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What’s the One Thing Fodor’s Editors Never Travel Without?

Every traveler has one thing they'd never go on a trip without, so as part of the relaunch of our editor profile pages, we asked everyone on our team to report their one must-pack item. Check out the answers below, then head to the new Our Team page to learn more about the editors at Fodor's Travel and to follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

What's the one thing you never travel without?

“A good book for long plane/train/bus rides.” —Amanda Sadlowski, Assistant Editor

“A guidebook. Traveling with just my iPhone to guide me really stresses me out. I need the local context, orientation, and serendipitous discoveries that only a guidebook provides. That it doesn't need batteries or WiFi to work is also a plus, because I want to be looking around me when I travel, not staring at my phone.” —Arabella Bowen, Vice President & Editor-In-Chief

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“I'm not sure I’m proud of it but these days my iPhone is pretty much my main essential. It helps me find everything and everyone I need, or figure out how to get it if I don't have it. Plus it has all my music, my camera, and so many applications that I've become dependent on. Even if I'm not taking my phone on a particular hike or scuba dive, I always have it on my trip.” —Caroline Trefler, Senior Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

“Comfortable shoes.” —Doug Stallings, Senior Editor, Cruises and Resorts

“My inner child, who thoroughly appreciates nap time and the magic of discovery.” —Eric Wechter, Editor, Cruises and Resorts

“There are three: Hair elastics, a notebook, and a pen.” —Kristan Schiller, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

“My iPhone: I like being connected, plus I use the camera.” —Linda Cabasin, Editorial Director

“Books.” —Luke Epplin, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

“My passport.” —Margaret Kelly, Senior Editor, Special Projects

“A tiny picture of Maximón, the bad-boy saint of Guatemala.” —Mark Sullivan, Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations 

“I never go anywhere without a journal to record my thoughts while I’m traveling. It’s so easy to forget all the little details once you leave a place.” —Michael Alan Connelly, Editor,

“A moleskin notebook (or 5.)” —Perrie Hartz, Assoiate Editor, Cruises and Resorts

“Melatonin from the health food store—it’s great for helping your body recover from jetlag.” —Róisín Cameron, Associate Editor, Countryside and Adventure

“A great read I’m already deep into. Or if a juicy novel can’t be found, a copy of the New Yorker.” —Salwa Jabado, Senior Editor, Countryside and Adventure

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