When we travel, I try to balance “packing light” with “being prepared.” Here are a few items I’ve found helpful on past trips, or are considering for our next trip:
Little Travel Amenities
Being nearsighted, I’ve come to rely on a magnifying mirror to apply makeup. Some accommodations have them, some don’t. (And in some, the mirror is mounted so high that all I can see is the top of my head!) I’m going to be packing this one to try out on our trip. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but it’s the same brand as the full-sized mirror I have at home and have been very happy with. It’s chargeable, can be held in hand or stand on its own, and the light is adjustable.
Here’s a budget-friendly option that is a little smaller and uses batteries.
On recent trips, I’ve relied on a combination of packing mostly wrinkle-resistant knits and hanging garments in the bathroom while I shower to keep creases to a minimum. But le Monsieur tends to pack more woven pieces, and in warmer months I do as well. Sometimes wrinkles are unavoidable. I’ve been road-testing this little steamer at home. It works quite well, is compact and lightweight. I’ll be taking it along and will report back.
If you don’t want to pack a steamer, we’ve also found that a wrinkle-release spray works moderately well (and removes most odors…helpful when you’ve been surrounded by smokers). The downside is that your clothes will be damp afterward, and you may need to give them time to dry.
Adapter Plug With Dual USB
We always pack a couple of electrical adapters, but if you’ve ever stayed in an older hotel or rental, you may discover that electrical outlets are in short supply. At times, we’ve had to carefully coordinate our device charging schedules. But with this adapter, we’ll be able to charge two phones at once, as well as my laptop!
Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Listen to music, audio books, podcasts, etc. in your hotel room without headphones. I use this little speaker at home all the time too. It’s about the size of a tennis ball, and weighs only a few ounces. Runs for hours on a single charge.
I tend to wake up early, and
want need a cup of coffee right away. Even if I don’t have access to a coffee maker, there’s almost always a kettle available to boil water. (Or, I can buy one at Monoprix for less than what it would cost to order room service coffee for two days.) These single-serving packets are convenient and pretty darn good for instant coffee.
What travel amenities do you make room for in your luggage?
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