Long plane, train, or bus rides can be extremely grueling and uncomfortable. With each trip, I’ve found things that has helped me to make traveling a little more comfortable and little more easier.
Here’s a list of my favorite essentials to survive long (or short) travel.
My Airplane/Train/Bus Survival Kit
- Clear Plastic Zip Bag or a Ziploc Sandwich Bag: Using a clear bag allows you to see exactly what’s inside and they are reusable. You can throw in all your little essentials and toss it in your handbag for easy access any time during your trip.
- Ear Plugs or Ear Buds: You never know when you may end up sitting near a crying baby or a chatty neighbor. Having ear plugs or ear buds around is so helpful in keeping your sanity. When the noise level goes up, I put in my ear buds and turn on an audio book, music, or a movie already downloaded on my phone or tablet.
- Peppermint Essential Oils: This is a multi-functional product. I like to use it if I need a perk-me-up, the peppermint helps me feel more awake when I might be tired or drowsy. The second use is for when you get a headache. Rub a little dot on your temples and the base of your skull and the headache relief happens almost instantly. Third, is as a anti-nausea. If I start to feel nauseous due to any motion sickness, I can dab a little bit of this on the palm of my hand, rub my hands together, and breathe in the scent. Lastly, I use this as a odor masking device. I’ve had my share of sitting next to some constant farters during my travels. When you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you swipe a little bit of the essential oil under your nose and voila! you raunchy smell is gone and minty fresh is in.
- Gum: I don’t usually chew gum, but it is helpful with altitude changes and for my ears to pop.
- Cough Drops: There are times when you get a cough streak, due to whatever might be floating around in the circulated air of an airplane. Cough drops have come in real handy for me many times. It also doubles well as a breath mint in a pinch.
- Kleenex: You never know when you may need some tissue. If you’re traveling to Thailand, you’ll definitely want to have tissue with you at ALL TIMES, no matter where you go. Especially on your trips to the toilet, be sure to take your pack of tissue with you. But don’t flush them down the toilet. that is a no-no in Thailand. Only toss them in the trash bin.
- Wet Naps: There will be times when you will just want to wipe your hands but not have to go to the toilet.
- Mint Toothpicks: These are great for post meals and when you can’t floss. It cleans in between your teeth and provides fresher breath.
- Scarf : I like to take a scarf with me anytime I travel. It can be a large scarf, a pashmina, or a sarong. It can keep you warm when you get chilly, you can also roll it up and use it like a pillow behind your head/neck, sometimes I’ll even drape it over my head just for a sense of extra privacy.
- Cash: You always have a little bit of cash with you when you’re traveling. I like to make sure I have plenty of smaller bills in case I have to buy random little purchases, food, coffee or need to catch a taxi. Sometimes you need to pay to use the toilet, so it’s a good idea to have some cash on you when traveling.
- Activated Charcoal tablets: These are great for when you get an upset tummy after eating something bad. It takes the stomach funk away very quickly.
- Tylenol: In case of a headache.
- Deodorant: In case of sweat and b.o.
- BandAids: In case you get a cut or scrape.
- Lip Balm or Lip Gloss: In case of dry lips or you just want to look a little prettier!
- Hairbands: In case you want to tie your hair up.
- Cell Phone and Charger: The phone is a standard and most likely you will need to charge your phone at some point, so it’s a good idea to take the charger with you. And if you have a battery pack, take those with you as well.
- Pen: There’s always some form or another you have to fill out. You’ll be glad you have your own pen instead of relying on others or trying to find a pen when you need it.
- ID, Passport, & Keys: These are the obvious essentials.
The end. 🙂
These are the things I find very useful on my trips & I hope it’s helpful for you on your next flight or journey!
What are some of your favorite items on long trips? Share with me in the comments.