Last week, I wrote on about the travel items I always pack for a trip. In addition to these travel essentials, I have some items that never leave my bag.
When packing for a trip, I always seemed to forget something essential, so I started buying a travel set of everything so I wouldn’t forget anything. I became so reliant on this, I forget so many essentials when I switch what bag I take with me.
When I’m home, these items don’t exist. What I mean by that is, if I cannot find my charger, I can’t take the one out of my travel bag. That stays in there no matter what.
1. A phone charger
If I had to rely on myself to pack my phone charger the morning of a flight, I would never remember to bring one with me.
So I ordered a second one that always stays in my bag.
It was an $8 investment, which is far better than having to buy a new (lesser quality, more expensive) one in the airport when I forget it.
Yup, I even have a travel deodorant. I keep a gel one (great for most scenarios) in my bag and only use it when I’m traveling.
In this case, I still try to remember to pack a deodorant so that my spare gets used as little as possible. (And if my spare starts getting empty, I’ll swap the one I packed out with it).
3. A toothbrush
I like using an electric toothbrush, and every time I’d travel–I’d need to remember to pack up the cord and find the travel case. I finally decided to purchase my own travel toothbrush.
I used to keep a regular manual toothbrush with me, but it never felt right since I was used to the electric toothbrush. I’m glad I made this investment!
4. A plain dress
I keep a cheap, plain dress with a built in shelf-bra in the bottom of my bag. If something happens to my bag, I’ll have one change of clothes.
I started doing this after I got stuck in Chicago on an unexpected overnight (I was flying in and out on the same day). I had the same set of clothes for sleeping and to wear on the plane the next day.
I carry a dress with a built-in shelf bra so I can keep my always-there-essentials as light and compact as possible.
5. A ton of ponytail holders
As someone with long hair, I can never have too many ponytail holders. And I never seemed to have one when I need one. So I try to always have them in my bag.
I also keep one around my wrist when I remember. But this is the one item I have to keep an eye on and replenish because I seem to just go right through them!
How about you? Do you have any dedicated travel items?
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