Essential travel gear and booking sites – My top picks

Everyone has their “must haves” when going away on holiday. Here are a few of my favourites for our family for essential travel gear and booking sites that we use.

My top picks essential travel gear and booking sites

Camera – Essential travel gear item No 1


Our phone cameras are great but we just love our Canon Rebel EOS T5i. Our family memories are the most important thing to me and the kids just loving looking back through the photos and videos! I haven’t always been tech savvy and we found this camera perfect for a novice photographer like me!


Kindle – Essential travel gear item No 2

The kids love their All New Fire 7 Kindle and I wouldn’t be without my Fire HD8 Kindle either! When travelling around the countryside, or the world there are only so many paperback books I would want to carry! With a large family, a Kindle or two will save you loads of weight, and the kids just love them! For some reason it even makes the not-so-keen reader want to read! Win Win I say! The features and added bonuses they come with when bought brand new are fantastic.

Portable Chargers – Essential travel gear item No 3

As much we love to “unplug” from the world every now and again, you can guarantee that while you are out and about in a foreign place you will need to charge up at some stage, especially with a family of five! We have a Mophie Powerstation that takes care of all our charging requirements when we can’t plug into the wall.


Logitech Portable Speaker – Essential travel gear item No 4

I love the way music changes my mood! We never travel without our trusty Logitech portable speaker, waterproof and shockproof.  That’s handy with three rugrats running around!


Osprey Stratos 34 Litre Day Pack – Essential travel gear item No 5

I just love my Osprey Stratos 34 litre backpack.  I searched high and low for the right bag for me and this one ticked all the boxes.  Check out my Osprey Stratos 34 Review here.  Strong, durable and multifunctional.  I can use it as a carry-on luggage on the plane, or it is ideal for a big day hike, and if you enjoy hiking light, it’s just the right size for an overnight hike in the bush!




My personal essential gear list for family holidays!

I highly recommend AirBnB for holiday rental homes – worldwide! No matter where your holiday is taking you, you can book a holiday home through Airbnb for a similar price to that of a hotel room. It will most likely be bigger than a hotel room and more than likely have a fully functional kitchen which is great for the family! It’s quick and super easy to sign up plus as an added bonus you receive a$50 NZD discount voucher toward your first holiday when you sign up through this link.

Online Discount Travel Sites

These are some of the more common booking sights I use for flights and/or accommodation across the glove.

  • Group On – Accommodation deals worldwide
  • Expedia – Book your flights, hotels, car hire and save! Earn expedia+ points on all your bookings for more savings!
  • TripAdvisor – Get the latest reviews and cheapest prices. TripAdvisor compares prices from 200+ booking sites to help you find the lowest price on the right hotel for you.


New Zealand Online discount sites for travel & adventure

In addition to the sites above, the below sites are exclusive to New Zealand. You can get some fantastic last minute discounts on Book Me, sometimes up to 90% or more! If you’re flexible and love last minute adventures then Book Me will want to be your first port of call!

  • Group On – Great deals on accommodation in Wellington and Auckland
  • Book Me – Great discounts for last minute bookings
  • Treat Me – Loads of discount deals in all main cities in New Zealand.
  • TripAdvisorNZ – Get the latest reviews and cheapest prices. TripAdvisor compares prices from 200+ booking sites to help you find the lowest price on the right hotel for you.




My top picks for essential travel gear! These are my 'must haves' when this family of 5 hit the road on holiay.

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