We all have our go-to things when we set out to travel. We want to be prepared, entertained, and even be productive on-the-go. For me, I want to feel connected but also remove myself from everything Internet wise. Of course, this isn’t totally possible since we have to update loved ones of our whereabouts or consult our phones for restaurant times, maps, online dining recommendations, and etc.
I’d like to share with you a list of my “must-have stuff” when we travel:
Smartphone: BlackBerry Passport
One of my favorite devices, my BlackBerry Passport helps me be more organized and connected when I need to be, especially when traveling. One killer feature is its super long battery life. On light usage, I get a little more than two days without charging. This means sending a few emails, taking a few calls, and checking random things on the Web. On moderate use, I get about a day and a half without charging. This could include posting on IG, checking apps often, watching a pre-loaded video, music, and etc.
The BlackBerry Passport’s battery life is great and have never let me down when leaving the house or traveling to far away places.
Also, I get to take pictures!
Get it on Amazon and it’s pretty affordable right now at $395 – BlackBerry Passport Factory Unlocked Cellphone, 32GB, Black
You never know when you’re going to need Ibuprofen, Naproxen Sodium, cold-relief medication, heartburn relief tablets, or even anti-diarrea pills! We always stock up on these when planning to leave for vacations. Better safe than sorry!
Disposable Wipes: Wet-Ones
Disposable wipes are a must bring for us. When water isn’t available to clean anything, especially on our skin, wipes are our friends.
E-reader or book: Kindle Paperwhite
During long flights or train rides, my Kindle Paperwhite keeps me sane. I usually look for good books in advance and download them just the night before we need to leave. Reading in itself is a journey to far away places, tucked deep in our minds. You find yourself a good book, and instantly, you’re traveling!
What I like most about the Paperwhite is the lighting. Having the light on at all times on a night flight may annoy some people, so the Paperwhite is perfect for that setting.
Extra clothes in our carry-on
We usually pack our clothes in the checked bags when traveling but to be extra-prepared, we also pack spare clothes in our carry-ons. You never know when you’re going to need that extra clean shirt or pair of socks.
Portable Charger: Jackery
If you have a smartphone, tablet, Kindle, or anything else that uses rechargeable batteries through a USB/micro-USB cord–this is a must have! I personally use the 12,000mah Jackery portable charger. It does a great job and is pretty cheap on Amazon right now. It even has a led flashlight. You can also charge two devices at once!
My BlackBerry doesn’t need it much but it helps when you find using your smartphone more than usual.
Laptop or Tablet: Microsoft Surface Pro 3
For entertainment purposes or blogging on-the-go, it’s nice to have a laptop or tablet around. Some aircrafts on airlines like United doesn’t have personal screens and this is when a laptop or tablet comes in handy, especially when you have children.
You’re not at your destination yet so why not keep yourself busy.
If you’re an artist, you could also bust out that Surface Pro and sketch while on the plane or train. It’s also nice to have when you plan on Skyping with friends and family back home.
This is probably the most important especially when traveling overseas. Your plastic debit/credit cards might not work in some places so cash is always your friend. You also never know if your card company puts a hold on your account just because you’re traveling overseas or out of state. It happened to me once before when pumping gas in Washington!
We can’t go without little bottles of face wash, shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion, etc. It’s nice to refresh yourself when on a long flight or train ride. Don’t forget to bring toothbrush, toothpaste, and even mouthwash!
So that’s about it for necessities. Of course, you might want to bring extra pillows, sweaters, and a blanket. Whatever works, right?
We try to bring a little bit of home with us for some comfort but sometimes, it’s wise not to, especially if you have to pack light.
Do you have a list of things you must have with you when leaving for a vacation or even just leaving the house? Share it with us by leaving a comment below! Happy travels!