Road-Tripping

31 May

Summer time is almost here!  Time to start planning that epic road trip with your family, friends, or both!

Travel Accessories

  • Passport Cover $10.00
    • After traveling, I found that a passport cover helped keep my passport from getting a curve from stuffing it in bags and purses.
    • TIP: Make a photocopy of your passport and keep one on person, another with someone from your family, and send one to yourself on your secure email address.  If your passport is stolen or lost, it might help expedite your process with the consulate (those lines can be long!).
  • Camera Case $14.00
    • A camera case with a nice solid wrist strap is great to keep your memories away from pickpockets.
  • Sleep Mask $22.00
    • Be it a noisy hostel with girls from Portugal talking until the wee hours in Florence, Italy, getting used to the new times zone, or for the plane ride, a good eye blackout shade is essential.
  • Travel Umbrella $17.99
    • Trust me, it will rain and you will be searching all the little trinket shops and end up paying €20 for one (true story).  It is better to take a small bag-sized umbrella in your purse, and skip the hassle.
  • Universal Plug Adapters $24.00
    • You will always have to plug something in.  If you are traveling throughout Europe, this helps keep them organized.
  • Traveler’s Journal $9.95
    • Jotting some notes down to places that you visit is a great way to capture memories that would normally be forgotten.  It helps if you have a nice looking journal so you can place it in a bookshelf.
    • “This Travel Pocket Notebook Set has 4 small journals for the notekeeper. In 4 varying colors they could be used to record different things. One for restaurants, one for sites or travel details, etc.”

Travel Necessities

  • An adequate First Aid Kit $5.00
    • At some point you might get a scrape or blisters from all that walking around at destinations.  It is good to have band-aids and Neosporin on hand, especially if you are not familiar with the language.  I had to once explain to a woman in Beijing that I needed motion sickness medicine by making a sign of a boat, swaying, and fake gagging.  Yeah, you will want to avoid that.
    • Don’t forget the hand sanitizer!!!!
  • Emergency Stain Kit $4.29
    • If you are lucky enough to have extremely light clothes (meaning that you are under the 50 lb limit and can change your tops and bottoms everyday), then you need not worry about the occasional stain on your pant leg.  For the rest of us, those jeans can last a few more times with the aid of a Tide To-go pen.
  • Bathroom Tissue $5.00
    • This is MUST in China and Czech Republic (I only know because I’ve encountered paying the bathroom attendant, I’m sure a inflated rate, for toilet paper when I had no other options). A pocket tissue box works well too.
  • Luggage Identifier $4.99
    • This is a new take on a luggage tag: it fits over the handle of your luggage and helps you pick your suitcase out when at the airport.
    • “When added to your luggage handle, this colorful grip cushions your hand and aids in quickly identifying your bag on the luggage carousel. Unwrap the grip from the handle to reveal an address label, perfect for safely keeping your contact information handy.”
    • TIP: Identifying your luggage with tags is often better than belts that may be removed by airport security or get caught in transit.
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