I'm going to be traveling by train (to Boston, for the month of June) and by airplane (to Germany, for the month of July), so here are my travel essentials for any kind of travel - land, air, or even sea!
A good book.
This one goes without saying. Even going to the doctor's office without a good book in tow is risky, in case of delays or a long wait. When you're traveling, it's still true that you can be delayed (and by much longer, trust me). But you're also expecting waits, even in the best case scenario!
If you're traveling locally, you should be at the airport at least an hour earlier (or longer, for some high traffic airports). If you're traveling internationally, that doubles to two hours! That's a lot of chapters.
Wouldn't you rather be entertained by a riveting story than stare at the floor for two hours? There's always people-watching, of course, but it's always good to have an alternate source of entertainment, in case no one does anything interesting.
Music makes everything better.
Do you have to clean your room? Pop in the Cinderella soundtrack and suddenly you're an industrious fairytale pauper just hours away from her happily ever after!
Running errands around the city? Turn on Pandora and suddenly you're a glam Carrie Bradshaw being fabulous!
Do you have to pack? Put on your favorite on-the-road songs and suddenly you're feeling inspired and excited about your trip, instead of overwhelmed by how much there is left to do!
Traveling is the same. Music just makes it better!
When you're traveling, you're exposed to a lot of germs. There's no good way to really avoid that - you're sharing cramped space and circulated air with at least dozens of people, likely more, and someone will inevitably be sick. Don't worry about it, because that's just a part of travel and you can't change it.
You can help minimize your risk of arriving sick at your destination, or falling sick soon after, by packing some hand sanitizer to use before your snacks and meals. The tubes aren't expensive, are really handy, and can be found anywhere from Target to your local drugstore. If you forget in advance, you can often find them with the medicine in airport bookstores! Just be prepared for jacked-to-the-sky airport prices.
So basically just go to Target before your trip.
Traveling can be a load of fun, but being hungry isn't! Especially if you're traveling with someone, the last thing you want is to be hangry (or to have a hangry travel buddy). Packing plenty of easy-to-eat yummy snacks can save your friendship! And your co-travel experience.
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