6 Things To Pack In Your Suitcase Every Time You Travel
We humans have been exploring the world since we could walk on two feet. We’ve explored by ship, boat, plane, and foot (to name a few) and we continue to do it day in and day out. We’ve even explored places we’ve already explored! My motto is and always will be: travel more, spend less. Although traveling is exciting, it can sometimes be stressful, nerve-wracking and super exhausting. That’s why I’ve created a list of must have travel items for every excursion, be it long or short.
1. Non-perishable food
Remember that one time you flew to Cincinnati to visit your second cousin and you sat on the tarmac for three hours without any food or caffeinated beverages and thoughts of punching the flight attendant crossed your mind? Unfortunately, this happens but it doesn’t have to lead to physical harm toward anyone else or yourself. Pack snacks. I recommend a variety of nuts, homemade cookies, granola bars, protein bars, fresh fruit and banana bread. Eating healthy, filling food will help with hunger, energy levels and hopefully help you keep a cool head.
2. Earplugs and/or Headphones
What has two legs is bald and on every flight? A screaming baby. Although babies can (sometimes) be enjoyable to be around, the last thing we want to hear on a crowded flight is the sound of a shrieking baby. Pack earplugs if your music is too distracting and headphones if you’re ready to jam. That way you can block out the babies, drunk people, loud talkers and disruptive announcements.
3. Neck Pillows
Yes, you may not look like the coolest person on the plane, but you’ll definitely feel the smartest. Neck pillows are the only way to go! These magical half-donut looking head rests will prevent you from passing out on a stranger’s shoulder, neck pain and chronic sleep deprivation while traveling.
4. Pain Killers
Traveling can sometimes lead to unexpected injury or illness and as they say, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Pack Ibuprofen or Advil for headaches, cramps, muscle aches or back aches. These tiny painkillers may not look like much but they can turn a horrible experience into a pretty good one in under 20 minutes.
5. Cell Phone Charger
You’re tired, hungry, restless and eager to get where you’re going. The last thing you want is a dead cell phone. People got around without cell phones once upon a time but that time is forever over. Also, have you seen a pay phone lately? Pack your cell phone charger or get used to overpaying for a taxi, purchasing overpriced chargers in the airport and being bored because we all know reading a book can only entertain us for so long.
6. Reusable Water Bottle
Two scenarios: Drink 15 tiny water bottles and pay 40 dollars or fill up one large ass reusable water bottle and pay nothing. Who would choose the first option? A rich crazy person, that’s who! The next time you’re packing for a trip, remember this item. You’ll save money, look cool, and you’ll never have to bother the agitated flight attendant for water again.