For me, the most stressful part of traveling has always been packing. I would make lists and check things off and double check and still I would get to my destination and realize that I had forgotten something.
I would stress and stress and stress (and still do) about whether or not I had everything that I needed. Of course the items that I would forget were never mandatory, but they would definitely make my life easier if I had them.
So here it is. Here is my list. My list of things that I alway pack when I am traveling. For work or for leisure. I always pack this list, and as long as I don't stray from the list, everything goes well!
1. All of your cords wrapped in little cord tacos.
Cord tacos are the thing I never knew I needed until I had them. They were a Christmas gift from one of my cousins and they are my new favorite thing! They are simple and innovative and I do not know how I ever lived without them.
Aside from my personal phone chargers and headphone, I have four cords that come with my work phone. I have to have these cords with me at all times to be compliant for work. They used to get all tangled up and messy and they were ripping apart at the ends. Especially when they are floating around in a large tote bag. They get wrapped up and caught in the zipper and that is just the most frustrating thing.
Well not anymore. Thank you, Kevin. You have saved my cords and my blood pressure.
Want to add Cord Tacos to your carry on list? Purchase them HERE!
Reading is important. Reading makes you smarter. Reading is a great way to pass the time during a long flight. I have always been an avid reader, but in school I never had time to read for pleasure. With this new career of mine, I have all the time in the world. It is an amazing thing.
I alway have my current book and the next book on my Reading List in my bag. I don't always find the time during a flight to crack open the pages, but it is always a good time passer on the bus to the hotel.
When I am traveling leisurely I spend almost the entire flight reading. You should try it.
3. Picture takers.
This one is obvious and one of the most important to me. You should always travel with a camera. I do not care if it is your flip razor phone or if it is a professional DSLR camera. BRING IT.
Being able to see the world is such a privilege. There are places in this world that I never in my life thought I would see in person. I never want to forget these places that I have seen. I will always bring my camera and you should too.*** So that you can scrapbook them, or post them online or show them off to your friends and be all braggy about your adventures.
I have three cameras that I take with me on every trip. I take my iPhone 6s, my Canon Rebel T5 and my Instax Mini polaroid camera.
These cameras are standard and great for taking pictures in most environments.
You can find them through these links.
Canon Rebel T5
Fujifilm Instax Mini Polaroid
***Sometimes, don't pull the camera out. Be selfish. If you see something and you can feel it in your stomach, do not pull the camera out. Let yourself feel it and enjoy it in the moment.
4. Phone/Tablet...I mean, obviously.
This one may seem obvious, but you should keep it on the list. If you don't, you might end up like me in Minneapolis for 12 hours without your cell phone and feeling very stupid. It happened. It has happened to more than one of my co-workers.
That is all that needs to be said.
5. Snacky-Snacks. (Snacks)
Most airlines will give out free snacks during a flight. You can also sometimes purchase other hot food items or premium snacks if you choose. Even so, it is always good to carry your own.
Snacks on planes are limited and usually overpriced. So yeah, bring your own granola bars and MM's and trail mix. Because everything you can buy on a plane you can buy in store for much, MUCH less money.
Especially on longer flights, the small packs of peanuts and pretzels can get old very quickly.
6. Portable Phone Charger.
Newer planes have outlets and that is the most convenient thing ever. The problem is that sometimes, 37,000 feet in the air, things break. Can I call maintenance? No. We are in the sky. Sorry.
So what do you do? You pull out your handy-dandy portable charger! Plug it into your phone and you get a few more hours of music or movies or Flappy Bird or whatever it is that you do when you are in the sky to pass time.
I got mine for free from work and I am very happy with it so far.
It is an Anker Power Core+ and you can get it HERE!
I have honestly found TOMS to be the absolute best shoes to travel with. They are light weight, durable and can fold down flat.
They are perfect for shoving into front pockets of suitcases or into your carry on bag. They are easy to slip on and off for when you need to use to restroom. Side not: do not go to the bathroom barefoot. Yeah, people really do that sometimes.
Plus, they last a very long time. My very first pair of Toms that I ever owned I bought when I was a sophomore in high school. That was SEVEN years ago, and I still wear them today. As a bonus, when you buy a pair of Toms, a pair is donated to a child in need!
How special is that!?
GO BUY TOMS BECAUSE THEY ARE GOOD FOR YOU AND CHILDREN IN NEED OF SHOES.
8. A nice big warm sweater.
I do not care where you are going. Florida, Bahamas, Iceland, Alaska or China. I do not care. Always take a nice warm sweater.
It may be 70 degrees in New York and 90 degrees in Florida, but planes are ALWAYS freezing. They just are, and not every aircraft come with complimentary blankets. Even if they do, it is basically a piece of paper. Not warm.
Flight attendants do not always have control over the temperature in the cabin.
Keep that in mind.
9. Notebook and a writing utensil.
This goes along with having a camera at all times. When you travel, write everything down. Create metaphors for what you are seeing as you are seeing it. Be creative in beautiful places. Keep track of places and times and people that you meet.
I recently just purchased a planner/notebook and I am absolutely in love with it.
Julia Kostreva makes beautiful planners, among other things, that are perfect for traveling with. This planner is small and light and easily fits in my carry on.
One thing I really love about this planner is that there are no printed dates. You fill everything in yourself. So the month that you receive the planner is the month that the planner starts. Say you take a break for a month, that is okay too! No wasted space!
10. HAND SANITIZER.
This is incredibly important! In case you were't aware, Planes are DIRTY!
I don't mean messy, we have very talented cleaners that are super efficient in cleaning the planes in a timely manner! I mean, dirty and germy!
Sick people. Children. Coughing. Sneezing. Bathrooms.
I am glad that you wash your hands after you go to the bathroom, but not everyone in the world does.
Bring hand sanitizer.
THESE are really great for travel. I use them daily and you can buy them in bulk!
This is something that I have just recently started doing. I was in Orlando and I found this giant 100-pack of Ghirardelli chocolates that I hand out to the flight crew whenever I am traveling.
They work very hard everyday to keep you safe and not parched. So carrying a little something will only make the flight a little bit more enjoyable for you.
People who bring chocolate are nice. We like nice people.
We are especially nice to nice people. Keep that in mind. ;)
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