Having the right gear while traveling goes a long way to ensuring a smooth and comfortable trip. What to pack for your trip depends on where you are going, what you’re planning to do, and how long your trip is. However, some items work so well that you’ll want to bring them every time you travel, whether it’s for a weekend, a week, or longer. No matter what type of trip you’re embarking on, here are 5 travel essentials you won’t want to travel without on your Gate 1 trip.
1. Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are the ultimate travel organizer and one you should never travel without. They come in different sizes and colors and make packing easy and efficient. Not only that, but they will also work with different size suitcases, bags, and backpacks. You can organize them based on type of clothing (tops, bottoms, underwear, socks) or by outfits and by day. Either way, you can easily find what you are looking for without having to unpack your entire suitcase or bag every single time, ideal for helping you stay organized during your trip. They also allow you to pack more in less space, while helping you to avoid over packing at the same time. You can fold or roll your clothes inside them, and some packing cubes even compress to offer more space.
2. Portable Battery Pack and Adaptor
These days, we rely on numerous electronic gadgets in our everyday life, and even more so when we travel. Make sure you can charge your phone, tablet, camera, and any other gadgets on the road by taking a portable battery pack with you. They come in different sizes so be sure to pick one with enough capacity to charge all your gear—the smaller packs might only be able to charge your phone once while larger ones can charge your phone multiple times. If you’ll be outdoors a lot, consider getting a solar battery pack. Get one with two USB ports and you can charge two items at the same time. Don’t forget to bring USB cables with the appropriate tips.
If you’re traveling internationally, then a universal travel adaptor is another essential item. Some adaptors offer different plug attachments, but a better option are the ones that have all the different plugs built in, so you don’t have to worry about losing any plugs accidentally or forgetting to bring the right ones. Also look for adaptors that have several USB ports built in, so you can charge multiple items at the same time.
3. Travel Pillow, Eye Mask, and Earplugs
If you have a lot of time in transit, whether on a plane, train, or automobile, a travel pillow is an essential item for getting some shut-eye on the go. Travel pillows come in different shapes, but provide much needed support for your head, neck, and shoulders so you can sleep comfortably while sitting up. Some are inflatable and pack down really small so they don’t take up much space at all. Pair the travel pillow with a good eye mask to block out the light so you can sleep no matter what time of day it is. Opt for mask that doesn’t fit too tightly on your face, but blocks out enough light. Some even offer a molded space contoured for your eyes, while others come in satin, silk, or other soft materials for the ultimate in comfort. And don’t forget earplugs so you can drown out any loud passengers and noises, also handy if your hotel room is on a busy street or has minimal sound insulation.
4. Refillable Water Bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated, especially while on the road. Airplanes in particular are very dry and you’ll want to drink even more water than usual. Avoid having to pay for expensive bottles of water and cut down on plastic waste by bringing your own refillable water bottle every time you travel. Many water bottles are insulated, and can keep your water cool for hours, ideal if you will be out in the sun all day. If space is a concern, opt for a water bottle that is collapsible when empty. If you’re traveling to areas where the water quality is questionable, consider getting a water bottle with a built in filter. They’re a little pricier, but always having safe water to drink is well worth it.
Traveling usually involves some to a lot of time in transit. Or perhaps your trip involves some downtime and relaxation. Take advantage of that time by bringing along some entertainment. Readers will want to bring along a Kindle or other e-reader. Books take up too much space, but you can load up your Kindle with a whole library’s worth of books. Many have a backlight so you can even read at night. A tablet is also a good option if you want to catch up on your favorites shows or the latest movies and music. Pair it with a good pair of noise cancelling headphones and you might even start looking forward to the transit time.