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When I heard BlogHer 2017 was going to be held in Orlando, it brought enough excitement for me to overcome my social anxiety and buy a ticket as fast as I could pull out my credit card. Spending the weekend learning with some amazing women in the middle of a city that is packed with family fun on every corner has me thrilled!  I have been planning since I bought my ticket; which sessions to attend, what outfits to wear, how to get there without getting car sick, and of course, what attractions to visit before and after the conference.


Blogher Packing List

While my suitcase will be packed full of the usual travel must-haves such as cute outfits, swimsuits, makeup, toiletries and some snacks for the hotel room, I also pack a conference tote that doubles as my travel bag.

In my travel/conference tote, these are the must-have items that will get me through the long drive over to Orlando and keep me on the top of my game during the conference.

  • Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals: I get motion sickness when I travel. Whether I’m flying, driving, or boating I always get that yucky feeling.  And I already know that the drive to Orlando will surely cause me to get car sick along the way.  The thought of showing up to the resort, with three children in tow, after having to pull over on the side of a hot and humid Florida highway does not sound like the way I want to start this exciting weekend.  However, I also can’t show up feeling groggy and in need of a nap. Luckily Dramamine® introduced me to their first non-drowsy solution to motion sickness, Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals, which have been a game changer when I travel.
  • A Neutral colored scarf: my husband likes to crank up the AC in our car making it feel more like we are back in Boston than in Florida. So, I need something to throw on in the car.  Hotel conference areas are also cold so I like to have an extra layer available during the day.
  • Notebooks and Pens: I am old school when it comes to notes. My heart flutters for a pretty new notebook or finding a pen that writes perfectly.
  • Smart Phone: this is a given, right? I can’t imagine a day without my phone as a blogger, but if there is a time you’re going to need it most, I would say it’s at a blogging conference.  From taking pictures and posting on social media to following all your new friends, you’ll need your phone constantly.
  • Extra Battery: even the latest phone models are unlikely to stay charged all day at a conference and being close to an outlet isn’t always an option so pack an extra power bank. Honestly, I’ve packed two.
  • Business Cards: you exchange a lot of business cards at blog conferences. With meeting brand reps at the expo and new bloggers to follow, business cards are being passed out all over the place.
  • Energy bars: for when you get a little hungry between meals and don’t feel like going all the way back to your room.
  • Gum: you will be eating, drinking, and talking with brands and new friends all day. The easiest way to freshen up your breath quickly is a piece of gum.
  • Laptop: I know it is a divided issue on whether you need to bring your laptop to the conference. A lot of bloggers like to take notes on their laptop and have it with them all day.  While it’s not a necessity for me inside the conference, I do like to have it while traveling and inside my hotel room so that getting work done is still an option.
  • Power strip: you will be in rooms with hundreds of bloggers and only a few outlets. If you think you’ll need to use a wall charger for your laptop or phone, bring a power strip.  Also, if you’re sharing your room with other bloggers (or children who have just as many devices as a blogger) A power strip is a necessity.  You’ll want to be sure your phone and power banks are fully charged for each morning.
  • Camera: at past conferences, I only used my phone for pictures and while phones can take great pictures, they never seem to come out as crisp and bright as when I have my camera. However, lugging a DSLR camera around a conference didn’t seem like fun either; this year I have a mirrorless camera that gives me those crisp images with a quarter of the weight, so it is on my must-pack list.
  • Small crossbody bag/wristlet with ID, some cash, and credit cards: At BlogHer, I will be trying to sneak in some pool time with the kids during conference days and exploring more of Orlando after the conference.  So having a small bag that I can pull out with all my essentials in it is perfect.


With my tote packed and organized with everything I need, I know I will feel confident throughout the conference.  Then when it is time to hit the town with my family, I can throw my phone, gum and Dramamine® Non-Drowsy into my crossbody bag and be ready for all the attractions.  I am counting on the leading brand in motion sickness prevention to get me through Orlando, where the city’s Ferris Wheel is 400ft tall and the fastest roller coaster goes 73 mph!

One dose of Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals contains the full clinically-tested ginger dosage for the prevention and treatment of motion sickness. Since it’s made from natural ginger, it is safe to use every day you travel.


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73 Comments on Top 12 Must Have Items for Traveling to BlogHer 2017

  1. Natalie
    June 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm (2 years ago)

    When I travel I must bring my laptop computer. I use my computer all the time, even when traveling!

  2. shelly peterson
    June 12, 2017 at 8:38 pm (2 years ago)

    My must have items are snacks, light weight, coat, gum, lotion and chap stick.
    cshell090869 aol dot com

  3. Allison Swain
    June 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm (2 years ago)

    my must have traveling items are water and snacks, and some lip balm.

