10 Travel Essentials
Whether you are traveling for the holidays, going on summer vacation or running away for spring break, you want to gear up with the right travel accessories. Plan your trip wisely with accessories that will make your travels a bit smoother, comfortable and convenient. You don’t need to pack the kitchen sink to travel with a complete suitcase, but you definitely want to invest in some practical essentials and gadgets to make your travels a little more worry-free. The following guide outlines some of the most convenient travel essentials for domestic and abroad travels.
1. Pack Less, Travel Lightly: Travel Friendly Clothing
Many of us have the tendency to over pack our suitcase when we go on vacation. We want to be prepared for any type of weather, activity and event we may encounter during our travels. However, in most cases we do not end up using more than half of the garments we bring along. Not only does this take up more space in our luggage, but it also weighs down our bags.
Know what type of weather to expect on your vacation and if you plan to visit places or attend events with dress codes. This should help you to pack wisely and decide which garments you truly need to bring with you. Try to select lightweight clothing that can keep you cool in warm weather or can be comfortably layered to keep you warm in cooler weather. Lightweight clothing can also be washed by hand in a hotel room sink and dries faster than normal clothing, allowing you to reuse garments throughout your trip.
Garments made from wrinkle-free material eliminate the need to iron during your vacation so you can spend more time sightseeing, rather than preparing to sightsee. Reversible garments are also a great choice for travel. A lightweight, reversible jacket gives you two jackets in one and is great for mixing and matching with a variety of garments while maximizing your luggage space.
2. Travel Organized: Space-Saving Packing Bags
Packing a suitcase can sometimes turn out to be a disorganized mess. Keep your garments neat and tidy with a set of space-saving travel storage bags. If you are going on a long trip, you will want to maximize your luggage space by compressing your garments into neat and organized bags, rather than take too many travel bags.
3. Don’t Hold Up The Line: Travel Size Toiletry Bottles And Bags
You don’t want to be the person who holds up the airport security check line. Keep the queue flowing with TSA approved toiletry bottles and bags for quick and efficient security checks. This is absolutely necessary if you plan to pack your toiletries inside your carry-on bag.
4. Get A Good Flight’s Rest: Noise Cancelling Headphones And Sleep Mask
Once you’ve made it past the airport security check point and made it onto your flight, sit back and relax. Flights provide the opportunity to catch up on some missed sleep (in case you had a red eye flight, or have a long flight ahead of you). Although an airplane seat may not be the most comfortable sleeping arrangement, you can take a few extra measures to ensure you get some rest on flight. Tune out the humming sound of the flight, crying babies or chatty passengers and fall asleep to your favorite relaxing tunes with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. And don’t forget your sleep mask! You may be ready to get some shut eye, but your neighbor might not be. Keep bothersome cabin lights or even bright window lights out with a comfortable sleeping mask.
5. Rise And Shine: Travel Alarm Clock
One of the most common but practical travel accessories is the alarm clock. If you are visiting family cross country or camping out in the woods, you may want to bring with you a compact travel alarm clock for early-rise mornings. True, you can probably use your cell phone to wake you up in the morning, but if you are traveling abroad or any other place where a cell phone is not needed, a travel alarm clock is a must-have.
6. Conquer Foreign Outlets: AC Travel Adapter
If you are traveling overseas and plan to bring electronics or small appliances that are not battery operated, you cannot go without a travel AC adapter. Since power outlets and voltage varies from country to country, a universal travel adapter is a an essential accessory if you need to power your laptop, hair dryer, or any other electronics and appliances commonly used during travel.
7. Capture Every Moment: Digital Camera
Going on vacation means making new memories. Capture every moment of your trip with a practical digital camera. Widely available in a variety of sizes, colors and with different functions, you can find a myriad of cameras in a wide range of prices. When deciding which camera works best for you, consider its size. If you don’t want to weigh down your daypack or have to carry a separate large case for your camera all together, then consider something compact and practical.
8. Make Room For Souvenirs: Foldable Tote Bag
Although photos are great souvenirs, we can’t help but pick up a few unique souvenirs along our travels. Maybe you just have to bring home a pair of wooden clogs or a bag full of postcards and magnets, but you didn’t make enough room in your suitcase to bring back these travel treasures. You can easily solve this problem with a compact, foldable tote bag. Widely available, one of these tote bags will work perfectly as a carry-on bag and save you from having to pay overweight baggage fees at the airport when you’re on your way back home. They are also great for use during your vacation; use as a day bag to carry a water bottle, snacks, city guide, camera and other travel items.
9. Stay On Your Feet All Day: Comfortable Walking Shoes
One of the most exciting parts of being on vacation is exploring new places. This sometimes means that you have to do a substantial amount of walking and spending all day on your feet. Keep your feet comfortable and yourself ready for the next tour with a good pair of walking shoes. Consider shoes that are lightweight with great support; such shoes won’t weigh you down during the day, and the built-in support will keep you from getting aches and pains in other places like your knees and lower back.
10. Tour The Town With The Basics: Travel Daypacks
When your travel itinerary consists of a day full of walking and sight-seeing, you will want to make sure you carry only the most necessary items with you. Daypacks are an excellent option if you don’t plan to head back to your lodging until the day is over. When packing your daypack, carefully decide which items you really need and leave behind any unnecessary trinkets. Sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, water bottle, small snacks, passports and enough money to get you through the day should be at the top of your list. You don’t want to lug around an entire duffel bag when you are out and about touring new places; keep it light and compact with something practical and discreet.