As a travel writer here and on Champagne Living, I've learned that there are items I just can't travel without, as well as those that I'll never need once I arrive at my destination. The old adage of laying out all of your clothes and all of your money before you go and taking half of the clothes and twice the money is one that I LIVE by. That being said, there are some things that I can't seem to live without whether I'm stopping at a roadside motel or cruising through the Mediterranean.
BRX Luggage by Briggs & Riley
While I may not be heading to the jungles of Africa, every trip I take is an adventure and this adventure luggage makes traveling easy. With it's straps to link one bag to another so all I have to do is pull one handle, the BRX line from Briggs and Riley is easily overstuffed and as with all of their products, guaranteed for life. Available both online and in luggage stores, this 22" carry on is a mere 7.5 lbs and costs around $300..
4 in 1 adapter
I don't know about you, but I go through adapters like they are throw away items. I always seem to be leaving one behind (or at least a piece of one). This colorful set will take you from Oklahoma to Tanzania with no issue. Plus, even a child can put it back together. Available for $25
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Oh, how I love using this Windows 8 tablet by Dell when I travel. The ease of just using my finger, the fact that it stows easily in my handbag to use when I'm waiting in line, and the fact that I can take pictures that make my point & shoot camera obsolete are all factors. At $180 it's affordable and fast!
Flying with a cold or just sensitive to pressure? Forget the ear plugs that are not made exclusively for flying, they won't help with the popping or discomfort by allowing JUST the right amount of air in. My favorite part is that they come in sizes for adults and children. Hey, if they're good enough for US Navy aviators, they're good enough for me. $8.99 at your local drugstore
Why is it that when I travel I get hungry at the most inopportune times? I'm one who gets very cranky when I don't have enough protein, and by bringing nutrition bars with you when you travel, can make the difference between grabbing something "just because you're hungry" that's not good for you, and being able to wait 'til you get to dinner. Prices range from $2 a bar to $15 per box
AARP Member Benefits
No need to be embarassed by being over 50, at least not when it comes to the great travel discounts you can get with this card. From cruises to car rentals, AARP Member Benefits has some of the best (and many exclusive) discounts out there. The $16 membership fee is a HUGE bargain.