- Comfort items for the flight:
1. The Releaf Neck Rest is a special collar that makes it possible to fall asleep comfortably while sitting up. I often put it on as soon as I sit down in an airplane because it is common for me to nod off before the plane has left the ground. Many times I have awakened to find myself in the air and I never realized the plane had left the ground—I sleep soundly when my head stays still!
2. I also carry my favorite Sony earphones, so I can listen to music or watch a movie on the flight without disturbing anyone else.
3. My favorite flight appliance is a back up phone/iPad charger for those long flights.
4. Don’t forget to carry snacks. Now a-days, we can order almost everything we need in life from Amazon! My favorite flight snacks are “Go Raw” cookies. They are gluten free, nutritious and delicious and they keep me from being tempted by airline snack food.
- Exercise clothes and shoes
and perhaps a bathing suit, in case there are workout facilities or a pool.
- Large plastic bag for separating laundry.
I set up the bag on a hanger or the floor of the closet, so I know exactly where to put my clothing at night. Repacking it is easy and quick, and the laundry is kept separate from my clean clothes.
- A designated set of travel cosmetics and toiletries.
I like the L.L. Bean cosmetics bags. I keep one stocked with a second set of everything I use at home, so I don’t have to move things in and out of the travel case. I use uniform-sized plastic travel bottles for shampoo, creams, etc. and label each one with a label maker. It makes packing the cosmetic kit easier because items are the same size and shape. (Remember to take a quick inventory in between trips of what needs to be refilled!) A thick waterproof kit works well if hairspray or other items leak during travel. If the cosmetic case is zipped shut, then I might have a mess at the other end but at least it won’t get out into the suitcase. I also use small sandwich bags or other plastic bags to wrap individual items and contain leaks.
- Multi-plug adapter and small extension cord.
I always travel with a power strip with multiple outlets to accommodate things like computers, phone chargers, hair dryers and CPAP machines. I also carry an extension cord because hotel outlets may be far away from where they are needed.
- Return travel outfit in a plastic bag for the last day of meetings.
I often have all-day meetings on the last day of my trip, so I pack another large plastic bag just for my travel clothes. I carry it separately, and then when I am done with meetings, I change into my travel clothes and lay my business clothing inside the packed suitcase.
These are just a few of the tricks I use every month to make it easy to visit with my customers and employees all over the United States. I hope you find these tips will help keep you comfortable and organized. I would love to hear about some of your travel tips.