What is in my backpack or suitcase? Well, let’s take a look and see what affordable travel gear we carry along with us.

I research for HOURS upon HOURS on every single product that I purchase. My money is spent carefully. I get a paycheck every two weeks like many of you, so I want to make sure that what I’m using my hard-earned money to purchase will be durable and last me a very long time.

One of the most important factors of traveling is being able to find affordable travel gear that also has great reviews.

Buyer’s remorse anyone? Yes, it happens to many of us. As a matter of fact, this rarely happens to me now. I want to share with you the products I spent hours and even days…okay I’ll be honest…WEEKS researching.

I HATE wasting money and feeling like I burned a hole in my pocket.

So here is my list of the travel gear I have tested, owned, and CONTINUE to use!

I hope this will serve you well and eliminate the many hours of research that you may feel like you have to do, so don’t even worry about it because I already did it all for you.

I ONLY recommend products and brands that I have used and trust.

From time to time I will also review products/brands/places etc. that I do NOT recommend and I will be honest with you about why. We want Sharing the Wild to be a place that you can come to and get all that you need!

(In no particular order, lets get started and get you some awesome gear.)


1. Samsonite Winfield2 Fashion 28- Inch Luggage


When it comes to luggage I truly believe that this is an investment. Why? Because when I travel, I want to make sure that my valuables make it to my destination in one piece! I did splurge a little in this area, because Samsonite is a brand I trust.

The Breakdown: 

Hailey’s luggage of choice

  • 100% Polycarbonate (Super tough material
  • Squared full-capacity design (You can really load this bad boy down!)
  • Full-zip interior divider with organization pockets ( I especially love this part about my luggage.)
  • Side mounted TSA lock (My contents stay nice and secure)
  • Oversized 10 zippers.Body Dimensions: 28.0″ x 19.75″ x 12.5″. Overall Dimensions: 31.0″ x 20.0″ x 12.75″
  • Expands for added packing capacity (Praise!)


2. Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner 24

The Breakdown:

Andrew’s luggage of choice

  • 100% Polycarbonate (Super tough material)
  • Micro-diamond texture is extremely scratch-resistant, keeping cases beautiful after a trip. (This is amazing! Literally this surface is so tough!)
  • Re-engineered lightweight spinner wheels for effortless mobility (Really easy to maneuver around the airport) 
  • Full-zip interior, divider and cross-straps for increased packing organization. Side-mounted tsa lock ensures security while traveling
  • 24×17.5×11.5


3. Premium Travel Kit: Hanging Toiletry Bag

I really, really lucked up with this toiletry bag and I just had to share it with you. First off, the price is unreal for how great this bag is! I love that the fabric is durable and some of the compartments are lined for any possible spills that may occur while traveling.

Hailey’s Toiletry bag of choice

The breakdown

  • Flat Packing and Space Saving Bag for Your Carry-on ( this bag is expandable)
  • Travel Bottles Set that includes: 2 x 100 ml Pump Bottles, 2 x 10 ml Jars, 1 x 100 ml Spray Bottle, 1 x 70 ml Screw Cap Bottle, 1 x Funnel, 1 x Mini spatula, 1 x PVC zip pouch. The carry-on bottle set that is specially designed for travel use is 100% BPA free, TSA approved, reusable and leak proof and comes in an elegant Ziplock clear Bag. (This bundle comes with everything you need, what an offer!)
  • Made of Premium Environmentally Friendly Nylon (YAY for saving the environment!)
  • PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT & BUY WITH CONFIDENCE: All FusionTrek Products are backed by their Risk-Free 60 Day Money Back Guarantee. ( I love a company that stands by their products.)


