In the last few years I have done numerous International trips and have made a list of things to take with me and I thought I should share my list. Please feel free to add in anything that you think should be taken too! I’ll add my thoughts about some of the things at the end but here is my list:
- Credit card
- Charger for phone
- Neck cushion
- Ear buds or headphones
- Empty water bottle
- Disinfectant wipes
- Books and/or Kindle
- Eye mask
- Large, lightweight scarf or travel blanket
- Fuzzy socks and/or compression socks
- Chocolates for the flight attendants
- Guide book
- Fold-up grocery bag
- Fold-up backpack or small duffle bag
- Power adapters
- Purse for destination
- Rain jacket
- Fingernail clippers
- Ziploc baggies
- Good walking shoes
The first 17 items are the things you need for the plane – and maybe #18 if you still haven’t figured everything you are going to do and will work on it on the plane!
#4 – Here’s the neck cushion I use – https://www.amazon.com/Trtl-Pillow-Scientifically-Support-Washable/dp/B00LB7REFK/ref=sr_1_6?s=bedbath&ie=UTF8&qid=1530497647&sr=1-6&keywords=airplane+neck+pillow I discovered I needed more support for my head (so I can sleep) then the regular u shaped cushions you buy at the airport provide. This cushion allowed me to sleep!
#5 – Even when not watching the inflight movie, the headphones provide some protection from the noise – it is noisy in the air! Earplugs are good too!
#6 – You can’t take water through security, but you can take an empty bottle and fill it up as soon as you get through. Caution though, some flights won’t allow you to take the filled bottle on the plane, so you might need to drink it before boarding. I usually take a reusable bottle but occasionally have just taken a regular throw away one.
#7 – Flights are long and while most carriers provide food there is no guarantee that you will like it and they have a limited amount of things available on board.
#8 – Those tray tables aren’t usually cleaned between flights – or ever – so you might want a small packet of wipes to quickly clean it! Then, when touring, you may want to wipe down your hands when a sink isn’t available.
#11 – Block out the light on the plane because even when they turn the lights down, your seatmate might be watching a movie with lots of flickering lights. I recently upgraded to a nodpod eye mask and it really was nice! You can get them at Bed, Bath& Beyond (and much cheaper than at Amazon!)
#12 – Planes are kept at a lower temperature because people get nauseated on a plane when the temps rise – also it’s really cold outside the plane. So, bring a jacket for when you get cold.
#13 – My daughter Kate always travels with a large light weight scarf, it’s perfect as a blanket on the plane, she knows where her scarf has been and if the weather is colder than anticipated she already has something to keep her warmer (and this has happened multiple times!). When we got stranded in Newark airport overnight she had her scarf and I had my blanket – PRICELESS!
#14 – If you’ll be on the plane a while you want to get comfy so bring some nice socks. Also, your feet can swell if you’re on the plane a long time, so you might want to put on some compression socks. Just do me a favor and put your shoes back on when you go to the bathroom – that’s not water on the floor!
#16 – Flight attendants are people – and they aren’t paid very much. They are paid almost nothing until the plane doors close. So, be nice and bring them some chocolates. They’ll appreciate it – and you!
#17 – You might need a pen to fill out that customs form. Flight attendants don’t usually have pens available. And you never know when you want to write something down – or write a postcard.
#19 – In Europe, grocery bags are not free. So, get a lightweight, foldable, nylon one and tuck one in your purse to pull out when you buy some groceries or souvenirs. I’ve found them at Aldi and Ikea for about $2 but the cheapest I could find on Amazon was about $5 – https://www.amazon.com/Reusable-Friendly-Shopping-Washable-Groceries/dp/B078MLBMC6/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1530586529&sr=8-14&keywords=collapsible%2Blightweight%2Bgrocery%2Bbags&th=1
#20 – I always pack a fold up duffel bag or fold up back pack in case I need a lighter back pack for an excursion or more space for stuff coming home – we love to shop! Here’s a nice one on Amazon for less than $10 (And I’d recommend this over the drawstring ones because the strings aren’t very comfortable on your shoulders!) https://www.amazon.com/Star-Art-Waterproof-Lightweight-Packable-Backpack/dp/B07559SC8Q/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1530587800&sr=8-13&keywords=foldable+backpack+waterproof+lightweight
#21 – Most cell phones and modern electronic devices don’t need to have a transformer to change the electrical current (voltage), but the American plug is just that – American. In Europe it is 2 round prongs – in England and other countries it’s different. So, look up the adapter you need for the country you are going to and order the correct one on Amazon! Here’s a European one for less than $2: https://www.amazon.com/Ckitze-Europe-Travel-Power-Adapter/dp/B001EB26MO/ref=pd_sbs_200_7?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B001EB26MO&pd_rd_r=1YNQ3F8RG0N5MWWGE4G9&pd_rd_w=e1YWZ&pd_rd_wg=22mcP&psc=1&refRID=1YNQ3F8RG0N5MWWGE4G9
#22 – For the plane you might want your personal item to be bigger than a purse – like a backpack. But once you get to your destination a purse is handy – so pack it in your suitcase. I LOVE my Travelon purse for traveling! It has RFID so my info can’t be lifted, and it has a bunch of different anti-theft properties. Here’s a nice one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Travelon-Anti-Theft-Complete-Crossbody-Black/dp/B07B5367KM/ref=sr_1_38_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1530587227&sr=8-38&keywords=travelon+bag
#32– Just handy to have. We often buy bread and cheese and make our own sandwiches before setting out for the day.
#36 – A good rule of thumb for pants is to pack one pair of pants per 3 days of travel or plan out time to wash clothes. Always save something clean for the flight home, it’s amazing the difference it makes traveling in clean clothes, it’s just one less thing to stress about.
That’s my list – what would you add??