When you’re setting off on your travels, it can be tempting to take paraphernalia that you’ll probably never need.
A survey by the Travel Supermarket price comparison platform has confirmed what husbands and boyfriends have always suspected: women DO pack too much when they go on holiday.
The survey was reported in the UK-based Daily Mail newspaper, but it appears there are definitely two sides to this particular story. A leading psychologist was quoted as saying that what could be perceived as overpacking actually demonstrated women's ability to plan for all eventualities.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 5 must have accessories for your next trip – business or pleasure.
Must Have Accessory #1: A makeup organizer bag
A practical, durable, quality cosmetics bag is essential to keep your makeup conveniently organized when travelling. If you choose one of the larger bags, it can provide ample space for all the cosmetics you need, plus other items, too. The best cosmetics organizer bags will come with a mirror – ideal for applying makeup on the go. In the event of accidental spills, a cosmetics bag with plastic lining such as nylon will make for easy cleaning.
Check out this cosmetics travel makeup organizer bag with mirror, priced at just $18.
Must Have Accessory #2: A credit card wallet with the latest security features such as RFID blocking
Many credit cards, ID cards and driver’s licenses these days are embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, which can make them vulnerable to a form of electronic pickpocketing called RFID skimming. A wallet with an RFID blocker will thwart these security threats and keep your personal and financial information safe.
Check out the FOXNOVO RFID Blocking Ultra-Thin Stainless-Steel Credit Card Wallet, with a special sale price of $16.25.
Must Have Accessory #3: Nail clippers
If you’re going to be away from home for a while, you’ll need to maintain your manicure and pedicure routine with a good set of nail clippers. While your nail clippers need to be fully functional in providing a precise trim, they don’t have to be boring!
Check out this cute Japanese Doll Nail Care Clipper Six-Piece Set, reduced to $17.25.
Must Have Accessory #4: A contact lens travel case
If you wear contact lenses, you need to keep them safe and clean on your travels, and this requires a lens box specifically designed to be portable. Besides lens holders, a quality lens travel case will contain tweezers, a mirror and a solution bottle.
Check out this Mini Contact Lens Travel Case, slashed to just $7.62.
Must Have Accessory #5: A travel documents holder
If you’ve ever panicked at an airport check-in as you frantically search for your boarding pass, you’ll know how important it is to have a multi-functional travel pouch, which will also keep your passport, cash, itineraries and business cards safe. The ideal travel documents holder will be lightweight, washable and easy to carry around.
Check out the Multi-Function Travel Documents Pouch Holder, reduced to $16.
3 Top Travel Tips
Now you have your shopping list for your 5 must have accessories to take on your next trip, here are three travel tips that can make for an even better experience.
Travel Tip #1: Make a list before you pack
Drawing up a list before packing will help to ensure you don’t forget anything important while avoiding unnecessary items. For instance, ahead of packing your makeup organizer bag, write down all the products you typically use in your daily cosmetics routine. Then go through your list and cross out anything that doesn’t feel like a major loss.
Travel Tip #2: Get a small suitcase or backpack
If your travel case or backpack has a lot of storage space, you’ll be tempted to fill it. On the other hand, one that’s more compact will concentrate your mind on packing – and travelling – light.
Travel Tip #3: Limit use of contact lenses during a flight
Contact lenses – along with your eyes and skin – tend to dry out during air travel. If you’re catching a short-haul flight and want to wear your contact lenses, use special drops to prevent your lenses from drying out and becoming distorted.