How To Buy Travel Accessories

Planning for a vacation can be quite stressful as there is always a long checklist of things that need to be done.  One important task is deciding what you need to bring along with you on the trip.  Below are some guidelines of how to choose what accessories you may need and where to purchase them.

  1. How to decide what to buy?  Of course this depends on the length of the trip and how much space you have in your suitcase.   Some essentials I have found to be necessary regardless of trip length and location are the travel alarm clock, money belt, quick drying towel, and plug adapter along with voltage converter.

  • Safety and security:  TSA approved metal locks are a necessity if you want to lock up your luggage.  Another option is the plastic flight lock which helps avoid getting your metal locks broken by security but will still provide some safety.  A money-belt or neck pouch is essential when traveling abroad and can safely store your cash, credit cards, plane tickets and passport. 
  • The weather at your destination:  Check weather.com for up to the minute details and be sure to bring along a hat and sunscreen if it is sunny or an umbrella and waterproof jacket if it's rainy. 
  • In flight needs:  As the air on the airplane is recycled and flights are usually packed, you may want to take some precautions against getting sick.  Airborne is one product that I always bring along, but Vitamin C is another option.  The air on board planes is also much drier than what we're used to, so a small bottle of moisturizer and some chapstick would also come in handy.
  • Packing:  Special plastic bags for compressing your clothes do indeed save a lot of space in your suitcase.  These are easily found at Target or any specialty travel store.  Plastic organizers or nylon bags are helpful for keeping shoes and dirty laundry in their own compartments.  Miniature plastic bottles for your shampoo and soaps also save space. 
  • Guidebooks and maps:  Being prepared is essential when traveling to a new city or country, and having a guidebook will allow you some comfort.  Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Amazon have the best selection of the latest guidebooks and maps for wherever you're going. 
  • Specialty travel stores will have all that you need and more, but I also like to stop by my local REI (or shop online) for essentials like backpacks, water bottles, my fast drying towel, money belt, and other organizers.  Fry's or any electronics store will sell plug adapters and voltage converters.  Flight 001 sells both frivolous items and essentials, all updated in cute colors and fun patterns.
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