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  4. Cheryl B
    June 12, 2017 at 10:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I must have my cellphone while traveling.

  5. Kelly D
    June 13, 2017 at 1:30 am (2 years ago)

    My must have item is my ipod.

  6. Steve Weber
    June 13, 2017 at 4:13 am (2 years ago)

    My must travel item is my phone charger.

  7. Lisa Brown
    June 13, 2017 at 11:06 am (2 years ago)

    my must-have travel item are a few books; I will go stir crazy, if I cannot keep my mind on something.

  8. Julie Wood
    June 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm (2 years ago)

    I must have some magazines, water, and headphones with my favorite music.

  9. mami2jcn
    June 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm (2 years ago)

    I take gum on the plane to pop my ears.

  10. Elena
    June 13, 2017 at 3:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Lip balm is my must have item

  11. Madonna
    June 13, 2017 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Now days my must have item is my kindle fire.

  12. heather
    June 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm (2 years ago)

    When traveling my must have item are hand wipes.

  13. Jessica Todd
    June 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to have a good book for down time when I am travelling.

  14. OFG
    June 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Tylenol in case I get a headache.

  15. Dana Rodriguez
    June 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I have to have my laptop when I travel.

  16. Vincent
    June 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

    No I will not be attending BlogHer this year.
    We’re planning a camping trip, a road trip and some trips to the ballpark.

  17. Sheryl
    June 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

    My iPad is a must especially on long cross country flights. Somehow I forgot it on a recent trip 😩

  18. Gina M
    June 16, 2017 at 10:55 pm (2 years ago)

    I have taken Dramamine before to help with motion sickness. I also try a fizzy drink, closing my eyes, and concentrating on something in the distance.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  19. Madeline
    June 16, 2017 at 11:25 pm (2 years ago)

    When I travel I absolutely must have something to read!

  20. Margaret Smith
    June 17, 2017 at 12:50 am (2 years ago)

    My must haves is water, gum, lip gloss and sunglasses. Thanks so much.

  21. Rachel
    June 17, 2017 at 3:02 am (2 years ago)

    My must have items when traveling is sanitizing wipes, gum, a neck pillow and lip balm.

  22. Jessie C.
    June 17, 2017 at 3:55 am (2 years ago)

    Cashmere wrap is my must have item when traveling.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  23. latanya
    June 17, 2017 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    my cell phone charger

  24. Jen
    June 18, 2017 at 6:29 pm (2 years ago)

    I have to take my favorite lip balm when I travel.

  25. Susan Smith
    June 18, 2017 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to have a good book when I am travelling.

  26. Mita
    June 19, 2017 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I like to have a good book to read.

  27. Amy Tong
    June 19, 2017 at 10:32 pm (2 years ago)

    My must have item for travelling is a scarf. Save me a few time on the plane when it was too cold.

    amy [at] uTry [dot] it

  28. Denise L
    June 20, 2017 at 7:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I always have a water bottle with me when I travel.

  29. rachel
    June 21, 2017 at 6:35 pm (2 years ago)

    I hate being cold so a cardigan! And chocolate for emergencies 😉

  30. Leela
    June 25, 2017 at 2:31 am (2 years ago)

    A few packets of gum.

  31. Vincent
    June 29, 2017 at 2:52 am (2 years ago)

    Gum, mints, water, protein snacks and something to read.

  32. Stephanie Lee
    June 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I always have dramamine on hand when i travel! Learned that the hard way!

  33. Bianca Etzel Mcneace
    June 29, 2017 at 8:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I ALWAYS keep dramamine on hand too! It’s a life saver!

  34. Theresa Mahoney
    June 30, 2017 at 1:36 am (2 years ago)

    These are all such great suggestions!

  35. Erin L Sellin
    June 30, 2017 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

    These are all I needed! Thanks for sharing this!

  36. Alison Rost
    June 30, 2017 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

    What a wonderful packing list. I hope you had a great time at Blogger!

  37. Cynthia C
    July 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm (2 years ago)

    I must have my phone and my Kindle when I travel.

  38. Erika
    July 6, 2017 at 3:52 am (2 years ago)

    I always need Dramamine when I travel!


  39. Stefanie G
    July 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm (2 years ago)

    my ipod is my must have when traveling!

    July 12, 2017 at 9:27 am (2 years ago)

    It is important to prepare for the worst-case scenario and have clean underwear in our carry-ons, in case our suitcase is a few days behind.

  41. Lisa
    July 13, 2017 at 12:59 am (2 years ago)

    My must have item when traveling would be my phone. I don’t really use my phone that much, but I like to have it in case of emergencies. I try to remember to bring my phone charger, as well.

