Comfort while travelling – packing tips for a smoother journey
Frequent travellers often have things they can’t do without – certain items of clothing, gadgets, travel accessories, etc. These make their lives easier and more comfortable while on the road, at the airport or on a plane. In this article we share some tips from professional travellers – people whose lives keep them away from home and going from A to B more often than not. If you are looking for ways to make your own travel more comfortable, read on. You may well learn about some useful things to take on the road with you wherever you may go and for whatever reason.
These tips were shared by backpackers who travel relatively light and therefore need to keep things simple, yet effective. Things like a universal electricity adaptor, a sink plug (for doing your laundry in cheap hotel sinks) and your own multiway charger or splitter socket often come up as absolutely essential for many travellers. If you’re travelling for business and will be staying in nicer hotels, you can do away with the sink plug, but being able to plug in your foreign equipment is still going to be a requirement no matter how expensive your hotel is.
Neck pillows (especially inflatable ones), a blanket and comfortable clothes for traveling in when it’s cold are often important to make you feel your best during and after travel. You can now even get hoodies with inflatable pillows attached, so you can wear them while travelling and sleep more comfortably on the plane. You may think a blanket is a waste of space, but you can get quite thin ones that pack relatively small but are nonetheless very handy when flying on cheap airlines that don’t provide blankets or when travelling on trains or buses where air conditioning or an open window may make the temperature colder than you’d care for. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time travelling, it’s worth keeping some space free for these little luxuries. They can make all the difference between a good day and a bad day.
There’s much to be said for good, old-fashioned books – they are relatively cheap, you can leave them behind once you finish them and nobody’s going to steal them off your towel if you leave them on the beach while you go swimming. On the other hand, they do take up a lot of space and can be heavy. If you’re away for a while in a non-English speaking holiday destination, you may find your choice quite limited once you finish the book or books you’ve brought from home. In many places, holiday reading such as crime thrillers and chick-lit may be your only choices. Handy if you enjoy either of these, not so much if you’re looking for quality reads. Electronic readers are a great alternative if you want an endless supply of books to read, but they are more likely to get damaged or stolen if you leave them in the wrong place. Our jury’s still out as to which is best. It entirely depends on your personal requirements, as well as your travelling destination.
Music and audio books are, of course, also important. The majority of travellers carry personal MP3 players or mobile phones with music apps with them wherever they go. Apart from providing a soundtrack, having a pair of headphones on can disconnect you from noise and distraction while you travel. This is especially true if you have over-ear or noise-cancelling headphones (see this site here if you need advice on what headphones to get).
Another popular choice among travellers is carrying a tablet around. These are small and lightweight, yet larger than a phone, so more comfortable to use, without being as large as a laptop. They’re great not just for reading emails and browsing the web, but also as a way of watching films and TV shows while you travel. You can even use them to read books, at a push, although electronic readers are easier on the eye, as they’ve been especially designed to replace books.
People tend to like things their way. You may well have certain things you can’t do without no matter where you go. These, of course, are as individual as the people who carry them. Some people may travel with certain food or drink items they can’t do without – hot sauce, certain teabags, a certain brand of chewing gum, etc. It’s worth figuring out your own list of these and seeing if you can bring it with you. You might not realise how much you miss something till you’re away from it for a while.
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