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This page contains useful and fun travel gear I have purchased. Not only have I enjoyed using most of the items on my trips, many get used for daily life as well. To see items that were recommended to me, please visit my Travel Store page.

Below are the 4 cameras I currently use the most. The first two, Sony Cyber Shot I like because they are ultra slim. I bought the hot pink one to upgrade my black one because it is waterproof which is a big deal in Belize. The Olympus Stylus Tough is also water proof and very rugged. Olympus TG-870 Tough Waterproof Digital Camera with accessory bundle is one of the the newer models that came out since I bought mine. The Black Nikon Coolpix B500 (link is to red color option with accessories) was a replacement for my Nikon Coolpix L340(includes accessory kit) which I gave to my friend’s son. There was nothing wrong with it, I just upgraded because I saw my moon pictures on Facebook with the B500 and it made me want to upgrade and pass along some good camera karma by gifting my old one. I also bought this cool pink flexible silicone Sony Carrying Case for my Cyber-shot DSC-TX20.


While the first two Anker items look the same, one is a regular micro USB charging cable and the other is USB-c; both are 10 feet long – I do not like being limited by a short cord. I also decided to upgrade to a 2 port USB wall charger to save space on my 15-foot surge protector, a definite must when you live in a tropical climate that is prone to power outages.

The following items are for those who like tech toys. I found the 3rd one especially useful; it is a data retrieval tool. When my white Sony Vaio data was lost, (old age) I was able to have this brought in and retrieve all my data very easily (and I am low tech) at a much better price than paying someone by the hour to do it. My replacement was a Toshiba Satellite I like my tablet when I want to go really light and the convertible laptop when I still want to have a keyboard option but not pack my full size one. Since backing up is a must the Seagate expansion drive is one of the best options to store your data other than the cloud.

Next comes some completely random tacogirl must-have items. You might be questioning coconut opening tools as travel accessories but when you live in the tropics you never know when you might want to tap some fresh coconut water on your travels. Or you could go with my friend Aimee’s favorite travel beverage – Starbucks ready brew Italian roast coffee. As for the disco light it is always fun to be a portable party and I have lit up peoples lives with it many times in many places – worth every penny. The flashlight below is battery powered. I use AAA Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries another must have item for tropical life – no battery recycling options here yet. I also have several portable USB disco lights – another favorite of mine. When I am out and about, I charge them with my Duracell portable USB power bank, my Halo portable charger or my or my Random order portable power bank charger. All 3 make it super easy to have your disco party anytime anywhere. All disco lights also have a regular white light option which makes them handy as a back up for power outages. The cat eye sleep mask is great for sleep while traveling. I also have a panda face sleep mask which is fun on planes. Last but not least, touch screen friendly waterproof pouches – keeping my unlocked nexus 6p 128GB smartphone dry is always important at the beach or by the pool.

I bought the larger size roller chain fidget as well because as it fits loosely on my finger versus the smaller one below which just goes on the tip. In addition I have this spinner fidget but this one I keep at home on my coffee table. It is too obvious to use in public when you are trying to fidget quietly. My friends like to play with it when they come over though 🙂

My favorite walking shoes – Crocs. I know what a few of you are thinking – “those big clunky funny looking things”. Well think again; these are all stylish, super light and water proof – perfect for basic travel sandals and you can wear with a casual dress. The Sanrah ones with the silver circle are even a bit dressier. They also come in wedge heeled flipflops with a beveled circle edge or embellished flip wedge.