I find that the more I travel, the more I try to refine the process. From TSA Pre-check, to finding that perfect carry-on bag and having the right necessities, here are some of the things that make traveling less painful for me.
- Global Entry: If you travel internationally, even just a couple times a year, you want to take the time to get global entry. Going through customs is painful enough when you're abroad, so why not make it less painful when you come home? You don't have to fill out US customs forms and you skip the customs lines when you come back into the States. If your flight back the States is delayed, this saves you those precious minutes to get to your connection.
- TSA Pre Check: If you have Global Entry, you get this automatically. If you don't have Global Entry and travel domestically in the US frequently, get yourself TSA Pre Check.The lines through the security are much shorter, you're not taking your coat or shoes off, and you’re not pulling your toiletries out on display. Everything stays on you and in your bag. It makes going through security a breeze.
- Carry-on Bag (for personal items, not a roller board): Now, I constantly find myself looking for a better carry-on bag. Something that's big enough to carryall my personal items, that I want easy access to on the plane; but not so big that it takes up all of the room under the seat in front of me, taking away from my precious legroom. I want something with pockets, so things are separated and easy to grab quickly. I'm over the Longchamp days of digging around at the bottom of my bag, trying to find my iPhone charger or Chapstick. I recently purchased the Lo&Sons O.G. Bag. So far, this bag is amazing. Pockets galore. Big, without being ridiculously huge. Long straps for easy carrying on my shoulder. Opening on the back to slide over my roller board handle. So far, this is my new “it” bag.
- Sound cancelling headphones: Bose sound cancelling headphones (just my preference) are such a necessity on long flights. When I use these, I can actually hear the onboard entertainment when jet setting across the Pacific or Atlantic. Babies' crying and people talking around me...barely audible; so these are nice when you just want to watch a movie or to keep them on to take a nap.
- Fuzzy socks/Scarf: Long flights can get pretty chilly, as the plane A/C is blasting to make sure the passengers aren't getting too hot and causing unpleasant odors. Keeping your feet warm is ideal. And I always bring a scarf for the extra warmth and blanket like affect, also works as a nose guard against those unpleasant scents.J
- iPad/eReader: I always read when I travel, it seems to be the only time I get to enjoy a good book these days.
- Keeping fresh: Deodorant, blotting papers, unscented moisturizer, Evian misting spray, minty gum. All of these things will help you feel fresh and help keep you moisturized in the dry airplane air.
So these are just a few of my must haves when I’m traveling. The more I travel, the more I evolve my list of things I can’t be without.
What are your must haves when you travel?