We believe that one of the things that strikes a happy chord with almost everyone is traveling – whether for work or leisure, it adds beautiful colors to our mundane routines. Though traveling can sometimes be stressful, you can alleviate some stress by planning well.
We asked our consultants at Appirio to share their traveling must-haves that ease their journeys, as they make their way around the globe. They provided an extensive list of things they simply cannot travel without. Here you’ll find more than 50 tangible items and another 25 (or so) mobile apps that can be useful when traveling. You may not use all of these, but we bet you’ll find at least a few things that will prove indispensable on your next trip.
Shoe spoons/horns: According to one of our consultants, “Not having to battle to put your shoes on, early in the morning, is one of life’s finest delicacies.”
Shoe cushions: Talking about shoes, this is a useful addition for anyone who might be on their feet for many hours.
3/4 zip pullover: One consultant suggests a Nike Golf pullover (in the backpack rather than in the checked bag).
Tide Pen: A handy, portable laundry service.
Baggage and Packing Accessories
- Grid-It Travel Organizer: A small case with elastic bands that organizes loose items like power bricks and cables, in your backpack.
- Paravel Fold-Up Bag (seen on Oprah's Favorite Things, it’s a favorite among our consultants): This is a portable bag that folds roughly to the size of a paperback novel, and fits easily into the suitcase in case you need an extra bag for the trip home.
- Packing cubes: These small bag-like containers are made of nylon and mesh and are designed to help you fit more things into your suitcase. No longer do you have to struggle to repack stuff after a long tiring trip.
- Carabiners: Those D -shaped rings aren’t only for mountain climbers. “I hang several carabiners on the outside of my backpack so that I can attach things to my backpack at the last minute - throw on running shoes, a water bottle, or the customer's ID lanyard,” says one consultant.
- Travelling Pillow
- Sunglasses: Carry a cheap pair you wouldn’t care if you lost.
Business & Stationery
- Business cards
- Dry-erase markers
- Sticky notes
- Thank you cards: An unusual item to pack, but it’s nice to leave handwritten thank-yous for staff who take care of meeting and hotel rooms and for anyone else who delights you.
Customs & Clearance
- Global Entry: The size of a driver’s license, it provides a third government ID in addition to your driver’s license and passport. Keep yours separate from the wallet in case your wallet is lost or stolen.
- Something that helps you clear security without an ID: A piece of mail with your name and address or a prescription bottle.
- Passport card: It is valid for travel only to Mexico/Canada. But it is a valid form of ID.
- Clear: A program allowing you to forego the ID check before security, Clear is heavily discounted if you have status with your airline.
- Sufficient cash
- Paytm (for India) or PayPal
- Points credit card
- Backgammon game, pack of cards, other portable games
- Reading material (books or magazines)
- Writing material (journal or diary and pens)
Fitness and Medicine
- Swimsuit and/or workout clothes with shoes
- Somasole resistance bands: If you’re too tired to hit up the hotel gym, you can do a quick workout in the hotel room.
- Small massage ball (for working out the kinks in a pinch)
- First-aid kit: We recommend including adhesive bandages, Aspirin, Sudafed, Pepto Bismol, Imodium, and a Hangover recovery kit (Vitamin B Complex and Ibuprofen)
- Other pills: A capsule of Airborne and also Emergen C can help ward off a cold, and cranberry pills might help prevent urinary tract infections.
- Sani-kit/toiletries: All items must adhere to TSA standards. Build your own kit in a quart-sized plastic bag from the travel aisles at CVS and Target.
- A pack of disinfecting wipes (to wipe off your seats in the airplane)
- Extra lip balm
- Hand sanitizer
- Portable white noise maker for sound sleep
Food and Beverage
- Healthy snacks: Mixed nuts, cinnamon biscuits, fruits, carrots, and cucumbers.
- Power bars: They keep you from buying expensive airport foods.
- Chocolates: We recommend dark chocolate because that’s the healthy kind.
- Plastic reclosable bags and reusable bamboo food storage: These items can come in handy because you never know when things will break when you might have leftovers from dinner, or when TSA wants you to put things in a bag.
- Reusable water bottle and/or bamboo coffee cup
- Power outlet strip
- Noise cancellation headphones
- Rechargeable battery backup
- Phone clip-mount (for using your phone as GPS in a rental car)
- PowerBeats (for watching videos on the plane)
- Lifepowr 65W Adapter: It charges a laptop with USB C as well as other USB peripherals in one lightweight unit.
- Roost laptop stand: A portable and ergonomic stand that can alleviate stress on your neck and upper vertebrae.
- Spare AA/AAA batteries
- Portable USB monitor: It's lightweight and adds a second monitor to work with while on the road.
- Cables and adapters for USB C
- MyTSA app (for TSA PreCheck)
- Airline App
- ExpertFlyer: set seat/flight change alerts and quickly evaluate alternatives when you get cancellations
- TripAware: You can use this to track the full life cycle of a flight to determine the delays and how you might be impacted. It shows if a flight has taken off and where it is in transit. This is especially helpful when your flight has been delayed, and you want to know if your plane is even en route yet.
- FlightAware: This provides the most reliable information to track your inbound aircraft and know whether you're likely to be delayed.
- Hotel App: Use the app for your hotel to do early check in, check out, and keyless entry to your room (using your phone).
- Uber, Lyft, other cab sharing apps
- Waze to navigate right
- Google Maps
- JotNot Pro and/or Turboscan (for scanning expense receipts)
- Salesforce One
- Notability: This helps to take notes with Apple Pencil which can also be viewed on iPhone
- Hotel TV Viewing (Directv Now)
- Netflix and/or Amazon Prime (downloadable videos)
- Roku: Using Roku, you can watch what you want when you’re in a hotel or at someone’s house with internet on your phone.
- Amazon music
- Amazon Pay
- Mobile Wallets for India (Paytm, BHIM, Freecharge, Buddy, Mobikwik)
- Expensify: A great tool for expense reports that allows you to take pictures of your receipts as you go, add to a defined expense report in Expensify, and then export that as a single PDF for submission.
- SAP Concur
As we travel more, we appreciate traveling light, but we wouldn’t want you to travel without the essentials. We hope you find something on this long list (or many things!) that helps you travel happy.
Are these items on your packing list? If not, what are the items you can’t travel without? We’d love to hear your comments below.
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