5 Travel Accessories You Never Knew You Needed

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I have been doing quite a bit of travel this year, and I have come to notice that there are some items that I definitely should have invested in. In order to make your life easier, and save you from a world of first-world hurt, here are some items that you never knew you needed, but will want them when you see them.

1.) Belkin 6-Outlet SurgeMaster 

I am putting this on the list, because I always seem to forget that there are never enough outlets in convenient places when I stay at hotels. I also use many different devices, like my iPhone, my iPad, my laptop, my FitBit, and my portable charging packs.

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2.) Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Candy bar-Sized Ultra Compact Portable Charger 

Speaking of portable charging packs, some people still don’t know these exist. These are the lifesaver for your devices when you are on the go. If you leave at 8 o-clock and don’t know if you are going to have access to an outlet anytime soon, definitely have one of these to have with you. This one in particular can charge an iPhone 6 twice before needing to be charged up again. Perfect if you’re going to be playing videos, taking pictures, or using your GPS all day.

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3.) Vlando Small Faux Leather Travel Jewelry Box 

I can not tell you how much I wish I would have found this sooner. I have been packing my jewelry in small zip-lock bags, or in small gift boxes for TOO LONG. This is a beautiful, affordable solution to my problems, and maybe yours too.

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4.) Travel Stub Diary

I love saving all of my ticket stubs from museums, tours, boat rides, zoos, aquariums…anyplace that gives a ticket. If I don’t put them in one of my travel shadow boxes, this is a cute and quirky place to keep them.

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5.)Anywhere Travel Guide: 75 Cards for Discovering the Unexpected

This is an amazing way to challenge yourself to experience new things. If you’re travelling with others, split the deck in half and make it a game. You never know what you’re missing out on because of your inhibitions.

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That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this list. Feel free to check out the travel tag to find more posts that might suit your fancy.

New Orleans in 3 Days

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This past September, I went on a girl’s trip with my fiance Taylor, and my best friend Jessie. We decided to go to New Orleans, since Jessie and I have never been, and Taylor and I live in Louisiana. The 3 day amount is assuming you have arrived, and are ready to explore.

I decided to share an itinerary for anyone who may be looking to take a long weekend in the Big Easy.

I STRONGLY recommend that if you have never been to New Orleans before, you purchase a map like this. The streets and streetcar routes can get you twisted, and you can waste a lot of time hassling with a GPS.

Laminated New Orleans Map by Borch (English Edition)

I have hyperlinked a lot of locations to make them easier for you to research.

Note: This  contains A LOT of streetcar riding. Please note that Mardi Gras season will mean packed streetcars. You may want to consider alternate transport if it is busy.

Day One: Casual Day

8:00 AM: Wake up, and get ready.

9:00 AM: Have breakfast at Tartine.

10:00 AM: Arrive at the The Audubon Zoo.

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Park in the Audubon Park.

1:00 PM: Lunch at The Audubon Clubhouse Cafe.

2:00 PM: Leave Cafe, head to The Audubon Aquarium.

2:30 PM: Arrive at the Aquarium, take photos on the riverfront.

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5:00 PM: Leave the Aquarium.

5:30 PM: Catch the Canal/Algiers Point Ferry

6:30 PM:  Arrive back at Canal St. Take a Streetcar down to Bourbon.

P.S. You can purchase passes for a day or more to save money!

7:00 Walk Bourbon and have dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe – New Orleans

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8:30 PM: Have a drink at a club on Bourbon.

10:00 PM: Take a Streetcar back to Canal St.

10:30 PM: Head back to Hotel

Day Two: Dressy Casual Day

8:30 AM: Wake up, and get ready!

9:30 AM: Breakfast at Slim Goodie’s Diner.

10:20 AM: Arrive at Mardi Gras World.

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11:00 AM: Leave Mardi Gras World.

Head to the French Quarter.

Park at Canal Place Mall

12:00 PM: Take a Streetcar down to Cafe Du Monde 

Have Beignets for Lunch!

1:00 PM: Cut across to Jackson Square/St. Louis Cathedral

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1:45 PM: Take the Streetcar all the way back to Canal

Take the Streetcar up Canal to Royal Street

Do some Shopping!

Consider taking the streetcar back to canal to take your bags back.

3:00 PM: Take the streetcar on canal to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

4:00 Take the streetcars down to Frenchmen St.

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Walk Frenchmen Street, Catch a show at The Spotted Cat Jazz Club.

8:00 PM: Take a streetcar back to Canal

9:00 PM: Catch an Adult Show on Bourbon

10:00 PM: Catch the Streetcar back (Last ride is about 10:45)

10:45 Head back to the hotel.

Day Three: Dressy-Casual

8:00 AM: Wake up, get ready!

9:00 AM: Head to the French Quarter

Take Streetcar up Canal to N. Peters at St. Louis

Walk to/ have breakfast at Brennan’s.

10:30 AM: Leave Brennan’s, Head down to the Natchez Steamboat

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11:30 AM: Daytime Jazz Cruise on the Natchez Steamboat

1:30 PM: Head to Lunch at Ralph’s on the Park

2:30: Go to the New Orleans Museum of Art

5:00 PM: Leave the museum, head back to the French Quarter

Park near Bourbon Street, walk down to Preservation Hall

Eat a Snack

6:00 PM: Watch a show at Preservation Hall

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8:30 PM: Dinner at Restaurant R’evolution

10:00 Take streetcar back to Canal

10:30 PM: Head back to hotel

That’s it! New Orleans in three, long days.

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Disclaimer: This itinerary varies slightly from the one I took, to capture more of New Orleans.

The TOP Long-Lasting Dog Toys

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If you’re like me, you may have a dog that seems to chew through every single toy you give them. These toys don’t come cheap, and every time you see them tearing a new one to bits, your wallet cries a little bit more.

The solution? Buy some of these long-lasting dog toys, designed specifically to last. All of these have been tested by our own German Shepherd, Shasta. She is three, and loves a good challenge.

3. The Classic KONG, by KONG

Find it on Amazon:
KONG Extreme Dog Toy, Large, Black

This toys is one you can easily find at your local pet store. It makes this list because it is one of the top rated dog toys, and it more durable than others. It may not be THE MOST durable, but it will last a little longer than a stuffed toy. Shove some treats inside, and they’ll be more concerned about getting those out. Shasta still plays with her little pink puppy Kong, but they offer larger, more durable sizes.

2.  Jolly Ball Tug n Toss, by Jolly Pets.

Find it on Amazon:
Jolly Pets 8-Inch Tug-n-Toss, Red

We recommend the 8 inch style for a dog similar sized to Shasta. She loves to play tug with it, but its much stronger than a rope toy. This one is such a winner, that we got her another one to keep solely outside.

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1.The Varsity Ball, by Varsity Pets

Find it on Amazon: Varsity Pets Tennis Ball Design Dog Toy, Yellow

This is by far, the BEST toy we have ever bought for Shasta. She will run outside and play with this ball  for hours if you let her. It is so tough, they give it to Tigers to play with at zoos and rescue facilities. We have had ours for over a year, and it is still going strong. If you’re worried about the price tag – don’t be. It is a good investment compared to buying toys that will be gone before the night is over.

Please enjoy some action shots of Shasta enjoying the Varsity Ball.thatho1thatho2thatho3thatho4

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