Traveling via plane, car, bus or train during the summer months can be hectic because it seems like the world is traveling at the same time as you are. I try to pack as light as I can in the summer months. Plus it's too hot to be carrying around heavy and tons of luggage and baggage. Traveling for you may look different than for me, especially if you're traveling with small children this summer. I wanted to share some universal essentials that we can all consider if you're solo-tripping, traveling with your family or if it's a girls trip and you still want to get a little work done.
This should be without saying. Now a days, you need multiple documents to prove your identity, while traveling especially. Although I rarely need to use it, I carry my passport with me, just as a backup photo I.D. I keep this separate from my wallet in case I lose my purse.
Small purse: I don't care to carry large purses while I travel. To me it's too much hassle trying to decide if it's considered as a carry-on or not. I leave the big purse at home and carry a clutch purse and just pray that I keep up with it lol.
You can catch me always traveling with what I call my mobile office. These items listed below are my lifelines in order to run my business, even on the go. Here's what's inside of my mobile office aka backpack lol:
Chargers for my devices
Feminine hygiene products
Powerstrip (to charge all devices at once in one central location)
Toiletries: I know that some travelers wait until they arrive at their destination and shop for toiletries, to my knowledge, this makes more room in the suitcase and you don't have to worry about TSA rumbling through your suitcase for an oversize bottle of baby oil. I always carry a small compartment to put my toiletries in. You can shop for trial size toiletries at all of your local stores like Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, etc.
Small or medium suitcase:
I make sure to again, pack light because this will cut down time in the airports for you. Your small or medium size suitcase can be a carry-on and you don't have to wait in lines to check your baggage or wait at baggage claim once you arrive to pick it up.
Whatever you do, read the fine prints when it comes to traveling so that you won't be in trouble with TSA, that passenger everyone is rolling their eyes at cause you are holding everyone else up from boarding the plane and the fine print is there for a reason, read it!
What are some of your travel essentials? Post your response in the comments.