Needing to rush out last minute and feeling panicked that you’re going to forget something? Well, I have you covered! I’ve compiled a list of must haves to take with you at all times of travel. The more I travel, the more people ask me questions and just recently the question was: what do I carry-on with me to make my travels more enjoyable and stress-free? So here are some of my must haves and favorites in no particular order. With these travel essentials on hand, you’ll be ready to go at a moments notice:
- Bose Noise-Canceling Headphones: I contemplated getting these for quite some time, but boy am I lucky that I sucked it up and finally got them. What a huge difference it makes in the quality of your travel experience. Don’t get me wrong I love kids, but I don’t need them yelling in my ear mid-flight and scaring the bejesus out of me. They are worth every penny my friends!
- Eye Mask and Ear Plugs: I try my best to sleep on the plane. It’s not always a success, but I enjoy as much peace and quiet as possible. An eye mask is the best to block out the cabin lights and fall into a nice restful state. Ear plugs can actually be worn under your headphones for even more of a noise canceling effect. Optional: add a shot of something (Tequila, Jack Daniels, Johnny Walker) on the rocks before hand (you choose your poison) and before you know it you’re ready for dreamville.
- Extra Ear Buds: for that just incase moment your bose speakers are in the overhead compartment and you can’t get up right away to get them.
- Extra foldable Shopping bag: I love this cute little Calvin shopping bag made out of nylon material. I always keep one in my carry-on. It’s great for buying snacks before your flight or for any extra goodies you bring home from your trip.
- Snacks: ever wake up on a flight and realize you’re starving? Lets be honest… airline prices are bit absurd, so bring your own snacks. I bring a couple Kind bars, an apple, orange, dark chocolate, healthy plantain chips, and of course some gummy bears 🙂
- Meds: too much wine at dinner. Too much sun at the beach. Too much stress from rushing to the airport. Whatever the cause, get yourself a small little pill case for your travels and prepare it with your favorite pain relievers: Asprin, Ibprofen, benadryl, pep to, xanax…. it’s better to be prepared for any type of situation, than not.
- Travel-Size toothpaste & Mini toothbrush: I keep one in my travel bag at all times (start collecting them from your hotels). I like feeling fresh before I land from a long flight. I also always have mouthwash and Listerine strips on me too (I hear gum makes you bloated- just saying).
- Travel Journal: I don’t leave home without it. Some of the best memories, funny moments or life changing experiences happen while you travel and I love writing them down immediately on paper. Its so nice to look back at your trips at the end of the year and see how much you’ve learned from your personal experiences.
- Your favorite pen: We all have one, so don’t forget it at home. You’ll need it to fill out travel documents and of course to keep tabs in your journal
- Anitbacterial Wipes: There are hidden germs everywhere! I don’t even want to think about it. I wipe down my entire seat before I sit down, my folding tray, armrest…etc They come in convenient travel packs which makes it easy to carry at least two packs at all times.
- Baby Wipes: You have no idea what the bathroom conditions will be like when you travel to another country. You also don’t know If there will be toilet paper in your stall at any given moment, so again these come in convenient travel packs and can really come in handy!
- Business Cards: You can place these in the information area of your check-in luggage or in your carry-on luggage as well, just incase your luggage tags are ripped off. Also, I just don’t leave home without them. This life is all about networking. Handing someone a business card before you make a request, give a compliment or complaint even puts you one step ahead in the negotiation game.
- iPad: I love having multiple selections of books to read on my iPad while I travel. I finish a book and I want to read another one immediately, so always have lots of them downloaded and ready to go before you travel.
- Book: I haven’t made the switch to a kindle yet, but sometimes the glare when you’re laying out by a pool makes reading on your iPad difficult and sometimes nearly impossible, so I always have a book with me. I actually enjoy reading an actual book more than my iPad, but we can’t walk around with a library on us. Also, your iPad can easily die on you and what will you do without a good book? tic-tac-toe for 3 hrs?
- Photocopy of your passport: Let me be clear! Don’t lose your passport! You never ever want to lose your passport, especially in another country! The terror that will come over might make you sick to your stomach till you get a replacement and that could take up to 24hrs. So lets hope you don’t, but lets say that you do, you will improve the chances of getting a quick replacement from the local U.S. embassy or consulate if you have a color copy of your passport and a photo ID issued by the state you live in. But just to emphasize the importance of this DON’T LOSE YOUR PASSPORT 🙂 Leave it in your safe where it’s safe and travel with your photocopy when you arrive to your destination.
- Travel Brush & Mirror: I don’t know about you guys but after an international flight my hair looks like a version straight of the lion king. So no one wants to look at that hot mess. These little brushes are great to fix those crazy locks.
- Refresh Eye Drops: The cabin pressure alone will dry out my eyes and skin, so lubricating your eyes is great to avoid itchiness and blood shot eyes.
- 2 Small Zippered bags: to keep your loose items. I use these light weight Vera Bradley pouches to keep my: extra headphones, earplugs, compass, watch, eye drops, hair ties, lip gloss, business cards…etc
- Luggage tags: I always take a few extra with me incase they brake off or look rugged after traveling.
- A Watch: something about having a watch on me at all times when I travel makes me feel better. Our phones won’t always be charged or on us and its very important to always have the right time on you when you’re traveling.
I hope these travel essentials help you on your next experience away!
What are some of your favorite travel necessities?