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Useful packing items for the Middle East!

The Middle East is our favourite place in the world! We have dreamed for so long of sharing this love with our children and with our friends. To prepare for this trip, I spent a ridiculous amount of time scouring the internet for the best travel items for a trip to the Middle East, all in the hope of making the experience as seamless as possible. We are back on the road and we have been putting them all to the test!

Here is a Learning Brave list of recommended items for a trip to the Middle East!

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1. Life-Straw water bottle.

These are THE BEST! You can fill them from any water source and have clean and safe drinking water at any time. Our family has a few of these and we have found them to be invaluable. Buying water all the time to meet hydration needs while on-the-go can be such a pain, as well as being bad for the environment. It has been such a relief to be able to always have the water that I need on-hand.

I particularly find this useful in the early morning or late in the evening when I am in my accommodation and I want to drink but I don't want to go wandering around the town looking for water to buy. Also, we take them through airport security empty and then fill them up from any tap once we are ready to board the plane, that way we have our own water straight away and don't have to stress about buying any on the flight or in the airport.

Life-straw water bottles are fantastic!

2. Travel adapter.

Our family uses these two travel adapters to charge our computers and also as USB hubs, they work great!

3. Power bank.

The power can be a bit unreliable in these parts, it is handy to have a good power bank to charge your phone and also in case you run out of battery while sight-seeing during a long day.

We use this one for carrying around during the day

We use this one as more heavy-duty backup for multiple devices while on-the-go. On a recent long bus ride, my kids were extremely happy that we had this power charger, because, yes, they had forgotten to charge anything and they were facing a very long drive with the view out the window as their only entertainment!!! - Aaargh, the horror!!

4. Camera.

I have invested in a new camera to capture all the amazing moments and stunning scenery that we will see in the Middle East! Sometimes a phone is good enough, and sometimes it is just not enough. I did thorough research and chose a camera that is super easy to use, takes amazing photos and video footage, and is light and compact to carry, I LOVE it!