Our Must Have Items for Traveling

8 Items for your next travel excursion
Traveling is exciting and something we often look forward to for several weeks.  I travel a lot for work and while it can be exciting, it can also be very exhausting.  I have come up with a list of 8 things that I like to bring along with me to help make it a bit easier and more enjoyable.
1. Headphones – A good pair of headphones is always a great distraction from the hustle and bustle of a busy airport.
2. Chapstick – My lips always get dry when I travel.  I absolutely hate it when I get stuck without my favorite chapstick.
3. Travel Lotion – Just like my lips, my hands also get dry when I travel.  I love eos hand lotion, but stocking up on the travel size lotions from hotels is always a good option.
Eos hand lotion

eos hand lotion

4. Earplugs – There is nothing worse than not being able to get a good night’s sleep when you are away from home.  I always bring earplugs with me when I travel.  I don’t always use them, but I have them just in case.
Image from Advanced Hearing Center Atlanta

Image from Advanced Hearing Center Atlanta

5. Water Bottle – I don’t know about you, but I always get dehydrated while traveling.  So I’ve started bringing my own water bottle along with me.  I can fill it up before I head out for the day and refill it along the way at restaurants or coffee shops.  Tervis has a great water bottle that you can even monogram!
Tervis tumblers

Tervis tumblers

6. Emergen C – Traveling can take a toll on your immune system so I always bring a few packets of Emergen C with me.  No need to take the whole box, just enough for one a day will do.
Emergen-C

Emergen C

7. Laundry/Dry Cleaning Bag – The absolute worst part of traveling is having to unpack once you get home.  I always bring a grocery bag or trash bag (depending on how long I’ll be gone) to put my clothes in once I’ve worn them.  I bring two: one for clothes I will wash myself and one for the clothes I will take to the dry cleaner.  Once I get home, I can put the clothes straight in to the washing machine or take them right to the dry cleaners.
8. Delta Skymiles American Express – Living in Atlanta, I always fly Delta.  A few years ago I got the Delta Skymiles American Express and it has saved me so much money because your first checked bag is free with the card.  It costs $90 per year which pays for itself after 2 round-trips with checked bags.  Sure you could save this money by carrying your luggage on the airplane with you, but I hate having to keep up with my luggage all throughout the airport, especially Hartsfield-Jackson.  I’d much rather pay the $90, check my bags, and earn miles while using the card to shop, dine, etc.!
Delta American Express Gold card

Delta American Express Gold card

-Frances Ellison

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