  42. Rosie
    July 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm (2 years ago)

    It used to be my old feather pillow that I had since I was a kid, that I wouldn’t go anywhere without. But it imploded beyond salvaging this year. So, I’m not sure, but I think it will be my favorite shoes I can walk for miles in.

  43. Michael
    July 19, 2017 at 6:15 am (2 years ago)

    I always make sure to bring dramamine when I travel

  44. CR Williams
    July 22, 2017 at 12:03 am (1 year ago)

    My must have items are my phone and laptop.

  45. Jeffrey
    July 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm (1 year ago)

    When traveling I always have to take along reading material. Not only does it help pass the time, but it also makes me calm. When flying, extra patience is always needed!

    July 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm (1 year ago)

    I bring mints it settles the stomach and lavender essential oil to calm my anxious mind

  47. Dawn S
    July 23, 2017 at 10:28 pm (1 year ago)

    My must haves are definitely my cell phone and snacks, lots of snacks!

  48. Madonna
    July 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm (1 year ago)

    My must have item is my Kindle. I can’t travel without something to read.

  49. Heather S
    July 29, 2017 at 4:19 pm (1 year ago)

    My cell phone hands down.

  50. Francine Anchondo
    July 31, 2017 at 4:07 pm (1 year ago)

    I need to have a book.

  51. kjasus
    August 1, 2017 at 12:43 pm (1 year ago)

    i must have my phone while traveling.

  52. Elle
    August 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm (1 year ago)

    My must have item is my camera.

  53. Chrissy
    August 16, 2017 at 1:37 am (1 year ago)

    My must have item when I’m travelling is my Kindle with a bunch of new books! I feel like I can handle any delay or crazy issue as long as I know that I have a good book to help me de-stress!

  54. Gina Blades
    August 24, 2017 at 6:06 pm (1 year ago)

    My must-haves are hand lotion, face cream, magazine or book, iPad with downloaded movies, snacks, headphones, and a sweatshirt.

  55. Emily N.
    August 25, 2017 at 12:56 am (1 year ago)

    My must have item is lip balm!

  56. Kevin E
    August 25, 2017 at 11:35 am (1 year ago)

    I must have my cellphone (and wallet) when traveling!

  57. Rebecca W
    August 25, 2017 at 8:05 pm (1 year ago)

    I like to keep a water bottle with me when I’m traveling! I also try to not forget my cell phone charger so that my battery doesn’t get too low.

  58. Stephanie Phelps
    August 27, 2017 at 1:04 am (1 year ago)

    My must have item when traveling is my pillow!

  59. Barbara Montag
    September 4, 2017 at 4:54 am (1 year ago)

    I have to have my iPad Mini with me when I am traveling.
    thank you

  60. Kathy Persons
    September 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Peppermint patties and some handwork or reading

  61. Ellie Wright
    September 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm (1 year ago)

    My must haves are books and meds. I always take Dramamine when traveling in case of motion sickness.

  62. Susan Christy
    September 9, 2017 at 3:48 pm (1 year ago)

    Besides money (LOL) my MUST HAVE item is my camera.

  63. sarah k
    September 9, 2017 at 10:02 pm (1 year ago)

    I recently got a Kindle Fire and that would be one of the items I would take when traveling.

  64. Thomas Murphy
    September 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm (1 year ago)

    I must have my laptop.

  65. Bert Ruiz
    September 11, 2017 at 3:04 am (1 year ago)

    My must have item when traveling is my phone, so I can take pics, check the weather, look for things to do in the area, etc. – sweepstakes entry

  66. Betty Curran
    September 12, 2017 at 6:14 am (1 year ago)

    I won’t be making it to BlogHer but when I travel I have to bring plenty of reading material. I’m of an age where I’m not permanently attached to my phone, but it’s nice to have it available now that most of the public phones are gone.

  67. Sarah L
    September 12, 2017 at 7:17 am (1 year ago)

    I take a bottle of lavender essential oil with me when I travel. I don’t have a problem with motion sickness so I’ve never tried Dramamine. I’m not a blogger.
    Thanks for the contest.

  68. Tina W
    September 12, 2017 at 10:14 am (1 year ago)

    I always travel with the latest issue of the New Yorker, a big box of Hot Tamales and a refillable water bottle.

  69. Jerry Marquardt
    September 12, 2017 at 4:43 pm (1 year ago)

    My must have item when I am traveling is to have my laptop computer and cell phone.

  70. Tammy Shelton
    September 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I must have my laptop when traveling.

  71. Kim Henrichs
    September 12, 2017 at 11:46 pm (1 year ago)

    My camera is my number one must have item!!

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