Traveling is medicine for the soul. Setting out on the open road or boarding a jet always sends a jolt of nervous excitement through my being. However, traveling is not always sunshine and lollipops. Road rage and jet lag unnerves even the most seasoned adventurers, but packing these items can make a nomad’s life a bit easier.
1. A good eye mask blocks out that annoying slice of light in your hotel room, and it also allows you to take a cat nap in your car at a rest stop. Of course, an eye mask is always a welcome companion on long flights. This one includes earplugs–another travel must-have! 🙂
2. Binder clips are great little helpers. For starters, they secure hotel curtains and keep important papers together.
3. An inflatable neck pillow provides on-demand comfort and deflates to a compact, packable size. With carry-on size regulations shrinking, this is a savvy choice when flying.
4. Wet Wipes are a must when traveling. To paraphrase Murphy’s Law, anything that can spill will spill when I’m around. Thus, I always keep these handy. Plus, the TSA 3.4 ounce rule doesn’t apply to wipes, thankfully.
5. Peppermints are a god-send if you feel nauseated or simply need a breath-freshener or a pick-me-up.
6. Sharpie permanent marker pen (in black) with duct tape wrapped around it. Two useful items in one! The Sharpie allows you to label items quickly and boldly and camouflages scuffs on black shoes.
Indispensable to any traveler, duct tape performs myriad tasks including repairing a tear in your luggage and sealing over the sink drain in your hotel sink so you can wash your swimsuit/laundry. Plus, lackluster silver is not the only style of duct tape out there. If you prefer leopard-print duct tape, go for it!
7. Sunscreen wipes are compact and don’t take up precious space in your quart-sized liquids bag. This brand is excellent for babies and for folks with sensitive skin.
8. Cocoon Blanket. This lightweight blanket in a handy-dandy carrying pouch is a must-have whether you travel by plane, train, or automobile. It’s nice for camping trips as well.
9. Journal. Take time to journal every day during your travels and after you return. Record the sights, sounds, smells, and people you encountered on your journey. Rule of thumb: If you can’t look it up on Google later, write it down. Please. Unless you have a spectacular memory, the little details will disappear over time.
10. Travel compression socks. Yes, this sounds a bit odd, but sitting for countless hours is not good for circulation. These help. Please remember to stretch and walk around periodically if at all possible.
I hope that these product suggestions make your travels even more spectacular. Please follow my blog and like my Facebook page for more helpful travel ideas and photos!