Whether it’s to keep track of where I’ve been or to see how much of the world I have yet to see, this whimsical scratch map has been the topic of many conversations in my house.

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Pack This! Pad

Phone charger? Check. Shampoo? Check. Whether you’re coming or going, this funny and exhaustive packing list pad is the remedy for pre-trip chaos and forgotten toiletries.

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Luggage Tags

I love how these colourful tags give my black suitcase a little oopmh, and make it so easy to spot the carousel. At that price, they make great travel-themed stocking fillers.

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City Map Poster

I have four city map posters in my dining room and I truly enjoy seeing them every day. A great gift for design-oriented travellers! The Etsy store has dozens of cities available.

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Airport Pillow

Pick any of the 100+ destinations available (be it your home airport or a personal favourite further afield) for this adorably retro pillow and get a decor item that is sure to be a conversation starter.

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