I always travel with these 10 items.
From personal experience, they have always made my trip run more smoothly.
- Sealable freezer-type bags, large and small: I place my “leakables” like sunscreen to avoid ruining my clothes (this happened once and I was not a happy camper). I also use smaller bags to organize cosmetics and electronic gadgets. Being transparent, it is easy for me to know what is where. Airport security will be able to see what I have without disturbing all the organizational energy I put into packing.
- Packing cubes: I LOVE my packing cubes. I love them so much that I have given each and every family member a set as gifts over the years. I organize my clothes according to each cube and since they have mesh side, I can see what is packed in it. Also, I always use one just for my electronics and medication. If my connection is on a smaller plane where I must valet my carry-on, I simply pull it out (they have “handles”) and take it with me onto the plane.
- Walkie-talkies with extra batteries: I’ve had them for at least 10 years and they have paid for themselves over and over again. Depending on the distance involved, I use them to keep in contact if I’m at the beach and someone else is at the pool nearby. I’m not leaving my cell unattended when I’m in the water…
- Sticky pad: If I’m traveling with others and want to let them know where I’ve gone and when I’ll be back, I leave messages on a sticky note (Post-Its) in a visible place. These work great on a cruise because you can also stick a note on a friend’s door.
- Resealing food container: It sounds crazy but you’d be surprised how handy these are if you want to take snacks to the beach or on a sightseeing excursion.
- A power strip: Hotel rooms and cruise cabins have a limited number of electrical outlets and the last thing I want to do is unplug a lamp just to charge something. My cell, tablet, camera, mp3 all get plugged into my power strip and life is easy!
- Over the door shoe organizer: I don’t use it for shoes but for my cosmetics and other items if space is limited. When traveling with others, I hang it on the outside of the bathroom door. In that way, if someone is using the bathroom, I can still get to the items I need!
- Bathroom odor eliminator: It’s not an issue when traveling solo but when with others, well…I’ll stop right there. I leave this bottle in the bathroom for everyone to use if they want.
- Bubble-wrap: Useful for any breakable item like bottle of wine that I take home.
- Can opener: It always comes in handy.
I have a few more essential items but I’ll share those sometime in the future.
I hope these are useful to you!
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