I recently went away on a trip. It was a voyage, not a relaxing vacation. 14 days, three flights, six different hotels. The itinerary included visiting my kids at sleep away camp in North Carolina, horning in on my husband's business trip in Northern California & Southern Oregon, and vacationing in three other spots
I needed to pack clothing for the heat wave, for hiking and biking, for the cool San Francisco weather and for looking presentable as the wife of a business executive while meeting tons of his colleagues in a convention-like setting. How did I pack lightly for such a range of different types of climates and events? I DID NOT. My suitcase weighed a ton. I have no advice as to how to cut down other than pack lots of black clothing.
However there are six things that I am really glad that I had packed as they really came in handy:
1. A travel hair dryer. I have long hair. Those little dryers that they provide in hotels just don't do it for me. I don't want frizzy hair in vacation photos so I purchased this little baby since my last one died on a cruise ship. It is tiny but powerful. I got it at Bed Bath and Beyond for $29.99 (less one of those 20% off coupons), so it was a bargain. I was really happy that I had it.
|Yes, I wear this silly eyemask, even on airplanes!|
2. Earplugs and an eye mask. Even if you are lucky to be sharing a hotel room with someone who does not snore, hotels can be noisy. Even if you are used to the noise in your own home, the new noises might prevent you from getting some shut eye. I always pack these cute pink earplugs that are made for women with dainty little ear holes like me. At least one part of me is dainty.
4. A magnifying mirror with suction cups. If you are of a certain age like me, your eyes are not as great at they were. While some hotels have magnifying mirrors, it is not a universal thing so I throw a small one in my make up bag so that I don't end up walking around with eyeliner all over my face
5. Chargers, chargers, chargers. Every time we were in the room, my husband and I both needed to charge our phones, tablets and laptops. I was happy that every device had an individual charger so we could charge everything at once. Remember, even if you are not talking or texting, these days you are probably using your phone as a GPS, Travel guide and camera when you travel. It all just eats those batteries up.
My next post will contain six things that I did not really need during my trip...
Do you have any suggestions to add to my list of things to bring on a long trip?