Frequent fliers offer their best gear for comfy travel

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  1. sobore
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    Does the thought of traveling frazzle you? We understand! If you don't hit the road frequently, it can be stressful to leave your daily routine for days at a time. We polled travel experts and super-frequent fliers to get their suggestions for smooth traveling. Armed with these travel must-haves and helpful tips, you'll feel as if you've got it together while away from the comforts of home.
    Teri Gault, the CEO of the and frequent flier, had these suggestions:
    - Did you know that people have between 2 million and 10 million bacteria between their fingertips and elbows? Veripur ($5.99) hand sanitizer protects your hands from nasty germs but also keeps them moisturized.
    - Spray Stop Bugging Me! ($7.99) on bug-prone areas like mattresses and bedding, and protect yourself from any potential bedbugs when you're in and out of hotels.
    - The Schick Intuition ($8) razor lathers and moisturizes during shaving so there's no need for shaving cream. Make sure to pack it in your checked bag or it will be taken away by security!
    Matthew G. Bailey, an adventure traveler, entrepreneur and writer of the blog A World of Inspiration, offered this advice:
    - I've learned never to travel without an eyemask and earplugs. These come in handy when sleeping on a plane, on a bus or in a hostel.
    - Sometimes when you're hungry but in a hurry, it's nice to just reach into your bag and pull out a protein bar. My favorite at the moment is the Clif Builder's Bar ($19.36 for 12). Good taste, high in protein and natural!
    - Another handy travel companion is the Kiva Keychain Backpack ($9.95). It's a small keychain that turns into a backpack for day trips.
    Kimberly Fisher, a frequent traveler and founder of the travel blog Jetsetera, said:
    - Before you leave keep a "clothing to pack" list. Stay with a neutral color palette, and make sure all clothes are functional, easy to wear and wrinkle-free. When in doubt, take it out.
    - Bring a prepacked toiletry kit so you'll never be without your necessities.
    Cindy Richards, a veteran traveler and editor for, told us to:
    - Bring a power strip, so it won't matter when the only two outlets at the gate are already taken. Simply walk up to the outlet hog and ask whether you can plug in, then plug in their devices and yours. When you get to the hotel, the power strip acts as a charging station - no more deciding whether you'll unplug the lamp or the clock - you can charge everything!
    Carolyn W. Paddock, founder of In-Flight Insider and former flight attendant, suggested packing these items:
    - The Mindfold Sleeping Mask ($14.60) not only blocks out the light, but the comfortable soft foam interior is contoured so that it doesn't disturb your makeup. The best eyeshade ever!
    - Footzyrolls ($19.99) are comfy roll-up ballet flats that provide high-heel relief and serve as travel slippers for the plane.
    And here are a few of my travel favorites:
    - PottyCovers ($5.99) are individually packaged disposable toilet seat covers that keep away germs at public restrooms.
    - The Cableguy Cable Bag ($19) by WaterField Designs is the perfect bag for storing all your cables and chargers. It lies flat, so it barely takes up any room in your suitcase.
    - The Trekr ($7.75) is an odor-resistant washcloth that exfoliates and dries very quickly for easy packing.
    - Never forget your combination again! WordLock Luggage Locks ($8.99) enable the use of five-letter words as combinations.
    - There's no need to ditch your fitness routine when traveling. The FitKitTRAVEL ($29.99) comes in a portable case and contains gear for a full-body workout. Kit carriers also have access to an online exercise library.
    - The Sip N' Go ($7.99) is an eco-friendly, BPA-free, 17-ounce water bottle that rolls up and snaps closed when empty - perfect for that last gulp before going through security. It comes with a carabiner, so it can easily be attached to your carry-on.
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  2. Scottrick
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    I hate how people always freak out over this since 2-10 million bacteria isn't a whole lot. (1) When I used to culture cells (large, mammalian cells) I would go through a lot of tissue to collect anything like 10 million. Bacteria are 10X smaller, so I'm not even sure if you'd be able to see 10 million of them if they were all rolled up in one ball. (2) You need a lot of bacteria to make sure the rest of your body works right. (3) Your keratinized skin is like armor plating compared to the external surfaces of some other animals.

    Just wash your friggin' hands when you leave the bathroom and you'll be fine. Please. I'm a guy and I know how few people do this.
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    It really is disturbing when you see people passing by you without washing their hands. Nasty.
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    Interesting list. Can't help but notice that it seems to be focussing on the Female Frequent Flyers. Would be interesting to view a similar story for us guys.
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    I would include a nice travel razor case on my list for male frequent travelers. Used to just chuck my Fusion razor in a Ziploc bag or wrap it in a napkin, but then found Razorkeeper. Fits perfectly! Search for it on Amazon.
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    It's well documented that bathrooms have much fewer bacteria than commonly touched objects in other areas, i.e. phones, door knobs, handrails, buttons, etc. For a person with reasonably good hygiene, it would make much more sense to wash hands before using a bathroom. ;) Of course you can also wash hands before leaving a bathroom as a social ritual, even if you haven't touched anything contaminated there.

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