Travel 101: A Beginner's List
Upon hearing that Round The World Trip tickets have special discounts for anyone under the age of 26, I was determined to circumnavigate the globe before my 26th birthday.
When I was 25, my best friend and I decided to do it. We had planned to be away for almost a month, so I went to Flight 001 in the West Village to pick up a few travel necessities. At the time I really had no idea what I needed, but to this day I am still surprised by the pin-point accuracy of my guesswork. After that RTW trip I became a travel writer, and I can tell you that all of the items below—whether they are obvious suggestions or not—are my must-haves.
I. I'm telling you to buy what appears to be an ordinary dopp kit, but wait! There's a reason why this case is perfect for travel. It's linen, lightweight, has no piping and is designed to fold in any direction you want. It also has a handle that can hang on a hook or knob.
II. A travel document case seems like an obvious suggestion, but you'd be surprised by how many people don't use them! Putting your passport, tickets and travel docs all in one place makes the airport experience faster and easier.
III. Every time I pack for a trip, I feel like a chemist. I pour my products into the small bottles and put them in their plastic case, which I slide into my dopp kit. Never fill your bottles up all the way; in case you accidentally leave them in a hotel, you won't end up losing a lot of product.
IV. Suggesting to travel with an eye mask seems trite, but most people don't bring them along. If you're on a flight where you need to sleep and they don't turn out the lights (ahem - El Al), having an eye mask makes all the difference. I love this one because it has pillowy padding that falls just beneath your eyes.
V. Comfy socks. I always bring the same pair. Trust me, once you get in the habit of putting on socks in lieu of going through security barefoot, you'll always keep them in your carry-on.
VI. SKROSS makes the best travel adapters out there. The top piece can charge a USB and each button on the side slides down to push out a plug for a different continent.
VII. JET LAG Rx, a pre-flight homeopathic remedy to prevent jet lag symptoms. I swear it helps!
VIII. You may think a sewing kit is unnecessary, but I've had instances where I needed to use it. This particular kit is adorable and practically microscopic, so I just throw it in my luggage.
IX. The Baggu bag is nylon, which means it's lightweight and waterproof. It folds into a square and fits into a tiny, flat case the size of your palm. You can use it for wet items, dirty sneakers or anything you want to keep away from the rest of your stuff. I never go on a trip without it.