It’s My First Blogiversary!

Passport & Plates First Blogiversary

Guys, I made it! Today is my first blogiversary – the anniversary of one year of blogging as an official(ish) travel blogger.

Exactly one year ago, I published my first blog post titled “Five Ways to Make Friends While Traveling Solo.” This was not the first post on Passport and Plates – that would be this one. However, I commemorate this day as my blogaversary because it was that post that solidified my commitment to continue to blog beyond my quarter life crisis trip.

Next week, I’ll be sharing a comprehensive wrap up of my year in both travels and blogging, but I figured the celebration post should come first! I’ve partnered with a couple of my favorite brands to bring some great travel prizes to my readers. These are all products that I personally use on my travels and are must-have items for any traveler.

The Prizes:

Grand prize: 

(3) Travelwise packing cubes

(1) bobble water bottle

(1) Lewis N Clark WaterSeals™ Multipurpose Pouch


First prize:

(1) Light blue “Barcelona”  tote bag

(1) bobble water bottle

(1) Lewis N Clark WaterSeals™ Multipurpose Pouch


Second prize:

(1) bobble water bottle

(1)  Louvre Smart Wallet with Stand


About the Prizes:

1. Lewis N Clark WaterSeals™ Multipurpose Pouch

Lewis N Clark WaterSeals Multipurpose Pouch | Passport & Plates Blogiversary

Dilemma: I’m going swimming and I want to bring my phone / camera but I don’t want it to get wet. Solution: the Lewis N Clark WaterSeals Multipurpose Pouch. It locks out all liquid, allowing you to use your electronics up to 9 feet underwater so now you can #UnderwaterSelfie and make all your friends jealous. Priorities, guys.


2. Bobble Water Bottle

Passport & Plates First Blogiversary

This is a bobble. It’s an incredibly cute water bottle that has a built in filter. This means you can be a diva like me and never drink unfiltered tap water again! You also save money by not spending $7 on water every time you’re at the airport (seriously, what is up with those overpriced bottles? It’s robbery, I tell you). Plus, you can help out the environment by not buying a zillion disposable plastic bottles. The bobble comes in lots of colors, sizes, and styles so you can create one that appeals to your stylish self.


3. TravelWise Packing Cubes

Passport & Plates First Blogiversary

Okay, let me just say that before I bought packing cubes, I didn’t understand the point of them. Like, everyone was raving about them and I was sitting around wondering why people were freaking out over vinyl bags. I bought some to test them out and haven’t looked back since. They’re incredible for keeping what I like to call “exploding suitcase syndrome” at bay. Exploding suitcase syndrome is when you manage to undo all your careful packing in 2.5 seconds as soon as you arrive at your hotel. Now, I just deal with exploding packing cube syndrome and let me tell you – it is SO much easier to repack a cube than a suitcase.


4. The Louvre Smart Wallet with Stand

Passport & Plates First Blogiversary

Sometimes you want to be young, wild, and free and only bring your phone, ID, and credit card with you. But, you’re worried about losing your cards because we all know how easily that can happen. Easy fix: just attach a Louvre Smart Wallet to your phone and voilà. Done and ready for the club. Plus, it has a stand so you can watch YouTube videos without holding your phone. Solving first world problems, one case at time.

The Rules:

  1. This blogiversary giveaway runs from now until now until 11:59pm PST on November 11th, 2016. The giveaway will automatically close at that time.
  2. No purchase necessary to enter. This contest is open to entrants 18 years or older in the United States ONLY.
  3. There are three prizes you can win: (1) grand prize, (1) first prize and (1) second prize. Each winner can only win one prize package.
  4. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. Winners have 4 days to claim their prize before forfeiting.
  5. There are many entry methods, but only four mandatory ones. In order to unlock the additional entry methods, you must compete all required ones.

That’s it! Enter below and good luck! 

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Special thanks to Lewis N Clark and bobble for generously sponsoring some of the prizes!

Giveaway winners have being chosen and contacted to receive their prizes! Thanks to everyone who entered!

  • Explore Every Road

    Congrats on your blogiversary chica! I’m SO excited about the bobble water bottle – SUCH a cool product and so so very handy while traveling!

    • Thank you so much! It has been a wild ride. You would love the bobble. Thanks for entering and good luck 🙂

  • Congratulations on your first Blogiversary! You have posted some fantastic content over the year – love reading your blog! Very inspirational!


  • Victoria Gonzales

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I am most excited about the packing cubes. As a type A this is like the prize of all prizes!!

    • Thanks so much Victoria! Omg packing cubes are SUCH a game changer! I don’t know how I ever survived without them. Thanks for entering and good luck 🙂

  • Stephanie Athena

    Cooooongrats! And here’s to many more blogoversaries! I’m most excited for the water bottle because I drink so much on a daily basis! 💦😍

    • Thanks Stephanie and thanks for your continued support :D! I really appreciate it. That water bottle is such a game changer – plus, you never have to buy expensive water again!

      • Stephanie Athena

        You’re totally welcome! 😍 Your blog rocks! ✊🏻

  • Kathy H.

    I really want to try the packing cubes to see if they make traveling and packing easier.

    • Trust me – once I bought packing cubes there was no looking back. You’ll love them! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Fran R.

    Love the smart wallet! would be great to be able to carry my id, credit cards, and also my keys, or at least the house key!

