Traveling often, whether for pleasure, or whether for work, can be exciting, while expanding our horizons by exposing us to new places and cultures. But no matter how worldly some people may be, most of us have those things we just can’t leave behind.
We’re not talking about necessities like credit cards, I.D.’s or a laptop for work. We mean creatures of comforts, things that entertain, remind us of home, or just make us feel like everything is OK.
It might be a comfy pair of slippers, a favorite gadget, or something that reminds us of home. One thing all these items have in common is that their owners just can’t leave home without them. We were wondering:
Do you have any must-have travel items?
Amy Wensloo, CEO of Products to Profits in Pasadena, California, travels to trade shows conferences and meetings. She also takes vacation trips with her fiance. Her must-have items include a hair dryer. “Ridiculously bad hotel hair dryers are a pet peeve since I do a ton of speaking at events,” she says. “I’m currently looking at several high-end travel size dryers but haven’t found a great one yet.”
She also brings lavender, citrus and mint essential oils to help with energy, nausea and being happy; a “success journal,” a blender bottle for a healthy and fast breakfast; Natural Calm magnesium powder, and Pito Tubes, for her favorite toiletries. “I’ve been using the same set for over 15 years,” she says. “Completely leak-proof that entire time. Awesome!”
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Beth Beutler, a writer and consultant, says she brings a quilted “relaxing bag” with her on trips. “(It) includes a journal, a coloring/inspirational study book, and some trinkets from past trips to enjoy or reflect on during free time,” she says. “These particular items are only used when on trips, to make them special and different from similar items I use at home.”
While most people use fans to cool off, Mark Rust brings one on trips with him so that he can get a good night’s rest.
“I’m a light sleeper, small sounds inside or out will wake me,” says Rust, a musician from New Paltz, New York. “Even if it’s perfectly quiet, I can’t sleep. So when I travel I always carry a small electric fan. The constant ‘white noise’ of its blades put me right to sleep, and keep me from hearing anything from the trucks passing by the hotel, to the TV or conversation in the next room. Often in the hotel elevator, other guests will see the fan and remark how they wished they’d brought one.”
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Tara Cappe, who travels internationally as the owner of For the Love of Travel, a group travel company for young professionals, has a few things she always brings with her, including a favorite item of clothing. “When I go to Europe, I always bring my favorite Vince leather jacket, no matter what season,” she says. “It can go from day to night and always looks stylish.”
Her second must-have item is a pair of footwear, but not for styling reasons. “No matter what season, I bring flip-flops to wear in hotel rooms and bathrooms. You never know!”
Finally, she never travels without her pillow. “I know it takes up a lot of space but I always bring my pillow from home,” Cappe says. “I never get as good a night’s sleep without it.”
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Amy Killoran, creative manager with I Love Travel, a Toronto-based student travel company, notes slippers are a must for her when she travels.
“You can change into them on the plane, or at a grimy hotel, or a resort with cold tile flooring, and hang out on your hotel patio in them,” she says. “It’s something that brings a little bit of the comfort of home along with you on your trip, and feels so good to have on hand if you find yourself in a less than desirable room for the night. I bring a pair of slippers on every trip.”
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Katharine M. Nohr, a laywer based in Kaneohe, Hawaii, and the author of the new book, “Land Sharks: #HonoluluLaw, #Triathletes and a #TVStar,” says her plane necessities are a lumbar pillow, neck pillow, travel blanket and eye shades when she takes a long flight. And not just any pillow will do.
“I’ve tried many and have discovered the best in each category,” she says. “I’m always telling people about the best neck and back pillows.” She says recently broke a neck pillow before a trip to Italy, and was in Honolulu International Airport looking for the right pillow.
“I went all over the airport and into every shop, including the store where I originally found this fabulous item,” she says. “It was discontinued. After checking about 10 stores, I found it in one of the kiosks — their last one. And, it was on sale for half the original price! I’m now ready for my travel season with all my on board luxuries.”
When traveling with these precious items, you’ll want to know where they are at all times. The LugLoc luggage locator can help you keep track of your luggage and your possessions. For more information, go to lugloc.com.
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