Regardless of where you are going or how long the trip is, you’ll need to pack a bag, and you’ll want to bring the right things—determining which travel essentials can be a tedious process. There’s a lot to consider when deciding what to bring: the type and length of your trip, your itinerary, the weather, the size of your luggage, and any weight limits imposed by airlines.
Living in Florida, we try to prevent being bitten with Off. Failing this, After Bite Advanced Formula is a portable solution that relieves the itch and sting from a mosquito, flea, and other insect bites.
I bet you are thinking, what does Blue Dawn have to do with travel, right? Well, this product is the mecca of stain removal. I carry it in a travel size bottle everywhere I go. If something gets stained, I dab this on. Therefore, I’ve treated the stain long before the laundry is done.
I carry Dramamine whenever we travel to make sure that bases are covered in the event we go on the water. I also bring in on our boat for guests. Dramamine treats severe symptoms on the spot. Prevents nausea, dizziness, vomiting & queasiness
I have long hair, and I’m addicted to dry shampoo. Dry shampoo has revolutionized my life. I can comb this into my hair, touch up with straighteners, and boom – ready to go! It’s also great to freshen up after a long flight.
I was stuck in the Denver airport on a connection and had lost my USB and persuaded into this purchase. At the time, I thought it was absurd to spend $20 on a USB cord. However, these are guaranteed for up to a year. I’ve used my warranty twice with no issues. I would not consider another brand period. These cords are the only way to go. Think about how much you spend on the cheap ones that do not last. Before converting to Ventev, buying USB cords was at least a monthly event for me. Trust me; this cord will pay for its self in no time.
Who does not travel with a ton of electronic gadgets? A charging tower is a must for us. This guarantees that no matter how many outlets we have, we can still charge all our gear. I’m a big Aduro fan, and their products go the distance.
What I love about this brand:
Durability. They last forever; we have had ours for at least five years.
Everyone needs a first aid kit when they travel. We also have one on our boat. This particular one is perfect for travel because it’s small, light and can be clipped onto a belt or luggage. This little set contains a whopping 92 items, and it’s only 0.35 pounds!
I won’t even go on an overnight trip without one of these. I have several of them, and there is one inside of each case we own. Here’s where these come in handy. You know how you pack what you need, and if like me, you avoid hand luggage? Well, how do you get all the stuff your buyback? Easy, you use your fold up the duffel bag. I’ve also checked a couple of these when needed.😊
Growing up in England, this is a cult classic. If you’re English, you know about this magic potion. Germolene contains a local anesthetic that helps to prevent infection, numbs pain, and helps to heal. You can use this on anything from a cut to a burn.
We all have a toiletry bag that’s a part of most people’s packing gear. However, the hanging design takes the concept to a new level. What I love about my hanging bag is that once you get where you are going, you can just hang it on the back of your bathroom door. It saves a ton of space and allows you to organize all of your products.
Who does not travel with a flask? You know, for water and all. I was just kidding. Let’s be real. These are for a bevy, aka alcohol. These come in really handy when you want to add some Baileys to coffee or fancy a shot throughout the day. They are also instrumental at events where the prices for a drink are astronomical.
This gadget comes in handy if you find yourself unable to find bottled water or get stuck and run out of water. The LifeStraw is a cheap and eco-friendly alternative, and it’ll take up very little space in your bag.
In the last 30 years, I have probably purchased at least 20 luggage sets and various one-offs. I’ve tried every mainstream brand. We converted to Samsonite about five years ago. Samsonite is the only, stress only luggage we now use and for a good reason. These products last, they go the distance. I travel at least 12 times a year for work alone. I was replacing a bag a year just due to wear and tear. Samsonite might seem expensive, but luggage is a product that is you get what you pay for.
We have a couple of sets in different sizes for different purposes. For example, I need a cabin size for work. We both need cabin size for weekends. For long-haul trips, we needed significant, durable hard side locking cases with 360 mobility. We own two sets of the soft side, and I have a hard red side, and Brian has an orange hard size.
What I love about this brand and the models we own:
Most airports have scales you can use but who want to re-pack at the airport. For me, a luggage scale is a must as I want to check my bags and go. Therefore, knowing the weight in advance is critical. I just bought this model to replace an older non-digital version and very happy with it!
You need luggage tags for practical reasons, such as losing a bag. But whoever said they had to be boring? I have a collection of different labels that I rotate out based on mood. I like these; the colors pop, especially on my black luggage.
Travel and sarongs go hand in hand for me. A sarong is excellent for the cover-up at the pool or spa. And, they double up as a dress — a lightweight multi-purpose item that needs to be in any suitcase.
This might seem obvious, but unless you are coming from the US or UK, sunscreen can be pricey overseas. If you know anything about me, you’ll know a brand is not my thing. Therefore, for sunscreen for me, it’s about cost and practicality. No Ad is my go-to, particularly the cream versions, which I can transfer into smaller bottles if I need to.
It goes without saying that if you are off overseas, you need a travel adapter. I’ve owned several over the years, and I recently bought this one. Above all, I decided I needed an all in one to save on space and one that can handle power conversion for standard items. The color of this was lovely as well. Due to the color, it’s unlikely going to be forgotten because it stands out.
Nikki Webster is a travel writer who covers how to travel while grinding a day job, how to travel without breaking the bank, hotels, cruising, and off-the-beaten-track experiences. She is particularly fond of Florida and writes extensively about the state. She flies around 60,000 miles per year and has visited 54 countries, 50 states, and six continents. You can read all about her travels at www.britonthemove.com.