    • Yes, definitely! It’s nice to not have to carry a purse sometimes – just the essentials. Thanks for entering and good luck! 🙂

  • Amy

    I really like the idea of the packing cubes.

  • msrodeobrat

    Packing cubes! Like you, I have heard so much about them but I just haven’t brought myself to buy any yet. I need to just do it! They look amazing and I love to travel!
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com
    Ashley C

    • Oh they’re the best! I was uber skeptical but they will change your life :). Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Kiara Gallop

    I also didn’t understand what all the fuss with packing cubes was about – until I tried them! I wouldn’t travel without them now. They keep me organised and make packing and unpacking soooo much easier! 🙂

    • Right?! They’re the BEST! I’m prone to making a huge mess every time I’m in a new place and now I’m much more organized too.

  • Alina Conn

    Most excited about the bobble water bottle. I love that it has a filter. That’s a great idea!

    • I love the bobble! It saves me so much money since I no longer have to pay for water all the time :). Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Stafford Brix

    Love the idea of the smart wallet. I’m usually not wanting to take my purse everywhere but need my phone and credit cards. Love this!!!

  • Sean

    The packing cubes would help me with the headache of never know how much and too much packing in general when traveling.

    • They will seriously change your life! I’m much more organized when I travel now. Thanks for entering and good luck 🙂

  • Congrats on the blogiversary!! Love that water bottle!

  • Marisa Kay Martin

    I love the bobble water bottles! My roommate has one and sometimes I borrow hers cause it’s so great! Congrats on the blogiversary too, it’s a milestone!!

    • Yeah! They’re quite the popular item at my house as well :). Thanks so much – it’s crazy how time has flown by. Thanks for entering and good luck 🙂

  • I’m most excited about the travel packing cubes, its great to be organized when you’re on the go!

    • They’re the BEST for organization. You’ll never pack without them again. Thanks for entering and good luck 🙂

  • I would love to have the packing cubes. We like to fly to Florida on an inexpensive, 1 hr flight but you have to pay extra for luggage so I try to get it all in my carryon.

    • Oh yes, budget flights – great for your wallet but not for the suitcase! Packing cubes are the best solution :). You will love them! Thanks for entering and good luck 🙂

  • Annamarie Voss

    I really like the travelwise packing cubes, I like that if your traveling to multiple places you can also use them to keep your dirty clothes separate from clean ones.

    • Oh yes! I did that on my last long trip and it was nice to not have to wash everything in my suitcase when I got home! Thanks for entering and good luck 🙂

  • Has it been a year already? Masha’Allah, congratulations! I’m extremely proud of you! Here’s to many more years to come Insha’Allah! <3

  • I am excited about the packing cubes.

  • mckenziesmommy

    love the packing cubes

  • manda

    Packing cubes for sure. I have a little one that doesn’t take up too much space but it would be nice to organize her things in my bag.

  • vickilorenz

    I love the travelwise packing Cubes. Cheers to the inventor of this. It works with available space and will keep stuff organized.

  • I’m all about that packing cube action, boss 😉

  • Michelle Hill

    I could use the packing cubes!

  • Marty C.

    I could use the packing cubes! I’m a contingency planner, so I always bring WAY too much stuff. A way to corral and contain it in the suitcase would be great.

    • Haha it’s the over packers’ downfall that I’m also totally guilty of. Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Janice Crespo

    I love the packing cubes. When I pack, I try to separate different days etc so I can keep things organized. This would make it so much easier!

  • Rebecca Lee

    Most excited about the WaterSeals — those would’ve come in so handy when I was in the hot springs in Iceland!

    • You’re the first person to mention that WaterSeals and I’m surprised – they’re my favorite item on the list! Thanks for entering and good luck!

  • Laurie Emerson

    I am most excited about the Packing Cubes. I am so in love with these!

  • Definitely interested in those packing cubes! Congrats btw for the 1 year!

  • Richard Hicks

    I am excited about the TravelWise Packing Cubes. So easy to use!

  • Congratulations on your anniversary! I’ve been thinking about getting more “officially” into my travel blogging lately. We’ll see what happens!

  • Emily Brozewicz

    TravelWise Packing Cubes would save my life when packing! I can never stay organized 😬

    • Haha before packing cubes…me neither! Thanks for entering – I’ll be announcing the winners this week so stay tuned!

  • 07violet

    The packing cubes, I think I need as many of them as I can get for lots of packing on a big trip.

    • Yessss they’re the best for staying organized. Thanks for entering – I’ll be announcing the winners this week so stay tuned!

  • BreanneT

    I’m most excited about the Lewis N Clark WaterSeals Multipurpose Pouch

    • One of my faves – it’s the ultimate phone protector. Thanks for entering – I’ll be announcing the winners this week so stay tuned!

  • Wendi Watson

    the packing cubes!!!!

  • mail4rosey

    I am most excited about the packing cubes.

    • Love packing cubes! They’re amazing! Thanks for entering – I’ll be announcing the winners this week so stay tuned!

  • Peggy Johnson

    I am most excited about the packing cubes

  • Christian Alejandro

    The packing cubes seem very useful.

  • trisha mckee

    Oh, definitely the Lewis N Clark WaterSeals™ Multipurpose Pouch. We are avid kayakers and this is a necessity!

    • Yessss those are actually my favorite items because my phone is always in a precarious situation when I’m traveling. Thanks for entering – I’ll be announcing the winners this week so stay tuned!

  • Lauren

    I’m excited about the TravelWise Packing Cubes