10 Essentials To Make Travel Easier #TravelTuesday

My 10 Travel Essentials: packing cubes, post-its, walkie-talkie, power strip, bubble wrap, Just a Drop, Tupperware, over the door shoe organizer, can opener

My 10 Travel Essentials: packing cubes, post-its, walkie-talkie, power strip, bubble wrap, Just a Drop, Tupperware, over the door shoe organizer, can opener,ziplock-type bag

I always travel with these 10 items.

From personal experience, they have always made my trip run more smoothly.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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…
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. Bubble-wrap: Useful for any breakable item like bottle of wine that I take home.
  10. Can opener: It always comes in handy.
Over the door shoe organizer...but not for shoes!

Over the door shoe organizer…but not for shoes!

I have a few more essential items but I’ll share those sometime in the future.

I hope these are useful to you!

M  xoxo

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96 thoughts on “10 Essentials To Make Travel Easier #TravelTuesday

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  2. And for countries that don’t really speak English, try to make friends before hand! We got lucky with our AirBnB host in our trip to Japan. He did a lot of translating for us which made our trip better than it already was.

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    • Yes, they are great to stick on cruise cabin doors or on the hotel mirror for your traveling partner. And when I travel solo, I leave notes in the room saying where I went…just in case. You never know what can happen in this day and age. :O


  3. I like the idea of a set of walkie talkies, but I’ve never brought an over door organiser on my travels ever! I do try to travel as light as possible though … and bottles of wine generally just get drunk while travelling or wrapped up in soft clothes. I’ve brought back two bottles from Chile to NYC in a back pack that way!

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  5. Hello! Thanks for sharing your packing tips! I have been traveling for awhile now, but never thought of the walkie-talkies! What a great idea. I, too, am aways about my phone if I’m in the water. Next trip to a destination with a pool, I know what to bring.

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  6. Great tips, thanks! I like the food containers- I have some that actually “fold up” when not in use so they don’t take a lot of room. Great idea on the shoe organizer, especially if you’re going to be somewhere for a few days at least.

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  8. Thanks, that was very helpful.

    I’ve never thought about taking a power strip with me even though I’m someone with lots of electronic equipment and tend to stay in a lot of hostels with limited sockets.

    This is something I am definitely going to try out when I visit NYC next year. Thanks for the tip!

    I’ve only just started my own blog and now just can’t wait to go on holiday so I can make more posts!

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