Travel Accessories

What Never Leaves Your Carry-on?

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I have one pocket of my carry on suitcase filled with useful stuff that I never unpack. It’s made doing last minute weekend trips so much easier when all I’m worrying about is what clothes, shoes, and seasonally appropriate items I need. So what’s in there?

I’d almost forgotten, so this weekend I pulled it out to take inventory of what needed to be added or replaced:

  • advil travel size amenity kitTravel size packets of
    –Pepto Bismol
    –Tylenol Cold & Sinus
    –Allergy pill
  • TSA allowed wine openercorkscrew_boomerang
  • Bandaids and Heel Blister Cushions
  • Yoga Toes
  • Travel toothbrush
  • Color printout of my passport
  • Razor
  • Air activated heating patch (not sure why I put that in and will probably take it out…)

In my laptop case (which I travel with 99% of the time) I always keep:

I was surprised at having these “go-to” items always available has cut down on minor annoyances like having a headache or the sniffles, and saved me money and time when I’m not having to hunt down a drugstore on a short trip or late at night.

What do you keep packed in your travel bags?

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  1. Lynda B

    September 18, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    You forgot travel adapters for your electronics. I usually take two of them (won’t forget them and not useful at home anyway). And spare cables for all your gismos. A small camera. Digital card for the camera and an extra battery and charger. Portable earphones. Copies of your prescriptions (if you have any)… Leftover foreign coins (pounds, euros) otherwise they end up lost forever in a drawer. Compression socks for long airline flights.

  2. Heidi

    September 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Binder clips or other small clips are handy for closing annoying gaps in hotel drapes. (To avoid that bright sun shine when sleeping in) I also use them to close a pack of snacks, keep brochures together, etc. I also always have zip lock bags.

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