Travel is so much easier when you have the right gear to accompany you. Whether you are on a weekend road trip or a month long international trip, these five travel accessories are practical items to pack in your carry-on. Since no one is paying me to write this article (the dream, right?), I’m suggesting items that you may already own that you may not think to pack.
1. A lightweight scarf
Yes. A scarf. A lightweight scarf is your new favorite travel companion. Why? A scarf can have numerous functions other than being a fashion accessory and/or neck warmer! I’m not talking about a thick, six inch wide scarf that you would wear on a chilly day. My favorite travel scarf is 3ftx3ft and made from lightweight cotton fabric. It even has elephants on it. 🙂
You can use a scarf as a blanket on a chilly plane ride if the airline doesn’t provide them. At the beach and forgot a towel to lay down in the sand? A scarf will do the job! No towels provided at your AirBnB? I’ve been there – use your scarf to dry off after taking a shower.
2. Reusable water bottle
Single use plastic bottles create unnecessary and excessive waste and can expensive. Save your hard earned money while travelling and bring a reusable water bottle. If you are in a country where the water is safe for you to drink, fill up at an available tap or ask a waiter at a restaurant to fill up your water bottle for you. If you are in a country where the tap water may make you sick, there are several built-in filter reusable water bottles on the market that have the ability to filter out bad bacteria.
3. Pocket-sized tissue paper or Kleenex
We’ve all been there. You are in a public restroom finishing up your business and you realize your stall is out of toilet paper! That’s where pocket-sized tissue paper comes in handy. Keep a small packet in your purse or travel carry-on for easy access.
4. A first-aid kit
When I was in Bali, I met a group of nursing students that had the best stocked first-aid kits. They had medication for almost any common ailment, band-aids of all sizes, and probably an assortment of other things I wouldn’t know how to use or what to use it for.
While it certainly is an option to pack your own traveling pharmacy, I recommend packing the basics if you will be traveling domestically. A few band aids, some hand wipes, antibiotic cream, and some pepto bismol might be all you need. However, if you are going abroad, I recommend bringing over-the-counter medication and products you might need that may be difficult to find in that country at a pharmacy or if you do not speak the native country. I bring antibiotics, allergy and cold medication when I’m traveling abroad.
5. Safety pins
Discourage thieves, prevent a fashion emergency, and use it unlock a SIM card from your phone.
What are your favorite travel accessories?