10 things to pack to make your trip more pleasant

In Paris! Still loopy from jet lag, but I survived thanks to my arsenal of travel essentials. ;)
In Paris! Still loopy from jet lag, but I survived thanks to my arsenal of travel essentials. 😉

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! 🙂

Bedtime Bliss® Contoured & Comfortable Sleep Mask & Moldex® Ear Plugs. Includes Carry Pouch for Eye Mask and Ear Plugs – For Travel, Shift Work & Meditation.

2. Binder clips are great little helpers. For starters, they secure hotel curtains and keep important papers together.

ACCO Binder Clips, Large, 12 Per Box (72100)

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.

Travel Smart By Conair TS22N Inflatable Fleece Neck Rest/Neck Pillow, Black

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.

Wet Ones Moist Wipes – 24ct – Fresh Scent Antibacterial

5. Peppermints are a god-send if you feel nauseated or simply need a breath-freshener or a pick-me-up.

Brach’s Peppermints

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!

Sharpie Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Black, Pack of 5

Bazic 1.88″ X 10 Yard Fluorescent Colored Duct Tape, Assorted Colors, Pack of 6

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.

Baby Sunscreen Wipes by MD Moms – Broad Spectrum Water Resistant Sun Screen Towelettes Made By Pediatricians – SPF 30 (20ct)

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.

Cocoon CoolMax Blanket (BlueMax)

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.

Old World Journal (Notebook, Diary) (Travel Journal) (Guided Journals) (Full Size Foldover Journals)

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.

Travelsox TSS 6000 Patented Graduated Compression Travel Socks With DryStat OTC

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!

Happy Trails!









7 thoughts on “10 things to pack to make your trip more pleasant

  1. I was going to suggest bulldog grips, until I looked up Binder clips :-o)
    Even though some hotels have pencils in the room, I always carry my own, along with a rubber (eraser to Americans) so as to keep track of what I spend, and sometimes my arithmetic is not up to scratch . . . .

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s