Road Life: Travel Must-Haves

on January 27, 2014 in AnnieSpeaks, Road Life with 6 comments by


Oh friends. What a fun weekend we had at the Becoming Conference. The leadership is awesome and the girls were the sweetest and California is as dreamy as you can imagine.

I’m on weekend three of a five weekend run of speaking and traveling. I leave tomorrow for Atlanta where I do a couple of events (including this conference that you are welcome to attend if you’re in the area) and then I head to Austin for IF:Gathering. I have THE BEST JOB at IF. I can’t wait to tell you about it.

There are a handful of things that go with me to all the places. I think that’s important when you travel – especially when I’m only sleeping in my own bed 1-2 nights a week right now. So taking home with me really matters.

Example? My pillow. It goes everywhere, even if it means I have to check a bigger suitcase, so be it. Where I go, she goes to hold my noggin.


Also? Nail polish. When I don’t have a color with me, bad habits return- like me biting them. Woof. Also? Headache meds. Man, I get migraines. Have we talked about that? It’s not fun- but luckily the amount of headaches continues to decrease now that my body hasn’t had dairy in A YEAR (we will talk about THAT in February) and I don’t eat much wheat. But none the less, I still get them. So I do not leave home without proper meds.

polish and meds

Speaking of no dairy, I bring Larabars on every trip. While most churches and venues work hard to provide dairy-free options at every meal, sometimes it is just easier to bring a snack along that I know tastes great, fills me up, and isn’t made by a cow.


Also in my carry-on? Usually a long sleeve sweater of some sort. I do not prefer to be cold and if I have an early or late flight, I like to get all snuggly and snoozle. Also in my carry-on? Laptop, iPad, magazines, Bible study book, earphones, and… ahem… a pair of underwear.


I also don’t leave home without my Jackery Bar – my mama got this for me. It’s a portable charger for my iPhone and iPad! Pretty much it has three full charges in it. So I keep it full and carry it in my purse most of the time to make sure I am never stuck in RandomTown, USA with a dead phone.

Here I am, obviously very casually talking on the phone and charging it at the same time in the Orange County airport while some old guy napped beside me.


And so those are my main must-haves. If I keep this collection of things with me, I feel like I’m at home even when I’m not…. almost.

But then when I get home? I unpack IMMEDIATELY thanks to Jeff Pardo‘s recommendation- as a member of Matthew West’s band, he is a professional traveler and told me that is the BEST way to feel at home quickly. (He’s right. It changes everything to get unpacked right away.)

And I light my favorite candle.


But seriously. I can’t quit this smell.

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What are your travel must-haves? I bet there is something you take with you that I’m gonna realize I need to take with me everywhere. Tell me. Please? 🙂


  1. posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM  |  reply

    Love this! You’re making me wish I traveled more often than I do! I always keep my toothbrush and toothpaste in my carryon. It makes me feel less “I’ve-been-traveling-too-long-and-the-dirt-of-the-world-is-on-my-teeth”. Also if it’s a long day/flight/ I wake up super early to leave, I keep concealer and powder in my purse, ya know, to kinda sorta look human/ somewhat decent when I arrive somewhere. 😉


  2. Pam
    posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM  |  reply

    You are so cute and your posts are such a delight to read. Thank you for what you do in speaking into the lives of young girls & women.

  3. Hillary
    posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM  |  reply

    Along my travels, I’ve found that it comforts me to use the same carry-on bag every time. It’s familiar, I know where I put stuff, so there is no fuss at security. My beautiful blue backpack that isn’t very stylish, and makes me look like a college student, but I love it and it will be with me forever, God willing 🙂

    Contact solution and glasses also always go in the carry-on. The underwear isn’t such a bad idea either… Thanks Annie!

  4. posted on Jan 27, 2014 at 7:23 PM  |  reply

    Ooooh – I’m going to get that Jackery thingy for my 5-week backpacking trip this summer. Have I told you that I’m going to walk across Colorado in July? Well, I am.

    Also, heyo, Larabar shout-out!

    Also, I miss you mucho and I love seeing your face, even in a blog post. xoxo

  5. Heather
    posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 8:37 AM  |  reply

    Lip balm and lotion because traveling always dries me out. I used to take a big bottle of water too but that is more difficult now given the liquids-on-a-plane rule. And if I’m really thinking ahead I like to pack some hand wipes because I hate having dirty hands and they’re handy for wiping down the chair-back trays on airplanes too. And once I had to wipe gum off the seatbelt. Gross!

    Admittedly I am an over-packer! I’m always trying to be prepared for EVERYTHING! 🙂

  6. posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 6:08 PM  |  reply

    a travel toothbrush that is just in description to take with you on the plane. good book, my notebook and my scheduele book. ALSO tampons…bandaid, tissue, AND my mp3 player..

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