What To Pack For International Travel

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Something I’ve tried to do over the past few years is spend more of my money and time traveling, instead of using it on little things back at home. I’m lucky enough to have a schedule that lets me do that, and now I have an unemployed husband to do it with me!! Him being unemployed is my favorite. We have no idea what the future holds, which means I’m trying to travel as much as I can, while I can! And with all that recent international travel to Aruba, then Cabo, New Zealand, then France, I’ve learned A LOT about what to pack with me. These items below are my must-haves to make sure I’m comfortable throughout the flight, when I’m stuck in an airport, or when I’m running to a connecting flight. The last thing you want to do is be unprepared for a 32 hour travel day(s).

I’ve mastered what to pack with me…which means my new goal is to master how to rack up points and fly first class or business class everywhere I go. I haven’t mastered that yet, but I’m trying so I’ll keep you updated as I learn more this year! I’ve already taken out new credit cards to work on that! Moving and grooving!

In the meantime, check this list out below and let me know if you have any must-haves when you travel. I’m sure someone will say they have to have a travel pillow with them, but I have yet to find one I actually like. They all suck. Am I the only one out there that likes having a neck that isn’t cramped from an awkward position with a weird shaped pillow? If you have a pillow that isn’t shaped like a half donut pillow for when you have hemorrhoids, I’d love to hear more. Less about your hemorrhoids, though.

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17 thoughts on “What To Pack For International Travel”

  1. YES to the CR Intense Hydrating Mask! There’s a reason why it sells out all of the time. Saves my skin on those long flights.

  2. I might also suggest magnesium or melatonin to help with jet lag. And little packets of Soak (can get on Amazon) that allows you to hand wash things in a hotel sink or tub. This helps a ton when you travel carry on only.

    1. also, you may want to make sure you consume (or throw away) all your meat products and any fruit and veg before going through customs for some countries. The EU doesn’t allow those from non-EU countries, for example.

  3. Jessica Muller

    Thank you for posting this! i had not thought of the electrolyte packets. It is now on the list 🙂 i am still looking for a compact blanket that i like the material and folds up small that I could bring because I need my legs covered too. Great tips!

  4. GREAT video and blog post! Yay! I used to pack a lot of little extras but over time have really streamlined.

    Two things for you:

    1. The weirdest but best travel pillow I’ve ever used – seems counterintuitive but it ends up staying in place and just letting you kind of lean on it, and for some reason it’s comforting to HOLD a pillow over my front?? I don’t really get how this works but it sort of does: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001DYDAEK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    2. My blog post on how to “pack better” but it’s actually more so how to pack light. Weirdly, at this point in my travel life (which is extensive – I took a traveling sabbatical from teaching 2 years ago and visited 13 countries in 12 months – I pack LESS for a long trip (think, 6 weeks in Japan/Singapore) than Id o for a short trip (think, a quick road trip to my in-laws 2 hours away). I think the key here is sink laundry (I include links to the “dry sack” and the soap I use to do that. But basically if a trip is longer than a week, I just pack enough for like 3 days of clothing and plan to do laundry regularly. Works well as long as you stay on top of it! Sink laundry is fine, or if you can, coin laundry is widely available in most countries (in central and south america, even better, you can usually drop off your laundry at a laundromat and they will wash, dry, and press it for you and have it ready for you to pick up a couple hours later for an insanely cheap price, saving you time and money!). No matter how light I pack now (I use a 19-L backpack most times), I still ALWAYS pack my snacks. I’ve learned the hard way that it SUCKS to be stranded without some decent options. And that even when not stranded, I just get snacky when traveling. Probably because it’s moderately stressful or something? Even though I love it. Anwho here is most if you or others interested!! https://medium.com/better-better/pack-better-f1b68c69e27e

    PS did you shoot and edit this video yourself?? Because it’s really well done and I love it so much! I can see why you’re moving in this direction over podcasting! Your personality really comes through and is super fun. Also loving that it’s posted here as well as IGTV. Thanks for that!!

  5. Carmell Lenert-Williams

    I love your recommendations. I have tried the CR cream-amazing. The body wipes and Colgate toothbrushes are awesome. The scarf from lulu has been one of my most versatile purchases. Just ordered the travel bag and can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much!

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