As a frequent flyer, I’ve been able to pare down what I actually use while I travel vs. the unnecessary items whose sole purpose is to weigh my carry on bag down. I have dedicated an entire drawer to the products I go back to over and over again which makes packing a breeze. Today, I invited you to open this magical drawer and check out everything that I can’t travel without.
Over-the-Ear Wireless Headphones
Ok, you may be thinking “…don’t you just mean headphones?”. Nope. Hear me out – over-the-ear headphones are the best because they block sound and cushion your ear so you can lean on them pillow-style. I’d love to see your AirPods do that. Wireless is a no-brainer too – who wants to have your headphones yanked off your head when the person in front of you suddenly sits their seat up?
I’ve been using my trusty Bose headphones for about four years and they’ve never done me wrong.
A Trusty Watch
I don’t know about you, but I always get phone battery anxiety when I travel. Sure, I have 10 extra chargers in my bag but WHAT IF MY PHONE BATTERY DIES? That’s why I always love traveling with a watch. My favorite watch I’ve ever owned is by Jord (pronounced like Yode). Not only is it a beautiful piece, but it is actually made from recycled wood sourced across the country! I love watched with large easy-to-read faces and no ticking, so it doesn’t keep me up on red eye flights.
I have the Cassia Zebra & Ivory model which I adore. The neutral wood design means that it goes with any outfit I pack, and I always get tons of compliments!
A Ziplock Bag
Well, any gallon-size resealable bag, really. I like to take my iPad, pop it in, seal the bag, pop a hole at the top and hook it to my tray table lock. Now you’ve got your own personal in-flight entertainment without having to lower the tray table which takes up valuable lap real estate.
I can’t remember the last time I had a physical boarding pass or printed out an itinerary. I am so dependent on my phone that if it suddenly died, I’d pretty much be lost. You can get backup chargers pretty cheaply, but they may only hold one or two charges. I’d recommend one with at least 20,000 mAh like this one so that you can get tons of charges (and peace of mind) for all your devices.
My Travel Wallet
I stumbled across the cutest travel wallet one day at Marshalls and picked it up for 12 bucks – little did I know it would be my go-to travel wallet for years! I never take my huge chunky day-to-day wallet with me when traveling because let’s face it – I don’t need to be schlepping my high school ID and library card around with me. While Laura Ashley doesn’t make the exact wallet I have, this travel organizer is similar to the one I found.
Bags are packed? Next, let’s plan a travel outfit that may even get you upgraded to first class!
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