Packing is getting a little more difficult due to all the restrictions. Most domestic flights charge you if you check in a bag, carry on space is limited and you can only bring so many ounces of liquid in your backpack. Travelers have gotten smart since they have to narrow down what are important things to pack, what are some things that can be left behind and what items can you just buy at your destination. However, there are some essentials that should be packed in any luggage or carry on, not only in case of emergency but it could help make your travel day a lot more comfortable.
Five Important Things to Always Pack
1. Over the counter medication
Have allergies? Prone to headaches or get nauseous? Over the counter medicine can help ease your travel day loads. Flying with a headache is one of the most unpleasant things and taking an Advil or Tylenol can help erase that pain. Get plane sick? A Drammamine or anti nausea pill will prevent you from chugging ginger ale and using that dreaded brown bag in front of your seat.
Nothing passes time slower than having nothing to do on a plane ride. Some flights have a movie, tv or radio but that can get pretty boring when it’s not something you want to watch or listen to. Bring your own entertainment whether it’s a book, magazine, iPod, Kindle or laptop. Do what you want to do and that will let time pass a bit quicker. With friends, cards or a small board game always helps.
This is especially important if you’re on a tight travel itinerary and don’t have to time to get something to eat on a layover. Snacks can save your stomach and your wallet too. It’s expensive to buy food on the plane and usually they’re not the best eats either. Try to bring something from home instead of buying it at the airport.
4. An extra jacket
It gets super cold on the plane, even when you turn off your own personal AC. If you don’t need it to keep you warm, you can also use it as a pillow.
5. Face Wipes
On a longer travel day, it’s nice to have something to freshen up. A face wipe can quickly make you feel better, more awake and more refreshed. You can also use them to wipe your hands and get rid of that grimy feeling you get after you’ve been on a plane for many hours at a time.
- ear plugs
- travel pillow
What are some of your travel must haves? Share them in the comments below!