Navigating your way through an airport. It’s something people focus a lot on during their travels, even though we try to spend as little time as possible there.
Something that helps save time and effort (and probably your sanity) while at the airport is making sure you have everything you need, and that you’re organized. And that’s exactly what the following five items are for.
I like bags. Big and small. Just ask my fiancée. She thinks I collect bags like she collects shoes. Regardless of whether that’s true or not, I’ve very recently found a new favorite travel backpack. Ebags’ TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible. It has pockets galore, perfect for organizing your travel documents, IDs, and more. In all, it holds about 54 liters of your favorite travel stuff.
I love this backpack because it allows you to be organized, and that’s extremely important when traveling.
If you’re interested in more of a backpacker’s backpack, something like the Tortuga Travel Backpack may be more your style. It’s smaller than the Ebags one, but from what I can tell, probably more comfortable to carry on your back for extended periods of time.
Hidden wallet w/ RFID blocker
This is probably important for anywhere you travel, but especially if you plan on looking like an American tourist in Europe. If you’ve never heard of a hidden wallet, it’s exactly what the name implies: a wallet that stays hidden. You put passport, extra credit cards, money, and more that you don’t need on a daily basis in it - and then tuck it into your jeans.
The RFID material is also getting more and more important. RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. Many credit cards use RFID technology. Hackers also have technology to activate the RFID and steal your information with it just sitting in your pocket. A wallet that has RFID blocking material makes it impossible for someone to do that.
There are also wallets/carriers that you can get that hang around your neck. But those just make you look more like a clueless, gullible tourist. And I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not have all that import travel stuff hanging around your neck for everyone to see.
While I’m at it, another piece of advice I can give you: it’s a good idea to carry a “fake,” or second wallet that you’d give up if you were robbed. In that wallet, you’d only put a few bucks in it - and nothing else.
If you’re traveling with a cell phone, iPad, or any other kind of electronic notebook that needs charging, a portable charger, like this one from Anker, is a must. It's one of the most popular portable chargers on Amazon, and there's good reason for that. To give you an example of how big of a charge it holds, it can nearly charge an iPhone twice. This small, yet powerful charger, is a good purchase that’ll keep you worry free while you’re away from an outlet.
Spot stain remover
Sure, when you’re traveling for a long period of time, you'll want to make sure this is packed. But this kind of thing isn’t only necessary for longer trips, it’s necessary for any kind of trip. And for my money, the Tide-To-Go pen is one of the best on the market (granted, I don't think there's much competition).
If you spill some coffee (like I do all the time), wine, or anything else on yourself, this’ll make you look good as new in no time. Plus this allows you to keep your packing more streamlined.
Like the stain remover, some kind of fabric refresher (store bought or homemade) to make your clothes smell better is probably a necessity. But a lot of the time, these fabric refreshers do more than just make your clothes smell better. They can also clean/sanitize them a little. For example, one of Febreze To Go’s top ingredients is alcohol.
Some of these items help keep you organized, some help keep you and your identity safe, others keep you looking and smelling good. But they can all make your travels easier for the simple fact that you’ll be less stressed because of them. And there ain’t nothing wrong with that!
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