I love to travel, but between security, long-haul flights, lost baggage, and uncomfortable seats there’s no denying it can be a major headache. Whether you’re flying, driving, or taking the bus, here are a few things that I’ve found make traveling easier, and maybe even enjoyable.
- A Neck Pillow
- The last time I traveled, I left mine at home since it was just a three hour flight. Big mistake. I ended up wanting to nap, and woke up with a majorly sore neck. Never again. Mine is from Muji and it’s super soft, plus you can unhook it and it will lie flat if you’re stuck in a sketchy hotel and want your own pillow.
- An Eye Mask
- If you’re on a long flight (8+) you’ll likely be given one on the plane, but I like to bring my own since those are often uncomfortable. I have a few (since I use them at home, as well) but when I saw one on Etsy that was shaped like a fox (my favorite animal!) I had to have it. It’s ended up being very soft and durable, 10/10.
- I have a pair of wireless that are so nice for sleeping on planes. You can plug your phone in to charge and pop it in the seat pocket and not have to worry about getting tangled in cords.
- or Ear Plugs
- If you’re not worried about listening to music so much as blocking out the crying babies, ear plugs are a cheap and comfy option.
- A Calming Playlist
- I download a few playlists to Spotify before I leave for a trip, so no matter what mood I’m in I can find something to listen to. They offer a free trial, so traveling is the perfect time for a test run. Also, now that Netflix lets you download movies you’re set for entertainment – just don’t forget your charger.
- Comfy Clothes
- I can’t stand to be uncomfortable when I fly! My go-to outfit is a pair of joggers, a tee shirt with a cardigan/hoodie, and a scarf that can double as a blanket. I’m also always sure to bring a pair of fuzzy socks to slip on while on the plane!
I always like to bring my own snacks to fly, so that I don’t have to buy an overpriced parfait at the airport before I board (seriously, $9 for a cup of yogurt and some soggy fruit? No thank you). Be sure that they’re gentle on your stomach, and don’t smell too strongly for the sake of your fellow passengers. A few of my favorites: pretzels, fruit snacks, goldfish, cookies, and trail mix. I’m also always sure to bring an empty water bottle to fill up after I get through security. Staying hydrated is so important while traveling!
- Reusable TSA-approved Bag
- TSA requires you to keep all your liquids under 3oz and in a 3qt clear bag. A plain ol’ Ziplock will do the trick, but it’s no fun when they break. I picked one up for under five bucks that is much more environmentally friendly and sturdy enough to use for years.
- The perfect carry-on tote
- I’ve had some variation of this bag for as long as I can remember. Whether I needed it to carry toys, library books, or clothes for a sleep over Land’s End’s had my back. Now, I use it to hold my liquid bag, travel documents, headphones, a magazine, and my wallet when I fly.
- Passport Case
- To protect your passport, hold boarding passes, and help you keep track of which one’s yours if you’re traveling with others. I once accidentally grabbed my friend’s passport, and that was not fun to explain to security.
- More about this in my packing masterpost.
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