What is your travel essential

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1367 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Are you traveling overseas or domestic?

For overnight domestic I usually do the following on the plane:

Magazine or book for when you have to turn your electronic devices off.

Headphones so you can listen to music or watch a movie.

A bottle of water and a larabar.  Airport food is generaly crappy

Tech: iPhone charger, MiFi and charger, laptop and charger


I usually use this bag – it has travelled around the world with me for work trips (although mine is black, not sure about this color)


In my overnight bag (small roller bag for a few days, I always take a pashmina (it has saved me from freezing in client cube farms so many times).  IF it’s the summer and I’m not wearing a coat I pull it out and wear it on the plane.


A few extra larabars as snacks, maybe nuts as well

Travel size toiletries e.g. shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrush, smaller hair brush

2 shades of lipstick, eyeliner, mascara

Dresses that won’t wrinkle & a cardigan or leather jacket

Accessories to make it interesting – e.g. a scarf or necklace

Heels and flat shoes

Gym gear depending on how long I am gone for and hotel facilities (the funniest was when I was in a Japanese gym and the treadmill showed that I burned a bowl of rice and a banana.)

Depending on the hotel and the length of the trip I might bring slippers or even a small bathrobe – little things make a big difference!  Obviously if you are only gone for a night or two it’s no biggie but I find I often have only 1 or two meetings/day so I will spend the morning working in my hotel.

Post # 4
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@waitingforthering2:  Like another bee already said – Definitely a pashmina for chilly cabins.  I have started taking slippers as well.  One little comfort item from home can provide a lot of comfort away from home!  They’re lightweight & can squished down pretty compact (or stuffed with other travel items)  I make sure my phone/iPod/tablet/laptop (which ever device I’m using for entertainment media) is loaded up with new podcasts because that’s what I prefer to listen to on shorter flights over reading or movies.  

I love bringing my travel radio too.  It’s not always super practical but its a comfort item.  It has a carrying strap so I can throw it over my shoulder when in transit if my bag is tight on space or hang it from a towel hook in the bathroom for getting ready in the morning.  I have to have news radio on with my coffee & shower in the morning!

Always a pair of black Raybans.

Post # 5
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I travel 4 days a week for 4-6 months a year (but mostly by car, as it’s throughout our big remote state).  I swear by an eyemask, slippers, a corkscrew, a coffee cup that you can do French Press coffee right into, and a 10-foot iPhone charger cord.

Post # 7
7282 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Eye mask and noise cancelling headphones.

Post # 8
117 posts
Blushing bee

I travel 3-4 weeks a month for the past 2 years, mainly by plane in a carry on (Eddie Bauer expedition bag, water proof, multiple pockets, wheels!)

If you travel with a laptop I strongly recommend a backpack laptop back, it might look dorky, but it’s so much easier to carry then a shoulder bag/brief case (especially if you have to run to make a connection.)

I also always travel in sneakers/socks for 2 reasons: going through airport security barefoot is disgusting, (seriously watch the amout of people that go through barefoot, I don’t want whatever foot fungus they have), and also in case you have to run to make a connection you don’t want to run in heels or flats with a rolling suit case and personal item.

As for things I always carry, earbuds, I like skull candy because they have the little rubber ends that block out so much more sound than a set that comes with an iPhone or non-rubber ended ones. I carry my iPhone set too since they have the microphone on them for conference calls. I also carry an auxiliary cord to plug my phone into rental cars or clock radios in hotel rooms to listen to Pandora. 

Tissues, gum, antibacterial hand sanitizer/wipes, vitamins/medicine, EXTRA under garments (If you get stuck, you can rewear pants/shirts, but not underwear!). 

and if you can, rolling clothes into little logs can help you fit more in a tiny suit case. 

I keep thinking of things so this is in a weird order, sorry. Sign up for hotel, rental car and airline frequent member programs; not just for miles/points but it also helps you not get bumped on planes or rebooked sooner and the occasional upgrade is nice. My fiance and I have had many free flights, hotel nights and rental car days too!

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