After some in-depth online shopping I came up with a list of items I think every savvy traveler should look into purchasing for their next trip.
1. Crate & Barrel TSA approved clear 3-1-1 bags – $6.95 for a set of 4 www.crateandbarrel.com
I received these 3-1-1 liquids bags last year for Christmas and loved it. It’s clear, holds more than the normal plastic bag the airport gives out and is easy to clean. It comes in a variety of colors and is durable enough to hold up flight after flight. The zipper is even in the shape of an airplane. I won’t fly without it.
2. Vapur Element travel water bottle – $15 www.flight001.com
This foldable water bottle comes with a flexible design making it lighter and easier to hold than most normal water bottles. It folds flat and can be stored almost anywhere. It’s made from ultra-durable, FDA approved, BPA free polymer, dish washer safe, and is perfect for bringing along on trips. It holds about 1 liter or 34 oz. of liquid.
3. Dual Voltage Mini Travel Iron – $25 www.travelsmith.com
There’s no excuse to look wrinkly on the go, especially with this mini travel iron. Its compact shape will take up minimal space in your suitcase or carry-on bag and will heat up quickly so you can iron your clothes and be on your way in no time.
4. Sky Rest Travel Pillow – $29.95 + shipping www.skymall.com
Every time I read through Sky Mall Magazine I want to purchase one of these, as it might actually make infringing on someone else’s personal space in flight acceptable … just kidding! It’s the perfect way to support your neck during a long flight.
5. Jet Lag Alarm Clock – $40 http://www.aplusrstore.com
If you’re like me, you never trust the hotel alarm clocks or wake up calls. I usually rely on my iPhone to wake me up, but wouldn’t have to if I had one of these cool alarm clocks to wake me up.
6. Luggage Tags – $8.95 www.zgallerie.com
In honor of the London Summer Olympics, check out these hip, shiny, patent leather luggage tags. They are a friendly reminder to stay calm while traveling and “carry-on” your bag, while differentiating your luggage from the masses.