Travelers share 'must pack' travel item, what's yours?

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/trave...ravel-item-whats-yours-20121108,0,67140.story

    For most travelers in a recent survey, letting electronic appliance batteries run out is not an option.​
    In a recent GO Airport Shuttle survey, 69 percent of the 374 respondents said an electronic charger is their "must pack" travel accessory.​
    Other answers included 8 percent for a luggage scale, 7 percent for their own pillow, 3 percent for their own portable exercise equipment and 1 percent for a clothes steamer.​
    Baggage travel fees may have been an influence for the 24 percent of survey takers who said "none of the above" for the choices above because only 1 percent said "all of the above."​

    Read More: http://www.chicagotribune.com/trave...ravel-item-whats-yours-20121108,0,67140.story
     
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    How much does the luggage scale weigh? :p
     
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    most are about 6 ounces.
    6 ounces (in one bag) versus overweight fees of over $100 per bag?

    My must pack is my passport. (Actually keep it in my carryon bag even at home.)
     
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    Why pack a scale? People carry too much crap imo. If you have to weigh it, you probably have TOO MUCH CRAP!

    I would have to agree with Mapsmith, passport.......because you never know when you will need to leave the country on a moments notice.
     
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    my towel.
     
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    My monster power strip....3 bonus outlets for under 15 bucks....love running 4 cables off of 1 converter overseas!!!

    -MO
     
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    Noise cancelling earphones (and extra battery) and some form of ipod/pad
     
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    Comfortable clothing; maybe it's just a pair of under armor sweats and hoodie, or one of my bespoke suits I had designed specifically for air travel (very relaxed linen, comfortable for sitting, pockets measured for specific items like my passport and boarding passes, etc.). I think this is one of the most important and often overlooked item to have a truly enjoyable travel experience.
     
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    Phone charger, noise cancelling earphones.
     
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    Phone charger, iPad & iPhone, glasses, contacts, Levaquin (required for people with Lymphedema), Compression Sleeve and gauntlet, Opera sleeve for nighttime compression, credit cards, drivers license

    I also don't understand the luggage scale. We just don't carry that much stuff with us. If the trip is longer than 7 days - we wash clothes.
     
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    I realized how important the power strip is in airports. Good way to make friends too!
     
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    +1
     
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    so true!!!
     
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    Dido
     
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    Passports and related documents
    Clean undergarments
    Cufflinks
    An extra clean shirt
    My toothbrush (the airline ones are usually quite poor quality)
    Floss
    A good pen and my notebook
    Laptop, Tablet, and Phone
    Immodium
    Extra SIM cards (depends on country)
    Wallet

    Everything else is quite easy to buy wherever you go.
     
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    True, but...if you live in a place with high import duties you might reconsider. I usually travel inbound to home with a case of wine (the duty free per person limit), various electronic gadgets, clothing for the entire expended family and whatever else they've put on my shopping list. Thus I usually travel inbound with three bags, each weighing around 70lb, the maximum. If I go over the weight the bag doesn't go either because our maximum entitlement is also the maximum allowed to check. A baggage scale is indispensable for me!
     
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    Whenever I throw myself at the earth and miss (either metaphorically or otherwise) I find a packable towel quite useful.
     
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    Okay, so nice people might want to carry one to buy stuff for other people. Not me. ;)
     

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