I love to travel - whether it's for work, play, or to visit loved ones, getting to escape my normal life is a great way to gain a new perspective. If you're a go-with-the-flow kind of person who always travels with merely a carry-on; I salute you. I, however, spend a full week packing my full-sized checked luggage. Don't judge - it takes time to decide which shoes go with which outfit while checking the weather forecast to make sure I'm prepared for sun or rain! I like to have choices and be ready for anything!
No matter what, I always bring Tiny Hair Workshop's AirWaves. It means I don't have to put a lot of effort into my hair, and I can spend more time doing the fun stuff! (We'll be launching it soon, so you can follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or sign up for our email list to find out when!)
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
My husband and I just got back from two weeks abroad, and a trip like that makes you think about what you should bring that will make life easier and more enjoyable. Let's face it - there are things about travel that can be inconvenient, so today I'll share my 7 best tips that will make for happy travels!
You might temporarily feel like a dork when you put this on, but this was one of my favorite things I brought with me. I have a large phone that doesn't comfortably fit in my pocket, and I'm also notoriously bad about setting things down and forgetting where I put them. Between juggling my ID, plane tickets, and being in a new place, my phone is the first thing I misplace. Having it on your neck makes it easy to check notifications or take photos on a whim. This lanyard also easily detaches if you need to hand your phone off for a group photo.
2. Wine Skins
Not just for wine, these handy little packers are awesome for anything you might want to bring back in your checked luggage that could be breakable. They are flat and light so you can store them in the front part of your luggage until you decide to make use of them. Want to buy a specialty liquor or wine on your trip? How about some fancy olive oil? What if you want to bring some of your famous cherry jam to your mom for the holidays? Wine Skins gotcha covered!
If you fly and suffer from extreme ear pain and subsequent hours of not being able to hear anyone when you arrive at your destination, GET THESE. I get ear pain that makes me cry, has me making weird faces trying to get my ears to pop, and makes me fake blow my nose to try to equalize the pressure. Because of Earplanes, I don't suffer a bit. I LOVE THEM!! (I got mine at the drug store)
I love having an extra battery pack so much, I can't imagine not having one ever again. All of the things it is good for: Your phone dies on the plane. Your iPad dies on a trip and it's the only thing keeping your kids from driving you bonkers. Your phone dies because you've used it non-stop to navigate around a city for 8 hours on foot. The list goes on. I kept this with me in my small backpack and it could charge my phone from dead - 100% in 20 minutes or less, which makes it better than any plug. YES, THAT IS TRUE. The clincher - you could charge up to 4 devices from dead before you have to recharge the battery pack. It's incredible! For the price, just get it and thank me later.
5. Anti-Chub Rub Shorts (this is aimed towards people who wear skirts/dresses)
If you don't know what Chub Rub is, let me paint you a picture. It's 90 degrees in Berlin. Sounds like a great day for a skirt, doesn't it? Jon and I are walking around, like you do when in Europe. And when you're in Europe, you don't walk for 15 minutes- OH NO, you walk for 5 hours, because you must see everything! At the end of a long, hot day with thighs that touch, that burning, raw pain you are feeling means you are officially missing flesh. It is painful. It could nearly ruin a trip. But if you have these little shorts that are so comfortable that you would barely know they are there (because they don't roll down, roll up, or feel bulky), you will be prancing down the streets like you're in a musical. They are amazing and not expensive, and I think you will love them!
We all know how important sunscreen is. But tell me this - who actually re-applies it during the day? Unless your mom is following you around with a tube at the beach, slathering you until you resemble a pasty snowman, let's just admit that we are probably not good about reapplying. It's not a big deal if you're visiting Alaska during their 24 hours of darkness, but if you're planning on being in the sun for any length of time, this stuff is awesome. It's mineral-based, SPF 30, and it's handy if you're wearing makeup that you don't want to disturb. It fits easily in a purse and you can even swipe your partner's face with what I'm guessing will be very little resistance!
I like to be upfront, so let's get this out of the way. These are expensive. They may be prohibitively expensive, but they are something I use almost every day and get immense joy from using, so I think they are worth mentioning. These are the headphones you want when you are on a plane and trying to watch a movie or listen to music. The noise-canceling effect neutralizes the drone of the engines which would otherwise make it difficult to hear. The difference is incredible. If that is not enough to sway you, because maybe you don't fly very often, they are wonderful for many other applications. I use them when watching tv on my iPad while in the kitchen which helps cover the noise (and annoyance) of doing dishes or chopping vegetables. They are also great when my partner wants to watch football but I want to watch something else but be in the same room with him.
I hope these tips were helpful to you, and I'd love to hear about your travel tips and hacks in the comments below!