Caroline Says…Don’t Leave Home without these Essentials

Until COVID-19 is no longer a threat, you’ll want to pack a good face mask, a small bottle of hand sanitizer, and some alcohol-based wipes for the plane.

Most people focus on big-picture packing (shoes, color-coordinated clothes, carry-on bag limitations) when, in fact, it’s often those little, unglamorous essentials that you really miss if forgotten. Things like Advil, a pair of readers, a safety pin, a phone charger are every-day items that become as desirable as a winning lottery ticket if you don’t have them and, worse, can’t find replacements in whatever corner of the world you’ve landed. 

Who needs the stress of a dead phone or an unmedicated headache when traveling? To lessen the odds of these situations, I keep a cosmetic bag full of travel-sized essentials at the ready in my closet. Before each trip, I tuck it into the second, smaller of my two carry-on bags, the one the airlines refer to as your personal item. I’ll also throw into that tote the things that make my long-haul flight more comfortable: socks, wrap, snack, and computer.

While life’s little necessities may vary from person to person, the following list may get you thinking of what, in addition to the obvious (iPhone and toothpaste), you really want to have in a pinch:

  • Chap Stick
  • Hand cream
  • Eye drops
  • Advil
  • Electrolyte powder
  • Gin-Gins Candy
  • Imodium
  • Tums
  • Band-Aids
  • Sunscreen
  • Safety pins
  • Stain remover
  • Sanitized wipes
  • Portable charger
  • Country adapters
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Glasses

Caroline Travels the World (prepared)…And So Can You.

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