This past weekend we spent time with Ben’s family in Boliver, TX. Ben’s Aunt & Uncle are also well traveled and asked little old us for some packing advice. After her amazement in our efficiency I realized that we have learned some lessons and figured out a few tricks and items that have helped make traveling easier. These things are good when we’re traveling for fun but traveling for work is a whole other beast!
Sometimes you need to wash clothes on the go and this is the best little bag I have found.
You can also get shampoo and other soaps in this form. Great for carry ons and if you plan on doing a bit of laundry on the go and don’t want to bring a ton of liquid detergent.
Bright Luggage Tag
In this case, I did not op for a regular luggage tag, instead I found something a bit more secure and just as bright. My name and address is on the inside of this’tag’.
Portable Battery Charger
For days that you’re out of the house for a long time and plan on using your phone a lot.
Liquid Travel Bottles
This may be a given but here is good brand.
Eagle Creek Organizer Bags & Compression Bags
I love these for organizing our clothes, especially for our big travel back-packs. I usually only use the bigger compression bags for when I am having a hard time packing after buying extra clothes or when I have a down jacket that is taking up more room than it needs to.
I have found this particular travel wallet to be great for traveling. Obviously, this is for the ladies but it holds my passport and all my credit cards as well as cash and phone.
For the days you want to go out with out a purse, you can hid your money/credit cards away under your shirt.
I always have some Emergen C on hand to keep my immunity up when I start to feel down.
I have searched long and hard for a great carry on bag. Purses, day bags, back-packs… This is the back pack that I love now. It’s the perfect size, style, & comfort. It’s perfect for using as a day bag as well and big enough to hold my laptop.
*over the counter medicine – I can’t tell you how many times we’ve had to go out of our way to get something we needed because we were feeling sick. From pepto tablets to zyrtec, we’ve got it.
*blanket – 2 reasons I bring a blanket, I don’t trust the cleanliness of the plane blankets and because sometimes I’m really cold.
*prescriptions – In case your luggage gets lost over night, you’ll still have any prescriptions you need.
*sunglasses – I’ve lost a lot of sunglasses unfortunately but I still love my Ray Bans and bring them every where. If you really love your sunglasses and don’t want to lose them I suggest buying a cheapy pair for traveling (I also have a cheap pair).
*book – or Kindle, whatever you’re in to.
*camera – In our case we would have another camera bag for extra lenses but in any case, it is important for you to bring anything expensive with you on to the plane, especially when traveling to another country. Buy a big memory card so you don’t have the chance of losing a small one.
*mini-ipad with keyboard – When we travel for work we always bring a laptop but when we travel for fun we often just bring a mini-ipad with a keyboard. This allows us to type e-mails and treat it as a mini-laptop.
*chargers – In case you are trapped in the airport with a long layover, you’ll at least have your technology.
*ear plugs – I wear them for every flight but also just in case you find yourself next to a crying baby or someone extra chatty or your’re staying above a loud bar.
*headphones – I use a pair from apple that is more comfortable than the basic ones that come with the iphone.