Brittney Martinson in Amalfi Coast, Italy

In this segment, we cover people's favorite items to travel with, their best travel hacks, and stories from the road. Do you or someone you know have a couple cool pieces of gear they wouldn't leave on a trip without or want to share some travel hacks? Contact us for an opportunity to be featured.

Tell us a bit about yourself

Everywhere I go, I meet a new version of myself. I live on the end of a kaleidoscope and every person or place shifts my worldview, painting an entirely new portrait of me. Simply put, I am a multi-faceted being in search of all the facets.

Brittney Martinson in Chefchaouen, Morocco
Brittney Martinson in Chefchaouen, Morocco

What’s your favorite destination?

Come on… have you never seen Pocahontas?! You cannot step in the same river twice. Even if I return to a place, I don't see it as it is… I see it as I am. I am a traveler of spirit and aim to see even the old with new eyes. Anyway, I have fallen in love with everywhere I have been and want to return to all of the 40+ countries I have lived. I just haven't. The urge to explore still supersedes to desire to return.

What are your “Trusty Three” travel items?

Brittney Martinson's Trusty Travel Items
Brittney Martinson's Trusty Travel Items
  1. The DivaCup:
    Have you ever gone on a search for tampons in a foreign country? Yea… it can be cringe-worthy. Nothing has been as big of a game changer in my travels as the DivaCup. Not only is this sustainable, easy-to-use, cost-effective menstrual cup eco-friendly, it makes traveling as a woman effortless. Here is why:
  2. -It is nice to your vagina,
    -It is designed for any activity,
    -It is smaller than a box of tampons and minuscule compared to a bag of pads,
    -You can wear the DivaCup for 10-12 hours,
    -You'll never have to play an X-rated version of charades with a sales clerk in search of a tampon in a foreign country again.

    With the DivaCup, I can adventure without fear. And can we circle back to the eco-friendliness? Gone are the days of buying pads and tampons and all the plastic waste that comes with them. Let that sink in. You will never have to go shopping for menstrual hygiene products AGAIN. #Freedom

  3. Dry…. Everything:
    I travel with a carry-on bag, meaning I have to abide by the liquid laws of the notorious TSA. Discovering dry versions of products literally sent me to giddy, euphoric, bliss, and I laughed with joy for days. To avoid a monologue about it, here are the soldiers in my dry rebellion:

    Facewash (Really anything from Lush is amazing…)
    Dry Shampoo
    Tooth Powder
    Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee
    Natural Vitality Magnesium
    Antioxidant Green Superfood Powder

  4. First Aid Kit:
    Every traveler should be CPR and First Aid certified and travel with a first aid kit. I am not going to go into all the situations where this comes in handy, just trust me and do it.
Brittney Martinson in Croatia
Brittney Martinson in Croatia

Are there any pieces of gear or travel technology you wish existed that don’t?

No idea what the solution is, but there are things I want to do or learn that I would need to be in one place for an extended period of time to do, like learning to pilot a hot air balloon. I would love to be able to pick up my lessons wherever I go.

Brittney Martinson in the Sahara
Brittney Martinson in the Sahara

What item do you miss most when you travel?

I miss all the friends I make along the way. I wish there were travel sized versions of all of them and I could take them with me everywhere I go.

What’s the weirdest thing you carry with you while traveling?

Thank you cards. I know they take up a lot of space, but I love giving people thank you cards.

Brittney Martinson in Torbole, Italy
Brittney Martinson in Torbole, Italy

Any closing thoughts or advice?

Everything you could ever need is already inside of you.

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