Hello fellow travelers, I'm Andrea, co-founder of Undershower, and with well over a million miles of travel under my belt, both for work and pleasure, I've learned a thing or two about packing smartly. As we brace ourselves for one of the busiest travel seasons of the year, I want to share my personal list of travel essentials, hoping they can help make your trips more enjoyable.
- Versatile and Comfortable Clothing
Traveling means being ready for anything. I always pack clothes that are not just compact, but multifunctional - perfect for transitioning from a business meeting to a casual evening out. Also, I always wear sneakers on the day I fly. I don’t recommend ever flying wearing sandals.
I’m a runner, so I always bring my running gear with me. Running requires very little equipment, so it's the perfect workout activity that allows you to get to know your surroundings.
- Stay Powered Up: Chargers and Charging Devices
Few things are worse than your phone dying during a travel day. I never leave home without my phone charger; since I'd rather not carry a power bank, I make sure my computer is fully charged so I can use it as a power bank alternative to charge my phone if necessary.
If you want an excuse to meet new people, my friend Dani always carries a multi-outlet extension cord with her. She says she has made many friends at airports thanks to this device. Too bulky for me, but it works for her, so I thought I'd add it to this list.
- Travel-sized Toiletries and Our Dearly Loved Creation: Undershower®
As someone who's constantly on the move, I opt for everything in travel size. And, of course, there's our own creation - Undershower. This shower-ready detergent has been a revelation for washing everything from underwear and swimwear to baby clothes and sportswear in showers everywhere people go. It's a must in my travel kit! And yes, it's now available in travel size. 😎
- Comfort Items for Restful Travel
Long journeys call for comfort. I swear by my noise-cancelling headphones - they double as my personal space in crowded places. Also, a good neck pillow and a large, comfy sweater that can serve as a blanket are non-negotiable for me.
- The Best Carry-On, a Light Handbag, and a Secure Travel Documents Organizer
I always prioritize comfort over fashion. I've invested in a good carry-on suitcase with a built-in front compartment for easy access to my laptop and iPad. In a small and light handbag, I carry small things and my travel document organizer. Both my handbag and my document organizer must have a zipper. I steer clear of open tote bags.
- Health Essentials: hygiene and serenity
Public restrooms are unavoidable, so I always carry hand sanitizer that smells nice and baby wipes. And as much as I hate to brush my teeth in public, I can’t avoid doing it, so my toothbrush and toothpaste are just as important as my passport. Headache medicine and my favorite over-the-counter natural flower essence drops to ease everyday stress are also essential. It's always better to be prepared.
- Smart Snacking and Hydration
I'm a big believer in healthy snacking, especially when traveling. As Anthony Bourdain used to say, "No one has ever felt better after eating plane food." But remember, if you're bringing fruits on an international flight, you better eat them before you land. And I always carry a refillable water bottle. It helps me avoid the guilt of buying disposable plastic bottles, which sadly abound at airports and many tourist destinations.
- Entertainment for the Soul
Good books on my Kindle and my iPad loaded with movies are crucial to entertaining myself during downtime. It makes the long hours fly by. Airplanes are also a quiet time for me, and I avoid at all costs connecting to the airline's Wi-Fi. I always bring my laptop to use the time to write, as flying is usually when and where I find inspiration more easily.
- A Must for International Travel: Universal Power Adapter
Traveling across different countries means dealing with various power outlets. A universal travel adapter is a small item, but it's saved me in numerous situations.
These essentials have made my travels not just more manageable but also more enjoyable. As you gear up for your Thanksgiving travels, consider these tried and tested tips from a seasoned traveler. Safe travels, and may your journey be as fulfilling as the destination!