Top 5 Essential Travel Items

1. Reusable items

Reusable water bottles can save you a fortune when you travel. This is especially true if you’re planning on spending a lot of time in airports.

For locations that might not have the cleanest tap water, you can buy a reusable water bottle with a filtration system built in. Just make sure that you do your research on what it filters out. Some don’t have the capacity to filter out diseases. I prefer a water bottle that keeps my drink cool for hours on end and doesn’t sweat.

Having a reusable fork, knife, spoon and chop sticks helps cut down on the amount of plastic you use while traveling. Most places you’re at the mercy of what they decide to use; this way you’re able to be environmentally conscious while still eating. The same goes for carrying a reusable straw. Cut down on the environmental impact of your travel while still enjoying yourself.

Here are some of the favorites:

2. Noise-canceling headphones

Airplanes are loud. You’ve probably never noticed the amount of white noise that occurs until you’ve put on noise-cancelling headphones. These allow for blissful silence (and sleep!) even if there is a snorer, sneezer and crier in close proximity. Some noise can come through so you don’t miss snacks, but get rid of all the excess background noises.

They’re great if you plan on working while traveling too. Cutting out the noise of wherever you choose to work is essential to productivity, so you can get back to having fun.

There are a lot of different brands. Make sure to check if they’re Bluetooth or compatible with a phone and read the reviews. Also look into buying older, lightly used models of well-known brands. You might get a good deal.

3. Portable charger

Few things are worse than your flight getting delayed, only to realize the TV show that you’ve been streaming the past three hours drained your battery. You desperately scan for open outlets to find them all taken. Your boarding pass is on your phone and you have two extra hours to kill. What do you do?

If you’re a seasoned traveler you can happily pull out the portable charger you keep on you to charge your phone up to 10x over. Don’t be stuck in midnight train stations or the dreaded cancelled flights with a dead phone. It’s not worth it.

4. Money belt

Money belts are helpful if you’re traveling with a significant amount of cash or traveling internationally with your passport. You can wear them through security without any issues and are able to keep safe and close to you items that make you queasy when you think about losing them.

5. Tactical flashlight

You may not be able to travel with pepper spray or a knife, but that doesn’t mean you have to rely on your fist-fighting skills to stay safe.

If you (or your parents) are concerned about safety, this is a tactical  flashlight that we recommend for self-defense. 

The flashlight is rechargeable and has a dual switch as well as a one-touch strobe that will temporarily disorient someone. It also has an SOS setting that will help send a signal if you’re in distress.

Want more information on how to pack your wardrobe? Check out this blog post:

Packing for a Trip

Find details on how to pack for an international flight:

How to Pack for an International Flight

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