I travel a lot for work and for play. Travel can be fun, but when you do it a lot, it can be taxing on the body and mind. That is why it’s important to travel well, with as many things to minimize your inconvenience and optimize the circumstance.
In 2019, I traveled over 78,000 miles on 28 trips to 20 cities in 7 countries, and every year, I average about 110 flights. Some of my favorite countries that I’ve traveled to are Nigeria (of course), Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa and France.
Perfecting the art of travel was really important for me because I spend so much time on the go. To ensure that my in-flight experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, these are my must-haves every time I’m on a plane.
My Travel Must-Haves
Hardside luggage – Luggage that isn’t cloth or fabric is important because your belongings won’t be affected or wet if it ends up outside in the elements.
Packing Cubes – This makes more clothes fit in your luggage and it organizes it so even if you open your suitcase, nothing will come flying out. They are a game changer.
My fave: Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Scarf/Travel wrap – Because airplane cabins are cold AF. I throw mine over my head to keep my hair and skin from drying out completely.
My fave: Jacquard Paisley Pashmina Shawl
Compression socks – To help with blood circulation and prevent blood clots. This is especially important for long flights. It can help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (aka blood clots), which can be dangerous or fatal.
My faves: Laite Hebe Compression Socks
Eye mask – Makes sleeping easier, even when your rude seat mate has the window up.
My fave: Natural Silk Sleep Mask
Noise-Cancellation headphones – Because airplanes are really noisy and the headphones make them way more quiet. they suck the sound out of any room you’re in.
My fave: Bose QuietComfort 35
Portable battery charger – Because running out of battery for your phone is a nightmare, especially when working outlets are not guaranteed on flights.
My fave: Anker PowerCore 10000
Travel adapter (for international travel) – Your adapters and electronic chargers won’t work outside of the country without these.
My fave: BESTEK Travel Adapter
Sanitizer wipes – There are germs everywhere and airplanes harbor them. Don’t take the risk! Wipe down seat and tray table and your hands.
Lip balm – Dry plane air and long hauls = chapped lips. Always keep this in your pocket.
Lotion and hand cream – Your hands will look like you’ve been playing with powdered donuts if you don’t have good lotion with you.
Face oil – This seals in moisture in your face, so you can step off the flight without looking like you lost a fight.
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