Travel Survival Kit - The Secrets to a stress free travel commute
Packing a suitcase can be one of the most stressful parts of your upcoming travel experience. How will you make it through? Females, I assure you it can be done. And the way to do it, is Carry-On.
Just a carry-on – oh hell no - Yes
Avid travelers, think you’ve got this - think again. We are giving our females the secrets to your most comfortable travel commute ever. Tools you’ve thought of, uses you haven’t.
The ideal carry-on should have 4 wheels and a (fairly) leveled top for resting your purse. After more than 2 dozen trips taken and inconvenienced, I’ve FINALLY learned that 4 wheels and a level top is genius. Suitcases with 2 wheels can become dreadful when you have a further commute after you depart the plane. The suitcase with only two wheels, you’ll learn is not the best option. Keep in mind, in order to wheel the bag you have to tilt it and tilting the bag means the weight will end up resting on your arms.
Sucks when you have a commute after the airport (after you’re already exhausted from travelling and jetlag is settling in). Added weight to your already weary bones is dreadful. Since purchasing this Samsonite, I’ve been able to
- 1) carry it on the plane, yep no waiting for the airline to distribute luggage and even better,
- 2) no risk of my luggage being lost. This bag comprises of four wheels so no need to travel and add weight to my already weary body. During my last trip, we had to take the plane to the train to the bus (HA) and I was able to open the compartment where the back straps are housed and toss it on my back as opposed to lifting the bag up and down steep stairwells. This bag also provided great function in that it acted as my foot rest in between commute. So necessary when sitting in an uncomfortable upright chair at the airport.
A foldable backpack
You want a back pack for not only the obvious of a hands free experience, but, for extra storage because after all you did pack a carryon and probably stuffed the heck out of it leaving no room for not one souvenir. Even if you have no qualms with occupied or unoccupied hands, you’ll discover that you will need a place to pack your souvenirs or anything you picked up along your trip.
A foldable backpack starts off as a zippered pouch so on your outbound travel can be placed in your purse or in your carry-on compartment, then un-zippered converts into a full sized backpack. Perfect for keeping your hands available to wheel your carry-on and showing your boarding pass and identification during your commute. I particularly like using a color that matches most of my clothes or my jacket. You can buy these on Amazon or your local discount store for as little as $10.
Noise blocking headphones
You found that cheap flight but the airline charges for everything. Having your own headphones will give you another opportunity to not have to shell out more money. In the case when spending a few dollars for the airline’s headphones is not issue, or when that the airline gives them to the guests as a courtesy, there are a few other reasons you’ll want these. The couple behind you on the plane just will not stop talking or, even worse, the baby on the plane is crying while you’re trying to ease into your long flight. Noise blocking headphones will relieve you from the other opportunity you’ll find to turn around and tell them to please keep it down.
Last but not least, noise blocking headphones have a better sound quality than those economical headphones you get from the airline itself. If you have Bose or Beats by Dre headphones, you’re winning. However, a less expensive option and the ones I use are Sony’s white headphones. They sell for around $20 at stores like Best Buy or even Wal-Mart. My family and I use them and they’ve lasted for several years now with no complaints. They are durable, have amazing sound and noise blocking quality and are even comfortable resting on the ears if and when you fall asleep or simply need to block out the white noise. They also fold flat so you can pop them in out of your purse without occupying as much space.
So you are an avid traveler and you know this or, you probably researched the heck out of your trip and figured this out. Here is one thing you may not have known or remembered - READ the amp/watt specifications for each outlet before plugging in your device. There’s nothing like preparing to get all dolled up and blowing out your flat iron before you can get your hair did because you plugged your device into the socket that reads “shavers only.” Plus, the smell of burning gadget is a lit-tle scary.
Neck pillow, with…
Okay, so you’re already up on travelling with a neck pillow, but, does it have a button? YEP, a travel pillow with a button will allow you to secure your pillow to your bag and not have to stop every five minutes during your commute because your darn neck pillow isn’t secured to your luggage or its handles. I especially love the memory foam neck pillows because it secures my head so I don’t end up nodding on the person sitting next to me.
Travel Space Bag
The common belief is that you need a vacuum to seal those travel space bags. Who the heck has time to grab the vacuum first of all, and two, how are you supposed to get a vacuum on the return? Welp, you don’t need a vacuum. Travel space bags are made for you to roll the air out, compressing all of your garments so that you can fit all your precious items into your carryon.
I personally love throwing myself on the space bag because its fun AND actually seeing HOW all my cute outfits that I picked out will actually fill into my carryon. Not convinced? Sometimes you get a representative that does everything by the book and will give you a hard time with your carryon because of its weight. If this happens, all you have to do is open up the suitcase and remove the space bag (that housed all your clothes) and voila, your carryon bag now meets the weight requirements. Females, you will wonder how you didn’t try this out sooner.