What Three Travel Items Can You Not Live Without?


Five Star Holiday asked me: “What are your three travel essentials?”
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Lisa Niver – We Said Go Travel

When I travel, I have to have:

1. My LG V30 phone for taking video

2. My passport

3. My contact lens

When the airlines lost my luggage between Germany and Italy, I had to buy all new clothes for my next trip to Israel. Luckily I was at my friend, Julie’s home in Genoa and she knew all the best places to shop. I replaced my dresses, bras, underwear, toiletries and even found a bathing suit on sale.

The biggest obstacle for me was my daily contact lenses. For the rest of the trip, we all discussed what we cannot live without. For one woman, it was her make-up. Another thought she would miss her underwear.

I borrowed someone’s dress and hair straightener and luckily was able to have contact lenses brought over by a friend for the rest of the trip.

I now always have two weeks of contact lenses in my day pack and know that no matter what happens I will be okay.

What Three Travel Items Can You Not Live Without?

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What are your top 3 favorite items that you always take with you when traveling abroad?

In case you don’t have time to read the full post and you just want to find out the conclusions, here are the top 5 most picked items:

  1. Clothes (Merino Wool Tees, scarfs, swimsuit etc) – 20 votes
  2. Chargers and adaptors – 15 votes
  3. Skincare and makeup products (eye mask, lip balm, face oil) -14 votes
  4. Camera – 7 votes
  5. Stomach pills, Refillable Water Bottle, Packing Cubes – 6 votes each

More about LISA NIVER

Lisa Niver on Gondola ride with Insight Vacations in Italy

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more unique active adventures! Find her talking travel on KTLA TV
 and her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.8 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villa


s for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra Magazine and writing about WWII for Smithsoni
an and Saturday Evening Post. Her 2018 publications include American Way (American Airlines), Robb Report and Wharton Magazine.
Her latest projects are a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 New Adventures Before 50,” and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition received over 500 entries in summer 2017! She has over 90,000 followers on social media and is verified on both Twitter and Facebook. We Said Go Travel was read in 222 countries in 2017 and listed as #9 on the top 1000+ travel blog list on Valentine’s Day 2018.
Lisa Niver is part of the Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce for her website and tech media innovation with We Said Go Travel. Niver was recently invited to apply for the inaugural class of Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator, Powered by Techstars for Fall 2018.
She was a finalist in two categories in 2017 for the 59th Southern California Journalism Awards and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal story: “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers.”

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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