I have just completed my 36th trip to Las Vegas and have two more planned over the summer months. With all those takeoffs and landings, I have found there are three essential things to pack for traveling. I believe in them so much, I refuse to leave home without them.
Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds
The first of my essential things to pack for traveling is my Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Earbuds. There are many FREE sights to take in when traveling and especially in Vegas, but having options when you want to cancel out the hustle and bustle around you is needed. I use my earbuds on almost every flight I take and sometimes when sitting at the pool or on bus rides between destinations too.
I have two other pair of Bose noise canceling earphones but stick with the earbuds. The one downfall I have with the full earphone version is that I wear glasses, but my wife who wears contacts likes these better than the earbuds. The glasses cause just enough of a gap that the noise canceling does not work as well. With using the earbud version that issue is resolved. I find that they feel lighter on my head and can block out a significant amount of the noise around me.
Hardshell suitcase is essential for all year round travel. Several years ago both Joni and I each bought a set of beautiful hardshell luggage. We have had these six suitcases for over five years. Traveled with them on 30 separate trips and only one has been cracked. We have even carted these luggage pieces around us when going to eat and needing to check out of our hotels.
A lot of people still say that their cloth suitcase can do the same thing. But one of the benefits of the hardshell case is helping against the weather. I have seen my bags sitting, waiting to be loaded in the plane during snow storms, thunderstorms, and other incitement weather. Where my old cloth suitcases had my clothes damp if there was bad weather. These keep my clothes dry except on the zipper seam.
My carry on is also hardshell, and I often place my computer inside. This helps protect it against the other fliers. I have found that they like to cram anything and everything in the storage bins. That extra protection keeps damage to a minimum. Plus it allows you some extra
The final thing I find to be on my list of essential things to pack for traveling is the cheapest. The last thing I won’t leave home without is several of the power bricks for my phone and iPad. I never buy the expensive ones as I would prefer to have two or three. They are easy to charge and throw in your pocket in case the plane you have does not have a charging outlet or if it is not working. Also if you end up losing it or forgetting it in your hotel room when you check out, you are only out $5 for one of them compared to the nicer chargers that are $40-50 each.
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