I have logged a few trips in the past few months. I have been to Dallas, Vegas, Florida and San Diego. I might even be forgetting a trip in there somewhere. The trips were a combination of work, relaxation and a family visit. There are a few items I always pack, and they have saved me on many occassions. Here is my little list of those unmentioned travel must-haves that I wanted to share:
– Visine or eye drops: There are so many reasons to pack this. My eyes turn red when I go to Vegas for a conference and have to walk through a smokey casino. Non stop air conditioning in hotel rooms dries out my eyes (see I live in California where we are spoiled and rarely need AC), lack of sleep or jet lag, indulging a bit too much, and of course just the flight alone can result in red eyes. So when I need to look rested and clear-eyed for a business meeting or just after a long flight, I love having eye drops on hand.
– Travel size lint roller: Pretty obvious here. If you are wearing dark trousers, shorts, skirt or dress, you can end up with visible lint. So pack a travel size lint roller that you can purchase in the travel size section of your local drugstore.
– Earplugs: I have stayed in many hotels, and you never know when you will end up near an elevator, a linen closet with chatty housekeepers or just with a loud air conditioner. I always travel with ear plugs.
– Sleep eye mask: When you are dealing with a time change and want to sleep in, an eye mask is a great way to keep you snoozing past sunrise. Most hotels have black-out curtains, but there is always that sliver or light that gets in, beams right into my face and wakes me up at 6:30am, when I am still on West Coast time and my body clock knows it’s really 3:30am. Ugh …. eye mask to the rescue. (Also works when staying with friends / family that may not have dark shades in the bedroom)
– Excedrin: This is the only thing that will get rid of a serious headache for me and it’s not easy to find. So I always pack a few Excedrin to take with me because Advil & Tylenol don’t work when my head is pounding.
So before you head out for your summer trip or your next business trip, hit your local drugstore and stock up on these items !
PS – When traveling to Europe, I recommend packing a travel iron as European hotels do not provide them in-room, and it’s costly to have the hotel staff press all your garments.