You don’t have to pack these travel accessories on your trip but why wouldn’t you? They don’t take up much room in your luggage and they make things a lot easier.
How many times have you been packing and you start to put that tube of toothpaste in your carry on only to stop and ask yourself, if the highly trained security personnel at the airport are going to confiscate it thinking you might turn it into a weapon of some type? What do you do, put it into your checked bags and let it explode all over your clothes? Buy a travel size that will last for 3 days? Wait until you get to where you are going and then go shopping? How about toothpaste tablets? That’s right, little pills you can put in your carry on and use whenever you like. These are cool, just chew, brush and rinse.
Have you ever seen Hotel Impossible with Anthony Melchiorri? Anthony goes to hotels that are having problems, identifies the problems and gets them on track to be successful. He uncovers some nasty habits and one of the things you want in a Hotel is cleanliness. A great tool to use is sanitizer wipes. Wipe down the phone, the TV remote, door knobs and fixtures in the bathroom. The wipes will get rid of most of the bad stuff and remember don’t use the glasses in the room, sometimes the cleaning staff will use furniture polish or other stuff to make them nice and shiny.
In a lot of countries we take clean water for granted. There are a lot of places that the water can make you feel anywhere from a little queasy to downright deathbed sick. This little item is portable and highly useful for anyone camping, traveling off the beaten path, or visiting countries where the water may not be the safest to drink. The SteriPen offers various models that can kill off e-coli, cholera, various bacteria’s and microscopic critters that want to do you damage.
Now if you are a backpacker wandering around with a pack and sandals the next item might not do you any good. If you wear hiking boots or shoes these are great, especially on flights. A good pair of compression travel socks make a world of difference on long flights or days when you are walking around seeing the sights. Wear these all day and your legs and feet still feel great. No swelling of the feet and legs on flights and after all day of being on your feet you will definitely feel the difference. With all the warnings of Deep Vein Thrombosis occurring to people who sit on long flights these can help prevent that also.
I always pack this last item. It doesn’t take up much room and there are hundreds of uses. Repair tears in clothing or mend a shoe. Luggage or backpack zipper broken? No problem. Out camping and need to hold something together? Works great. Seal a container, repair a broken radiator hose, fix leaks, make a bandage, repair broken glasses and much more. That’s right I am talking about duct tape. Hundreds of uses limited only by your imagination. I wouldn’t recommend it as a substitute for toilet paper but it might come in handy next time that kid on the plane gets too loud.
Fancy travel gadgets can be useful and fun but these travel accessories can make your trip a lot easier and they come in handy.
Oh by the way, I was not compensated by any of the people or companies mentioned in this article. But you can always offer if you want.