Trippy.com Announces: The Ten Essential Things Every Traveler Should Pack

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Regardless of where you’re going or for how long, there are certain constants you should always bring. With this in mind, Trippy.com has put together this list of absolute must-brings for your next trip.

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Trippy.com Announces: The Ten Essential Things Every Traveler Should Pack

It’s a dilemma every traveler faces whether they’re traveling for a week or a year. What to pack? Regardless of where you’re going or for how long, there are certain constants you should always bring and the members and editors of travel website Trippy.com have some definite opinions about what those things are. With this in mind, Trippy.com has put together this list of absolute must-brings for your next trip.

1. A lacrosse ball: As traveler and Trippy.com member Travis Allison knows, sitting in a plane can really take its toll on your body. Here’s what he takes to work things out after or even during those long flights: “A lacrosse ball - this is my newest addition - works for a good, quick foot massage and I use it all the time to work out knots in my back.” 

2 .Clothes pins: Who would have thought that the humble clothes pin would be such a valuable thing to have on the road? As Tony Policandriotes, traveler and Trippy.com member tells us, it has a multitude of uses: “ . . . great for keeping drapes shut so sunlight doesn't come in and for hanging things to dry in the bathroom.”

3. Large, lightweight scarf: Whether used as a beach blanket, a way to cover your shoulders at a sacred temple or a defense against airplane air conditioning, this is one of the most oft-mentioned go-tos among expert travelers.

4. Umbrella: Whether you’re going to the driest desert or the wettest city, an umbrella should always be in your suitcase. Even if all you use it for is finding your traveling buddies in a crowd it’s well worth taking.

5. Sealable plastic bags: Long a favorite of expert travelers for a variety of reasons, sealable plastic bags can be absolute life savers as Trippy.com member Brenda Burns explains: “…make sure you get a big heavy and sealable plastic bag for your dirty and stinky clothes. You can find one of these online or at a place where luggage is sold. Having this heavier bag that lies flat on top of all your packing cubes in your luggage is the best thing after a couple weeks on the road. Your other clothes don't get smelly and are completely separated from the dirty stuff.”

6. Flip-flops: Like the umbrella, this is an item that should always be on your packing list no matter where you’re going. As anyone who’s ever stayed in a hostel or bargain hotel can attest, anything that comes between you and the floor is a good thing, making these an invaluable item to pack.

7. Passport holder: On the surface this seems more like a travel gimmick than a travel necessity, but if you’ve ever used one, you know how much easier this can make your life. With all the re-arranging it takes to get through security gates, customs lines, and even airport exits, this is a great, easily findable tool to make sure you have all your important documents--like your passport and boarding pass--in one place.

8. Hand, lip, and face moisturizers: Even a quick domestic flight can make your skin so dry it can feel as if you’ve never had a glass of water in your life which is why frequent travelers rely on moisturizing products to help hydrate the skin. In addition to flying, the constant hand washing that comes with travel can really dry you out so most adventurers keep a small, travel-sized bottle on hand.

9. Face wipes: As travel expert and Trippy.com member Breanna Wilson explains, face wipes are such life savers, you probably shouldn’t even think about getting on the plane without them: “Face wipes are CLUTCH! On the plane, when I'm in the middle of an adventure, when I don't have time to shower before dinner (who has time for that!) - they're perfect everywhere!”

10. Nausea meds: While most of us associate these with anti-airsickness remedies, the truth is, they can be incredibly useful even when you’re on the ground. Changes in water, new foods, and even just the stress of travel can really wreak havoc with your system as travel and Trippy.com member Jessica Jung explains: “Although I like to enjoy the night life & local cuisine everywhere I go so be prepared. Especially if you're an adventurous eater or a margarita connoisseur like me because being in a foreign country and trying to explain to a local pharmacist through Mime actions what you're feeling and need is not fun.”

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