Essential Gear And Accessories For Traveling
If you've ever spent the night on a rock-hard mattress or spent six hours on an overnight flight wide awake, you know that traveling can be tough at times. Although you can’t bring all the comforts of home with you on the road, you can ensure that your time spent exploring a new destination is enjoyable by bringing along some essential travel gear.
For Those Night Flights
For most of us, it’s hard to fall asleep on an airplane. All of those mechanical noises, that person snoring next to you and the sheer fact that you are several miles above the ground is enough to keep anyone awake. However, failing to sleep on a long overnight flight spells certain disaster when you arrive at your destination. Unless you want to spend the first six hours in a new land sleeping, here are some things that you shouldn’t leave home without:
- Eye Mask: Certain airlines give passengers eye masks for free, but those are few and far between. Instead of waiting to see whether or not an eye mask is included with the price of your ticket, bring your own. Make sure that the mask you choose is dark enough to block out all light. This way, that guy burning the midnight oil on his reading won’t disrupt your beauty sleep.
- In-Flight Pillow: Some people are perfectly content with the pillows that airlines distribute. Others aren’t so keen on sharing a small pillow with lots of other passengers (you never know if you’re getting a clean pillow or not). Sanitary reasons aside, you’ll want to make sure that your head is nicely supported during that long ride.
- Soothing Music: There’s no better way to drown out all of those airplane sounds than with your favorite tunes. Your night flight will be even better if you can find a relaxing sleep track. Before you know it, you’ll be on the ground, wide awake and ready to explore.
During Your Stay
Aside from the essential items (toothbrush, hairbrush, toothpaste, etc.), there are a few things that will make your stay more enjoyable. When packing your toiletry bag, make sure to include:
- Good Face Lotion: Dehydration is bound to happen during a long flight. Aside from drinking lots of water and eating plenty of fruits, your skin will look less parched if you attend to it carefully. Bring along a thick and hydrating moisturizer to slather on your face night and day.
- Face Cloths: Some hotels do not stock bathrooms with face cloths. If you want to make sure that your face is clean and fresh, pack a few of your own. You can hang your face towels to dry while you are out exploring all day.
- Shampoo Bars: Instead of carrying a small bottle of liquid shampoo, consider purchasing a shampoo bar. These bars work just like regular shampoo does, but you won’t have to worry about spilling a bar while in transit.
When you are traveling, the best way to store your toiletries is to pack them inside of small plastic bags. Carry a few extra plastic bags with you just in case you lose one or purchase some other items while away.
While Wandering The Streets
If there’s one thing that seasoned travelers know, it’s that exploring any town or city that’s not your own often requires making on-the-go adjustments. Instead of being caught without something you need (or attempting to navigate a pharmacy in another language), take along these exploring essentials:
- Water Bottle With Filter: Water bottles that include filters are wonderful things. Imagine that you are out exploring Rome on a hot summer day, and you need a drink of water. You can use your best Italian to beg a barista for some water, or you can stick your filter-included water bottle under one of those breath-taking fountains. In an instant, that city water that you’d never drink will be transformed into water that’s been filtered and is ready to drink.
- Tissues: Some cities have public bathrooms (Paris comes to mind) that aren’t stocked with toilet paper. When you’re in a pinch, a small pack of tissues stuffed into your backpack will save the day.
- Sunscreen: Who wants to think about sunscreen while on vacation? Well, unless you want a burnt and peeling face, you do. A small travel-size bottle of sunscreen can slip into any bag easily, and it will be your best friend when you’re waiting in a long line underneath the hot sun.
If you create a packing list a few weeks before you leave home, you can compile all of the necessary items seen here on the cheap. Check out online deals, look to see what your local pharmacy offers and spend some time talking with other travelers on websites and in person. Every city or destination comes with its charms and pitfalls; making sure you have the right gear means that you’ll be ready for whatever may come your way.
Traveling should be fun an exciting; not full of aches and pains. Before you leave home, make sure that you have all the right travel gear.