What's one thing you never leave home without when traveling? Your passport doesn't count :)
Sounds boring and very un-sexy, but earplugs have saved the day so many times for me. I'm a light sleeper...so that guy snoring in the next train car? Earplugs. Late nite, need to sleep in past the hotel maid banging around? Earplugs. Need to sleep on the plane? Earplugs PLUS noise canceling bose headphones. Goodnight.
I always bring a hoodie for the flight. If you get a seat right under the vent and it's blowing cold air the whole time, then I get sick for sure. I know, i'm an orchid, but seriously what is worse than being sick on a trip? So I compensate with layers that I can pull over my head. I've even been known to put it on backwards to help keep me warm and to sleep. :)
My cashmere wrap that I can use 5 ways! You?
My iPhone 6 Plus and laptop. But a good eye mask and ear plugs are a must.
Other than stuff that's been covered I'd add:
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Since I have kids, there are several things that are "must packs":
1. Mini first aid kit - I make my own and take a few of each essential: band-aids, Neosporin, mucinex, allergy medication, advil/aleve, cough drops, anti-diarrheal, mini sewing kit, aquaphor, and thermometer.
2. spare set of clothes (for each child and me) in my carry on bag
3. snacks & entertainment
4. copies of kids medical records/ copies of everyone's passports
5. phone charger/extra battery pack
There are so many things, but I *really* love my S'well bottle. Not only does it keep water cold seemingly forever, but it also keeps tea and coffee hot - meaning it will last for long plane/bus/train rides. Essential for staying hydrated (and awake) when crossing time zones. :)
Face wipes are CLUTCH! On the plane, when I'm in the middle of an adventure, when I don't have time to shower before dinner (who has time for that!) - they're perfect everywhere!
Camera first and forever, now, sometimes the iPad, or iPhone is also well, but always something that will allow me to take pictures :-)
Beats headphone....nothing worse than a long flight with screaming kids!! Oh, and sperrys....perfect for walking, and causal/dressy!
My tip would be packing cubes. Ideal for staying organized on multi-stop trips. Packing Cubes
An open mind to experience and absorb the adventure!
Sunglasses! Because it's offing bright out there on light blue eyes and who wants a migraine when you're discovering the world's best treasures!
As most people mentioned, I can't leave without my camera, but 2 things that I always have on hand are chapstick and hand cream. Being up in the air just makes skin dry so those are my two quick fixes. I hate the feeling of dry hands and seeing as i'm already addicted to chapstick, it's something I can't forget.
Just my phone. If I don't have that with me, I'm in trouble.
Of course... Underwear! A belt, depending on your clothes. For men, a razor.
Camera, notebook, something to read (= my tablet), a scarf, dramamine for sure, sleeping mask and flip flops.
Ups, that's a lot!
Camera, notebook and pens.
My camera or iPhone or sunglasses
Anti-bacterial hand wipes.
A lightweight fleece pullover in case of rain/damp/cooler conditions. Great for layering.
Hand moisturizer--I wash my hands constantly when I travel and the air on planes is always so dry that my hands get dried out. I'm always so happy I have it!
Before iPhones I used to take a little compass on a keychain. People made fun of me for it but it was great, especially when I'd exit a metro stop and be completely turned around.
I always travel with a U.S. passport regulation-sized picture. I once had my passport stolen abroad and I wasted two full vacation days calling places, trying to find one that would take a passport picture the right size.
A pair of jeans and T shirts, and yes Camera is a must.
Stretchy braided travel clothesline that holds corners so nothing blows away!
Kindle. Always want to have the chance to find a nice spot to sit and read for a bit.
Clothes pins, great for keeping drapes shut so sunlight doesn't come in and for hanging things to dry in the bathroom.
A zippered soft cosmetic bag in brigbrbright color to hold all cords, chargers, or otherr electronic type accessory AND lots of various size plastic bags....dirty laundry, shoes, paper items, tissue, and for bringing back liquud items..jus t returned with leaky ligonberry liquer which leaked slightly BUT was self contained in 3 plastic bags !
I'm an artist and so always travel wth a small sketchbook, waterbrush (a brush that holds its own water) and tiny altoids tin with 4 watercolor pans in it. While I love taking pictures, a sketchbook journal creates a unique experience that I cherish and remember forever.
My Cell Phone. It has a GPS in it, MAPS, important numbers like the Embassy, compass, my Google Money, internet access and more. Totally lot with out it.
Have a few but will stick to one answer. My giant, plastic, hermetically sealed, stinky clothes bag! Its got a zipper on the top and you can push all the air out of it so that it lies flat in your suitcase and does not take up much space. It is essential when you want to pack light and keep stuff separate and fresh.
For me the difference between a successful trip and a fail, is a whether or not I bring my sense of humor. It is the one thing that gets me past airport security, that annoying person sitting next to me on the plane, lost luggage, random taxi rides and traveling with teens. On a more serious note, I my list of top ten travel essentials can be found here: http://www.albomadventures.com/essential-things-to-bring/
Pepto bismol. I like to enjoy the night life & local cuisine every where I go so be prepared. Especially if you're an adventurous eater or a margarita connoisseur like me because being in a foreign country and trying to explain to a local pharmacist through Mime actions what you're feeling and need is not fun.
My iPhone with a pair of noise cancelling headphone.
Number one in the list is my credit card
3. Smart Phone
4. Good Headphone
5. flip flops
Soft ear plugs !!
My incontinent pads. When I gotta go, I gotta go !
Toilet paper and trail mix
My camera, to make sure i capture every moment.
Notebook, pen and camera!