Items that make travel easier and more pleasant

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  1. Tinkerer
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    Over the years, I've found items that make traveling easier or much more pleasant.

    * UtiliKey 6-in-1 Tool (looks like a key, has straight knife blade and a serrated cutting surface, a flat screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, a micro-sized screwdriver, and a bottle opener)

    * Capsule speaker (using OmniTech Mini-Speaker I got at an office supply store for $10) - great if I am not taking my computer and want to play music (from my iPod) in the room

    * Power strip - a small 3 outlet power strip can save you from carrying multiple power converters, avoid unplugging the desk lamp to get to have enough outlets, or share valuable outlets in airports

    * Noise canceling headphones - yes, they take up valuable space (mine are the Bose Noise Canceling) but also let me arrive much more rested.

    What have you found useful over the years?
     
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    Aside from the usual electronic gadgets (iPad, cell phone, etc.) I've found the most useful things are a handful of teabas, a couple cliff bars, and a "come what may" attitude.

    For awhile I had a stash of those chewable toothbrush things, those were pretty handy. Sadly though I've run out and haven't been to a UK motorway service place for awhile, that's the only place I've seen them predictably.
     
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    I prefer IEMs and earbuds over noise cancelling headphones, and always bring a pair (or two, they aren't exactly huge space wasters).

    I think having an interesting magazine or the day's newspaper is crucial for my enjoyment. Can't use electronic gadgets for about 20-30 minutes of the flight!
     
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    Compact power strip
    Pocket wireless router
    Noise cancelling headphones
    A packet of single use medicines and sundries, which I keep in an NH F amenity kit
    Universal power adapter
    Extra laptop power cord that i use for travel only
     
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    Recently I have started to carry the Tumi projector with me. It´s tiny and fun to use. (My review of it is here for anyone interested.)
     
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    eyeshades and ear plugs. and a warm towel at the end of a flight

    the only other thing I need is a hot shower in the lounge after a long flight.
     
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    Do you have to check this?
     
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    I have recently got an e-book reader that I find goes everywhere with me. I do not know why I got one as my ipad has 300 books on it but it seems to last for ever before a charge.
     
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    Nope. It looks very much like a regular key that would fit in the lock on your front door.
     
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    Nope. ;)

    Only issue I've had with it is initially it can be a bit tough to open, which is actually good because it ensures the key stays on the keychain.
     
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    Band-aids. I have sensitive feet.
    A nail clipper, since I always seem to snag a fingernail hoisting luggage around.
    A corkscrew.
     
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    Most of the items listed above.

    A small bottle/tube of hand sanitizer. I'm not a germophobe but I've been on some flights and in some meetings where it seems like every other person has the bubonic plague and they are sneezing, dripping, snorting, blowing and wiping all at the same time. And of course the people at the meeting want to shake hands. A fist bump doesn't really work in that setting.

    A travel umbrella.

    A few tie-wraps. These can fix a lot of things that break until you get home.

    A couple of mini bottles of tabasco sauce. Even airline food can be given another dimension.
     
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    Ah, yes. I carry a Tide-To-Go pen with duct tape wrapped around it. Similar idea.
     
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    Great idea. I will use this. With tie-wraps and duct tape we can pretty much do anything.
     
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    I got an ereader for Christmas, and it's awesome for travel, I also take a tiny container with assorted teabags, sugar, etc
     
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    That triggered another item. Some Starbucks VIA and Splenda. The VIA is quite decent in a pinch and to me Splenda (yellow pack) is way better than the Blues and Pinks.
     
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    Best flashlight ever. Made by Surefire, military grade. I carry it everywhere. More at their website.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I have an Altoids tin with bandaids, Q-tips, toothpicks, Uncle Bill's tweezers (but only the ones with the flat holder which fits on a keyring -- the bottle is too bulky) http://www.duluthtrading.com/36562.aspx?src=T11WFSHP1 . If you are going to be doing some hiking, a military signal mirror and flat whistle will also fit. Also, the one emergency packet of Starbucks VIA, which can be shaken into a water bottle and drunk cold if a caffeine headache is imminent.
     
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    I too prefer IEM or earbuds to noise canceling headphones. Either way, a good pair of headphones and iPod is a must for any travel. I've taken to bringing the Kindle and iPad too, which generally making long trips bearable. Now, if we could only get internet access on some international flights...
     
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    I always bring 2 of these travel packs with me so I can easily view all the items inside and keep them organized. I use one bag for cords and electronics, and the other bag for the Altoids, Tide-to-go pen, sanitizer, plastic floss picks, etc.
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    Interesting! I may be getting the office to acquire one of these for me - with this, I could travel to do sales presentations with only my iPad!
     
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    Yes, a smile is the most useful item I carry.

    I also always have a small camera (currently a Canon G9), a sketch pad, pencils and notepaper. And a spare pair of prescription glasses, although thankfully I've never needed them.
     
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    Pretty sure I have a pair of noise cancelling earbuds.. would think that they are just as effective as the earphones as they go in the ear and not over. My problem is usually that I've forgotten to charge my player :D
     
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    Ipod and noise canceling headphones, they are big but the earbuds give me a headache. Always have my 880IS powershot and sometimes my DSLR, depends where I'm going. My corkscrew was taken recently in PNH. [​IMG]

    That combined with my laptop and stash of DVDs (thank you PNH markets) and I'm good for hours.
     
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    While physically travelling, I find that what has helped me the most are my ear plugs, eye mask, routine for stretches to get comfortable, and a huge desire to sleep (i.e. being very tired). Nothing makes a cross country/international flight more bearable than waking up on the other side.
     

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