Travel Gear + Trip Planning Resources

Gear and services that I use when traveling and to help plan travel.

Gear, gadgets, and services that make our multiple trips per year easier and more efficient. Some but not all links are affiliate links which means that if you make a purchase I may be compensated as no extra cost to you.

Rimowa luggage review


I love, love, love my luggage

We own multiple pieces. While I love the high-end look of the silver Original Line, my favorite piece is the less-expensive Essential Trunk Plus because it has a zipper and more flexible “skin.” Rimowa is an investment and does ding/scratch like other hard-shell luggage but we’re happy (and love the stickers/customization options).


I’ve used it – SO EASY!

I’m a convert to shipping luggage. We went from a volleyball tournament in Chicago to the East Coast where we made multiple stops on the train. I shipped our luggage from our first train stop to our last stop (keeping only what I needed in between), which could not have been easier.

Breakfast at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

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old town trolley car drives through Balboa Park.

Go City

Save with sightseeing passes.

I use Go City sightseeing passes in major cities like New York City, Shanghai, San Francisco, and others where a la carte ticket purchases might add up. You can use the app as a ticket. A variety of options from All-Inclusive to Build-Your-Own suite various travel styles. I highly recommend this pass for people visiting San Diego (if that’s you, access my 10% off the all-inclusive pass).

Learn who the best San Diego car services are for those who don't want a car rental or need airport transportation.


For scheduled airport transfers.

This is the black car service that we use worldwide (Shanghai, London, Paris, Istanbul, San Diego, etc.) for airport transfers. I use the app or book online.

When on a vacation in Venice with kids, book a Lion Hunt with Context Travel., one of the best things to do in Venice with kids.

Context Travel

Private and small group tours I highly recommend.

Sightseeing becomes more meaningful when you have someone with you to share details you wouldn’t otherwise have. We’ve done scavenger hunts (their kids’ programming is excellent) in Venice, food tours in Hong Kong, and more. For what you get, pricing is reasonable, and you can move at your own pace.

Luxe City Guides

Luxe City Guides

Power check your itinerary in major cities.

I’ve been buying these pithy pocket-sized guides for years, but you can download the app and buy city guides through it. Contrary to the name, they are not all expensive recs. They are curated by people in the know and feature locals-only spots, chic shops, restaurants, and things to do.

The eBags Pack-it-Flat Toiletry Kit is a travel game-changer and a GREAT gift for travelers.

eBags Pack-It-Flat

A real space saver.

This little toiletry bag has revolutionized my carry-on only travel. It packs completely flat and saves space compared to larger toiletry bags. Mine is black but it comes in other colors. You can hang it, too, which is helpful in cramped hotel bathrooms. I only learned about it a few years ago so I am sharing it with everyone I know!

Muji makeup

Muji Makeup Bag

Go to a Muji store and you’ll see what I mean.

When I’m taking long trips and have a lot of sunscreen, full-sized bottles, and more to pack in a toiletry kit, I put it in this inexpensive compartmentalized bag from Muji. You can buy mix and match organizers to fit inside of it. If you can go to a Muji store (my latest was bought in Singapore), check it out. I have been through two over the years.

Bose QuietComfort

For peaceful flying.

I’ve owned several generations of in-ear and over-ear Bose QuietComfort headphones over the years and highly recommend them. While AirPods or similar are easy and fine for day-to-day use, when you really want great sound quality for your airplane movie, music, or sleep, these are the best.

Some Small Things

In most cases, your home medical insurance and credit card protection aren’t enough, especially if you’re traveling overseas. Read all terms and conditions to make sure you understand coverage. I’ve listed coverage I use personally and popular coverage options for clients of our travel agency.