Traveling away from home can be fun, but it can also be unfamiliar and perhaps even uncomfortable.
Packing everything you might need to make the venture better is a lot to keep track of, but there are some products — from electronic devices to sleep aids — that people swear by and won’t leave home without.
>> Essential oils: India K. Robinson, president & CEO of The H.I.S Agency, LLC in District Heights, Maryland, cannot travel without Immunity Essential Oil Blend from 21 Drops.
“Traveling can be stressful; Airports and airplanes expose you to all sorts of germs, and with changes in the climate at your destination, all these things can take a toll on your immune system,” said Robinson. “The 21 Drops Immunity essential oil blend helps build up my resistance to these changes. I love to inhale the scent and apply it to my pulse points in-flight.”
>> Electronic accessories: “I bought a five-port USB charger that lives in my suitcase because I got tired of having to find multiple plugs to charge multiple devices when I travel,” said Helen Prochilo of Promal Vacations in Long Beach, N.Y.
Dana S. Johnson, Adventure Concierge for Open Leaf Excursions in Waukesha, Wis., never travels without a power strip surge protector. “I find many boutique hotels don’t have many outlets and I need to be able to charge all my devices at once when I’m in the room. It also protects my equipment from the often unstable electrical grid of various countries.”
Casey Carr, General Manager at Sharon Carr Travel in Dallas, carries a Skyroam Wifi Hotspot. “I stay connected and can use my Google maps in foreign cities.”
>> Ear plugs and gum: “I cannot live without my EarPlanes and a pack of gum,” said Kim DalPonte of Pixie Dust & Paradise Travel in Chicago. “My ears pop very easily when flying, so those are must-haves when I travel.”
>> Fuzzy socks: “I cannot live without my ice roller and fuzzy socks,” said Cassie Staiger Jeter of CS Travel Planners in Bismarck, N. D. “Fuzzy socks are perfect for chilly resort room floors, and ice rolling helps with inflammation and circulation after a long flight.”
>> Pack Point: Amy Sedeno admits she’s a natural over-packer and can’t travel without the app, Pack Point.
Sedeno, CIIC Miami Director in Miami, said: “Pack Point asks the traveler a series of questions including date of travel, and place and nature of travel (business, leisure, both). Based on the answers, it creates a personalized packing list, taking into consideration the length of travel, weather at the destination and activities like photography, swimming, hiking, working and more.
The list includes items of clothing, personal work items such as computers, chargers, etc. and even toiletries.”