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Old 04-10-2016, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Earplugs. I'm a light sleeper who is sensitive to ANY noise, and earplugs are a godsend, especially on a plane. Also if we're flying, I always bring an extra change of clothes and my medicine in a separate backpack that I carry on in case the airline loses our luggage. I don't want to get stuck wearing the same nasty clothes while they search for our baggage. I also bring my Kindle Fire. It's a great mini computer for travel. I wear a hoodie on the plane as well. It doubles as a pillow or a sweater depending on the plane's temperature. I bring snacks if it's a long flight. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg for the limited selection on the plane. In short (actually long), since there are few aspects aspects a passenger can control on a flight, I use my personal belongings to make me more comfortable.
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:09 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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Old 04-10-2016, 07:21 AM
 
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Earplugs is a new MUST for me. A tip when trying to block out undesirable noise from the next room: put the TV on a foreign channel. Your ears won't wake you up since you don't recognize any of the words. (I draped a towel over the screen to temper the scene change/light flickering stuff) This, with earplugs did the trick, though I hate those things in my ears.

A yes. Laundry detergent. If I'm going to be more than a few days, I'll pack a single-use amount. I might have a small box at the house of powdered detergent (NOT good to use in your washer at home) or those little Pod things.

I agree with socks to wear on the plane. Take your shoes off to rest your feet, slip on socks for warmth and comfort. Doubles as slippers in the hotel.

Sleep aid, vitamins, headache pills.

I keep a bag of travel toiletries packed at all time so I don't have to remember that stuff as I pack.

Always take a bathing suit just in case - though I'm so out of shape at the moment I need a new suit that goes down to my knees.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:16 AM
 
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Some other favourite essential items:
  • earplugs & eye mask (useful either on the plane or in the hotel);
  • an electric travel toothbrush that uses batteries;
  • small detergent packets in case I want to hand wash any clothes;
  • extra electronics chargers;
  • and a micro fibre hair towel, to quick dry my hair after washing it... I use this at home too, and wouldn't leave home without one, especially when hotel hair dryers can be a bit weak with the air flow and temperature.
Just be sure to remove the battery in transit. If it accidentally gets switched on, it can cause problems in security.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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It's good to learn some tricks that make trips more survivable and, hopefully, comfortable.

If I have a checked bag, then I also pack some stuff in my carry on, just to get me through a couple of days in case the checked bag gets misdirected. I pack a change of underclothes and some toiletries, at least. Just in case.


Some other favourite essential items:
  • earplugs & eye mask (useful either on the plane or in the hotel);
  • an electric travel toothbrush that uses batteries;
  • small detergent packets in case I want to hand wash any clothes;
  • extra electronics chargers;
  • and a micro fibre hair towel, to quick dry my hair after washing it... I use this at home too, and wouldn't leave home without one, especially when hotel hair dryers can be a bit weak with the air flow and temperature.
Yes, I always pack an outfit in my carry-on plus any absolute essential item (such as my swimsuit if I'm going to Florida).


We also do the "trick" of putting some clothes for each family member in each suitcase. So even if one suitcase gets lost everyone will have some extra clothes to wear.


I really learned the importance of both tricks when the airlines misplaced my FIL's suitcase on his "trip of lifetime" to Europe. My FIL was quite overweight and could not find any size 3X clothes to purchase in the small village where they were staying so he had to wear the same outfit, including underwear, for several days (until they found & returned his suitcase). My MIL said his clothes looked, and smelled, pretty bad by the end.
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:31 AM
 
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I can pack enough for a week in a carry on backpack.

Toothbrush, phone charger, phone, socks, underwear, antiperspirant, and all the same color clothes, so outfits all are interchangeable.

I wear good quality tennis shoes with absorbent socks.

Depending where I am going, I've been known to pack old clothes that I simply leave behind. That way, I free up space in back pack to bring home new things.
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:08 AM
 
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Valium and travel size bottles of booze
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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WE travel a LOT. Many items never leave my suitcase, I have dedicated cosmetics, toothbrush/paste, hairbrush,etc. Clean clothes replace used ones, but the rest of the stuff stays in the bag.

We often travel to sort of remote areas, so I always bring sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer (small bottle) and a few packs of tissues. Often hand washing facilities leave a lot to be desired, and toilet paper is ...ummm..often missing or sub standard. Enough said.

I always travel with my Kindle.

Happy landings!
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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I bring as little as I possibly can.

When I travel I just want to soak in the place, relax and have a little fun.
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Old 04-10-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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They're sold as pill jars, but are great on the road for any other small items like smaller earrings:

Travel Containers
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