It may be Fantasy Travel Week here at Food Republic, but when it comes to packing your bags, the best rule of thumb is to keep it real — as in the smart, and stylish, choices you'll hopefully use frequently enough to justify the space they occupy in your suitcase.
Whether your destination is an urban setting or a more rustic environment, here are six packing essentials to meet the modern traveler's needs, from a durable, old-school-style bag that converts from backpack to tote (depending on your mood and agenda) to a fuss-free necktie to slip on for that impromptu dinner reservation you scored to the local Michelin-starred hotspot. And since you probably don't want to be that dude obnoxiously snapping away with your smart phone, here's a sleek little camera (smaller than most phones) to discreetly document every plate.
Speaking of places to dine, the wildly popular global guide Where Chefs Eat — the next best thing to traveling with a handful of well-informed food obsessives — now exists in app form. Download it. Check out the slideshow below.
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