As a Travel Blogger I am often going through airports, flying to destinations near and far, taking road trips and cruises. I love to do it all! Being a frequent and experienced traveler means being prepared. My travel bag is always equipped with necessities as well comfort items to make my trip a pleasurable one.
First of all, I must have a large travel bag while on my trips. I prefer travel tote bags that I can carry a large amount of items AND have easy access to them.
2. My Ipad with headphones
This is a must for my travel bag. Although I can listen to music on my Iphone, I prefer to save the battery to make calls or use for directions at my new destination. Also, I keep my Ipad in a case with a keyboard so this allows me to draft blog posts like this one on the plane.
Listening to music also relaxes me, reduces the noise of loud people on the plane (including crying babies :-)) and dulls the noise of the plane engines. I will also carry ear plugs as an alternative for noise reduction.
3. Reading material
My Ipad is also great for reading. I have both the Kindle App and ibooks filled with novels. Occasionally I will also carry along a magazine (shhh sometimes a tabloid) or Essence or Food & Wine.
Reading helps me past the time and it also puts me to sleep which also passes the time. So, be sure to throw some form of reading material in your travel bag.
4. Snacks and Water
Have you ever been trapped on a plane? Either because of delayed take offs or having to hover in the air or not being able to deboard a plane? In any of these circumstances flight service is often suspended. This has happened to me one too many times and I hate being hungry or thirsty. I always buy a bottle of water, albeit very expensive, in the airport prior to boarding and after going thru security (so you will not have to throw it away).
Having snacks in your travel bag is great for road trips as well. Instead of having to stop at rest areas or gas stations, you can save time by throwing water, nuts, protein bars and/or fruit in your travel bag.
5. Travel Pillow
I will admit I do not always travel with a travel pillow. It depends on how long the flight is and whether it can fit in my travel bag.
I appreciate airplanes with the raised side panels on the head area and even better taking international flights that provide a pillow and a blanket. Have you been on a flight only to keep waking up to your head bobbing all around?
The constant reminder to myself when traveling internationally to “remember to pack your passport” has left me with the idea to always include it in my travel bag. I recall a trip in which my Mother’s friend left her passport at home for a cruise and in attempt to go home and get it, she missed her flight and the cruise. I will also confess that I have this fantasy of being in an airport and taking a different flight from my planned destination or on my return home.
In this fantasy I will look at the flight boards, pick a destination, buy a ticket and Go! If you have the same wanderlust tendencies as me-keep your passport in your travel bag.
I found the Olivia
to be the perfect addition to my travel bags. Big stylish bag made of premium class genuine Italian washed distressed leather with vintage effect was created to be perfect for trips as a TRAVEL and WEEKENDER BAG.
Casual yet elegant, fitting to every style from dress down denim to sharp-suited traveling. HOLD IT ALL BAG fits a good set of clothes you can need for your adventure, a bunch for books and journals for rest and studies and of course your laptop! Perfect for gym too. Adventure or daily work routine, it will meet all your needs!
Unisex, perfect for men and women.
Outside front pocket with buckle. The bag is lined with beautiful distressed cotton and there is a inside pocket with zip for valuables and two pockets for cards, keys and tickets. One big inside compartment. The bag is supplied with comfy adjustable crossbody stripe decorated with stylish bronze finished accessories.
So tell me, what is in your travel bag? I hope you have found some of my items and tips helpful!