With the winter weather truly settling in, everyone is daydreaming about or planning their next holiday. While looking up holiday destinations I stumbled upon a bunch of articles about travel essentials. So I decided to put my own spin on it that didn’t include tips like ‘eat where the locals eat’ or ‘learn how to use a compass’ (like, seriously?). Now I don’t think I’m the most easiest person to travel with, so these may seem high maintenance. But if you don’t like to rough it, but like travelling, these essentials are for you!
A portable luggage weigher
This little tool is great for peace of mind. When travelling from country to country the last thing you want is for your luggage to be over the weight limit (oops!). The fee that airlines charge for overweight luggage can get crazy expensive, so it’s worth investing in a portable luggage weigher so you can save the money and stress. Also, when travelling, your accommodation may not have scales for you to weigh your luggage. These may not be 100% accurate, but it’s better to gage how much your luggage weighs, rather than being slapped with a fee that hurts your heart.
An empty water bottle
Airplane air is notorious for being drying for your skin as well as dirty. Definitely not an ideal place to spend hours in. Rather than getting to your holiday destination and having to figure out a new beauty routine, be prepared by drinking lots and lots of water. You won’t be able to bring a full water bottle through passport security, but you are able to bring through an empty water bottle and fill it up once you’re inside the plane. Before you’ve taken off and while everyone’s getting settled, just fill your water bottle up before you enter the plane, or from the plane’s inbuilt water dispenser. It’ll be your saviour once you receive those itty bitty water cups that the air hostesses hand out.
Pack a suitcase within a suitcase (if you're going on a shopping holiday)
If you’re going shopping on your holiday you’ll want room in your luggage to bring all your goodies home (or in my case - snacks!). Instead of being forced to buy another suitcase once you’re over there, pack an empty carry-on luggage into one of your bigger luggages.
A neck pillow
If you’re short (like me) the inbuilt head rests will be pretty much useless. They’re also pretty uncomfortable in general and can make your neck and body ache for days after. When you’re stuck sitting on a plane for an extended period of time, you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible, so treat your body as best as you can and avoid the chance of falling asleep on your neighbour’s shoulder! Buy one that is fluffy, and preferably stuffed. The plastic ones will inflate and deflate due to the change in air pressure while up in the sky, which can be annoying when you’re trying to fall asleep.
Eucalyptus oil roller ball
There is nothing worse than getting sick on your holiday. When travelling your body is more vulnerable and more prone to sickness due to the change in your routine. If you do end up sick, avoid dealing with a stuffy, blocked nose by rubbing eucalyptus oil under your nose. It will clear the nasal passages and bring some relief. This is also good if you’re stuck on a plane where access to tissues can be limited (and if you don’t want to be constantly pestering the flight attendant for tissues for your runny nose). Rub some on your chest and it can also bring some relief to your aching body.