Unless you travel internationally on a regular basis, I think most of us can agree that a significant more amount of preparation (and oftentimes, stress) goes into making sure you have everything you’ll need before heading out the door. I grew up traveling abroad a decent amount–visiting family in India and my parents have always loved to do family trips–but it wasn’t until I started traveling sans-guardians that I figured out the essentials that were really important to me specifically. They aren’t too obscure, so most of you will probably relate or benefit, too!
1. Easily accessible full set of clothes. This is a big one if you’re checking a bag, which hopefully you aren’t most of the time because #teamcarryon. In any case, there’s really nothing worse than not having a change of clothes if your bag gets lost or your flight gets seriously delayed (or lets be honest: there’s a spill). Even if I’m only taking a carry-on, I separate one full outfit, including underthings, to be more easily accessible in case I need them in a pinch.
2. A loose sweater wrap, or scarf. Not only is having one of these really useful for chilly long-haul flights, but depending on your destination, you may be heading somewhere where you may need to cover up on occasion (in churches, temples, chilly museums, etc.). If you want to go the casual route, I can’t recommend this one enough. The price is right, it comes in so many colors, and it’s still soft after so many washes! This linen scarf is a good light summer option that can be dressed up a bit.
3. Outlet adapters. Definitely an essential to add to your packing list because if you forget, these cost an arm and a leg at airports! I have a set of individual country plugs my parents got me years ago, and we got this charging station before Europe last year. It’s sold out but this one is highly rated if you want a whole bank of outlets. Try this if you want individual plugs for a bunch of countries.
4. A convenient pouch. This is kinda random but ends up being a really helpful thing to have. TRUFFLE sent over some pouches before my last trip and they were so helpful for storing receipts, loose change, transportation tickets, etc. The clutches are awesome. I like the clear ones make it easy to locate contents, but any dedicated pouch will do. It’s nice to have your essentials in one place on the plane, too–I had tissues, lip balm, hand sanitizer, my toothbrush + toothpaste, and hand cream in one for our flight!
5. Disinfectant wipes. This is a relatively new one for me…within the past few years, I’ve read countless articles and heard so many stories on how gross planes are. It’s all obvious and hard to avoid, but I’ve taken to carrying on a small pack of disinfectant wipes (like these…usually stop at a drugstore the week before I leave) on long-haul flights to wipe down the seat buckle, tray table, armrest, volume/channel/light controls, etc. Definitely on the paranoid side (J loves to make fun of me for it) but it’s so easy to do and if you’re going to be sitting in that space for hours, worth the small hassle. I’ve seen more and more people doing it every time! Plus, having a pack of these isn’t a bad idea if you’ll be doing a bunch of touristy things or have gelato dripping down your arm–speaking from experience.
I’d love to know–what are your basic travel essentials? We’re talking outside hand sanitizer, lip balm, and the basics I’m sure most of us tend to swear by :)
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