With summer in full force, it’s time to pack your bags and begin traveling. While the coronavirus pandemic has put a halt to many travel plans, there are plenty of ways you can still explore while still keeping you and those around you safe. Rather than hopping on planes and traveling across borders, switch it up and take a road trip, camp at public parks, and stay isolated with your travel companions.
Once you have your road trip plans underway, it’s time to grab a pen and piece of paper and make a list of all the items you need for a successful vacation. Take a look at our top seven best travel gear below.
You’re not going anywhere if you don’t have a reliable bag. There are numerous types of bags you can bring on your adventures, such as handbags, backpacks, messenger bags, haversacks, and suitcases. The type of bag you choose depends on how long you’re traveling and the activities you plan on partaking in.
For example, if you’re going to hike through the backcountry of Yosemite, a haversack will store all of your necessary belongings, such as water, snacks, and safety equipment. However, if you plan on taking a staycation in your own town, a handbag or satchel will hold key items like your phone, wallet, and keys.
2. Travel pillow
Staying cooped up in a car or plane for hours on end can be extremely uncomfortable. To ensure you travel in comfort, pack a travel pillow that gently caresses your neck and head and allows you to get in a cozy position to doze off
3. Packing cubes
If you’re going on a week- or month-long excursion, it can be easy for all of your belongings to get disorganized in your suitcase or bag. Investing in packing cubes will allow you to neatly organize all of your items, from pants and shirts to chargers and dirty laundry.
Depending on where you’re going, you may not have access to a washer and dryer. Packing a travel clothesline can come in handy when you’re running low on garments, such as sock, underwear, shirts, and pants. And, if you’re only able to travel with limited supplies, a clothesline will allow you to wash your clothes every night, no matter where you are. All you need is a toiletry bottle and powdered detergent, and you’ll be able to wash your clothes in a sink by hand and hang dry them with your portable clothesline.
5. Toiletry kit
A toiletry kit is another must-have travel item. Toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturizer—all of these items need a home when they’re packed into your suitcase. If not, you risk one of these bottles opening or exploding and ruining all of your clothes. When looking for a toiletry kit, make sure it has plenty of compartments and room for all of your essential items, including your toothbrush, comb, makeup, and any other cosmetics. To save money, you can also invest in reusable toiletry bottles that are TSA regulated and allow you to use the shampoo, body wash, conditioner, and moisturizing cream you already have at home.
6. Noise-canceling headphones
Traveling is a time for you to explore the world and see new things. But all being on the go constantly can be mentally draining. From long train rides and car rides to mornings where you just want to relax, a pair of noise-canceling headphones will be your saving grace. With a pair of noise-canceling headphones, you’ll be able to drown out loud noises going on around you and escape the hustle and bustle of your travels for a brief moment. Before you embark on your journey, make sure to curate playlists with your favorite artists and download podcasts you’re interested in.
7. Plug adapter
If you’re traveling to a new country, you’re going to need a universal plug adapter. Believe it or not, the plug outlets you have in your home aren’t the same as in other countries. That said, a universal plug adapter will allow you to charge all of your electronics, such as your phone, laptop, and tablet, with ease.
You don’t want your travel plans to turn sour because you forgot something essential. With this list of the top seven best travel gear, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you have all the items you need to make your trip enjoyable.