4. Travelambo RFID Blocking Genuine Leather Passport Holder Wallet in 7 Colors

Traveling out of the country and even around the U.S. ,I am overly cautious when it comes to MY MONEY! I work in the financial field and I have seen all the different ways the criminals can steal, hack, and even trick you into giving them your money. (Stay tuned for a post in the future on ways to protect yourself financially)

Hailey’s travel wallet of choice

The breakdown

  • 100% genuine leather — made with the finest grade genuine leather, soft and strong.
  • RFID BLOCKING – tested & approved by independent test Lab for frequency 10MHz to 3000MHz, including 13.56 MHz in which our passport, credit cards, debit cards and ID cards operate; (This is extremely important when it comes to protecting yourself!)
  • Nice sleek design -designed 7 RFID LOCK slots: 1 slot for passport, 4 slots for cards, and 2 currency pockets. 

the wallet is unable to shield – ID badges, hotel room cards and some old building access cards that operate in 125KHz.5.


5. Universal World Travel Adapter with Dual USB Ports

This is a must when traveling international! We both love this product and how jammed packed it is of features.

The breakdown

  • Works in almost every country worldwide including United States, Canada, Europe, UK, Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Africa, Hong Kong, EU, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, China, Japan, USA and more than 150+ other countries.

I love that I can charge mine and my husband’s phone while charging my camera or laptop at the same time!


6. Rusoji Premium Packing Cube System Travel Organizers – 6pc Various Size Set

These packing cubes have become so handy in keeping my clothes organized on my trips.

I can even keep my clean and dirty clothes separate!

The breakdown:

  • 6 piece packing cube set (2 small, 2 medium, 2 large)
  • (Small)11.5×6.75×3.75 inches (Medium)13.75×9.75×3.75 inches (Large)17.5×12.75×4 inches

Convenient and easy to clean (Hand wash in cold water, line dry only)


7. OutdoorsmanLab Ultralight Sleeping Pad

Need a super powerful sleeping pad in a small package?

This is the perfect match! No this pad will not serve you well sleeping in freezing temperatures, but it will be perfect for warmer/cool seasons. I love how small it is when packed.

The breakdown: 

  • PERFECT FOR BACKPACKING – Ultralight at ~14.5 oz, packs down TINY (8″x3.5″x3.5″), SMALLER than your water bottle or travel umbrella. Inflated size 73″
  • MADE TO LAST – Professional grade ultralight Ripstop 20D Nylon fabric and extruded TPU Lamination gives you a durable, waterproof, weatherproof, abrasion and tear resistant sleeping pad. The same materials are commonly used in the professional grade camping gears (that costs $100s).
  • EASY TO INFLATE AND DEFLATE – Just 10 – 15 breaths

LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY – They are a small U.S. based business and they stand behind their products. Contact them at anytime for any reason and they will make it right.


8. Etekcity 2 Pack Ultralight Mini Outdoor Backpacking Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition

Talk about super small and easily packable! I love how small this portable stove is and how easy it is to use. I will no longer be lugging around a huge stove to campsites or backpacking weekends.

The Breakdown: 

  • DURABLE MATERIAL: Made of aluminum alloy and stainless steel which can stand high temperature and weight
  •  COMPATIBLITY: Compatible with any 7/16 thread single butane/butane-propane mixed fuel canisters (EN 417)
  • FLAME CONTROL: Adjustable control valve for fast maximum heat output all the way down to a simmer quickly and efficiently
  • LEAVE NO TRACE: Adheres to “Leave No Trace” principles set forth by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service. Burns clean, with no debris or soot left behind. 1 Year WARRANTY (Another product with an awesome warranty!)


9. Passport Holder- by YOMO. RFID Safe. The Classic Neck Travel Wallet.

This is the perfect wallet for Andrew to carry all of our valubels when we travel.

This wallet hides underneath his shirt and is virtually invisible on the outside of the shirt.

  • TRAVEL in STYLE: The classic unisex design is suitable for MEN & WOMEN. Perfect travel gift
  • BE SAFE with RFID PROTECTION. No worries here.

