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Travel Essential Checklist

Who doesn't love a good trip? Whether it's to explore new places, meet new people or just get away from your responsibilities, traveling is good for the soul. It's something that everyone should experience at least once. But if you want your trip to be as enjoyable as possible, there are certain things you need to remember before heading out the door.

Here are some essentials to bring with you while traveling for work or for pleasure.

Your Suitcase Is Your Lifeline

A good suitcase is the foundation for your travel needs and should be high on your list. Your suitcase should have wheels, a telescoping handle, and plenty of room inside. Consider this 3-piece set from Champs that can act as your carry-on, a medium and a large check-in bag which gives you more than enough room to pack.

You'll want something to keep your purse or personal handbag secure while traveling—especially if you're going to be at an airport or transit station. Try the Cincha travel belt, which attaches your purse or personal bag directly to your luggage handle. Keep your belongings safe, secure and close by if you need them.

A Pack of Toiletries No One Should Be Without

No trip should be without your toiletries and personal items. If quality and convenience are equally important for you, try Risewell toiletries. Their 4-piece set is already packed for your next big adventure (or two-week business trip).

You should also consider adding a hydrating shampoo and a moisturizing body wash or lotion to keep your skin hydrated during long flights or car rides.

Headphones Will Keep You Sane and Entertained

If you're traveling, headphones are an essential item to pack. They can be used for listening to music, podcasts, audiobooks, watching movies on your laptop or phone—and even making and receiving calls. Be sure to download your playlists and podcasts prior to boarding, if you are flying to your destination.

If you're going on a more extended flight, train or car ride, having headphones is especially important because it helps block out noise from your neighbors as well as white noise from the plane/train. Plus, it gives you something to do if there's no one else sitting close enough for conversation!

Avoid Hunger Pains With On-The-Go Snacks

Remember to pack snacks that are easy to carry and can be eaten on the go. You don't want to get stuck somewhere and go too long without food, so bring something that won't be too cumbersome or difficult to eat while walking. Granola bars, crackers and even nuts work perfectly.

Avoid high-calorie snacks like cookies, as they can make you feel bloated. Instead of eating foods full of sugars, fats and sodium (like chips), bring some healthy options like nuts or trail mix. Even fruit can satisfy hunger and won't dehydrate or leave you thirsty. These types of snacks give you long-lasting energy without leaving your stomach feeling full and uncomfortable for hours after eating them.

DripDrop Provides Portable Hydration

DripDrop hydration packs are the most convenient necessity for travel and can make or break your trip. Perfect for taking on the go, this unique formula contains 1/2 of the sugar of sports drinks and is loaded with electrolytes and minerals, making it effective in rehydrating your body, better than water alone. Not to mention, they taste fantastic.

Traveling can be dehydrating as travelers tend to drink less water. Curb extreme thirst before dehydration sets in on your body with DripDrop! It’s portable, easy to use and helps maximize hydrating power and minimize pit stops.

Don’t Get Stranded - Portable Chargers Keep You Plugged In

Many public stations or airports have them, but power is not always accessible. Bring a portable charger and the appropriate cords to ensure none of your electronics die. This is critical if you are heading somewhere with poor service, and your battery may drain quicker than usual. Also, it is essential to have a backup in case of emergencies. It's never been easier to stay connected to the world, whether for safety or convenience, when you're on the go. Portable chargers ensure you always remain connected.

Hand Sanitizer and Wipes Keep Things Tidy

Hand sanitizer is a must. It's one of the best ways to prevent sickness while en route. In addition, you can use hand sanitizer to clean yourself off after eating or on public surfaces that you think may be dirty.

Hand wipes are another excellent option when you want to clean your hands but don't want to carry a bottle of hand sanitizer everywhere with you. They are often more compact than bottles of hand sanitizer, so they might be better suited if space is limited in your backpack or luggage.

Travel Backpack With First-Aid Items

In addition to your toiletries, you may need some additional care items while away. Use a small travel backpack or a fanny pack to keep some things on you at all times.

  • Aspirin, Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication

  • Band-aids (or other wound care items)

  • Stomach/intestinal medications like Pepto Bismol

  • Stain remover stick for clothes

  • Microfiber cloth for glasses or sunglasses

You never know where you might be when you start feeling sick or need to freshen up a bit.

Be Prepared For Anything On Your Journey

When packing your travel essentials, you want everything to be as streamlined and convenient as possible. When you have a checklist of items that you need before leaving, that makes life easier. We know how stressful traveling can be; whether it's a quick getaway or an extended trip, packing should always be a breeze. So be prepared for your next adventure, whether the road may take you.