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My 5 Top Travel Essentials

July 26, 2016

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This year has been a whirlwind of traveling – New Orleans, San Francisco, Phoenix, New York, New Orleans, and Colorado. Traveling is fun but packing use to always stress me out, especially with last minute trips. I’m so excited to partner with SWISSGEAR to share my top 5 packing essentials!


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I’ve used SWISSGEAR for years and they’re my favorite luggage brand because their products are durable, functional, and the quality is top of the line. I’ve traveled in the past year with the SWISSGEAR LiteWeight Spinner and recently purchased the SWISSGEAR Hardside Carry-on Spinner. My favorite features are the eight 360-degree, multi-directional spinner wheels, TSA approved combination lock, and tie-down straps that prevent my items from shifting around.


Packing Essentials


I finally gave in and purchased a thermal water bottle, and I love it. The stainless steel bottle really keeps iced water cold for 24 hour. I fill up my bottle before I head to the airport and finish it before going through security. I then fill it up again before boarding the plane so I’m fully hydrated. For every day, I keep the bottle in my car to stay hydrated between meetings and errands.


Packing Cubes


Before I would use clean trash bags to sort my tops, bottoms, dresses, and undies/bras. My luggage was unorganized and a mess when I would have to look through my clothes. These packing cubes have changed my life – everything is organized and easily transported from my luggage to hotel drawer.


Shoe Bags


I use waterproof bags to keep my shoes and clothes separate. No more dirty clothes!



My iPhone 6 dies so quickly with the amount of time I’m on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat. I always carry two portable chargers with me when traveling.


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This post is brought to you in collaboration with SWISSGEAR. Thank you for supporting the brands that support A Taste of Koko!


Jane Ko is the Austin blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin's top food and travel blog featuring the hottest restaurants and weekend getaways. Jane has been a speaker at South by Southwest (SXSW), Texas Conference for Women, BlogHer, and more on entrepreneurship and social media. She lives in Austin Texas with her dog and cat.


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