Anything that makes life easier is a welcome thing in my book. Here, I have listed all the items that have made my life easier while traveling. Hopefully, you will find some ideas here that will make your life easier as well.
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1. Earplugs and eye mask - These are especially good for traveling internationally. Many airlines provide one or the other, or both.
2. Sleeping pills - Another great thing to have when traveling internationally. It's good to try different sleeping pills ahead of time to see which ones work the best for you. My favorite is Gaia Herbs Sound Sleep.
3. The wrap by Angelrox - If you want to travel with less clothing, try a convertible piece of clothing like the ones found at Anglerox (they are not an affiliate, I just really like their clothes). Angelrox is a is a company that sells organic cotton and bamboo clothes that are comfortable and versatile. The wrap converts into about 15 different styles: a long skirt, a short skirt, a vest, a tunic, a shawl, a dress, a kimono, and more. They have many colors to choose from. They have a luxurious feel, are well made, and are extremely comfortable. The flirt is another versatile item they sell that I love.
4. Onesole shoes - Onesole shoes are interchangeable, which is great if you want to travel with less shoes. The soles come in several heights, and there are many tops to choose from. Instead of bringing several pairs of shoes, you can bring several tops with just one or two pairs of soles.
5. Scarf - A scarf is really versatile. It can become a shawl, a skirt (pinned at the side), a headband, a belt, and a blanket. Since the plane can get cold, a scarf is a good item to pack so you have something to cover up with.
6. Snacks - Free meals on a plane are no longer the norm when traveling domestic, and snacks may be soon to follow, so bringing your own is a must. If you have food allergies, food intolerances, or are vegan, it is essential to bring your own food. I posted an article on vegan foods to pack for a vacation, where I focus on satiating proteins, which are gluten free as well. Gum is another good thing to pack because it helps the ear popping that happens during takeoff and landing.
7. App for packing - If you travel a lot, this is great to have before you leave for your trip. You type in a list of items that you frequently use. When you pack the item, you check it off the list. You can make more than one list for each category of items you pack; like vitamins, personal items, clothes, etc.
8. Carry on bag - Instead of checking in baggage, use a carry on. You don't have to wait for your luggage, and you don't have to worry about losing your belongings.
9. Candied ginger - Ginger is good for motion sickness, upset stomach, and nausea. Being on a plane can reek havoc on your system, so this wonderful root is great to have in any form - tea, the fresh root, powdered, candied, or in a juice.
10. Jet lag pills - The one I traveled with recently was NO - JET - LAG. It uses homeopathic ingredients to alleviate the symptoms of jet lag caused by disruptions to the body clock, pressure changes, and other factors due to flying for long periods of time.
11. Sample Packets of facial wash, facial cream, shaving cream, creams for sore muscles, etc. - These are great for a short trip. By bringing small packets you travel with less. Usually you can get a couple of uses out each packet depending upon the size. Whenever I shop at Whole Foods or Sprouts I check their sample basket for free samples of creams, etc. Their free samples have all or almost all natural ingredients. Another way to get free sample packets is through websites like Freeflys or Sweet Free Stuff.
12. Travel accessories with hidden pockets - There are many accessories you can choose from that have hidden pockets to carry your credit cards, passport, and cash. There are scarves, socks, wrist bracelets, belts, and necklaces that have a hidden pocket large enough for your valuables.
13. Collapsible water container - If you don't mind drinking the local water, and assuming it is safe to drink, this can be a money saver.
14. Baggalini - Baggalini has purses, bags, luggage, and other travel items. It's founders are two stewardesses who recognized the need for fashionable travel bags and accessories with organized compartments. The wallets are RFID protected, which means that a thief cannot scan your credit card and steal your information. One of my purses changes from a backpack to a purse, which is perfect when visiting a museum that doesn't allow backpacks.
15. Neutral colored clothes - Neutral colors like gray, tan, white and black are great for mixing and matching. When traveling with neutral colors, you don't need to pack as much. Brighten them up with accessories.
16. Electrolytes - Electrolytes are good so that you don't get dehydrated in the dry environment of a plane. Emergen - C is a good source of electrolytes and vitamin C, and comes in single serving packets. Coconut water is another good source, and comes in powder form or single serving boxes.
17. Hand sanitizer / wipes - This is a no brainer. With all the germs from people from all over the country and the world sharing a small space, these are a must! My go-to is EO hand sanitizer, which comes in wipes and a spray bottle. The scents are lavender, lemon, peppermint, and orange. I like them because they contain essential oils.
18. Nasal spray - The plane is a very dry environment. A good way to combat this and to prevent you from becoming sick is a natural nasal spray. It cleans and soothes nasal passages and washes away pollutants, irritants and other airborne contaminants. I like XLEAR, which has xylitol in it.
19. Entertainment - Charge devices ahead of time so that you can read, watch movies, or listen to music. Some flights have a charging station on the seat. Bring earplugs if you do not want to buy the ones sold on the plane.
What has made traveling easier for you? What tips do you have for traveling?