Whether for work or pleasure, traveling is a normal part of life for many adults. Sometimes you have advanced notice before you need to take a trip, and other times your job might count on you to drop everything and leave your normal life at the drop of the hat to fly across the country. Life happens whether it’s convenient for us or not, so the key is to make sure you’re always prepared. Having a travel bag packed with a few essentials you rely on at home can make these trips a lot easier. Here are our recommendations for five essentials you should keep in your travel bag.
Just because your day or evening won’t be spent where you normally spend it doesn’t mean you have to stray from your routine. In fact, straying from routine is one of the worst things you can do. One of the top reasons people dislike traveling for work is because they feel guilty for missing the things that are most important to them. Doing whatever you do as part of your regular at-home routine is very important when traveling is part of your life. And if exercising is also part of that routine, you’ll want to make sure to keep being active on the road as well. Don’t get caught unprepared. Pack some workout shorts and a top so you can stick to your exercise routine while you’re traveling. Don’t forget athletic shoes and socks as well!
So many careers expect us to be glued to our smartphones or laptops. It’s not only nice to disconnect now and then, but also healthy. Keep a book on you to help unwind after a long day or while you’re on the plane, train, or in a taxi. Keep it in a separate pocket or somewhere easily accessible so you can grab it on a whim for a quick escape from reality.
You’ll inevitably forget something when you leave on a trip. Having just a handful of essentials packed in your bag can be a lifesaver if you have a habit of forgetting your makeup. Foundation, powder, mascara, and blush shouldn’t take up too much room in your travel bag. Don’t forget a spare brush for your hair and facial cleanser as well if you’re partial to a particular skincare line.
It can be quite handy to have a bathing suit in your travel bag. After all, they rarely take up too much space. Plus, you may not even realize your hotel has a pool until you actually get there, so being caught unprepared can really put a damper on your trip. Anyone who’s ever said, “I should have packed my swimsuit,” knows the feeling of regret that they never packed it. Keep it on hand in your travel bag just in case. A bonus is if your go-to hotel has a pool. That way, you can exercise in the pool and not have to worry about packing extra workout clothes. It’s a win-win!
Smart travelers always pack a spare outfit in their luggage. You never know when you’ll unexpectedly be asked to dinner and don’t want to wear the same outfit you had on all day. Or maybe an outfit you intended to wear has a stain on it you never realized before. Or maybe the temperature at your destination is unseasonably cold, leaving you looking like a beach bum in Alaska. For those reasons and more, a modest dress kept as arsenal in your luggage is a great idea. Plus, it does the job of a shirt and pants so you don’t have to pack both. Just make sure it is wrinkle-resistant and easy to care for since it will likely be in your bag for a while.
Travel is one of those parts of life that some people just love, yet others don’t particularly care for it. Regardless of which camp you’re in, your trip will be much easier if you’re prepared. When determining what you deem to be “travel bag essentials,” just take a moment to think about the things you typically rely on to make your day easier, as well as what items you’re prone to forget about. Common-sense items like shoes, underwear, and clothes are a no-brainer. What we tend to forget are the little things that could make our days difficult if we forget to pack them. Keep those things stored in your travel bag to make your trip more enjoyable.