Packing for a trip is a ritual.
The process begins in my head well in advance of the trip. I go over every detail of what I could possibly need – clothes, gadgets, medicine. But somehow, the actual packing process doesn’t begin until the night before the trip.
I’m that person who runs around like a chicken with their head cut off throwing items into a suitcase praying that they make it to the airport on time. So far, touch wood (as the Irish say), I have not been late for take off.
In my packing exists a few items that I take everywhere with me no matter what.
Nothing in life makes me as happy as a good book. Long plane rides, train rides, loner coffees in a foreign city, and right before bed are all perfect times for me to dive into a world created by someone else. I have a Kindle Fire which also has wifi. My little tablet is good for blogging, googling, and taking selfies! 🙂
This began on road trips with my parents. I love y’all and don’t kill me for putting this on my blog because let’s be real, everyone does it. When they sleep, they engage in an unconscious battle of who can snore the loudest. It sounds like a wild boar slammed on the brakes of a freight train in the middle of a tornado. Basically, the worst sound of your life. (Nah it’s not that bad 😉 ) My sister and I joke with them all the time about it. To combat their log sawing, I began sleeping with ear plugs. I’ve carried them with me on every trip since. Hostel life with multiple other people snoring away in your dorm room can be quite the struggle without ear plugs.
I can buy shampoo and body wash just about anywhere, but not every place sells good quality deodorant. I’ve become rather picky about my anti gross smell stuff, and I use Dove. I’m so picky that when I moved to Ireland, I stocked up just so I wouldn’t have to buy the European version of it here. (Tried it two months in Scotland. Never again.) As long as I have a good stick of deodorant, I can go a day or two without showering. I might look a little grimy, but I won’t smell it.
You never know what the weather will do. I would rather be a little cold but dry than warm and wet. My rain jacket is a size too big so I can layer up underneath it if I need to during the winter. It has saved my butt 1,000 times over here in Ireland.
Rain jacket <3
Best. Investment. Ever.
My iPhone can be used in a million different ways – camera, video camera, phone, GPS, music, Google, social media, blogging, games, reading, Sudoku, on and on.
Just about everything that I need to survive on the road can be found in the palm of my hand on my iPhone. Not to mention with iMessage and FaceTime, I can talk to my family and friends back home when I have internet access.
I’m not advocating iPhone over HTC droid stuff, but I am just really pleased with the experience I have had with my iPhone.
Water is not free nor readily accessible everywhere around the world. Instead of having to pay for it, I carry around a dinky old water bottle and fill it up as I go.
You do not want to become hangry while on the road. That will lead to nothing but trouble for yourself and the people you come in contact with. I always carry meal bars, some chocolate, and a carb food (because I can’t live without pretzels or Doritos.)
Sometimes you just need that one touch of home to get through the woes of living and traveling so far from home. My Auburn blanket is small enough to roll into a bundle that can fit into my book bag. It’s also made of fleece and is the perfect amount of cozy and warm. Everyone has experienced that one transport ride that was just dreadful. Wrapping my blanket around my head to block out the world with my ear plugs in my ear is the best way to drown out that terrible ride.
War Eagle!! <3 😀
So those are the things I never travel without. Do you have a specific gadget or thing that you never go anywhere without? Tell me below!