Besides the wonderful COMFORT BAG discussed earlier, essentials to have on board when you travel:
- A spare outfit
- Spare underwear
- Basic Toiletries
- Wash cloth or towelettes
- Phone charger
- Lip moisturizer
I like to carry a large soft bag that can be stuffed with one more thing. Of course, a rolling carry-on bag that this soft bag can be hung on is a great idea. The checked bag should pull the carry-on bag (both with wheels), with the soft bag slung over the top.
Do you really need a big purse? Have a small purse or fanny pouch that can be stuffed in that soft bag for boarding the plane with the 2 bag limit… purses count as one, no matter the size.
Always try to wear clothing with a pocket. Your ID and ticket and cell phone need to be very handy without having to dig in deep somewhere, then dropped and lost, heaven forbid. Personally, I think ALL clothing should have at least one pocket.
Another MAJOR TIP: Put your name on EVERYTHING! Get address labels and stick on everything you can think of. ESPECIALLY your cell phone. If a Good Samaritan finds it, they can page you much faster right then and there. Even put a sticker on your chargers, so when you leave it plugged in at the hotel…..
Write your name in sweaters, jackets, shawls, pillow, etc….
Put any liquids and creams in plastic bags…. don’t take a chance on leakage. Even electronics. You can never have too many plastic bags.
If you want lock your luggage, be sure it is a TSA accepted lock.
Have identification both inside and outside of your luggage. And be sure to have copies of your passport, driver’s license, etc, in a couple of locations, as well as to leave accessible with someone at home.
Other ideas: Small umbrella, tiny raincoat (disposable?), shower shoes, heating coil and instant coffee, band aids, converters/adapters, alarm clock, extra flat bag (shopping?), hat, passport pouch.
And, it is always a good idea to have a piece of ID, money and credit cards in two or three pocket… spread the wealth, so all is not lost to thieves. You too, guys. It only takes a second to slice the wallet out of your back pocket.
Don’t forget that only a quart size bag of the various liquids and gels 3.4oz or less is allowed through security.
Bon Voyage………. Happy Trails……… Safe Travels……… Enjoy! AND, BE PREPARED!