A few essentials from my long-term travel packing list. Mini contact cards from Moo — Fun memento to hand out to travelers and locals I meet on the road. It’s easy to create customized cards using your travel photos, with contact details on the reverse.

Key items from the long-term travel checklists I keep in Evernote. If using miles, flights often need to be booked 11 months in advance to get economy reward seats. Before booking, I pore over guidebooks and travel forums to build an itinerary and select flight destinations.