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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!

The Canon G7X is a wonderful travel camera!

5. Go Pro.

Having a compact action camera is so fun in the Middle East! The GoPro 8 is waterproof and easy to use!

6. Kindle.

Everyone in our family travels with a kindle. I have to put this on the list because books, books are life. If there are delays, if there is a blackout, if I have to wait in an airport or the plane has no entertainment - a kindle is the answer to all these dilemmas! The new kindle paperwhites also function fantastic for audio and they are waterproof!! (VERY useful for people,, who have been known to occasionally drop books into the bath...)

7. Tech-organizer.

Having cords, plugs and adapters all over the place drives me nuts! Our family have a few of these handy travel organizers and they are fantastic!

8. Travel Towel.

These are essential! Our family has at least one each, and I think we have a few spare floating around.

I like the microfiber option for my kids because they are easy to dry, compress and easy to clean. I use a smaller size micro-fiber towel for my hair, and I have a large one for swimming, they are the best!

We also LOVE our Turkish towels. They function as a towel, a scarf or a blanket. In these past few warmer months I have been using my Turkish towel as my blanket because the hotel ones were too heavy or scratchy.

Here are some cute ones from Amazon -

We particularly love our Turkish Towels from SandCloud, they are wonderful quality and 10% of each purchase goes towards marine conservation! My girls both received SandCloud towels as a Christmas gift, they use them as scarves, towels and blankets.

9. Packing Cubes / Compression Cubes.

I LOVE packing cubes. I like to have everything organized and rolled up compactly. Quality matters with packing cubes, I have bought cheapo ones in the past and the seams or zips have busted along the way - very frustrating!

We have multiple colors of these amazon basics packing cubes, they are fantastic! We use them for separating clothes, underwear etc. and we also use them for toys - they make an excellent Lego bag! They are strong with two zippers and the seams are holding up well after a few years of use and severe overstuffing!

For this recent trip I invested in a set of cute compression cubes, they work great and I am very happy with them! I do have a tendency of trying to squeeze too much into them (waaaay too many dresses than is needful) and I can't quite get them to always compress fully. Oh well, even when not compressed, they work great as normal packing cubes, the quality is good and the colours make me happy.

10. Sunscreen.

It is hard to find good quality sunscreen in the Middle East. It is important to me that we are using good-quality, natural and reef-safe sunscreens, these ones are my favourite.

ALL the ThinkSport products are fantastic! They are my favourite brand for good quality, reef-safe and natural sunscreen. This sunscreen doesn't leave too much of a white cast and will rub in well.

Blue Lizard sunscreens are just as good, I absolutely LOVE this spray option for when we are in a hurry and I need to get some sunscreen on my kids, and even better, it is an Australian brand! And trust me, in Australia, we know ALL about the sun and sunburn thanks to that ole hole in the ozone right above our heads!

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