Time to head out to the great outdoors – either by plane, boat or car. Depending on trip I have a few things that have made traveling smooth, safe, organized and less stressful. The list below are things that are in my bag and some travel essentials I have acquired over the years. I’ll share ideas from some travel “experts” with tips and tricks. Travel agents, friends who jet off for either business or fun or both all the time.
A folder – A real old school folder – not on phone or computer actual place to put papers.
- make copies of all your credit cards. Front & Back (with phone numbers) Drives license, passport all important documents that if lost or stolen are handy to cancel, contact what ever the case. Keep in the safe or hotel room. Not with your purse, wallet that kindda defets the pupose.
- Print out full itineary and have in that folder
- Local tips, hot spots notes to refer to.
A sturdy Tote Bag. Not your purse in fact now I have been packing 2 handbags (one day one night) and my carryon becomes my travel purse. I will sometimes put my purse in the totebag if I feel I wanna pull it out upon arival. I have a Michael Kors – pretty beat up – need new one asap. I want study not too pricey will be going through the trenches with me. My first choice is this basic baby from ZARA Comes in two color this pretty baby blue and ecru
I’m digging the look of this however: http://bit.ly/2qwqsEd My friend Henri Bendel – It comes in 4 colors made into a backpack or cross body – I like it.
Here is the Winner below I found this baby at Nordstrom its their line http://bit.ly/2qw9qaY Chelsea 28 and I love it! It is just so soft, faux leather that will wipe clean. It will fit my laptop, modern sturcture /color and the price ONLY $69.00! So that left me with money for a cute crossbody by the same brand for spring! Here is the link http://bit.ly/2rw3aOj I am loving all shade sof Gray. Is it Gray or Grey? I dunno. So this will go with me for my upcoming road trip! “LOVE”
THIS IS GENERALY WHAT WILL BE IN MY TOTE & CARRYON: Give or take if we are flying driving or taking the train
- Sunglasses in a hard shell case (dont wanna break these babies)
- I keep my charger cube in here
- My travel wallet
- Healthy snacks – whatever is allowed
- Travel tolietries – toothbrush – facemask – gum or mints – facemist spray – advil
- Small makeup bag in case luggae lost (if road trip than thats in my suitcase)
- Laptop or Ipad
- My small travel camera
- Bikini (in case luggage lost) Or gloves & hat depending time of year and trip destination
- Flip flops or comfortable shoes for plane and destination
A small pocket guide to the city I am going to like Zagat, Fodars, Michelin guide – Rick Steves travel, or Time Out all good sources of reference and good reading on the trip. Mike and i will also read print and make notes of reviews menus and bring along for reference. We are still pen to paper people
- Enough said – Rain – Brutal sun. Just get one – trust me. You know how it goes, if you dont bring it you’ll need it if you do you wont. Murphy’s law folks
Personal Security – This may not be in my carryon but comes on the trip when traveling alone for sure and going to be my stocking stuffer for all my loved ones this year.
- Door stop alarm – this one is new for me but inexpensieve enough and gives real peace of mind. Espically when as a women I travel alone at times.
Order from Amazon or I got this one from my local Home Depot https://thd.co/2rqokNC small compact and makes a great gift for wife, daugher or mom.
Juice On The Go
The next thing I take on a trip short or long is a portable charging station – so many to choose from I go for white (of course) and than also add the outlet adaptor. My electronic accesories go in a travel cube tied and stored neatly so I can find them easily and dont loose when ehading home.
This above is from Amazon – everyone has them for sale just your preference.
So those who follow understand my love of food and Mikes and my travel obsession with trying new things so a MUST for me to bring along is my Ballerina Tea. I get sahll we say “traveltummy” and this is my cure! People dont speak of this however I DO! Happy Tummy Happy Life! I have used this tea for close to 30 years. If I am watching my weight, when traveling and get backed up and / or over indulged (both when I travel – am I right? ) and need to keep light on my toes. I know you know what I mean……… I will steep 2 bags in microwave, in room teapot or get hotel to bring boiling water and steep for 1 hour and sip on during the day and if really needed double up and stong tea before bed. Waking up and ready to leap into the new day. See the girl on the box – you WILL feel that way! Note: try it in the safety of your home first so you know what to expect when you are on the open road. LOL ( Also making sure to have a few pre & probiotics that I religiously take).
Lastly a pen, colored markers, and journal – Sometime I will by a new or use one of the many I have. I will put menus in it – notes – draw & doodle ( love a good doodle folks ) tickets, pictures anykind, lists, reviews, basic memontos of the trip.
Whats in your yoru travel bag, carryon, suitcase. What have you learned to always have on hand? Comment below and let me know.
Links to some “travel experts” and their must haves…….
HUFFPOST CANADA http://bit.ly/2qlUuZA , BRIDES MAGAZINE http://bit.ly/2qhBpJ4 NOMADIC MATT http://bit.ly/1XXdKd2 some things on the list were simalar and some I would never have thought about. Good reads for sure. Most of all have fun when you travel – it’s a big world – enjoy!
Now we are off to National Harbor today for some food, shopping and maybe some gambling at the new MGM Grand! Check in with instagram for updates! Will wirte post on this as well.