Recently, I was talking to a friend about my recent road trip to the East Coast.  As I was telling her some of the details, including the two times we saw a bear in the Smoky Mountains, the conversation turned to her asking about some general recommendations about where to stay and what to do.  She then asked me what I would consider essential for our travels.  I hadn’t really given it much thought before.  Our needs have certainly changed since we began traveling as a family.  We are out of the baby stage since our youngest is now seven.  With my last trip in mind, I decided to select five things that I am always glad I have wherever we go, whether it’s a short day excursion or a multi-week trip.  Here is my list of must-haves! Please note that there are affiliate links for the items below.  I may…

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