Top 5 Travel Essentials
As an avid traveler, I want to ensure I have all the items for a comfortable getaway without packing my entire house.
For many years, I struggled with either overpacking or underpacking until I took the time to evaluate what it was that I truly needed.
That evaluation resulted in my Top 5 Travel Essentials for any trip:
- Backup battery charger. In most cases, my cell phone is my entertainment, camera, reference guide, holds a copy of my passport in the event I misplace or lose my passport while traveling, and means to communicate with my travel companions. So it is very important that I stay charged throughout the day so I purchased a portable charger that is similar in size and thickness to my iPhone 12 so it's very easy to carry.
- Travel Mug. I have a double-walled travel mug that keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours. My travel mug is one with a lid that closes and a reusable metal straw. It comes in great at all-inclusive resorts so my drink is put into my cup and since many resorts have done away with straws, I have one to use that is good for the environment.
- Hand sanitizer and wipes. Pre-COVID this was an absolute must because everything is dirty. Door handles, airline seats, buckles, and trays. The room remote control and phone receiver. The list goes on.
- Scarf. You might be thinking, does she travel with a scarf in the Summer as well. I sure do. Those airports and airlines can be very chilly so I pack a scarf large enough to wrap around my shoulders for flights. It also comes in handy when staying at properties that love to crank up the A/C.
- Snacks. I have been on plenty of excursions where I wish I had a cookie, a peanut, or something to hold me over until I was able to secure some food for my belly. When you are on a long flight and don't want pretzels or peanuts that are being offered; or you don't want to spend $5 dollars on a snack box, or you wake up in the middle of the night and don't want to wait for room service (for those properties with 24-hour room service), you have something you can munch on to satisfy that craving immediately. I like to pack mixed nuts, cookies, and small bags of potato chips.
Now, these are just my must-haves outside of my clothing, toiletries, and travel documents that I pack.
Let me know what your must-have travel essentials are. I have room to add one or two items to my list.
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