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marinelife's avatar

Do you have things you won't go on a trip without?

Asked by marinelife (62440points) May 22nd, 2008

I don’t mean the usual suspects like underwear, I mean things you have found over the years to be a big help when you travel.

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Seesul's avatar

A cold kit. Everything OTC that I might need if I got a cold. It seems when I have it, I don’t get one and vice versa. I also NEVER travel without a change of clothes in my carryon in case I get bumped or my check in gets lost. It is almost a good luck charm, because I have only needed it once in recent years. I also have to have my brand of hair conditioner. It is nearly impossible to find and the only thing that gets the tangles out of my long locks.

playthebanjo's avatar

ACID. Can’t have a trip without it.

jlm11f's avatar

I must have my mp3 player on a trip or I will probably go insane!

@ Seesul – what brand of hair conditioner is that?

emilyrose's avatar

second the earplugs. and a chicobag so you don’t have to use plastic bags while you travel. i also found them to be awesome while i was in mexico for getting lots of delicious produce. i guess it depends on the type of travel, but its also good to have some dr bronners…..

marinelife's avatar

@emilyrose What is a Chicobag? I am also not familiar with Dr. Bronners.

marinelife's avatar

@bearfair What are the earplugs for?

jlm11f's avatar

to avoid noisy fellow travelers i would assume. especially to nap in the plane etc.

richmarshall's avatar

A good book and my ipod.

mcbealer's avatar

ditto the Dr. Bronner’s available at most health food places like Whole Foods.

As a germphobe, I always take a small bottle of antibacterial hand soap for the hotel room.
Also nifty to have: ibuprofen, extra film (yes, I’m old school), and of course just like my momma said, an extra pair of clean underwear.

playthebanjo's avatar

WOW. Not familiar with Dr Bronners? Get Thee To Whole Foods!

emilyrose's avatar

ChicoBags are nylon grocery bags that fit into a little pouch so they are very light weight, but hold up to 20–25 lbs of stuff….they wash and dry easily as well.. chicobag.com

AstroChuck's avatar

Vicks Vap-O-Rub and my iPhone. Oh… and my wife (in case she’s reading this).

delirium's avatar

Superglue, watercolors, paintbrushes, two sketchbooks, my laptop, condoms, and chewing gum.

(not to mention my iphone, headphones, and whatever books I need at that moment to keep me learning something all the time.)

AstroChuck's avatar

@emilyrose & mcbealer- What’s the scoop behind Doctor Bronner’s company, “All-One-God-Faith, Inc.” anyway? Is he really a “Master chemist and Essene rabbi?”

sndfreQ's avatar

@AstroChuck-wondered the same; that would make for a good Fluther Question on the main page! Along with Colonel Sanders, Orville Reddenbacher, and other food icons (except Juan Valdez-he’s the man!)...hmm…

Plus, all his ramblings and propaganda on that label-Is he crazy?!

wildflower's avatar

Pen and small notepad, chewing gum, iPod, clean/deo wipes, paracetamol and immodium.
And camera, but that’s fairly standard I guess.

Also, always carry a set of clean undies, socks and top in my hand luggage (been rerouted/delayed often enough to learn my lesson)

bearfair's avatar

@marina, PnL- Yeah, noisy travelers suck. I also can’t sleep without total silence, which is hard enough to get at home, let alone in a hotel.

mcbealer's avatar

@ AstroChuck ~ who knows? it is pretty weird…
nevertheless, there’s nothing like a shower after a scorching summer day with the peppermint Dr. B

bulbatron9's avatar

A couple of skateboards, a couple pairs of shoes, my iPhone, my iPod shuffle, chargers for both, my laptop, my backpack full of goodies, and my wife!

AstroChuck's avatar

@ sndfreQ- your wish is my command.

ljs22's avatar

Tylenol PM and a book.

emilyrose's avatar

i don’t know about the whole dr bronners thing, and i do think its kinda weird, but it supposedly can be used to clean dishes, clothes, and even your teeth! my friend went on a backpacking trip and used it for EVERYTHING. if you can get over the weird religious stuff on the packaging you’ll be happy!

bearfair's avatar

@emilyrose- I brushed my teeth with peppermint dr. bronners for like a week beacuse I was too lazy to buy toothpaste. It’s kind of gross, but it works!

buster's avatar

im an eagle scout so BE PREPARED. in my backpack i got bug spray, sunscreen, knife, corkscrew, water, firestarter, matches, toothbrush and paste, skatemags, music, poncho, benadryl, ibuprofen, first aid kit, clean tee undies and socks, rolling papers, and then i analyze the trip and add to that.

jlm11f's avatar

@bearfair, for falling asleep when there is noise and people around, have you ever tried placebo sleep track? it is meant for people practicing polyphasic sleep, but I use it for 30 min naps. You have to get used to the “white noise” the first 3–4 times, but after that, it kind of just lulls you to sleep!

tupara's avatar

A piece of wood and my whittling knife.

Allie's avatar

My iPod and my camera are necessities.

Adina1968's avatar

My iPhone, Laptop, Digital Camera, A mound of beauty care products, A Book, & Half of my closet! Although now that airlines are charging per bag I suppose I will have to find some way to pare down. Lol! :-)

rowenaz's avatar

camera, ibuprofen, a book about wherever I am going, a map, and cell phone/charger.

whatthefluther's avatar

A book of Sudoku and crossword puzzles and my electronic draw poker game for all the lulls during travel.

jlm11f's avatar

@ wtf lol sorry I <3 sudoku!

bearfair's avatar

@PnL- I haven’t heard of that, but I went and looked at the link and it seemed really interesting. I wonder if I can get the mp3 with just the white noise and no chickens clucking or people yelling at me to wake up.

jlm11f's avatar

haha i actually enjoy the chickens etc, just because it is really hard to wake me up…and that wakes me up. you can use software to cut the mp3 at a specific time, and also loop the white noise to play again and again (if you want this for a longer nap than 30 min). i use the mp mainly when i have to pull all nighters for exams, and so need to take short naps during study breaks.

kruger_d's avatar

Aquis microfiber towel, my favorite tea, a book, mints, packable raingear, black leather flats look great with anything, mesh bag for laundry, sunscreen

marinelife's avatar

@kruger_d I love those towels too!

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