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I absolutely LOVE to travel. Over the last three years, my husband and I have been all over the world. As a result, I have gotten better at navigating airports and I know the things I need to make a long trip as painless as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I love to fly, but even the most experienced traveler starts to get a little antsy after 13 hours squished in an economy class seat. That is why I have certain items, that I don’t leave home without. They are my travel essentials. I’ve also included some cute travel accessories, that aren’t really a necessity, but they add a little flair to otherwise dull travel gear.
These are the items that I won’t leave home without:
A Comfy Sleep Mask
My first job, post-college graduation, was on night shift, so I know the importance of a good sleep mask. That is why my collection of masks has grown so much over the years. I’m also super picky when it comes to sleep masks. It can’t be too tight or itchy. If it’s too loose it will slide right off. The best kind of mask, has an adjustable strap and a breathable, fabric surface. My husband also likes it when they have funny animal faces, for his entertainment, obviously. The super cute, Breakfast at Tiffany’s inspired mask above, can be found here:
Cords are a thing of the past! Sure you want to be able to plug into the airplane speakers in order to watch the complimentary movies, but the airline offers headphones for that. For the rest of the trip you will want to be able to move freely, without the constraint of cords. Listening to some light music helps to keep me calm and relaxed. I recently got my hands on a pair of Apple Airpods that I love and will definitely be taking with me on future trips.
No long trip is complete without some good reading material. I love the feel and smell of an actual book, but when you have to prioritize your packing, it’s best to not bring your physical books with you across the world. My Kindle has been to just as many places as I have, because I do not leave home without it. Reading is a great way to pass the time while you are traveling and it can often make me feel like I get to my destination sooner than I expected.
Portable Battery Pack
We live in a world that is dominated by technology. I carry so many things that need to be charged on a regular basis. My iPad, Apple watch, Airpods, Kindle, and iPad (yes, I am an Apple fan). If you spend a day jumping from airport to airport and taking long flights then you might find yourself with a bunch of dead and useless devices. I have been that girl in the airport, holding her phone and charger, and running around with a desperate look in her eyes, thinking “someone please have pity on me and let me use that plug for just a few minutes!”
No judgment! It happens to the best of us!
That is why a battery pack has become an essential item on my packing list.
A Zip Closure Planner/Organizer
I am not usually a fan of having a zipper on my planners in my day to day life. It tends to get in the way and I much rather use a planner with a button clasp. However, when you are on a trip, you want to feel like your most important information is protected. Your drivers license, your passport, your money and credit cards. They need to be secured and for me the best way to do that is with my Kate Spade Wellesley. Any zip planner will do (the Filofax compact Saffiano is pictured), but it works best if you have card slots and pockets to tuck your cards, passport, and boarding pass into.
Custom Luggage Tags and/or Passport Cover
This one can be fun and functional! Sure, you can use a cheap, plastic luggage tag. It gets the job done, but there isn’t anything exciting about it. Recently, I purchased a set of custom, leather, luggage tags from Bramble and Beene on Etsy and I LOVE them. This shop also does passport covers, which is another way to add some style to an otherwise boring travel item.
Until next time!