By: Amy Bizzarri
Little things sometimes make all the difference when it comes to travel comfort and ease. Here are seven small but essential items to add to your packing checklist:
- Pack your apps. Put all you need to know about your travel destinations at the touch of your fingers and upload your travel app guides to your phone before your trip. I like the Lonely Planet series of travel guides, phrasebooks and map apps, but do a little research, upload a few apps, test them out and find which ones work best for you before you depart.
- Prep for in-air comfort with a sleepmask, blanket, and earplugs. As a frequent overseas flyer, I don't leave home without a sleep mask, blanket, and earplugs. My sleep mask says "No, I don't want to make small talk" without uttering a single word, and my blanket keeps me cozy when the cooling system is on overdrive. Today's airplane cabins are pressured to minimize the effects of air-pressure changes, but earplugs can restrict airflow to your eardrums, eliminating pain, in addition to reducing noise.
- Moist toilette packs: a multi-purpose helper. You can use them to "wash" your face after a long flight, to wipe down your sticky tray table, or as a quick forehead compress when you feel a headache coming on...you'll find a million ways to put your moist toilettes to work.
- Another great invention for travelers: Disposable toothbrushes. You can brush anywhere, anytime, with disposable toothbrushes. All you need is a little bottled water and you're on your way to a perky smile and freshened breath. Designed to meet all TSA standards, you won't have to worry about bringing them in-flight.
- Charge your phone with a little help from the sunshine and avoid having to seek out the nearest outlet. The Juicebar Multi-Device Pocket Solar Charger W/ Led Light stores 2000mAh of clean solar power in its battery, effectively charging all of your popular mobile devices on demand with the help of a little sunshine.
- Stay warm and comfortable with slippers. A pair of comfy slippers are a must for walking around your hotel home away from home.
- Keep it old-fashioned with business cards. Many people have done away with business cards, keeping it quick and simple with a twitter handle exchange instead, but it's always good to have a few business cards on hand to exchange contact info with a new business colleague or friend.