COMFORTABLE: The skin-soft string and skin-soft lining prevent itching. It will keep you super-comfy  even on long trips. Start enjoying your travels


10. Ginger Gum Anti-Nausea

If you are like me, then you get motion sick almost every single time you travel! Battling motion sickness can turn a fun day into a horrible day! I have found that this gum does help (not cure) me when I start to feel funny. Trust me, I have tried everything out there…

  • All-natural relief from nausea & a great refreshing flavor
  • A drug free option for reducing nausea symptoms related to motion sickness and morning sickness


11. Camping Cookware Mess Kit

I was so excited when I found this kit for so cheap. It’s small, packable and also has a nice appearance.

  • The MalloMe 10 Piece Camping Campfire Cookware Mess Kit includes Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Pot (1 Liter Capacity) + Pot Cover + Nonstick Pan + 2 BPA Free Bowls + Folding Stainless Steel Spork + BPA Free Soup Spoon + Wooden Spoon Spatula + Cleaning Sponge + Nylon Travel Bag Drawstring Pouch + Perfect Marshmallow Roasting and Smores Making Guide with 10 Recipes Ebook!
  • MalloMe is dedicated to address any product/service issues and is committed to delivering a 5 star experience for all buyers.


12. Image Portable LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan

I love when I can get 2 products in just 1! Check this sweet deal out that will make your outdoor experience way more comfortable.

  • Versatile light/fan:Ultra Bright 18 individual low powered LED bulbs. The fan has high and low settings. You can orient in so many positions.
  • Light up to 37 hours of regular, continuous use with enough battery capacity. 2 D batteries can keep the fan work for 5 hrs in high speed mode, and 15 hrs in low speed mode, 20 hrs for led light (Battery is not included)



This camera is a blast! Small, portable, functional, and produces quality pictures and videos. I love how I can go swimming under water, hiking in the snow, mounting it on my bike or Jeep all in 1 camera. Very durable and great for first-timers and professionals.

  • Professional 4K30, 2.7K60 and 1080p120 video, 720p240 video for super slow-motion playback and 12MP photos at up to 30 frames per second
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® support the GoPro App, Smart Remote and more
  • Improved camera control and built-in video trimming lets you create and save short video clips right on your camera.
  • Night Photo and Night Lapse offer customizable exposure settings for nighttime shooting


14. TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

This is my favorite backpack for the price range! Super functional and the quality is durable. I have been backpacking with this pack several times and the only thing that I can say is a con that is makes a noise once in a while if I really pack this thing down. The noise is not too bad and I’ll happily deal with it for the price and how much I can carry in it!

  • HIGH RANKING PACK: Continues to be the top selling internal frame backpack on Amazon at a great price for all the included features
  • PERFECT BEGINNER OR QUICK TRIP PACK: Just right for youth and adults for light backpacking trips; best for 2-4 day adventures; 3400 cubic inches (55 L) capacity; weighs 4.5 pounds (2 kg)
  • FIVE-STAR COMFORT: Multi-position torso adjustment fits wide range of body sizes; Durable open-cell foam lumbar pad and molded channels provide maximum comfort and airflow; Backpack for men and women
  • TRUSTED QUALITY: Hundreds of 5-star reviews testifying to the great quality and design; includes large sleeping bag compartment, multi-directional compression straps, and multiple compartments and pockets for strategic packing. LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY.


15. ENO DoubleNest Hammock

This has been one of my favorite outdoor investments! I can hangout all day in this with friends or even my husband. I have even camped during the summer in my hammock. Go ahead and try it out!

  • HAMMOCK FOR TWO: The DoubleNest is versatile, durable, and compact, making it perfect for camping, hiking, or lounging around with a friend.
  • ADVENTURE READY: Weighing only 19 ounces, the DoubleNest stuffs easily into attached storage bag. Packed Dimensions: (L x W) 5″ x 5″; Unfolded Dimensions: (L x W) 9′ 4″ x 6′ 2″.


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